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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Phillip Frazier - Window Shopping 7'' [1984 Shelter Rock Original Pressing]

Killer tune on the same crucial riddim as Little Kirk's Avoid Being Girlie Girlie (Black Solidarity). Didn't think there were other versions of that riddim, but found this one the other day. Huuuge!

Cutty Ranks - Money Money 7'' [1991 Outernational Original Pressing]

Quite a find in the dollar bin the other day at my local record shop! Riddim is same as Horace Andy's classic, though features some Drifter riddim sounding horns. Very bad ass Cutty 7''.

Home T - Careless Whisper 12'' [199x Two Friends Original Pressing]

Gaudy version of George Michael's hit of the same name, though this one's over a Tempo riddim! This was quite a popular song to cover in JA in the 80's... I'll try to post some other versions later. Big up Infinite Bass on the 12''. Thanks!

J.J. Denton - Poor We Africans 7'' [198x Volcano Original Pressing]

After copping this album, for the longest time I thought Denton was just a guy singing with a more falsetto style. Later I picked up the Slicker Country Boy 7'' and realized Denton was a woman! Either way it doesn't seem that she recorded much, making her ambiguous name even less remote. This record is also from the end of days for the Volcano label, with Junjo Lawes not really involved anymore in the late 80's. Most of his big hits, of course, coming in the beginning of the dancehall era with artists like Barrington Levy, Cocoa Tea, and Little John.

J.J. Denton - Slicker Country Boy 7'' [1986 Sunset Original Pressing]

Much more clearly a feminine vocalist here haha...

Mikey General - Dance Hall Vibes / Margaret 12'' [1986 Digikal Original Pressing]

Monster 12'' featuring two classic Gussie P tracks. Pure 80's Brittish dancehall at it's best. The A Side sounds has a bassline that sounds like Queen's Another One Bites The Dust. Both sides include versions.

Copac - Sound Boy 7'' [198x Mes Jam Original Pressing]

Interesting Canadian DJay tune. Surprisingly enough, Canada was one of the big three destinations (UK and US being the other two) where Jamaicans migrated to starting in the 50's and 60's. Most of the Jamaican population in Canada is centered in Ontario, where several sounds/labels sprung up over the years, like Summer Sound, King Culture, and Mes Jam.

Chuck Turner and Bounty Killer - Settle Down 7'' [1993 Kingston 11 Original Pressing]

Nice bogle remix of Chuck Turner's hit Run Around Girl, on Jammy's Live And Love label in 1987. This is also a King Jammy prodo.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Silver Cat - Van Damme / Alley Cat - Midnight 12'' [1995 Shocking Vibes Original Pressing]

Very nice US printed tune with 2 different Cat's deejaying catchy riddim. Love the Silver Cat tune though... Watch mi kick like Van Damme! The AA side also includes the version with crazy sped up rapping sound effects.

Admiral Tibett - Why Should I 7'' [1989 Jammys Original Pressing]

Tuff Tibett tune with commentary of the violence in Kingston at the time, where residents had to watch out for the police just as much as they did from rude boys and banduloos!

Sugar Minott - Production Plan 7'' [198x Youth Promotion Original Pressing]

Sugar rallying the community to empower itself... fittingly on the YP label.

Junior Reid - Babylon Release The Chain 7'' [1984 ET Original Pressing]

Classic Errol Thompson (ET) prodo with Jr riding a simple and early digi beat. Horns give it a rootsy rub a dub feel though. This copy's not a very good pressing unfortunately, so there's some hissing.