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…

August 27, 2010, at 12:22 am

Deadlier Dragons And Gold Shots

The Deadley Dragon crew continue their exploration of New Yorks fabled Park Heights label with a couple of 7″s featuring a digital version of the Rockfort Rock rhythm.

Sluggy Ranks – Black Man Struggle/Version Lilly Melody – Nuh Badder With It/Curry Don – Big Up Every Don

These come direct from the master tapes and, of course, are fully licenced. Like all Deadly Dragon releases these are available exclusively from them and are strictly limited … continue reading…

May 30, 2010, at 4:53 am

Tubby's styles

A series of six seven inch re-issues of King Tubby digital productions have just come out on a facsimilie Waterhouse label:

Banana Man – Take A Lick/Version Johnny Osbourne – Line Up/Version Anthony Red Rose & King Kong – Follow Me No/Version Anthony Red Rose & King Kong – Two Bad Bull/Version Conroy Smith – Original Sound/Version

The source of these re-issues isn’t clear so I’ve no idea if they are legitimate or not however … continue reading…

April 30, 2010, at 2:10 pm

Dub Store Tubby's

Dub Store out of Japan have just put out four 7″ from King Tubby’s late 80’s catalogue.

Anthony Red Rose – Me No Want No Boops/Version John Wayne – Love It A Kill Me/Version Super Black – Rising Star/Version Johnny Osbourne – Line Up/Trevor Levy – Nah Run From No Clash

There is a bit of controversy here as Deadly Daragon re-issued Rising Star a couple of years ago and still have it on their … 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…

February 6, 2010, at 9:08 pm

Midnight Rockers

Out now on Roots records is a compilation of early 80’s Jah Thomas productions most of which originally came out on Midnight Rock 12″s or 7″s or on Greensleeves 12″s. The productions of Jah Thomas are often overlooked when the days of classic dancehall are discussed, this CD shows that whilst Junjo may have been king Jah Thomas was no slouch.

Roots aren’t huge players on the reissue market but their stuff is always well … continue reading…

January 24, 2010, at 8:58 am

Soul Jazz Inna Dancehall Style

Soul Jazz Records have just released a 2nd instalment of Dancehall tunes, this is a follow up to the original release which was issued in conjunction with the great book of 80’s Dancehall pictures by Beth Lesser in late 2008. This new release is available on double CD or double LP and has 24 tracks. This has been compiled and has sleeve notes by Steve Barrow (formerly of Blood & Fire Records). CD1 1. Lone … continue reading…

October 10, 2009, at 3:19 pm

Something called Loving Reggae

Another old podcast is dusted off and given a new lease of life. This one is strictly 68-71 reggae styles. Once all the old podcasts have been removed from podomatic and put up here I may even try and get it together to do some new ones…

Loving Reggae by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Maytones – Loving Reggae (UK Blue Cat) GG … continue reading…

August 1, 2009, at 7:55 am

Shaka does Greensleeves

The undisputed king of UK roots sounds Jah Shaka has compiled a CD of best shots from the Greensleeves vaults which sees release in mid September. Titled Jah Shaka Presents The Positive Message there are 15 tunes on the release, unsurprisingly Shaka has gone for tunes from the earlier years of Greensleeves, there are plenty of classics here and this looks to be a fine release.

Keith Hudson – Felt We Felt The Strain Earl … continue reading…

May 10, 2009, at 8:16 am

Truth And Rights

New York’s Deadley Dragon Crew have a new podcast thing going on here. Top of the tree at the moment is a great live recording of Johnny Osbourne, sound system style, at a Puma promotional thing from late last year. This is heavy on Studio One rhythms and JO is sounding good.

Here is a direct link: [audio:]