Artman/Dougie At Conscious Sounds - "Tribute To The King" (4:07)
Artman/Dougie At Conscious Sounds - "Dub Tribute" (4:07)
Review: There is a whole host of artist and MCs involved in this new 12" on Emana Sound, and three of them kick off with "Mojo". Mr Zebre, Lotta and Guru Pope cook up a fun, fat bottomed cut dubbed with winky chords and high speed vocals that will get any club bumping. After a cavernous dub version comes the Vibronics' remix, which is a playful and off kilter number that strips things back to wobbly drums and bass. On the flip, Artman link with Dougie for a more traditional instrumen-tal roots reggae "Tribute To The King" before subtly tweaks things to close out with the soothing "Dub Tribute".
Horace Andy - "River" (previously unreleased) (3:44)
Freddie McKay - "Guide Us Jah Jah" (extended) (7:04)
Linval Thompson - "Jumping For Joy" (extended) (5:55)
Junior Delgado - "Loving You" (5:12)
Thompson Sound - "Loving You" (dub) (4:50)
King Kong - "Who Say" (2:32)
Wayne Wade - "Iran" (3:56)
Horace Andy - "Jah Provide" (3:33)
Thompson Sound - "Jah Provides" (dub) (3:33)
Linval Thompson - "So Long" (2:08)
U Brown - "Roots Is Roots" (extended previously unreleased) (5:30)
Review: Linval Thompson is one of the most notable voices and producers of the dub world and now he proudly serves up a set full of his own classic creations that touch on definitive roots sounds across 12 red hot tracks. All the greats feature from their heyday in the 70s and 80s, with Linval appearing next to giants like Horace Silver, Freddie McKay, Junior Delgado, Cedric Myton and more. Linval produced all of these classics himself while two previously unreleased songs by Horace Andy and U Brown, help make this an essential purchase. You don't often get such a cult collection of top artists together on one varied but vital selection, so don't sleep.
Tu Shung Peng - "Gordon Town" (Melodica version) (2:35)
Trevor Roots - "Jah Love" (3:48)
Trevor Roots - "More Love" (4:23)
Moses - "Babylon System" (3:03)
Simon Dan - "Later Will Be Greater" (4:07)
The Viceroys - "French Man Style" (3:33)
Bongo - "War Lord" (4:45)
The Viceroys - "Please Come Back Home" (4:01)
Review: The large and ever rotating cast of members of Tu Shung Peng come on strong in 2020 with their latest album, Channel 5. It is their sixth since 2006 and is another broad take on contemporary dub that looks back to look forwards. Various guests help colour the album and the whole thing was recorded across studios in Jamaica, Manchester and Toulouse. Nazzle Man's "Heaven" is a dub of pain and longing, "Gordon Town" (Melodica version) is high grade smoking material and Moses's "Babylon System" is a silky lullaby, amongst many other highlights.
Johnny & The Attractions - "Coming On The Scene" (2:49)
The Itals - "Dawn Patrol" (2:35)
Willie Lindo & The Charmers Band - "Drum Song" (3:48)
The Hardy Boys - "Black Out" (3:15)
Dave Collins - "Smooth & Sorts" (3:19)
Hippy Boys - "Nigeria" (3:28)
Audrey - "You'll Loose A Good Thing" (2:41)
Review: Since launching late last year, Harlem Shuffle Records has reissued a string of killer reggae recordings from the 1960s and 70's. Here the imprint offers up its first compilation, a 14-track selection of early reggae, dub and rocksteady hand-picked from the vaults of such legendary labels as Black Swan, Blue Cat, Duke, Doctor Bird, High Note and Trojan. It's a fine and hugely entertaining collection all told, with highlights including the easy, laidback skank of Stranger & Patsy's 'Tell it to Me', the trumpet-laden instrumental shuffle of 'Walk With Des' by Des All Stars, the Hammond-powered dancefloor heaviness of Clancy Collins' 'Brother Moses' and the prototype dub brilliance of 'Black Out' by the Hardy Boys.
Review: Around 1980, London-based Bullwackies fan Ed Brennan circulated amongst his friends a homemade cassette of his own favourite Wackies productions. In turn, Lloyd Barnes made his own selection from this Pirate's Choice - adding several debut cuts, but retaining Ed's title and much of his artwork (omitting the barcode which he had snipped from a can of drink!). Like the Coxsone re-appropriation, this makes for a superlative compilation. Lloyd Barnes trumps Ed Brennan throughout, kicking off with a killer one-off rhythm from the vaults, featuring Bobby Sarkie of The Immortals, before teaming Joy Card's 'Black Girl' (originally on 12") with a previously unreleased singjay version by Barrington Spence. Other highlights include Clive Hunt's reading of Wayne Jarrett's 'Darling Your Eyes', Joe 'No Equal Rights In A Babylon', Auxumite's 'Interpretation Of New Sensation' (by Wackies songwriting regular Andrew McCalla), and Sugar Minott singing beautifully over an exclusive horns mix of his 'Sometime Girl' 12". "From over 150 singles and 20 albums these 10 extracts are showing you the quality and range of Jah reggae music", as the cover puts it. Another master-class from Bullwackies country.