A brawny Flabba arrangement of Tempo, for Leggo Sounds, with a deep dub, entitled Vex.
What a stunning turn-up! Never before released, here is the greatest producer in reggae at the very peak of his powers — sounds like 1977 — running the first, pre-Black Uhuru version of Love Crisis. That’s right.
Anguished, ill, millenialist setting of The Upsetter’s killer Fever rhythm. Perry has to take the credit, but this is another scorcher.
An unnerving ride on Yabby You’s almighty Conquering Lion rhythm — a darkly atmospheric tale of pestilence and the dark arts, our kind of Christmas Carol. Crowning a great year for Digikiller, this is essential.
Lovely female vocal version of The Gaylads’ classic, complete with birdsong.
Three chilled, heavy dubplates deployed by Junjo’s Volcano and Hyman Wright’s Jah Life soundsystems, back in the day, on John Holt’s Chanting rhythm.
A storming 1991 Jah Life, and a moody mid-80s Dub Irator by Jug Head, aptly named, missing his Joyce badly. (She’s cleaned him out and fucked off to Miami.)
Feel the ride, rudeboy. A tough version excursion over two Digikiller twelves — five vocal cuts, two different dubs — with this crucial Madoo out here for the first time.
Late-eighties Callo Collins production of the Youth Promotion cohort.
Megaton 1979 Soul Syndicate rhythm, the workings of Wayne Jarrett’s Brimstone And Fire, put down in Jamaica, dubbed-up in the Bronx with deadly syndrums, synths, signature reverbed metal percussion. Raw soul.
Terrific organ-and-bongo excursion on Touch My Soul, with more of a Studio One feel to the mix.
Leroy Smart on tough, mid-tempo Channel One is a hard act to follow… but female deejay Super Chick steals the show on the flip, smashing Fight Fight. Murder.
Storming seventies Channel One rhythm with the same kind of militant double-time drumming as Gregory’s Mr Know It All. Mr Smart sings his heart out. Like the I Roy, on seven here for the first time.
1987 digi typhoon from Tuff Gong, and the production team of Denzel Bowford and Trevor Bow, heavy-bolt crossbow of Hope Road.
Tremendous socialist outing on Guiding Light, from Channel One… but go straight to the dub, which has the luminous drama of vintage Tubbys and the spiritual intensity of great Yabby You. Murder.
The first of the three Fashioneers sevens, 1975-80, before the group morphed into the The Mighty Abidjans. Leonard Billings, Jaiq Sterling and Pixley Brown with the Revolutionaries, plus hard Ernest Hookim dub.
Nice gospelized harmonies… with a touch of The Lecture to the flip-side sufferers.
The legendary Coxsone Sound dubplate — a gorgeous close-harmony roots enchanter — voiced and mixed by King Tubby for Prince Jazzbo’s Ujama imprint. Bim!
The Greenwich Farm and Trenchtown youth return ineffably to the Conquering Lion rhythm for their own label, with a much fuller sound than the Ujamas. Fab.
Sweetly formal, early-seventies doowop-reggae-soul, with lovely harmonies and organ, backed with a shark-attack rootical deejay cut in Amharic.
Gotta be the Sound Dimension — Mittoo, Vin Gordon on deadly form — behind the sublime harmonizing. Sir D moves over for Sir C, who ups the guitar and vocals, keeping things more clean and tidy than usual.