Category Archives: Reggae

THE EXCELSIORS-CONTROL THIS.

THE EXCELSIORS-CONTROL THIS. When The Excelsiors recently released their debut album Control This, on BBE Records, one thing shawn through, Shane “Sureshot” Hunt’s love of Jamaican music. It shines through from the opening bars of Mrs. Magic, right through to the closing bars of Soon I Will Be Done. So much so, that Control This …

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CALYPSO -MUSICAL POETRY IN THE CARIBBEAN 1955-1969.

CALYPSO -MUSICAL POETRY IN THE CARIBBEAN 1955-1969. Even today, calypso’s origins are still disputed by historians. Depending upon which historian you ask, they’ll tell you that calypso’s origins are in France or Spain. Others will suggest calypso’s origins are in West Africa, and specially, Nigeria. Calypso in the language of the Ibildilio people, of West …

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STUDIO ONE DANCEHALL-SIR COXSONE IN THE DANCE: THE FOUNDATION.

STUDIO ONE DANCEHALL-SIR COXSONE IN THE DANCE: THE FOUNDATION. After founding Studio One in 1963, Sir Coxsone Dodd’s legendary label went on to play a huge part in shaping the sound of Jamaican music. Everything from lover’s rock, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall was recorded in Studio One by the great and good Jamaican …

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DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER.

DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawns the role of his alter ego Dubcatcher. There’s a reason for this. Dubcatcher isn’t another hip hop album. Instead, Dubcatcher is album of dancehall reggae. This isn’t DJ Vadim’s first reggae album. No. He’s previously released a reggae album. …

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JAH WOBBLE PRESENTS: PJ HIGGINS-INSPIRATION.

JAH WOBBLE PRESENTS: PJ HIGGINS-INSPIRATION. During a career that’s spanned nearly forty years, Jah Wobble has always sought to create groundbreaking music. This has been the case since Jah’s solo career began in the late-seventies. Back then, Jah was a bassist, singer, songwriter and poet. However, Jah’s breakthrough came when he joined John Lydon’s post-punk …

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SLY AND ROBBIE-UNDERWATER DUB.

SLY AND ROBBIE-UNDERWATER DUB. For over forty years. Sly and Robbie have been reggae’s go-to rhythm section. They’ve also established a reputation as a talented and innovative production team, producing reggae royalty like Prince Jammy, Peter Tosh, Linval Thompson, Bunny Wailer, Black Uhuru and The Revolutionaires. However, it’s not just reggae artists who Sly and …

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STUDIO ONE ROCKSTEADY.

STUDIO ONE ROCKSTEADY. Soul Jazz Records’ latest compilation Studio One Rocksteady, which was released on 3rd February 2014, sees compiler Lloyd Bradley return to the vaults of Studio One Records. Previous visits to the Studio One vaults have resulted in rich pickings for Soul Jazz Records. No wonder. Studio One Records was one of reggae …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 5.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 5.  PIED PIPER PRESENTS A NEW CONCEPT IN DETROIT SOUL, When the definitive history of soul music is written, several cities will loom large in the story. A triumvirate in particular, have played a hugely important part in the development of soul. This triumvirate are Memphis, Philadelphia …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE. Forty years ago, Bob Marley and The Wailers released the album that launched their career, Catch A Fire which was recently rereleased by Island on vinyl. Catch A Fire was certified in the UK and was the start of a career where critical acclaim and commercial success were ever-present. It also introduced the world to …

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HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE.

HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE. Last year, DJ Vadim released his tenth solo album, the critically acclaimed Don’t Be Scared. One of the singles from Don’t Be Scared was I’m Feelin’ U, which featured Essex’s finest purveyor of all things soulful, Greg Blackman. Now a year later, DJ Vadim and Greg Blackman are about to release …

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STUDIO ONE SKA FEVER!

STUDIO ONE SKA FEVER! Ska was born in Jamaica during the late-fifties. At first Jamaican musicians seemed determined to replicate the sound of American R&B. Both the beat and tempo were similar. Then having tired of copying their American counterparts, Jamaican musicians decided to give this new musical genre a Jamaican twist. So, Caribbean and …

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PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE. By far, one of the best compilations of 2012 was Leng Records’ Psychemagik Presents Magic Circles. Released in October 2012, it’s best described as a compelling and captivating collection of music. Not only that, but it brought new meaning to the word eclectic. Fusing cosmic disco, Balearica, psychedelic funk, ambient, soul, …

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CORNELL CAMPBELL MEETS THE SOOTHSAYERS-NOTHING CAN STOP US NOW.

CORNELL CAMPBELL MEETS THE SOOTHSAYERS-NOTHING CAN STOP US NOW. When it comes to musical collaborations, they often, bring out the best in musicians. Especially, when you bring together musicians from diverse musical backgrounds. Often, they drive each other to greater heights. This was the case with previous installments of Strut Records Inspiration Information series. Sly …

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SKYY-SKYY LINE.

SKYY-SKYY LINE. By the time Skyy released their fourth album for Salsoul Records, Skyy Line, which was recently rereleased by BBR Records, Salsoul, and indeed music, had changed dramatically. Between 1975 and 1979, Salsoul Records had established a reputation as disco’s premier label. Salsoul Records gained a reputation as an innovative and influential label, who …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION.

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA-DELUXE EDITION. Back in 1978, when Bob Marley and The Wailers released Kaya, critics and fans accused Bob Marley of selling out. Kaya was a much more laid-back album, whereas previous albums had been politically charged and crammed full of social comment. Previously, Bob Marley was seen as Jamaica’s social conscience. …

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YESKING-RE-RECORD NOT FADE AWAY.

YESKING-RE-RECORD NOT FADE AWAY. For Yesking’s sophomore album Re-Record Not Fade Away, which was released by BBE Music on 11th March 2013, it appears founder Rhys Adams has looked to the past for inspiration. Rather than release a sprawling fifteen track album, Yesking have returned to the vinyl age for inspiration. Back in the golden-age …

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BLACK SLATE-AMIGO.

BLACK SLATE-AMIGO. Back in London in 1974, Black Slate became one of the first wave of British reggae bands. Indeed, Black Slate were the third major British reggae band to be formed. They were following in the footsteps of British reggae pioneers The Cimarons and Matumbi. These three bands were pioneers, leading the way for …

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YESKING-OVERPROOF.

YESKING-OVERPROOF. 2008. That’s when Yesking released their debut album Rock This World, which was produced by Yesking head honcho Rhys Adams and Mark Rae, of Rae and Christian. Now five years later, on March 18th 2013, Yesking will release their sophomore album Re-Record Not Fade Away on BBE Music. For Yesking’s legion of fans, that …

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DJ VADIM-DON’T BE SCARED.

DJ VADIM-DON’T BE SCARED. Sometimes, the word innovator is used too often, but in the case of Saint Petersburg born DJ Vadim, innovator is a fitting description of this veteran DJ and producer. Over the past twenty years, DJ Vadim has DJ-ed in sixty-nine countries, played over 2,500 times and still found time to found …

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FAC. DANCE 02.

FAC. DANCE 02. Of the many compilations released in 2011, one of the most eclectic and compelling collections of music was on Fac. Dance 01, a double-album featuring twenty-four tracks from the much missed Factory Records’ back-catalogue. Given how much I’d enjoyed Fac. Dance 01, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this compilation. Indeed, I …

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