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Reggae / World

Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers Last Tain to Skaville

Jackie Mittoo's dossier is so thick you'll be shocked that you never heard of him before.… Read more »

Various Best Seven Selections

Reggae's been hot for years now, and the bandwagon is full of quick-change artists hoping for a fast buck.… Read more »

Various Dis-Jointed

Your friendly neighborhood Groove Merchants Cool Chris and Vinnie Esparza come correct with this stellar comp. Given the depth of Chris and Vinnie's crates, this could have easily been an obscure record wank-a-thon.… Read more »

Various Red Bumb Ball

Though it has, until now, enjoyed only a cult following in the US, rocksteady has many fierce devotees worldwide.… Read more »

Various Roots & Dub

Truth in advertising-what a quaint ideal. Tired of a world inundated with hyped exaggeration and obvious factual manipulation to suit dubious ends?… Read more »

Jackie Mittoo Champion In the Arena 1976-1977

The dear departed Jamaican keyboardist Jackie Mittoo is certainly one of the most influential figures in the back shadows of reggae, from his pioneering work with the Skatalites, as a tireless session man for Studio One, and of course as a maker of b… Read more »

Winston Riley Productions Dancehall Techniques 86-91

The most effective way to reissue Jamaican music is by focusing on its producers. Such is the case with Winston Riley, whose importance to dancehall music is nothing less than crucial.… Read more »

Sugar Minott & Sizzla Collie

The riddim for this one, Coming From The Country, is a great remake of the song "Oh Mr. DC" from Minott's Studio One times, produced by Clement Dodd. Sugar is my favorite: warm, big, sad and deep soul, great lyrics, big times.… Read more »

Various Nice Up the Dance: Two Worlds Clash

Revisiting the Jamaican music diaspora in novel ways has become Soul Jazz's stock in trade, and they do it very well. This collection spotlights the crossover between hip-hop and dancehall, Jamaica and the US.… Read more »

Splinter Group Blowing Down Blue Sky

While I'm about as technologically masterful as a toddler with a push toy' embrace, and am schooled in, theories of improvisation and experimentation.… Read more »

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