October 28, 2018, at 10:04 am

Live Injection 3rd November

Live Injection – a day of the finest in rocksteady, early reggae and a bit of soul. The usual suspects Allan Finnie, Tim P and Andy Hynd on the decks joined by guests Paul Landers and Spider John.

January 10, 2012, at 7:23 pm

2 twelves from Kiddus I part 2

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with reissues coming out, not that this is a bad thing…

A week or so ago I mentioned that Dub Store had reissued a couple of 12″ singles from Frank Dowding AKA Kiddus I in December. Well a few days later they’re back with two more.

Kiddus I – Fire Burn/Fire Burn Version Fire Burn was previously released on Dub Stores LP/CD Rockers: Graduation In Zion 1978-1979 but … continue reading…

March 31, 2010, at 9:01 pm

Rockin' With Laurel

Pressure Drop are back with another instalment of their Laurel Aitken odyssey, a 28 track release called You Got Me Rockin’ an entertaining though patchy release of pre Ska R&B type sides that were all originally released between ’60 and ’64.

Most tracks are UK recordings but this isn’t so bad, there is some great raw musicianship on show with a fine strolling double bass and Rico’s trombone prominent on many tracks. Aitkens rough and … 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…

March 22, 2010, at 9:31 pm

Park Heights Dragons

New York’s Deadly Dragon make another foray into the now crowded digital reggae vinyl re-issue market with three sevens from New Yorks Park Heights label.

Sleepy Wonder & Jango – Fade Away/Version Lilly Melody – Give Me Some Of Your Loving/Version Nuthead Irie – Tenement Yard/Version

It’s almost surprising given the amount of reissues hitting the street at the moment that the standard is generally very high and these three definitely won’t dissapoint, infact the … continue reading…

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…

March 11, 2010, at 7:53 pm

Gimme African Love

In a welcome return to the Sleng Teng theme that’s undoubtedly going to run for the next few months Gold Shop Records have just put out another three Shinehead reissue singles on the African Love iimprint. The pick of the bunch being the mighty Know How Fe Chat on … (do I really have to say it?) …Sleng Teng.

Strangely enough these releases aren’t showing up on the Gold Shop web site but Deadly Dragon … continue reading…

March 10, 2010, at 11:53 pm

More from the Prince..

Just as Greensleeves/VP come out with a compilation of big sides from Jammy’s pre digital days Pressure Sounds take it to another level by re-issuing the (relatively) obscure 1981 dub LP Prince Jammy Presents: Strictly Dub.

Jammy produces and mixes with Sly & Robbie in the studio alongside the likes of Bobby Ellis, Deadly Headly Bennett and Winston Wright. The tunes are mostly classic rhythms like Shan Kai Shek, Baba Boom, Ali Baba played in … continue reading…

March 3, 2010, at 10:51 pm

More rewinds

Here is the audio and some pictures of the last Rewind Mi selectah! (see below for some videclips).

This was a superb night – many thanks to the guest selectors Alan McKay and Ras Digby who both put in faultless sets and made for a night that those who raved with us won’t forget in a hurry.

The audio is in two parts. Part one is Tim P followed by Alan McKay, part two is … continue reading…

February 25, 2010, at 1:12 am

Sleng Teng Extravaganza

Kudos to Heatwave for pointing out that it’s 25 years this week since Sleng Teng was played out in a dance. The story goes that on February 23 1985 Jammy’s Super Power met Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road, Jammy’s dropped the Sleng Teng rhythm, the crowd went wild, and the rest is history.

Even if Noel Davey and Wayne Smith hadn’t found a pre-set rhythm on a Casio MT-40 keyboard and taken it to … continue reading…