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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Super Morris - Danger Zone 7'' [199x Rythem Track Original Pressing]

Wow, play this bad boy nice and loud cuz this shit slapps hard!! Serious sound killah here, Super Morris does his Pinchers (Bandelero) impression (execution) on the same riddim as Shaggy Wonder's Bad Man 7''. Love the simple but heavy riddim and bass here, and of course the great intro... "If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a tune, he wouldn't be as tuff as this..."

Papa San - Life Funny 7'' [198x African Symbol Original Pressing]

Pupa San shows of his classic fast rapping style over a nice and unique riddim as he chats about the daily ridiculousness of money, women, friends, and living in JA. Cool likkle tune here.

Sluggy Ranks - Who Ago Ole We Back / Dem No Ruff 12'' [199x Grade One Original Pressing]

Huuuge banger of a 12'' from the Grade One/ Jah Life stable. Side A features the lyrics of Ghetto Youth Bust over a Real Rock riddim, with Sluggy chatting about how the younger generations can never be held back. Side B is just as blistering, with Sluggy warning all the dibby dibby soundboys out there that no one is as ruff as him. So true... RIP Big Sluggy Ranks-

Hopeton James - Didn't I 7'' [199x Two Friends Original Pressing]

More Two Friends productions as promised, this time on a haunting Tempo riddim even including a mystic flute synth.Those of you that have been following this blog know that Tempo is probably my all time favorite riddim, and I'm always seeking out fresh cuts of it. Of the Two Friends singles on this riddim, the only other one I know of that I don't have is Daddy Lizard's Show Dem The Way.

Peter Mann - Do For Love 7'' [1992 Two Friends Original Pressing]

Same label, same riddim... this time on the same instrumental as Home T's Careless Whisper, which I posted as a 12'' a while ago. Except for this is a cover of Bobby Caldwell's smooth 70's R&B hit What You Won't Do For Love (also sampled by 2Pac on his Do For Love song), instead of George Michael lol. Peter Mann though, was an obscure singer who only released a few singles, most of them for Michael Bennett and Patrick Lindsay.

Horace Martin - Sound Boy Style 7'' [1987 Crystal Original Pressing]

Crucial sing jay style with Martin turning the original Glen Brown Can't Run Away lyrics into a soundboy killing. This riddim is known by a few names... Youthman/Green Bay/Wicked Run Away. Nice digi prodo by Derrick Harriot who didn't do much in this era, and is known best for his ska recordings with the Crystalites in the 60's. Rewind, rewind!!

I Roy - Musical Drifter 7'' [198x Jah Life Original Pressing]

The story of I Roy is a sad one. As one of the founders of the the deejay/chatting style he was one of the premier dancehall artists of the 60's and 70's before it was even called dancehall! At the time he was one of the biggest names in reggae, but by the 80's his output almost ceased completely. After that he battled medical issues and homelessness, and eventually died in 1999 of heart failure. Like many artists of his time, he was taken advantage of by producers and label owners who exploited the artists while making the big bucks themselves.

This tune here is one of the few singles that the great I Roy ever put out in the digital era. It is a wicked cut of the Drifter riddim, similar to King Kong's Pain And Agony, though better in my opinion. Peep game, and if you don't know about I Roy, definitely check out some of his old classic material like The Many Moods Of I Roy LP and the Presenting I Roy LP (both on Trojan).

Frankie Paul - I Want You 7'' [198x Red Rock Original Pressing]

Not an FP cut you see often, this is a nice likkle killer over the Mr. Bassie riddim. Could be from early 90's or late 80's... not sure here. Almost sounds like it could be a cover, but don't think it is.