June 9, 2013, at 7:40 pm

Every Man A Seller

Out now from Deadly Dragon Sound is a 7″ vinyl reissue of Nitty Gritty’s first ever tune; Every Man A Seller on Black Roots.

The word is that original issues of this tune all suffered from poor sound quality, the sound has been cleaned up for the reissue so this release is even better than the original. Every Man A Seller is limited to a hand numbered 500 copies, it’s properly licensed from Sugar … continue reading…

May 19, 2013, at 9:15 pm

Some great Studio One and a bit of controversy

Tokyo’s Dub Store Records have just announced a series of reissues of Studio One Ska and Rocksteady tunes on 7″ vinyl. Something like this had been expected for a while so it’s great to see the first singles appear. Less good new is some of these issues appear to duplicate releases put out from Dreum & Bass/Rock A Shacka, more of that later.

Expect around 20 singles in coming months, they boast that most … continue reading…

May 12, 2013, at 11:02 pm

The Blue Beat class of ’62

Over the last few years the Sunrise label, a subsidiary of Secret Records, has been busy issuing a series of CD’s featuring all of the 7″ singles from the very earliest years of the legendary Blue Beat label. There was one double CD for 1960, two for 1962 and now three for 1963. Unfortunately this will be the final year of this remarkable series as the copyright for recordings was extended from 50 years … continue reading…

May 6, 2013, at 10:32 pm

Dancehall Roots from Digikiller

Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller have tended to focus more on 70’s sounds in recent months so it’s nice to see a selection of 80’s reissues – especially when they’re as tough as these! This time round they’ve returned to the Tasha and Leggo Sounds labels for a selection of 10″ and 7″ reissues and unreleased cuts.

First up on the Tasha label and presented on two 10″ singles three cuts of the original Dem A Lick … continue reading…

May 1, 2013, at 9:31 pm

7 Inch Business

Spring Hill records return after over a year off with a new 7″ reissue featuring Michael Palmer – She Sexy.

The rhythm was recorded with the Roots Radics at Channel One around 1981 and was originally used for Freddie McKay’s Another Weekend (issued on a Greensleeves 12″). Michael Palmer’s cut only saw issue on the Dancefloor label LP, Michael Palmer Meets Kelly Ranks issued in 1985, the lyric is kind of lightweight but … continue reading…

April 4, 2013, at 10:53 pm

The E20 from Witty

[column grid=”3″ span=”2″]Jammy’s E20 is one of the finest digital rhythms of the late 80’s. Surprisingly, it wasn’t re-cut by other producers as often as some of the other classics of this period, but one producer who did pick it up was New York based Whitfield “Witty” Henry. Several fine cuts were released on Witty label 12″s back in the day and it’s great to see that these have been picked up by a reactivated … continue reading…

April 3, 2013, at 11:04 am

More of the Morning Sun

[column grid=”3″ span=”2″]Around a year ago the 1970 tune Morning Sun was licensed from singer/producer Al Barry and reissued on 7″ single on a reproduction Doctor Bird label limited to 300 copies. The song had achieved cult status after being featured in the film This Is England though this wasn’t entirely undeserved as it’s a fine tune and better than most UK recordings from the period.

The re-release sold out quickly and the few copies … continue reading…

March 17, 2013, at 7:08 pm


Pressure Sounds have been releasing an increasing number of vinyl singles in recent years. They tend to pick more obscure titles and the quality is always superb so it’s always worth investigating when they have something new out. Their latest offering are four 7″ featuring Clancy Eccles productions.

Hemsley Morris – Stay Loose/Joe Higgs – Don’t Mind Me A scorching double sider with a top quality rocksteady tune by Hemsley Morris and an equally … continue reading…

February 27, 2013, at 1:07 am

Kung Fu Fighting

Just out on Sunspot Records a nicely packaged vinyl re-issue of Lee Perry’s classic Kung Fu Meets The Dragon set complete with a second LP of bonus tracks. Presented on 180gm vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve with the original front cover art and a nicely arranged centre spread with sleeve notes and some lovely label scans, this is as well put together as you could expect.

Heart Of The Dragon

Kung Fu … continue reading…

February 16, 2013, at 9:47 pm

Unreleased Duke Reid on Trojan

A double helping of Duke Reid productions from Trojan this month with a 10″ and a 7″. A total of six tunes all apparently previously unreleased.

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – Michelle/The Teacher Man – The Lesson (Trojan 7″)

Tommy McCook blows the melody of Michelle by The Beatles over a late rocksteady rhythm. On the other side an interesting talking style deejay cut by someone only identified as the Teacher, the harmonies … continue reading…