September 11, 2009, at 5:27 pm

DJ Jamboree

DanceCrasher is proud to present a second interview by Michael Villet. Following on from the previous interview with Welton Irie we present Trinity.

August 24, 2009, at 9:12 pm

Carnival 2009 (and a mix)

You really should know by now but this weekend is the Notting Hill Carnival. Ignore the tossers Carnival is still wicked and well worth checking.

The Tighten Up Crew will be playing with Gladdy Wax on the Sunday (and maybe on Monday too) so don’t miss. Gladdy’s is on the corner of Goldborne Road and Portobello Road and is the best sound at carnival for accross the board revival reggae, from ska to roots.

So … continue reading…

August 3, 2009, at 12:33 pm

Vintage Sound Flyers

Steve from Reggae Music Store has uploaded a series of great sound system flyers from the late 70’s and 80’s plus pictures of Fatman and Shaka dances from the early 80’s to his flickr account.

This stuff is virtually unique and definitely not to be missed.

March 18, 2009, at 10:58 pm

Collectors Ska and Rocksteady LP's

The April issue of Record Collector magazine has an 8 page article (part one of two) about the most high value 75 UK released 60’s LP’s.

Some of the prices are a little suspect (£200 for Laurel Aitken’s High Priest Of Reggae on Pama??) but for the most part this is a run down of some stunningly great and rare albums. Blue Beat, Doctor Bird, Island, Coxsone and Studio One rightly dominate the listings and … continue reading…

February 15, 2009, at 10:58 am

Helping Stitch

“In January of this year, Jah Stitch, legendary deejay from Tippertone and Black Harmony, and selector for Youth Promotion, was brought to the hospital in Kingston complaining of shortness of breath. He spent the next three weeks there for observation and tests. The doctor’s concluded that he need heart surgery and had to take medication to keep his blood pressure down. He will be going in for Surgery in a couple of weeks. The blood … continue reading…

February 4, 2009, at 9:58 am

Phantom Soundsystem

Some great photo’s of the crew from Phantom, a late 60’s South London Sound System have been posted on the Pama Forum.

Check them here.

January 20, 2009, at 7:19 am

Far East Gayfeet

The Rock-A-Shacka crew have just released another two singles in their continuing series of limited edition top quality ska and rocksteady 7″s. The latest releases are on the Gaydisc and Gayfeet labels and feature rare tunes from the archives of Lindon and Sonia Pottinger.

First up is Rascal Boy from Lord Creator backed by Channel 11 by the Hersang Combo, from 1964. But the 2nd release is the real pick; the late ska scorcher Tribute … continue reading…

December 15, 2008, at 10:30 am

Writing about sounds

A thanks to Seen blog for the heads up on the latest issue of Shook magazine which has a decent article on UK Soundsystems. This is nothing spectacular but a decent solid article about the growth of UK sounds, it also looks at the divide in the later 80’s between Roots sounds like Jah Shaka etc and Dancehall ones like Unity and Saxon. The basis for the article is the Musically Mad film but there … continue reading…

December 2, 2008, at 8:50 pm

Mr Irie

A couple of weeks ago I put up a link to an interview with Welton Irie. Now in collaboration with the interveiwer, Michael Villet, I’m proud to present this interview on DanceCrasher.

Complete with live recordings from sound system sessions and samples of some of Welton’s records plus the usual collection of label scans this is a superb interview that gives a great insight into Welton’s career and sound system business in the late 70’s … continue reading…

November 9, 2008, at 12:45 pm

Speaking To Welton Irie

Check here for a superb interview with Welton Irie.