Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1982

I'm slowly getting round to re-upping these year-to-year mixes one by one. Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1982. '82 is pure dancehall business. Vocal and dubwise. This year new producers come through, man like Toyan and Ranking Dread. Little John and Triston Palmer represent a new generation of singers.

Riddim like Rootsman Skanking, Big Ship & Do You Remember (prod. Linval Thompson), Shut Up (Ranking Dread), Heptones Gonna Fight & Answer (Clive Jarrett), Boom Him Up Now, Cuss Cuss, Just Talking, Fat She Fat, Heavenless & Real Rock, (Volcano), I Will Never leave My Love, Bushman Connection, Janet Sinclair & Itie Titie Girl (Toyan), Joker Smoker & Joker Lover (Jah Thomas), Dancehall Stylee (Al Campbell),  Taxi & Full Up (Lloyd Campbell).
Rhythm tracks from The Roots Radics, Family Man, The Taxi Gang, Reggae Regular, Hi-Times, The Rhythm Roulettes, The Congos and I-nity Rockers. Engineering and dubs by Scientist, Mad Professor, Errol Thompson, Ranking Dread and Soldgie.

Continuous mix. Total 159 minutes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Reggae Tape 2 - 1985

Reggae Tape 2. Second of two C90 mixes I originally did back in 1985. They were great for hijacking stereos at sessions! Roots and dancehall tunes mostly from around 1983-85, some a little earlier. vocal, deejay & dub, JA-UK selections.

Includes my favorite current artists of the time like Misty In Roots, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Black Roots, Mighty Diamonds, Johnny Osbourne, Pablo Gad (I wore my 1st copy of the Bloodsuckers Showcase LP out!), Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown, Eek A Mouse, Ranking Joe, Lee Perry, Barrington Levy, Half Pint, Culture..... also the Saxon UK fast chat style from Papa Levi & Tippa Irie. We saw Tippa live this summer and bwoy, the man can toast fast still!! All the time the lyric a rhyme.... Riddim like the Water Pumping & Get A Lick (Prince Jammy), African Beat (Time 1), Heavenless (Black Roots), Gunman (Level Vibes), My Conversation & Real Rock (UK Bubblers), Hot Milk (Jah Screw/Ranking Joe), You Gonna Lose (Power House), Terrorists In The City (Thompson Sound), Bloodsuckers (FORM), Morgan The Pirate (Tappa Zukie), Roots & Culture (DATC).

Continuous mix. 90 minutes.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Reggae Tape - 1985

Reggae Tape. 1st of a pair of C90 mixes I made originally in 1985 from my record collection (& a good few I'd borrowed from mi idren dem). Mainly recent tunes from around 1983-85, a few earlier. Roots-dancehall & dancehall selections, JA & UK. 84-85 probably marked the end of the Bob Marley-Roots era when many roots stars enjoyed a last spell in the spotlight - alongside dancehall artists & producers - before digital dancehall emerged to shake up the whole scene. Rerecorded both mixes as the tape sound quality had decayed with time and use. I've tightened them up a bit and thrown down a couple of extra dub versions, otherwise leaving them as they were.

Riddim like the Unmetered Taxi, World A Music/World Jam & Fit You Haffi Fit (Taxi), Jogging (Tuff Gong), Don't Mess With Jill (Radic), To The Foundation & Let Off Sup'm (Music Works), Nice Time (Lion of Judah), In The Future & Junk Food (Alligator), Play Girl (Jahmani), Johnny B Goode (Word Sound & Power), One Draw (Shanachie), Shame & Scandal (Greensleeves), Heavenless (Power House & Fashion), Revolution (Time 1) and Faith Can Move Mountains (Twinkle).

Continuous mix. 90 minutes.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

90s Roots Mixtape - Bawl Fire 1998

 Bawl Fire 1998.

