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Various Artists Under Mi Sleng Teng: The Dawning Of Digital Reggae

  • Words: David Katz
  • Label: Trojan
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

The mid-to-late 1980s was an exciting time in Jamaican music as reggae made the irreversibly futuristic shift from analog to digital musicianship, resulting in the birth of contemporary dancehall. This two-disc set selects 40 of the most momentous releases of the period from its outstanding figures, including Admiral Bailey, Nitty Gritty, Tenor Saw, Tiger, Chakademus, Half Pint, Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Ninjaman, Beres Hammond, and the Blood Fire Posse. Curated for thematic continuity and maximum aural impact, the compilation is a winner from start to finish and the liner notes provide good background context. Play loud!

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