June 9, 2013, at 7:40 pm

Every Man A Seller

Out now from Deadly Dragon Sound is a 7″ vinyl reissue of Nitty Gritty’s first ever tune; Every Man A Seller on Black Roots.

The word is that original issues of this tune all suffered from poor sound quality, the sound has been cleaned up for the reissue so this release is even better than the original. Every Man A Seller is limited to a hand numbered 500 copies, it’s properly licensed from Sugar … continue reading…

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…

October 15, 2011, at 6:02 am

Jammy's Specials from Dub Store Part 2

Hot on the heels of the four 7″ released recently featuring late 80’s/early 90’s Jammy’s specials, Japan’s Dub Store Records are back with three more of the same.

I haven’t changed my view that releasing old 10″ dubplates on 7″ format is a curious strategy but that said it can’t be denied that it’s great to hear some of these in pristine quality. All three of the a sides this time round are completely great.

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October 2, 2011, at 9:18 pm

King Kustom Gold

It’s been over a year since Gold Shop put out any new reissues and it was beginning to look like they’d called it a day. Fortunately that’s not the case and they are back on the scene with a couple of new 12″ re-issues on the King Kustom label.

Sluggy – Ghetto Youth // Version Sluggy – Cocaine /Version // Nitty Gritty – Dollars /Version

Ghetto Youth originally come out on a Justice 12″ in … continue reading…

September 30, 2011, at 12:05 am

Mini Dubstore Jammy's

I’m not sure what to think about this, four 7″ singles from Dub Store in Japan featuring sound system specials as recorded for King Jammy’s Supa Power in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

Junior Reid – Puppa Jammy Nice Little John – Jammys Has Come

Little John – Jammys Rule Colin Roach and Anthony Malvo – Hey Yo

Pad Anthony – Try A Thing Nitty Gritty – Trial And Crosses

Chi-Lites – Jammys Better Pad Anthony … continue reading…

March 22, 2011, at 1:25 pm

Nitty Gritty showcase and a Willie Williams twelve

This blog doesn’t really favour late 80’s sounds over 60’s or 70’s music but it just so happens that the amount of quality late 80’s dancehall and digital stuff coming out these days is just phenomenal. So forgive me if that’s a common preoccupation at the moment.

Here comes Dug Out records with another mighty fine LP and 12″ from the Black Victory camp. First up is Nitty Gritty’s showcase LP; General Penitentiary, available now … continue reading…

April 28, 2010, at 11:42 pm

The real Nitty Gritty

Two mid eighties Nitty Gritty tunes produced by Eric Bubbles AKA Derrick Howard are the latest seven inch reissues from the Gold Shop camp out of New York on the Progressive imprint:

Morning Train/Version Got To Make It/Version

Morning Train is nice but Got To Make It is a storming cut on the Tonight rhythm, this was originally issued on the Mello Sounds International label.

April 10, 2010, at 11:21 pm

A Little More Witty

I’m kind of slow of the blocks with these releases but thought they were worth a mention anyway because they’re fine. Gold Shop out of New York have re-released another five tunes on seven inch from the Witty catalogue. These are all on one rhythm called Rough Wine:

Sluggy Ranks – Rough Wine / Version Junior Wilson – Mama Told Me / Version Nitty Gritty – Sweet Dreams / Version Sugar Minott – No Wicked … continue reading…

July 17, 2008, at 12:37 pm

More Greensleeves 12"s

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