Coxsone classic Drum Song revitalised by Bobby Digital. Crucial follow up to the Heathen & Kette Drum riddims that further cemented his position as the  premier roots producer of the day. Many great cuts, leading with classics from debutantes Morgan Heritage and Daweh Congo. Junior Reid goes back to his original Waterhouse style on Hugh Mundell's Time and Place. The original Studio One rhythm track is here also... Sizzla & Shabba Ranks increase the peace on the Black Woman & Child (Digital B). Gregory Isaacs sings reality over the Tempo on Kingston 14 (Universal Noiz), Anthony B & Everton Blender on the Tamlin's Baltimore (Star Trail). Morgan Heritage, LMS & Richie Spice stay with the reality on the Cherry Oh Baby (Shocking Vibes) while Beres & U-Roy combine for the mighty Putting Up Resistance (Tappa).

Continuous mix. 96 minutes. Repost...

90s Roots Mixtape - More Fire 1999

More Fire 1999. 

Reality mixtape. Always blazing.....
Features an all-star excursion on Bobby Digital's Solomon leading with the Carlton Livingstone & Shabba Ranks hit Don't Follow Rumours. The Messenger Luciano keeps it positive on A Little Bit A Everything (Kickin Records) and Xterminator's Till It Some More.  Two more large Star Trail riddims here; Holding Firm (Sizzla, Anthony B, Mykal Rose, Louie Culture) & the crucial Heavy Load. Excellent Delroy Wilson tribute Better Must Come by Spanner Banner, recorded after the legendary singer's passing in 1995. Glamma Kid mash them down on Mafia & Fluxy's Zion Gate with Confession. Plenty tuff Sizzla selection throughout...

Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Neva Run Away Mixtape 2014

Neva Run Away - New Roots 2014. Reggae eternal...
Evergreen rhythm track like the righteous Swell Headed. Old & new with cuts on the Studio 1 & Channel One versions. Leads with the original Burning Spear classic. Great Freddie McGregor cover from the early 80s also (on Spiderman). Chronixx vybes for the excellent World under Siege (Roots Tribulation) while U Roy & Kabaka hold the deejay corner. We revisit the rocking Swing Heavy-Swing Easy (Bizzarri/Iration) with cuts by Lutan Fyah, Lion D and Turbulence. Dubtonic Kru hold on still on the Tantrum (White Stone). Solid roots revival vibes for Bob Marley & The Wailer's Revolution riddim (Jahsolidrock & Cousins) and Glen Brown's No More Slaving (Island Life) featuring another great Jah Bouks tune - No Slave. Chronixx lights up the Cultivator (Royal Order), Digital B's Islamabad (the superb Iyah Walk) and teams up with Protoje for the roots-rock-reggae hit Who Knows (Overstand/Winta James). Essential roots-dancehall selection Going Home from Larger Than Life Records. Iba Mahr & Droop Lion blaze up on the Diseases Rebirth (Sajay). Wordsmith King Mas hits us with another lyrical tour-de-force, Reflection, more food for thought... Conscious UK selection from Dawna Lee's Rebel Souls LP for Mikey Simpson's MCS Records (2001). Winston Reedy's relick of his Cimarons hit Mother Earth (Mafia & Fluxy) is as relevant as ever. Haunting melodica melodies courtesy of Pablove Black and Addis Pablo...
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
Xtra cuts on the Swell Headed - Star Trail and Fat Eyes here...


Friday, September 26, 2014

Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014 - Featuring A Tribute To Bunny Rugs

Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014. Celebrate life! More positive music come around this year and some rocking riddim like the Ba Ba Bum (Mr G Music), Muddy Road (Natural High), a remix of Tarrus Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop on Burning Spear's Slavery Days (Chimney), a wicked, raw update of the Drum Song (Ghetto Youths Int.), Zion Train (Livity) and the mighty Rise Up (Oneness), including an original interpretation of Dubbing Is A Must by Sara Lugo and Skarra Muchi. Chronixx utilises a fine update of the Heavenless for Capture Land (Overstand). We also revisit Overstand's Rootsman riddim with Damian Marley's ruff Gunman World featuring Ini Kamoze, a natural progression from Jamrock. Capleton has made a real and very welcome return to form this year and features throughout. Several Buju B tunes also. Chronixx freestyles on the original I Love King Selassie (Prince Jammy).
A Tribute To Bunny Rugs. We were especially sad to hear about Bunny Rugs' passing early this year. While often straying far from the grassroots reggae scene musically Third World have raised Jamaican music up to a higher level and always brought an undiluted Message to the widest possible audience. True reggae ambassadors. Nothing compares to seeing them live on a big stage - just amazing! - and Bunny played a pivotal role in all that as well as continuing his solo work. He is gladly remembered. Third World lead the celebration with Livication To Bunny Rugs together with a relick of 96 Degrees taken from their great new album Under The Magic Sun - Preview it on Bandcamp - the story's still being told.... Capleton teams up with the band for the iley resonant Good Hearted People from 2010 and Lloyd Brown does a brilliant rendition of Prisoner In The Street (Cave). Mystikal Revolution and Tarrus team up with the man himself for the inspired Reggae Skanking while there's an excursion on the ragga infused Now That We Found Love from 1995 featuring Sean Paul & Papa San (Black Scorpio). TOK pay their respects with a brand new cut for Bombrush records. Nuff respect.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Murderation - 90s Roots Mixtape

