Stunning mystical roots in the Bullwackies tradition. From the early eighties, a vocal trio from the Bronx, led by Andrew McCalla, fronting the New Breed; and mixed at Channel One. Just essential.
Two cuts from the sessions which produced that great showdown album with Patrick Andy. The second runs the same ace rhythm as Barry Brown’s Over Me.
Super-tough, odd, scrubby sufferers with some terrific, knackered piano and quaintly acquiescent lyrics. Giddily cavernous dub. Killer Wackies.
Crucial Wackies roots — three tough vocal cuts new to the single format.
Woozy, extended Clive Hunt instrumental. Piano-as-steel-drum. Pretty killer.
Like some of the deejay’s earlier sides for Mudie’s, this cracking toast of Conquering Lion was voiced at King Tubby’s. Winston Edwards released through DIP in the UK; Spalding’s next stop was Brentford Road.
Infectious, inimitable, suitably incoherent pot-stirring from the great deejay, over an ace dub of The Jewels’ Love And Livity.
Tough little mid-seventies roots one-away, produced by Lloydie Slim.
Recorded at Channel One by the Black Roots Band — a version of the studio’s Fight Fight rhythm.
Ducking and diving between London and Kingston JA, Winston Edwards cut the Melodian on the monumental Conquering Lion rhythm in the mid-70s. Dark, hurting and self-disgusted… bad tune.
Three heavy Barry Browns just in from Digikiller. Flabba Holt productions, with the Roots Radics.
Brilliant Barry Brown, but the real killer is on the flip: Angela Prince’s Joker Lover. Mournful, devastating, super-heavy lovers.
Heavy, early-eighties dubplate action, from the Little John Showdown sessions. Straight to the head of that recent, tacky bootleg.
Tough, early ‘80s Barry — breathing hard, with a dose of the Johnny Clarkes — self-produced by the late singer and his wife Lisa, for their own Snowbird label.
Four cuts of the fail-safe Skylarking rhythm. The BB comes from the Far East LP with an unreleased dub. An excellent Clarence Parks is out here for the first time (with a dub that sounds a bit live and direct).
Previously unreleased BB — on the same rhythm as Al Campbell’s Jah Army, which turns up on the flip. Both with dubs.
Our nomination for the heaviest dub of all time… When the Rootical Dubber had a go at reissuing this group of records, many years ago, we remember him saying this one was just too awesome to contemplate.