February 18, 2016, at 12:34 pm

Four from the Trojan

The Trojan brand/catalogue has moved around a fair bit over the years and each time it moves it takes some time before it becomes clear what direction the new owners will be going with the music. The latest overseers are BMG and it looks like they will be going for artist anthologies and classic LP’s with bonus tracks. Nothing particularly surprising or groundbreaking about this strategy but the low prices and the fact that even … continue reading…

April 1, 2012, at 10:08 pm

Live It Up – Twice

Hopeton Lewis’s Live It Up has been pretty much the stuff of legends for many years. A next piece on the rhythm of John Holt’s classic Ali Baba that was arguably even better than the original, first issued on a blank only and in tiny quantities. So rare was this that even many seasoned reggae people didn’t know the tune or had only heard it on a handful of occasions over the years.

[audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/2012/03-12/liveitup.mp3] Live … continue reading…

November 3, 2011, at 8:00 pm

Maxfield Avenue masters

Deeper Knowledge/DigiKiller once again show everyone else the way to do reissues with another impressive batch of Channel One titles on 10″ or 7″.

Clarence Parks – Things a Come Up To Bump/Come Up To Bump DUB 10″ A big sound system tune, previously issued on a Yard Vibes 12″ (possibly a bootleg?), no relation to the Bassies tune of the same name.

Don Angelo – General/Mix Down Style Version 7″ Originally issued on … 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

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December 8, 2010, at 8:33 pm

Ali Baba

A tough mix of John Holt’s Ali Baba straight from an old Dubplate thanks to the mighty Deadly Dragon Sound. This tune has been played to death in it’s various incarnations over the years, I always think I should be tired of it but I’m not, quite the opposite infact and this dubplate cut is an extra special treat.

March 14, 2010, at 9:36 am

The greatest 100 Rocksteady tunes #30

The last 30 of the top 100 Rocksteady tunes will be featured as individual posts on this blog.

My Number One – The Paragons (Paragons Production)

Back at number 48 in the list was Memories By The Score by the Paragons. My Number One was on the flip side of this on it’s original release on Supertone, and in the UK on Island. For my money it’s an even better tune with a great flow … continue reading…

May 4, 2009, at 5:01 am

In Memory

Today is the 5th anniversary of the death of Coxsone Dodd so on this bank holiday (in the UK at least) it’s all about Studio One.

Gold Dust- A Studio One mix [audio:http://www.dancecrasher.co.uk/mix/GoldDust.mp3]

Jackie Mittoo – Gold Dust (Studio One blank) Alton Ellis – Tumbling Tears (Studio One) Clyde Alphonso – Good Enough (Studio One blank) Lloyd Green – Reggae A Go Go (Muzik City blank) Ken Boothe – Just Another Girl (Studio One) Sound … continue reading…

March 5, 2009, at 11:38 pm

Watch These Sounds at Tighten Up

To celebrate the return of Tighten Up this Saturday I thought I’d put up one of the most popular mixes I previously featured on the podomatic site. Enjoy.

Watch These Sounds – a third Rocksteady mix Rocksteady turns Reggae circa 1968

Watch These Sounds by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Uniques – Beatitude (UK Island) John Holt – I’ve Been Admiring You (UK … continue reading…

September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm

A fine half century for Randy's

To celebrate 50 years since the start of Randy’s VP records are releasing a special 2 CD retrospective with a 40 minute DVD. The CD’s are split down the middle, the first one featuring Ska to early Reggae and the second 70’s sounds. The release has it’s fair share of fairly obvious tunes as is usual in this kind of release but there are some less well known titles thrown in too. CD 1

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