Murderation - Tuff Nu Roots Mixtape - 1990s. Includes conscious excursions on Sun Is Shining (Fat Eyes), Baltimore (Star Trail), Murderer - Hot Milk (Mad House, Jah Life & Jah Almighty), & deadly cuts on the Shank-I-Sheck (Jammys & Digital B).
 Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jah Woosh Special - Chant Freedom Mixtape 1971-1981

Chant Freedom... Tribute to the late, great Jah Woosh, who passed away in 2011. 139 tracks of pure Wooshishness inna 12'' discomix style with vocal cuts, versions and King Tubby dubs. Backed by most of the 70s Jamaican rhythm sections and some from the UK, bands like The Morwells, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, The Mighty Cloud Band, Skin, Flesh & Bones, Soul Syndicate, The Sunshot Band, Santic All-Stars, Rupie Edward's All-Stars and, later, The Roots Radics, Creation Rebel and On-U Sound's Singers & Players.

Jah Woosh made his name in the early 70s alongside contemporaries Big Youth, Jah Lloyd, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Jah Stitch, Dillinger, Prince Hammer and Dr. Alimantado. Unlike most of these others he didn't use a trademark whoop or phrase that made him immediately recognisable and it takes a listen or two to ketch his style. He is perhaps best described as a CHANTER, with religious and spiritual selections his specialty (demonstrated on his frequent returns to Psalm 121). He is closest in style to Jah Lloyd (Jah Lion) and early Dr. Alimantado though at times sounds like U-Roy, Stitch or Jazzbo and adopts I-Roy's nursery rhyme delivery to good effect. He also tried his hand as a singer. Jah Woosh half retired from the music industry and repatriated to Ghana in the 1980s where he continued to control and re-issue his music on his Original label. He later resumed recording intermittently, doing occasional stageshows and soundsystems in the UK and Europe.

CD1 focuses more on the deejay's earlier output from 1971 into the mid-70s with some great productions from the likes of Rupie Edwards, Phil Pratt, Sidney Crooks, Keith Hudson, Bunny Lee, Leonard Chin, Dudley Swaby, Tappa Zukie, as well as the man's own releases after 1976. Also featuring Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy, Keith Hudson, The Morwells, King Tubby, Carl Malcolm, Junior Ross & The Spear, The Heptones, Bobby Kalphat, Keith Poppin, I-Roy, The Ethiopians, Creation Rebel, Errol Holt and Dino Perkins. Crucial riddim like Envious, Don't Think About Me, Miss Wire Waist, Irie Feelings, Party Time, Firestick, Letter To Mummy & Daddy, Fattie Bum Bum, Taxi, Buy You A Ring, Stalag,...
CD2 is mostly classic roots rockers from the mid-late 70s onwards. More self-productions, particularly with the Mighty Cloud Band and Creation Rebel on Woosh's Original, K&B, Yard International and September labels, as well as releases from Striker Lee, Santic, Lloyd Campbell, King Sounds, Yabby You, Junior English, Tappa Zukie, Pete Weston, Jah Shaka and Adrien Sherwood. Features: Horace Andy, King Sounds, Ras Ibuna, Yabby You & The Prophets, Reggae George, Junior Ross & The Spear, The Twinkle Brothers, Dubwise, Errol Holt, Bim Sherman, Johnny Clarke, King Tubby, Dillinger, Jah Stitch, Prince Alla, Sly & Robbie, Jah Shaka, Singers & Players, Creation Rebel and Sis Bee. Riddim like Drum Song, A Serious Thing, Top Ranking, Please Be True, Love Forever, Blood Ago Run, Leggo Violence, Black Wadada, Zion Gate, and so...Extended versions of Blood Ago Run, A Weh You Come From, Diverse Doctrine and the almighty Jah Is The Ruler Discomix
Continuous mix. Total 216 minutes. Repost...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Augustus Pablo & The Rockers All-Stars - Hungry Town Uprising

