Review: In the early 1970s, a new musical art form emerged on the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from the social unrest of the time. A group of young guys started to combine poetry with drumming and created the musical art form that is known today as Rapso. Lutalo 'Brother Resistance' Masimba was one of the pioneers of this movement and his 1987 anthem "Tonight Is de Night" receives a much-needed reissue here on Cree. There's much to enjoy on this 12" - we're particularly loving the groovy "Rapso Space Dub" and funky steel drum riddims of "Crucial Decision ('92 Version)". This is total spiritual life music.
Review: These long treasured ska joints have long been unavailable - or at least near impossible to track down - even on the second hand market. A-side "Mama No Fret" was first released by Jamaican rocksteady singer Eric "Monty" Morris on Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label in 1964. It's a beautifully warm and upbeat track with a joyous trumpet and aloof vocals. The B-side is from Jamaican trumpet player Baba Brooks and features his fantastic lead over the top of a quickened and swaggering ska beat. Perfect sunshine music if ever we heard it.