October 4, 2012, at 11:00 pm

Channel One Styles +1

The latest releases from Deeper Knowledge/Digikiller are out now and as usual they are hard to resist; a couple of serious Channel One 10″ offerings and a classic roots 7″ from Lloyd Tyrell/Charmers.

Oneil Dyer – Apartment/Dub Originally issued on a US press blank label Hitbound 10″ in ’82 but a seriously rare one.

unknown artist – Hey Natty Dread Previously unreleased and straight from the original tape, the female lead is unidentified but … 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…

April 12, 2011, at 12:31 am

The Legend Of Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion

Beth Lessers latest book published by Small Axe/Muzik Tree celebrates the life of Sugar Minott who died in July of last year. Like her previous book; King Jammy’s, this latest volume shows that Beth can present a story in a way that many other reggae authors can’t, from the perspective of someone who was there for at least some of the events she writes about and knew many of the characters involved.

Within the 200 … continue reading…

March 21, 2011, at 12:03 am

Dub Store Jammy's

Dub Store reissue another seven classic Jammy’s digital productions on 7″ at the end of May. There are some real classics coming, this series just gets better and better:

Echo Minott – I Am Back/Version

Pad Anthony – Dangerous System/Version

Admiral Tibet – Running From Reality/Version

Gregory Isaacs – The Ruler/Version

Sugar Minott – Conscious Lover/Pad Anthony – By Show Down

Conroy Smith – Sugar Me/Version … continue reading…

January 31, 2011, at 2:06 pm

Black Victory

It looks like there are some heavy duty releases coming on Dug Out soon. They’ve gone back to the Black Victory label and will be putting out the 12″ of Sugar Minott’s Sheriff John Brown and the indemand Tempo Explosion LP that features tracks by Sugar Minott, Chris Wayne, Willie Williams, Ras Menilik Dacosta and Jerry Johnson.

Further details are scarce at the moment but I’ll update when more info arrives.

Thanks to Trilogy Tapes … continue reading…

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…

July 13, 2010, at 8:02 pm

African Brothers – Lincoln Sugar Minott

Long before the late great Lincoln Sugar Minott struck out as a solo artist he started his recording career in the early 70’s as a member of the vocal trio the African Brothers alongside Derrick Howard (AKA Eric Bubbles) and Tony Tuff.

Now with consummate good timing (and clearly no suggestion of a cash in) Eric Bubbles has re-released A Still Tongue by the group on 7″ on his Progressive International label. This is a … continue reading…

July 11, 2010, at 8:30 am

Sugar Minott RIP

Dancehall Mobi are reporting that Sugar Minott passed away a few hours ago, they are usually very reliable so it seems this must be true. Condolences to Sugar’s family. Rest In Peace star.

Sugar at Reggae Sunsplash 1983.

May 3, 2010, at 7:09 pm

50 Pounds of Entertainment

Loud Disturbance Records have just released a new cut on the Heavenless/Entertainment rhythm which they’ve named 50 Pounds. Heavenless started life at Studio One circa 1968 with the horns cut by Vin Gordon (though it’s sometimes incorrectly credited to Don Drummond).

Like so many classic Studio One rhythms it was ressurrected with great success in the early 80’s, most notably with Triston Palmer’s – Entertainment produced by Jah Thomas.

A mix of Studio One Heavenless … continue reading…

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…