Prime late 70s work from the great Don Carlos – one of Jamaica's most soulful singers of the 70s, heard here in material from the second half of the decade – a time when he was working with producer Bunny Striker Lee, and really coming into his own! Rhythms have a slow-stepping, roots-b ... read moreCD
A mid 90s comeback effort from the mighty Jimmy Cliff – not that he ever reallly left us for long – but a comeback in that it's is first in decades for Island Records, home to his most legendary records of the late 60s and 70s! It's got a handful of covers and new versions of past ... read moreCD
Soulful contemporary Jamaican grooves from Etana – warm, breezy and beautifully sung numbers rooted in Rastafarian spiritual vibes, and timelessly produced by Dragonaires legend Clive Hunt! Etana's voice is lovely and steeped in soul, and Hunt's production blends classic inspiration and a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Higgs —
Unity Is Power ... LP Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice 4-track 7" EP on Jump Up benefitting the Teenage Cancer Trust – with "Razorblade Alley" by Hotknives, "The Opium Eaters" by Crabs Corporation, "Madness" by The Values feat Neal Innes & Bedders, and Driving In My Car" by Rude Boy George. 7-inch, Vinyl record
A collection of crucial pre-Island Records material from Bob Marley – work that really helped shape the sound of Jamaican music in the 70s – and a surprisingly strong document of the artist at his early best! There's a bit less polish here – and maybe a bit less majesty, too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet grooves from the legendary Jackie Mittoo – easily one of the greatest keyboardists on the Jamaican scene! The set has Jackie tripping a groove on a variety of keyboards – mostly his trademark Hammond, but a few other instruments as well – all set to rhythms that are often ... read moreCD
2 numbers of Denroy Morgan's I'll Do Anything For You LP, the a-side a rootsy reggae number without much of the club appeal that put the title track over large, but with more of the 80s groove vibe creeping in on the midtempo R&B number on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Key Mystic Revealers from the 80s onward – and the title speaks truth – they're vital and crucial! The soulful vocals carry the tunes beautifully – with lead singer Anthony Wilmot burning brightly over solid tunes and rhythms laid down by legends and younger Jamaican players ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frankie Paul —
Tidal Wave ... LP Greensleeves, 1985. New Copy (reissue)...
Classic mid 80s dancehall from singer Frankie Paul and producer George Phang – with a vive that's rooted in soul, thanks in no small part to Frankie's sweetly emotional vocal approach – but it's done with lean, modern sound that's held up well over the years! The songs cut deep and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very dubby dubs from the legendary Justice Records – tracks that are deeper, darker, and moodier than most mainstream iterations of the format at the time – that best take on music from dirt, served up with more than enough echo to send the instrumentation and vocals into some very ... read moreCD