Review: Originally released in 1969, but record three years earlier, this album from the hugely successful and influential Clancy Eccles played a key role in the evolution of the rock steady sound. He was at the spearhead of a new generation of young, talented and dynamic musicians who were keen to push things forwards and make their own distinctive mark on the legendary dub world. His biggest hit was 'Fattie Fattie' in 1969 and it sold at home and over here in the UK. It's a fun, playful dub with a cheeky swagger and mischievous horns. It's just one of the many gems on this classic reissue.
Review: Caleb Keolanui and JP Kennedy are The Green, album specialist reggae artists whose 'Ways & Means' album first landed back in 2011 and a year later on vinyl. Now Easy Star make it available again on green vinyl and invite you to sink into its polished and crisp riddims. The vocals are airy and articulate, and the beats range from uptempo dance hall steppers to more pillowy dubs via some tropical and Hawaiian pop hits. The record was a confident follow up to their much lauded debut album and continues to showcase the diverse range of musical influences which won that debut the title of Tunes Reggae album of the year.
Review: Livity Records come through with a vinyl pressing of this collection of meaningful reggae anthems. It focuses on a roots sound with sojourns into dancehall and each one is defined by a strong lyrical message. Sizzla & Junior Kelly open up with their uplifting lament "All I See Is War", while Natural Black & Omar Perry come together for "This Are The Days", a real bubbler with earthy chords and nice organic percussive details and Luciano & Natty King close with impassioned pleas on "Why Sacrifice". There's plenty to get lost in here for those lazy smoke sessions and all of it will enrich your mind as well as your soul.