The latest issue of Wire magazine (the August one with Tricky on the front) has an interesting article on 80’s digital reggae. This is written by David Stelfox who is a bit of a rising star in reggae journalism having previously published decent articles in the Guardian, which in the past has been hostle and ignorant in it’s Jamaican music coverage.
The article gives a background (the usual Sleng Teng story) before looking at diffent production houses; Ujama, Jammy’s, Redman, Tubby’s, Steely & Cleevie, Music Works, Digital B, Penthouse. You can’t fault his selections though it’s a bit strange that LP’s are mentioned for some and 7″s for others.
All in all worth a look. While your checking it remind yourself what is great about the late 80’s with these DanceCrasher mixes:
Update. I’ve run out of bandwidth on the site I host the downloads on so these won’t be available till after the 11 August… sorry.
Redman Pt 1
Redman Pt 2
Jammy’s Pt 1
Jammy’s Pt 2