July 5, 2012, at 9:36 pm

A whole heap of Deeper Knowledge

Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller records are not to be trusted with your calendar – having just announced their June re-issues in early July. Fortunately they can be trusted to serve some quite superb vinyl re-issues and the latest crop is unlikely to disappoint: A Tubbys digital piece on 7″, their first foray into albums with two Channel One dub LP’s, a classic Channel One dancehall single and a couple of early 80’s 7″ rarities from Barry Brown.

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August 14, 2010, at 10:25 pm

Forward Natty Dread

I’ve only ever been an occasional reader of the bi-monthly French reggae magazine Natty Dread, but when ever I have got hold of a copy I’ve always been really impressed. The only negative is that it’s all written in French meaning that looking at the pictures and listening to the free CD that came with each issue was always far easier than trying to read the articles.

Therefore it’s a real pity that the latest … continue reading…

March 9, 2010, at 9:19 am

Analogue Jammy's

With all the talk of a Sleng Teng silver jubilee it would be easy to sideline the productions Lloyd James was responsible for prior to 1985. Well neglect at your peril – Jammy may not have been as prolific as some but in the late 70’s and early 80’s he was responsible for many truly great tunes.

The latest effort to present these for the discerning public is a double CD/LP effort (yes – and … continue reading…

December 20, 2009, at 4:31 pm

Trash And Ready

The Tighten Up Crew return with a new night in January showcasing 80’s dancehall and digital sounds, so expect loads of Junjo Lawes, Greensleeves 12’s, Jammy’s and Sleng Teng vibes.

Welll be at Catch (one of the best ever old Tighten Up venues) once a month on a Sunday starting on January 17th. Joining us behind the decks will by the mighty Tim “Bilko” Wells. Times are from 8pm to 1am and it’s in the … continue reading…

June 23, 2009, at 9:20 pm

Nuff Niceness: A Jammy's Mix

It’s been a while since I posted a mix so here’s another oldie from the pretty much unusable podomatic page. This time mid to late 80’s Jammys tunes, there is some great stuff here…


We No Want No Warrior – Junior Delgado (Jammy’s 7″) Clarkes Bootey – Little John (Jammy’s 7″) Police In England – Peter Metro (Greensleeves 12″) Ickie All Over – Wayne Smith (Greensleeves 12″) Life Story – Tonto Irie (Greensleeves 12″) … continue reading…

October 14, 2008, at 10:15 pm

The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture…the album

To conincide with the publishing of the book of the same name by Beth Lesser Soul Jazz are releasing a double CD or 2 x double LP dancehall compilation on the 10th November.

For seasoned fans this isn’t offering a huge amount, the press release boasts “…100% stone-cold Dancehall classics. An A-Z of some of Dancehall’s finest moments.” Which kind of speaks for itself but for people exploring the genre or those who’d like … continue reading…

March 21, 2008, at 12:14 pm


The Heatwave Crew have just released a compilation tracing 25 years of UK MC’s called An England Story. The double CD on Soul Jazz Records features a wide range of artists from Saxon’s hitmakers Tippa Irie and Papa Levi, groundbreaking UK Hip Hop from the London Posse and modern Dancehall crossover sounds.

Whilst more of the old school would have been welcome, Papa Levi’s Mi God Mi King is easily one of the strongest of … continue reading…