Friday, April 29, 2011

"S'pose A Still On Yah": Playlist for April 29, 2011

The headstone & footstone of Scipio Africanus in Bristol.

Scipio Africanus was a slave (named after the Roman general) who died in Bristol in 1720 at the age of 18. He is one of the few slaves in England for whom any record is preserved. Read more about him at Wikipedia. His name is chanted in the chorus of Bristol Roots by Black Roots, which we played for you this week and you can hear it right now by clicking the link to Wake The Town, found just after the playlist below.

Poly Styrene: Colour Blind -- Generation Indigo (Year Zero 2011)
Black Chow: Wonderland -- Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 2 (Jahtari 2010)
Black Roots: Bristol Rock -- Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-83 (Bristol Archive 2011)
Dennis Brown: Malcolm X -- Dennis Brown At Joe Gibbs (17 North Parade/VP 2011)
Anthony "Sangie" Davis & Lee Perry: Words -- Open The Gate (Trojan 1989)
Dubkasm: No Retreat (Flute Instrumental) (Sufferer's Choice 2011)
Count Owen & His Calypsonians: Go Fife Go -- Calypsos Down Jamaica Way (Dub Store Records 2005)
Hue B & The Tuff Scout Allstars: Everyday Thing & Version (Tuff Scout 2011)
Sugar Minott: Sheriff John Brown (Dug Out 2011)
Watershell: Deep Field View -- Far Away In Time 2 (Echo Beach 2001)
Peikko & Lassi: Pula Dub (Sahko 2011)
Earl Sixteen: Reggae Sound -- Reggae Sound (Dread At The Controls 2011)
Joe White & The Wadonians: You'll Never Find Another Version (Selah Waddadah 2011)
Shackleton: Deadman (Honest Jon's 2011)
Willie Williams: Solid Rock I Stand -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
The Black Roots Players: Temp Dub -- Tempo Explosion (Dug Out 2011)
Twilight Circus: Achou -- Dub From The Secret Vaults (ROIR 2004)
Perilelle: Who Am I To Complain? -- Fog Like This (Ind. 2010)

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Poly Styrene 1957-2011 RIP. Poly was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said. She recorded "Silly Billy," a reggae song, as Mari Elliot in 1975 or 1976. Then she saw the Sex Pistols. Then she formed X-Ray Spex.

Her like will not be here again.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Versions: Playlist for Friday, April 22

Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah in 2010.
Photo by Andy Pitt,

African Head Charge: In I Head -- Voodoo of the Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
African Head Charge: The Best Way -- Voodoo of the Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Little Axe: Hammerhead -- Bought For A Dollar, Sold For A Dime (Real World 2010)
Skip Mcdonald: Hammerhead -- Pay It All Back, Vol.4 (On-U Sound 2000)
Vibronics: I Wish (Scoops 2010)
Vibronics: I Wish (Version) (Scoops 2010)
Gary Clail: Joyride -- Keep The Faith (Epic 1995)
Systemwide: Vitori
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: Guns Of Brixton -- the CLASHification of dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Twilight Circus feat. Flourgon: This World -- Binghi Riddim (M Records 2008)
The Heavymanners feat. King Yellowman: We 'A' Soldiers -- The Heavymanners (Victor JP 2008)
Rootsman: Destiny -- Roots Bloody Rootsman (Meteosound 2001)
Dubblestandart: Vampire Informer -- Marijuana Dreams (Collision 2010)
Dubblestandart: Vampire Informer (Dub) -- Marijuana Dreams (Collision 2010)
Martha & The Muffins: Echo Beach, Go Home version -- King Size Dub Vol. 69 (Echo Beach 2009)
Twilight Circus feat. Ranking Joe: World In Trouble -- Binghi Riddim (M Records 2008)
Sound Irration: Melody Roots, Part 1 -- Sound Iration In Dub (Year Zero 2010)
Sound Irration: Melody Roots, Part 2 -- Sound Iration In Dub (Year Zero 2010)
Little Axe: Ride On -- The Wolf That House Built (Okeh 1994)
G Corp Meets the Mighty Tree: Freedom Dub -- Dub Plates From The Elephant House Vol. 3 (Endulge 2007)

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Please note: For technical reasons, the first 9 minutes of this broadcast were covered by the wild & wacky sounds of the Friday Rocks crew. Thanks, Paisleys. The beautiful groove of African Head Charge begins at exactly 8:55 into the show.