 Augustus Pablo & The Rockers All-Stars - Hungry Town Uprising. Essential Rockers International mixtape comprising Augustus Pablo productions and collaborations (some rare) between 1974 and 1988. Fully extended cuts with dubs, versions and deejay cuts. Like Sugar Minott at Black Roots, Pablo nurtured young talent, notably Junior Reid, Hugh Mundell, Ricky Grant, Icho Candy, Earl 16, Yami Bolo & White Mice. His 'far east' sound also drew in many bigger name artists, particularly in the 1970's.More killer rhythms: Love Won't Come Easy, Girl Name Pat, Cassava Piece, Mr Bassie, Artibella, Who Say Jah No Dread, Rockabye Woman, Satta. and the glorious Arise & Shine by Hugh Mundell. More cuts on the False Rasta-Hungry Town Skank. Jacob Miller revisits his Keep On Knocking hit, this time on the Hypocrites alongside U-Brown. Killer Miller's supremely positive Each One Teach One features the deejay cut from Jah Levi (Hugh Mundell).
Continuous mix. 77 minutes.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Augustus Pablo all-Stars - Rockers International University Mix

The classic Japanese cassette mixtape, Rockers International University Mix...
Pablo has always had a MASSIVE following there amongst JAPAN SOUNDMEN & reggae fans. Recreating the superb Japanese C90 mixtape I bought in Nagasaki 1994 - Rockers University Mix. All the tunes off that mix are here plus much more. Deep meditations...

Mighty riddim like the El Rockers, King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown, Answer, Black Gun aka Keep On Knocking, Drum Song, Run Revolution A Come, False Rasta aka Hungry Town Skank and Away With Your Fussing & Fighting. They just keep on coming through the door....  Junior Delgado's crucial Raggamuffin Year and Yami Bolo's cut of Door Peep Shall Not Enter are exceptional as are Horace Andy's Youths Of Today and Earl Sixteen's Changing World. Can't Keep A Good Man Down by The Immortals is one of my favorite ever roots tunes 

Continuous mix. 3hrs.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 1

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. Ripped from our collection of 7 and 12''s. Lovers rock hits and rarities in an extended 12'' discomix style.

Part one. Selections from the 70's into the early 80's. Features hits from Rudy Thomas (Key To The World on Hawkeye), Jean Adebambo, The Mighty Diamonds, Cool-Notes and T.T. Ross (Last Date & Piece Of My Heart). Hard to find classics from Delroy Melody (Yvonne), The SUS Band, T. T. Scott (Lovers Game - a real diamond), Donna Rhoden and Marlene Webber. Dobby Dobson covers Why Do Fools Fall In Love, interesting for an unnamed deejay appearance (sounds like Ranking Joe, anyone have any ideas??). That one's on the circle label. Superb 12'' cut of Winston Reedy's Daughter Of Zion. Two irie cuts on Gregory Isaacs My Only Lover riddim from 1981 by Ken Boothe and Cornell Campbell (Rockstone).
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 2

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. More from our collection of 7 and 12'' vinyl rips. Lovers rock hits and rarities in a discomix style.

Part 2. Some well known classics from Dennis Brown, Tyrone Taylor and Trevor Hartley alongside a lot of harder to find tunes mainly from the late 70's into the early 80's. Featuring some slightly more obscure artists like Eugene Paul, Dudley Campbell, Bristol's Dan Ratchet and instrumentalist Tony Washington. The stunning duet When I Call Your Name is taken from Carlene Davis' excellent debut LP (1979??). Winsome & Nerious Joseph also team up for Rock With Me (Fine Style 1988). George Larnyoh & The Love Children's superb interpretation of Blue Moon dates from the early 70's.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 3

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. More from our collection of 7 and 12'' vinyl rips. Lovers rock hits and rarities in a discomix style.

