MAGIC MIX

Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady

WEEK STARTING 6 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Tape Rolling - With Bunny Lee & Friends by Various Artists.
In 1971, despite his run of hits, Bunny Lee was still having to support himself with freelance producing at Dynamic Sounds, but by 1974 he was fully independent and poised to dominate Jamaican music in the mid 70’s. The tracks on this compilation capture that moment of transition, when the smaller ghetto producers were taking over from the older musical establishment. Listening to Bunny’s unreleased master tapes, what bursts out of the speakers is the energy and excitement of the whole production process, from the studio chatter of the musicians to the sonic experiments at the mixing desk. These pioneering steps in deejaying and dub were the launch pad for remix culture and the core production techniques of today, a creative explosion that altered the shape of our popular culture. In the words of I Roy, “Striker Lee, him have the key!”

Following his album with Massive Attack in the 1990’s, Horace Andy finally succeeded in reaching the international audience his work had long since warranted.

The singer had in fact been one of Jamaican music’s brightest stars over the previous two decades, adapting to each new musical trend with consummate ease.

This 2CD collection, the fifth in an exciting value for money range highlighting eight of reggae music’s greatest talents, features 40 of his most popular recordings from the Seventies and Eighties, including such major reggae hits as ‘Skylarking’, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Money, Money’ and ‘Better Collie’.

Despite the exceptionally reasonable price point, the high standard by which Trojan have long since been renowned is maintained, with all the releases in the series including the usual extensive notes and fascinating imagery.

Previously released with Scientist as the 'artist', Greensleeves classic late 70s / early 80s dub series now gets an authorised deluxe 2CD / 2LP revamp under the moniker of producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes. Original Greensleeves assembled dub classic, crucial selection of Junjo's classic Roots Radics propelled rhythms recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's. Newly remastered dub album now twinned with a second disc of the original vocal versions and a selection of DJ cuts. Six panel digi-pack with 8pp booklet and CD's housed in custom sleeves.


Previously released with Scientist as the 'artist', Greensleeves classic late 70s / early 80s dub series now gets an authorised deluxe 2CD / 2LP revamp under the moniker of producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes. Original Greensleeves assembled dub classic, crucial selection of Junjo's classic Roots Radics propelled rhythms recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's. Newly remastered dub album now twinned with a second disc of the original vocal versions and a selection of DJ cuts. Six panel digi-pack with 8pp booklet and CD's housed in custom sleeves. 


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