You might remember Tony Aiken for his classic funk album Unity, from the 70s – and here, he's back again – after nearly 40 years away from the studio! The album's got a style that's a lot more reggae-influenced than before – maybe not totally a reggae record, given the other influences that Tony brings to bear – but a style that's definitely Jamaican overall, especially in the rhythms! The project features a big number of guests – as you can probably guess from the images on the front cover – all given a soulful spirit by Tony's lead. Package lists no song titles at all – but there are 10 tracks total. (Soul, Reggae)CD
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some vintage tapes, and go to work in the studio of Mad Professor – to turn each number into a dub-heavy masterpiece! The sound is wonderful – still very much indebted to the original basslines, but stretched out much more fully too – with spacey sounds all over the place, really abstracted instrumentation, and the kind of groove that reminds us that they still do make dubs this great – as long as you know where to look. Titles include "Princess Dub", "In The Mix", "Afreecan", "Binghi Man", "Dub Code", "Burden", "After The Storm", "Wallpaper Eraser", "Mek It Run (Run Rasta Run)", and "Floods Of Tears". CD
Tremendous work from Lloyd Charmers – a one-man powerhouse in early reggae – singer, musician, and producer too – with an undeniable ear for the hippest, most soulful sounds around! In fact, Charmers was one of the few to strongly hold onto an American soul influence, even as the music was shifting – and the result is not just some superb soul covers, remade with a new Kingston groove – but also great tracks of Lloyd's own, which can have echoes of styles from Detroit, Chicago, or Philly – although an undeniable reggae approach overall! This 2CD set brings together two full albums that feature Charmers in the lead, and working with other contemporaries too – the records Lloyd Charmers In Session and Best Of Lloyd Charmers – plus lots of bonus tracks too. 50 tracks in all – with titles that include "A Lover's Quarrel" by BB Seaton, "Thula Thula" by The Messengers, "Children Of The Night" by The Chosen Few, "Take A Message To Mary" by Ken Parker "Blue Moon" by Guts McGeorge, and "Just As Long As You Need Me" by Busty Brown – plus "One Big Unhappy Family", "Look A Py Py", "Color Him Father", "Play Me", "Save Their Souls", "Soul Of England", and "Dollars & Bonds" by Lloyd Charmers hiself. CD