Friday, April 15, 2011

This & That & The Other: Playlist for April 15, 2011

Rico Rodriguez, the man from Wareika

The Aggrolites: Camel Rock -- Rugged Road (Stomp 2011)
Black Dub: Silverado -- Black Dub (Jive 2010)
Tradition: Groove Tree - Intermediate Level -- High Risk Dub (Venture 1980s) Thanks to Satta Massagana!
Rico Rodriguez: Ramble -- Man From Wareika (Island 1976) Thanks to Roots In Control!
Rico Rodriguez & Ghetto Rockers: Ramble Dub -- Warrika Dub (Island 1977) Thanks to It's Coming Out Of Your Speaker!
Wareika Hill Sounds: Jamaica Is Reggae Land -- Wareika Hill Sounds (Honest Jons 2007)
Deepchord: Vantage Isle (echospace 2007) from MySpace
African Head Charge: African Bredda -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Johnny Osbourne: Love Makes The World Go Round -- Summer Records Anthology 1974 -1988 (Light In The Attic 2007)
The Black Seeds: Sometimes Enough -- Into The Dojo (Capitol 2006)
Kode9 & The Spaceape: Time Patrol -- 5: 5 Years Of Hyperdub (Hyperdub 2009)
Beat Pharmacy feat. The Spaceape: Ghost Ships (Deadbeat Remix) -- Wikkid Times Remixes EP (Deep Space Media 2009)
Count Owen & His Calypsonians: Out The Fire -- Calypsos Down Jamaica Way (Dub Store Records 2005)
Tenor Saw & Buju Banton: Ring The Alarm Quick -- 400% Dynamite (Soul Jazz 2000)
UB40: Boom Shaka Lacka -- Labour Of Love IV (EMI 2010)
Jah Lloyd: World Class -- Stand & Give Praise (Trojan 2010)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: Rock The Casbah -- the CLASHification of dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Prince Far I: Message From The King -- Front Line Box Set (Virgin 2001)
Lord Flea & His Calypsonians: I Can't Cross Over -- Swingin' Calypsos (EMI 2009)
African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I: This & That & The Other -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Augustus Pablo: East Of The River Nile -- Aquarius Rock: The Hip Reggae World Of Herman Chin-Loy (Pressure Sounds 2004)
Earth & Stone: Sweet Africa -- Roots & Culture (Cha Cha 1983) Thanks to P.A. To Da Reggae!
Millicent Todd: A Man Is Two Faced -- Queen Patsy & Stranger Cole: Fabulous Songs Of Miss Sonia Pottinger, Vol. 1 (Rock A Shacka 2007)
Trinity: Ring Craft -- Full House (JB Music 1981) Here it is!
Ramadanman: Work Them (Swamp 81 2010)
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Millicent Todd's "A Man Is Two Faced" is a cover of the American standard "Blues In The Night" (music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Johnny Mercer). The story of Arlen & Mercer's composition is fascinating, and available on Wikipedia here. The song has been covered by everyone. Here are Peggy Lee & Lou McGarity singing it with Benny Goodman on an old 78:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Farewell to Rome: Playlist for April 8, 2011

Count Owen & His Calypsonians: Calypsos Down Jamaica Way
(Dub Store Records 2005)
In the 1950s, they referred to mento as calypso to avoid confusion...
and to sell records!

