Sunday, November 18, 2018

Siamrootsical Tribute To Garnett Silk

 Special Tribute To Garnett Silk
RastFM #LRM Show 63 10/11/2018

 Tribute to the Silky One, the Arch Angel of reggae music.
Garnett was a one-off. The originality & natrality of his vocals swiftly earned him huge success from 1990 as he teamed up with Anthony "Fire" Rochester & Tony Rebel to write a series of stunning, heavenly songs.
One of my favorite artists ever since that time. Most of his biggest tunes are here together with combinations & cameos by nuff other artists.

His influence on the music going forward cannot be overstated. He Tony Rebel & Cocoa Tea flew the cultural flag throughout the dancehall era & their latter success encouraged a whole new generation of rasta artists, man like Buju, Capleton, Luciano, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage and many others, and brought new opportunities to older generations of roots artists. Together they turned the music scene around. Silk's sudden passing in 1994 was a massive shock as it felt like no sooner he'd come as he was taken away. He became an  instant legend which in turn lent the 'nu roots' movement even greater momentum...


Also a short focus on his formative years (from the mid-80s) as deejay Little Bimbo and his initial outings as a singer, including work with Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion. Some killer dubplates from Killamanjaro Sound.

Continuous mix. 2hrs 22

Special thanks & respect to Selector Shikydraks of RastFM
Much gratitude. Ever bless mi breda

Monday, November 5, 2018

On-U Sound - Breaking Down The Pressure Mixtape

 On-U Sound - Breaking Down The Pressure
Adrian Sherwood, Singers & Players & Dub Syndicate
RastFM #LoveReggaeMusic Show 62 October 2018

Astounding vibrations from the On-U Sound collective..
A distictive sound, cutting edge technology and a top-ranking group of musicians built around Dub Syndicate's Style Scott & Flabba Holt made On-U front runners in the UK roots scene from around 1980 onwards with a series of classic 10'' 'DISCO PLATE' releases. Sherwood pulled together a select number af artists to form the Singers & Players, including Congo Ashanti I, Prince Far I, Bim Sherman, Creation Rebel & Mikey Dread, who released several lps & eps during the 1st half of the 80s.

Sherwood formed African Head Charge with percussionist Bongo Iyabinghi in 1981 as a vehicle for his more experimental journeys and the label gained a big reputation for leftfield music, making lps with the likes of Lee Perry, Gary Clail, Tackhead, Barmy Army (!!), New Age Steppers & Mark Stewart & Mafia. A soundtrack to the 1980s stoner scene in the UK. He stayed with the roots reggae thoughout though, going on to work with Little Roy, U Roy and others. He also formed 2 Badcard with longtime collaborater Carlton 'Bubblers' Oglivie in the mid-90s.

I'm really pleased to present this one. Coherently consistant vibes throughout. Selections run from about 1980 to 2006. Focus is on signature On-U Sound heavy roots but of course we journey off to the outta regions a few times...
Fulljoy people
Giving thanks to Adrian Sherwood & On-U In The Area

Remembering top ranking stcksman Style Scott. 4 years have gone since he was taken from us. RIP breda 

Continuous mix. 3 hours.
One time in 1991 I was at a rave on the roof of the Himalayas in the hills above Manali, India. Sometime around the trippy dawn the djs decided they'd played enough and shut it down so i took over the system with my cassette copy of this then brand-new Lee Perry LP. The tekno djs hated it but you should've seen how the people skank so. Scientific dancehall! 

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