July 11, 2012, at 10:45 pm

The Bass Culture Four

Bass Culture is a series of four double CD releases covering Jamaican music from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. Subtitled This Town Is Too Hot! for ska and rocksteady, Boss Sounds for early reggae up to 1972, When Reggae Was King for roots and Mash You Down for early dancehall up to 1985.

This series is a remarkable undertaking in that it has included productions from all the major players; Coxsone, … continue reading…

April 5, 2012, at 11:39 pm

Hit Bound With Channel One

Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller continue their series of Channel One re-issues with a selection of three 10″ singles and two 7″s out now:

Patrick Andy – Join Me /Self Control Released on a 10″ single. The A side was originally released on a Hitbound 10″ around ’83. The b side is previously unreleased and is on the Revolution rhythm, as used at Channel One for Barrington Levy’s Black Roses. Both sides come complete with their versions.

I-Roy … 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…

October 24, 2010, at 9:27 pm

70's pictures

Check IT Dread for some amazing pictures from Jamaica circa ’78. The photographer, a Norwegian, published a book with many of these in 1979 in her home country. This seems to be the first time these have been seen since then. Many thanks to Staxawax on the Pama forum for the heads up on these.

Right: I Roy at Channel One.

December 12, 2008, at 1:46 pm

Pressure Sounds Run Things!

Pressure Sounds is really coming into it’s own in the re-issue market, the imagination and attention to detail of their reissues in the last year or so has really put the competition (or whats left of it) to shame.

Things look to get even better in 2009 with a release that chronicles the mid 70’s spat between I Roy and Prince Jazzbo called Once Upon A Time At King Tubby’s . None of the tunes … continue reading…

April 11, 2008, at 11:41 am

Micron On Pressure Sounds

Another new release that sounds like it could be a winner is Every Mouth Must Be Fed a various producers set of singles originally released on the Micron label in the early to mid 70’s. Due out on Pressure Sounds on 16 June this set should be well worth checking.

Track Listing: 1. Conference At Waterhouse – Jah Stitch 2. Conference Version 3. Lorna Banana – Junior Byles 4. Revolution Is For The Chinaman – … continue reading…