MAGIC MIX

Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady

WEEK STARTING 30 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of East Of The River Nile by Augustus Pablo.
Augustus Pablo is an enigmatic presence in the history of reggae music. He was so very important and yet was almost totally unknown to most listeners excepting the committed reggae fan. His work with the late King Tubby and his unique melodica music had helped to define dub and "East Of The River Nile" is one of his undisputed classics. Since his tragically early death his work has gradually gained some of the recognition it deserves.

Dennis Brown

Money In My Pocket - The Best Of

UK collection from the Reggae legend. Bob Marley cited him as his favorite singer, bestowing upon him the title `Crown Prince of Reggae'. From his first recordings at age 11 to his crossover smash `Money In My Pocket', Dennis Brown became one of the most prolific and influential voices in Jamaican music. This is the most comprehensive collection of his career released to date and includes his Trojan, A&M and Joe Gibbs produced catalogue.

2CD collection of all his best known tracks plus some lesser known gems as well.


Moscow B-boy, vinyl freak, DJ killer and production maestro Lay-Far returns to Basic Fingers with his second EP of secret weapons primed for club destruction! Up first, Lay-Far gets deep into the pocket with a raucous and percussive edit of Hamilton Bohannon's  "Me & The Gang". Rather than working with the loopy piano part much loved by Paul Johnson, Lay-Far goes to town on the stripped back break, extending and expanding it into a hypnotic groove interrupted by wailing snippets of Caroline Crawford's vocal. Dope! Next up, Alexander (for that is his real name) gets smooth and summery with a lively rework of Pete And Sheila Escovedo's cover version of Billy Cobham's "Bolinas". The vocals drift in over the jazzy instrumentation like a refreshing sea breeze as Lay-Far seduces us with the perfect summer jam. Flip the disc for a full hit of the phonk as Pleasure's "Bouncy Lady" gets shot through the Lay-Far disco blender and reassembled on the other end as a boisterous block party banger packed to the rafters with percussive punch and bright brass. If we're seeking out summer shimmer, then what could light up the room more than a wide dubwise smile courtesy of Mad Professor, reworked by Lay-Far into an sweet reggae disco ting! All hail the mighty Muscovite!

Candy McKenzie

Lee 'Scratch' Perry Presents Candy McKenzie

After logging session work in the UK with reggae greats like Bob Marley, Aswad and Keith Hudson, British born vocalist Candy McKenzie journeyed to Jamaica in 1977 to record her own album with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry for the Trojan label.

The album was rejected and shelved by Trojan, along with several others produced by Perry at the time, as rumours of his ‘unstable’ condition ran rampant. Indeed Perry was a wild card but, though McKenzie was initially a little put off by the unorthodox studio methods championed by Perry during his famed Black Ark period, the two established a working relationship that resulted in ‘Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Presents Candy McKenzie’, her lone long lost album.

The album was recorded during the beginning of Perry’s ‘Pipecock Jackson’ period, which found the righteous and wacky producer heightening his use of reverb, space echo, flange and phase effects, rising at dawn to overdub percussion and establishing the wet and dripping sound that would become his signature. Perry is in fine style here, even a bit reserved, treating McKenzie’s vocals with a slight effect, a bit fuzzy and slightly phased, feeling at times like she’s singing in a spacious chamber, yet he never lets his effects overtake the sweetness of McKenzie’s spirited high register vocals.

Often known for recycling rhythms, here Perry uses his Upsetters house band to create a fresh and original set of bouncy, soulful, yet bottom-heavy backings. This may be the closest Perry ever came to producing something resembling lovers rock, with the UK flavour of her vocals, the sexiness of the lyrics and the use of an early drum machine.

This was recorded in the same time and place that gave birth to some of Perry’s best and most iconic productions, including ‘Heart Of The Congos’ and ‘Police And Thieves’.

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    The Special AKA

    In The Studio (2CD Special Edition)

      Special Edition 2CD sets of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever, The Specials.

      These reissues have been approved by founding member Jerry Dammers and include previously unreleased concert audio, non-album singles, EPs and B-sides, as well as extensive new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos.

      The Specials

      More Specials (2CD Special Edition)

        Special Edition 2CD sets of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever, The Specials.

        These reissues have been approved by founding member Jerry Dammers and include previously unreleased concert audio, non-album singles, EPs and B-sides, as well as extensive new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos.

        The Specials

        The Specials (2CD Special Edition)

          Special Edition 2CD sets of three exceptional, ground breaking albums by one of the most important British bands ever, The Specials.

          These reissues have been approved by founding member Jerry Dammers and include previously unreleased concert audio, non-album singles, EPs and B-sides, as well as extensive new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos.

          Various Artists

          Lee Perry & Friends - The Black Ark Years

          During the mid-to-late seventies. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry almost single-handedly took Jamaican music to a new level, using the limited equipment installed in his compact Black Ark studio to push reggae’s boundaries beyond their perceived limits, and in so doing creating numerous musical masterpieces. Included among his best-known works that saw issue on the island are a number of seminal recordings, including "Hurt So Good", "Curley Locks", "Police And Thieves" and "Sipple Out Deh" – a song later remixed and re-titled by Island as "War In A Babylon". These, along with the best of his other Jamaican singles from this golden era have been brought together for this, the most essential reggae collection in years.


          Various Artists

          Trojan Presents Classic Reggae

            There’s nothing quite like Jamaican music, whether it’s Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub or Dancehall and beyond. All of these styles are evident in this two-disc, 40-track set drawn from the Trojan Records vaults.

            With classics like Desmond Dekker’s ‘007 (Shanty Town)’, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s ‘Return Of Django’, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Small Axe’ and ‘Trench Town Rock’, Chaka Demus & Pliers’ ‘Twist And Shout’ and Beenie Man’s ‘Dancehall Queen’, among others, this excellent collection makes for a quick dive through the history of Jamaican pop music.

            2CD compilation that comprehensively chronicles the first 8 years of Jamaican dub reggae, circa 1973-81.

            ‘Trojan Presents Dub’ boasts a track listing which features pivotal material from all the key producers and performers of the time.

            This is a collection that captures dub reggae at its finest - from its inception to its crucial, creative apex. Mesmerizing, meditational and downright ‘groovy’.

            Various Artists

            Trojan Presents Rock Steady

              Two CD collection containing tracks from the legendary Trojan Records archives.

              The successor to Ska, Rock Steady first came into being during the long hot summer of 1966 and reigned supreme in Jamaica for two glorious years before finally being superseded by Reggae.

              This set highlights many of the biggest hits from the golden age of the Rock Steady years, with every track featured a major Jamaican hit from the period.
              Includes The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley & The Wailers amongst many more.

              Two-disc, 40-track collection from the rich Trojan Records vaults.

              Features classic sides from the peak of Jamaica’s roots reggae era, including such powerful and enduring gems as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s eerily beautiful ‘Dreadlocks In The Moonlight’, Culture’s rampaging ‘Two Sevens Clash’, Max Romeo’s ‘War Ina Babylon’, The Congos’ haunting ‘Row Fisherman Row’, Junior Byles’ ‘Curly Locks’ and The Heptones’ ‘Sufferer’s Time’, among others.

              A wonderfully sequenced compilation of the golden age of Jamaican pop music - no country’s pop music has ever been so ardently political as Jamaica’s was in the 1970s.


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