September 7, 2011, at 9:01 pm

Truth And Rights

Check this great take on the Truth And Rights rhythm from from UK Hip-Hop legend Rodney P alongside The Peoples Army and Mighty Mo (Heartless Crew). The video was shot at one of the large student demonstrations earlier this year and after the recent riots is a great contribution to the soundtrack for the UK in 2011.

This is a perfect excuse to feature some great versions of a great rhythm. For those who … continue reading…

November 26, 2010, at 9:37 pm

54-46 Peckings

Just out on Peckings are three 7″ singles on the 54-46 rhythm:

Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly / Culan Luke – Hustler Mr Williams – In The Club / Sparkie – Playback Tenna Star – Thanks & Praise / YT – Save My Life

Pick of the bunch is the Gappy Ranks, whilst it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Put The Stereo On it’s still a fine follow up.

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October 2, 2010, at 11:18 am

Gappy Ranks on 7"

The tribute to Studio One by Gappy Ranks, Put The Stereo On has finally been released on seven inch single by Peckings. Voiced over Tunnel One, a Tommy McCook horns piece on the Hot Milk rhythm, this has been creating quite a stir for well over a year.

The tune was finally issued on Gappy’s LP of the same name in August of this year but it’s the seven inch that people wanted and … continue reading…

July 31, 2010, at 12:34 am

Japanese Digi Fever

I’ve always been pretty unsure about attempts to copy old styles of Jamaican music, be it “authentic” ska bands or efforts to faithfully reproduce the 70’s roots sound that frequently end up sounding either slavishly patronising or just plain wrong. The one exception I’d make is the recent spate of releases that have mimicked the minor chord digital sound of the late 80’s.

Perhaps it’s because those days aren’t so far in the past and … continue reading…

June 30, 2010, at 12:52 am

Blood Dunza 2010

Johnny Clarke’s Blood Dunza was a big hit for producer Bunny Lee when it was first released circa 1977. Now 30+ years later Frenchie at Maximum Sounds has taken the original rhythm (this sounds like the real deal – not a recut) and voiced some of the biggest modern roots artists on it.

The result is four vocal cuts an instrumental and a version all on nice crisp 7″. People who say doing this … continue reading…

May 9, 2010, at 6:45 pm

Stalag > Stagalag

There have been some great relicks of old rhythms this year and you may think that another version of Stalag (AKA Stagalag) is unlikely to top these, but the new version by Shane Brown’s Juke Boxx records is threatening to do just that. Check the mix below for samples of some of the cuts, there are lots of singers here which is no bad thing, the cuts by Busy Signal, G Whizz, Bugle, Tarrus Riley … continue reading…

May 3, 2010, at 7:09 pm

50 Pounds of Entertainment

Loud Disturbance Records have just released a new cut on the Heavenless/Entertainment rhythm which they’ve named 50 Pounds. Heavenless started life at Studio One circa 1968 with the horns cut by Vin Gordon (though it’s sometimes incorrectly credited to Don Drummond).

Like so many classic Studio One rhythms it was ressurrected with great success in the early 80’s, most notably with Triston Palmer’s – Entertainment produced by Jah Thomas.

A mix of Studio One Heavenless … continue reading…

March 29, 2010, at 3:28 pm

Creation Rebel 2010

More on a modern tip, UK based producer Frenchie of Maximum Sounds has just released a series of 7″s based on the Bunny Lee lick of the Studio One rhythm Creation Rebel – first cut by Burning Spear and done over for Bunny by Johnny Clarke. This release takes the original 70’s rhythm and updates it, there may be a loop in there somewhere but this is essentially the same rhythm as used by Bunny … continue reading…

March 27, 2010, at 11:32 pm

A new Zion Gate

On DanceCrasher I rarely talk about brand new music that is coming out, there are two main reasons for this; firstly others better informed than me do it alot better, and secondly, really good stuff tends to be pretty rare these days.

One release that is good and looks like it’s going to be hard to ignore in coming months is the Zion Gate rhythm by King Jammy’s son and veteran producer in his own … continue reading…

February 7, 2010, at 7:51 pm

Mungo's Business

Mungo’s Hifi have been big news for sometime now running a sound in Glasgow and building rhythms which though unmistakably modern manage to have a great retro feel without sounding naff. Their latest rhythm; Bad From is up with the very best of their work to date and features an impressive rosta of artists including Daddy Freddy and Mikey Murka but the best is first on the rhythm mix below with Earl Sixteen – International … continue reading…