Review: Fans of digital roots take note: "Gun Fever" is a brilliantly dark and direct offering from Frankie Jones. Mixing up the sound of 80s Jamaica and the sort of dub that was loved in the UK by dancehall crowds, it first landed on Third World in 1986 and now gets a crisp new remaster for the first time in its history. The low swinging bottom end is warm and rich, the claps chart and the rimshots are laden with effects, especially on the flipside "Version", that really sink you deep into the riddim.
Shara Nelson & The Circuit - "Aiming At Your Heart" (part 2) (5:53)
Playgroup - "Forty Winks" (7:26)
New Age Steppers - "Radial Drill" (4:25)
Little Annie - "77 Emerging Strips" (previously unreleased) (6:17)
Review: Trevor Jackson continues on plundering the vaults of classic genres of yesteryear. Following up the sterling effort of the Metal Box series of industrial and EBM classics, he now gathers the very best of Adrian Sherwood's seminal On-U sound imprint for this extensive compilation. All the usual suspects are here; Dub Syndicate with "Over Board", African Head Charge's "Stebeni's Theme" (amongst others) and how could we not forget Tackhead, who appear with the heavy "Now What?" Also appearing are Keith Le Blanc, Mark Stewart & The Maffia and Jackson's own Playgroup project plus many others, covering the imprints' illustrious history over three LPs. Essential listening.