July 4, 2012, at 10:11 pm

F*ck Art Lets Dancehall

From the very early 80’s onwards Dancehall music developed a colourful and distinctive graphic style that was both inspired by and complimented the music.

So richly deserved and not before time an exhibition has been put together that celebrates the artists of Dancehall music from the 80’s through to the present day. Called Art In The Dancehall the exhibition is curated by Shimmy Shimmy and Al Fingers and backed by Puma Yard and … continue reading…

December 30, 2011, at 10:36 pm

Trevor Junior 12″

Just out on Livity Records a 12″ featuring two fine 80’s sides from the underrated Trevor Junior: Manchester Video and Joker Soldier.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2011/11-12/manchestervideo.mp3] Manchester Video

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2011/11-12/jokersoldier.mp3] Joker Soldier

Manchester Video originally came on a Thunder Bolt 7″ and on original is a £100+ tune. Joker Soldier originally came on a Ruff & Tuff 12″ where it was miscredited to Junior Reid. Both sides come with the versions on this re-issue.

November 1, 2011, at 7:45 pm

Sittin' by the open fire place, In my favorite Clarks bootie…

The O’Jays may have written Brandy and had a (minor) hit with it back in 1978, but in the early 80’s Little John voiced it in a rub-a-dub style and made it his own. Brandy is out now on a 12″ on the Music Lovers imprint released by Spring Hill records, backed by yet another “connection” tune by Little John and Billy Boyo titled Houseman Connection.

The original Brandy is supposed to be about a … continue reading…

September 13, 2011, at 8:46 pm

Another Dubplate

I’m on a roll with these with two dubplates up on youtube in two days. This one features three cuts of the same Roy Cousins produced rhythm: Charlie Chaplin – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother, Earl Sixteen – Julia and the basic rhythm. This plate was cut at A-Class Studio’s, the home of Fashion records in the early 80’s.

August 21, 2011, at 10:29 pm

Studio One Revue

Thanks to Carlton Livingston for making the following available: A recent live session in Helsinki, Finland, featuring Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston, Jim Brown and Alpheus. This was a warm up session for the full Studio One Revue at the Garance Festival in France at the end of July (see below). Backing is from Soul Stereo sound from France.

I haven’t listened yet but here is a download for the main session at the … continue reading…

July 28, 2011, at 11:37 pm

Mixed Up

It’s been a year since part 1 but the Tropical Heat site are back with another Studio One rhythm mix that merges the original foundation tunes with later 80’s and 90’s cuts. So alongside the Sound Dimension, Horace Andy and the Heptones expect the likes of Donna V, Ed Nangle and Jim Nastic…

Studio 1 Riddim Wise pt.2 by King Kong Disko on Mixcloud

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June 12, 2011, at 10:19 am

Two from DKR

OK it’s official, I can’t keep up with the flood of releases from New York’s Digikiller/Deeper Knowledge records. The latest offerings include a couple of digital 12″s on the Tasha label and another selection of Channel One productions on 10″.

The two Tasha releases:

Wayne Smith – Dancing Machine/Version//Gilly Buchanan – Me No Mix/Version

Dancing Machine

Me No Mix

Two great cuts on one rhythm both originally released on 12″; the Wayne Smith … continue reading…

April 24, 2011, at 12:18 am

DRK Dub Irator Sevens

It’s hard to keep up with Deeper Knowledge/Digi Killer Records these days, only a couple of weeks after they released some nice Channel One 10″s including some unreleased tracks they are back with some Jah Life/Junjo Lawes 7″s, including again some previously unreleased tunes.

DKR-059 – Scion Success – Profile/Jah Life – Dub In The Area

DKR-060 – Scion Success – Can’t Wrong/Jah Life – Dub In The Area

DKR-061 – Sammy Levi … continue reading…

April 5, 2011, at 9:04 pm

Listen to Trash And Ready

Here is the audio for the Trash & Ready session from February, plenty of rub a dub and digital styles from selectas Cool Hand Luke, Felix Hall, Mistah Brown and Tim P and MCs Gadman (Jah Tubbys), Ras Jahny AKA Johnny Dollar (Nasty Rockers) Daddy Ranks, Champian (Tighten Up/Jamdown Rockers), GT (Jamdown Rockers) King Rahtid (Worries Outernational).

Part 1 Download

Part 2 Download

The next Trash And Ready session is on Saturday 23 April at … continue reading…

March 16, 2011, at 10:47 pm

A Deeper Knowledge of Channel One

Possibly the finest vinyl reissue company of this time, Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller, are back with another collection of quality sides, this time some early 80’s material from Channel One including some unreleased tunes:

McWoner – Nuh Fire It/Higher Region

Barry Brown – Over Me/Angela Prince – Joker Lover

Horace Andy – Why Oh Why/Satisty Me (both previously unreleased)

Unknown Artist (Possibly Might Travellers) – Rocks And Mountains/Dub (Previously unreleased except on dubplate)

All … continue reading…