Part 3 is drawn mainly from the 1980's with some massive hits for Sugar Minott, Janet Kay, Peter Hunningale, John McLean, The Cool Notes, Matumbi, Gregory Isaacs & Maxi Priest. Irie selection on Fine Style/Fashion records from Michael Gordon. Trevor Hartley's memorable cover of Leroy Smart's Pride & Ambition (on Fu Manchu) exudes pure class while the Mighty Diamonds' Last Dance is a blues dance classic. Cynthia Schoss teams up with deejay U-Brown for Sad Movies.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reggae Vibration From Creation Mixtape 2014

Vibration From Creation Mixtape. New roots collection from January 2014. I'm finally getting round to putting it out now....

Heavyweight roots & dancehall riddims. Overstand records hold the roots corner with their crucial Militancy riddim featuring a full roster of current artists. Bizzarri look back to 1988-89 with their rollicking Laba Laba and an update of Redman's Weh Dem Fah. Lion D & Gappy Ranks do an excellent cover of the Carl Meeks classic. Tarrus, Chronixx & Kabaka vibe on the airy Rising Sun (Chinmey). Two new licks of the Hypocrites. Mr Vegas bring on the Barrington Levy vibe with the irie Love Yourself (First Name) while deejay Tasha T mash down all informer on the Digital B cut (Rasvibe). Presenting three songs by singer King Mas who broke through in 2013 with some vital tunes and a good album, One Wish (Viral Records). His World Go Round for Natures Way Ent. is a modern conscious roots classic. Check the King Mas SoundCloud page. Chronixx still deh ya with Plant It (Special Delivery) and the hit Smile Jamaica for Silly Walks. Also featuring another highlight from Jahcoustix' excellent Frequency LP for IrieVibrations - Don't Shoot - alongside Raphael & Kabaka Pyramid.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Thanks & nuff respect to Ras John for use of the image on the tracklist.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

SiamRootsical Roots N Culture Mix 2013

Roots N Culture Mix 2013. Looking back on a great year for roots reggae as the excitement builds around a new generation of conscious artists. Jah9's New Name album is a modern classic while Chronixx visited the UK to wide acclaim alongside deejay Dre Island who broke through this year with some tuff sides like Find Dem Flaw and What Is Mine Is Mine. Check his Rastafari Way Mixtape by king I-Vier. Kabaka Pyramid keeps dropping tune after essential tune (like Liberal Opposer & Worldwide Love featured here). Check his new EP, Lead The Way, on Soundcloud. Lutan Fyah's new album Life Of A King is perhaps his best LP to date, thanks in part to some cutting edge production from Grillaras. See the release material on Reggaeville. Deejay Chuck Fenda makes a long overdue return with a new LP, Jah Element, for John John. Preview two tracks on the mixtape, combinations with longtime spar Junior Reid and Johnny Clarke. Lloyd Brown keeps the revival vibes flowing throughout his excellent Rootical LP, an earthy collaboration with producers Zion High. Vocalist Sara Lugo continues to impress with her Smile of a Child for Flash Hit Records.

Usual mix of updated classic riddim and originals. Selection like the Worldwide Love (Flash Hit), a thunderous update of Horace Andy's Money Money (Grillaras), Skylarking (ALTAFAAN), a heavy relick of the Police In Helicopter (Jam2), Green Lion Crew's Rough Road (Soul Of The Lion), John John James' dubby Inna Rub A Dub Style & None Shall Escape The Judgement (Johnny Clarke), Inna Mi Yard (Jamstone Digital), England Be Nice (Don Carleon) and a wicked reality song, Knowledge is the Power, on the Abyssinians' Declaration Of Rights by Bryan Art.  Also featuring the Children Of The Emperor Megamix (UTH Music/Uprising) which mixes up the legendary 70's roots original by Albert Malawi with daughter Hempress Sativa's fresh update and a SiamRootsical dub special. Check the Hempress Mixtape by Yabai... Its the Weed Thing...

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Many thanks to @protoje for the cover pic... NUFF RESPECT DUE