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Momentous album from 1982 building a bridge between roots reggae and dancehall. A conscious compilation with a variety of youth deejays, including Lee Van Cleef, Prince Hammer & Trinity chanting down babylon over a selection of the very best Roots Radics rhythms and of course, mixed at Tubby's (recording took place between Channel One and Tubby's). From Lee Van Cliff's pro-weed anthem "Chalice And Spliff", to Prince Hammer's more politically charged, "Press Along Dreadlocks" and "Moses", which features the same riddim but has George Nooks toasting some spiritual righteousness over the track. Slightly slower and lighter than what would become the standard for 'traditional' dancehall, you can almost hear both singers and producers hanging onto the roots sound and this album marks a critical moment in the transition into modern dancehall, tangible throughout these cuts. Out of print since 1982 and regularly fetching upwards of £70 2nd hand, this is an essential re-release by Dub Store Japan for reggae dancehall lovers across the world.

Trad dub cuts here in that authentic stylee from the High Note and Gay Feet labels .A selection of rocking rhythms from The Revolutionaries masterminded by Jamaica's finest female record producer, Mrs Sonia Pottinger, and mixed by Duke Reid's nephew, Errol Brown, chief engineer at the legendary Treasure Isle studio. This is new to me, but sounding lush, dreamy and fully legit. It's definitely in tune with Tubby's original sound, full of squelchy delays, aggressive tape echoes and warbling flange plus that all important magical element - spacial ambience (summat I think the new school of dub producers need to remember when they're utilizing their endless digital multitracks and plug-ins...). Yep, really strong hear, surprised she's never crossed my radar. Get involved! 

The "Digital Revolution" occurred in the Jamaican music industry courtesy of a single preset on the Casio MT-40 keyboard, retailing at £100 (ish). Hidden away as a 'rock' rhythm and created by Casio engineer Hiroko Hikuda, it went on to appear on 250 different records and define Jamaica's digi age.

King Jammy, owner and producer of the Jammys label used the rhythm to greatest effect, his label dominated the Jamaican scene between 1985 and 1989, releasing a huge amount of material. Dub Store Records has compiled the best of the 80's heavyweight Dancehall from the Jammys catalogue. Both the vinyl and cd feature the full vocal versions AND the dubs.

 A crucial selection for all Dancehall lovers.


Matt says: One of the best things about working here is that more often than not, in a strange twist of cosmic synchronicity; you’ll start to obsess about a producer or band and desire after much of their back catalogue only to find that it’s hopelessly out of press or expensive. Just when you’ve given up hope, some prestigious label like Dub Store decide to reissue all the best bits for your personal listening pleasure! Such is the case here – King Jammy is up there in my top 3 reggae producers. His 80s, digital style is unlike most other producers in the dub and reggae camps, and tracks like Tonto Irie’s “Ita Ring” have become some of the most sought after hits in my wants list. Omitting the former holy grail (7”’s go for about £80), this compilation, pressed beautifully by Dub Store Japan has loads of Jammy’s other hits, some well known, other’s not as much.

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