African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I: Take Heed ... And Smoke Up Your Collyweed -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
I Roy: Babylon Road (High Note 1977)*
Sky Nation: Babylon Road (Version) (High Note 1977)*
Vibronics: Teachings (Scoops 2010)
Vibronics: Teachings Dub (Scoops 2010)
Dstruct.O: Death Machine -- Drumstep Ep 02 (Ind. 2011)
Dubmatix feat. U Brown: Whatchya Gonna Do -- System Shakedown (7Arts Entertainment 2010)
Rhythm & Sound feat. Paul St. Hilaire: Free For All -- See Mi Yah (Burial Mix 2005)
Tommy McCook: Winter World Of Love Jumpers -- Instrumental (Justice 1978) Thanks to P.A. to Da Reggae for this very jumpin' cut!
African Head Charge: In "I" Head -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Alborosie: Can't Stand Dub -- Dub Clash (JDF 2010)
Twinkle Brothers: I Don't Want to Be Lonely Anymore -- The Front Line Box Set (Virgin 2004)
Twilight Circus Dub Sound System feat. Michael Rose: No Burial (Rob Smith Remix) -- Remixed: Dubwise (M Records 2004)
The Aggrolites: Enemy Dub -- Rugged Road (Young Cub 2011)
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed (Temple Gong 2011)
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed (David Harrow Remix (Temple Gong 2011)
African Head Charge: Mysterious Happenings -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
African Head Charge: Undulating -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (On-U Sound 2011)
Dubblestandart feat. GuGabriel & Triggs: Marijuana Dreams -- Marijuana Dreams (Collision 2010)
Dubblestandart feat. GuGabriel & Triggs: Marijuana Dreams Dub -- Marijuana Dreams (Collision 2010)
Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Jah Jah Ah Natty Dread -- The Return Of Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds 2011)
Count Owen & His Calypsonians: Farewell To Rome -- Calypsos Down Jamaica Way (Dub Store Records 2005)
The Revolutionaires: Ragnampaiza Version -- Channel One: Maxfield Avenue Breakdown (Pressure Sounds 2001)

The Revolutionaires' Ragnampaiza Version, like the vocal version by the great Dillinger, is a track on Bob Andy's "Unchained" riddim -- also the basis for Creation Rebel's "Independent Man." Bob Andy really did write the Song Book of reggae in his days at Studio One:

*Thanks to Roots From The Yard for these wonderful tracks!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Death In The Arena: Playlist for April 1, 2011

We didn't play anything from this record on tonight's Death in the Arena Version Excursion -- maybe next time?

Hollie Cook: That Very Night (Mr. Bongo 2011)
David Jahson: For I -- Stand & Give Praise (Trojan 2010)
Small Axe People: Skank Alley -- Skank To Skank (Ind. 2010)
Ethnic Fight Band: Keep On Dubbing -- Music Explosion (Ethnic Fight 1977)

Soul Vendors: Death In The Arena -- Downbeat The Ruler: Killer Instrumentals (Best Of Studio One Vol. 3) (Heartbeat 1988)
Jah Stitch: King Of The Arena -- Original Ragga Muffin 1975 -77 (Blood & Fire 1996)
King Tubby: King Of The Arena Dub -- Rastafari Dub 1974-79 (Clocktower 198x)
U- Roy: Love In The Arena -- Jah Son Of Africa (Front Line 1978)
Prince Jammy: Jammy's In The Arena -- Jammies In Lion Dub Style (Jammy's 1978)

Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: Lost In The Supermarket -- the CLASHification of dub (Echo Beach 2011)
Twilight Circus Dub Sound System: Floorshaker -- Volcanic Dub (M Records 2001)
Jah Woosh: Marijuana World Tour -- Marijuana World Tour (Creation Rebel 1979)
Rhythm & Sound feat Paul St. Hilaire: Jah Rule -- Rhythm & Sound With The Artists (Basic Channel 2003)
Al Campbell: Take A Ride -- Studio One Roots 2 (Soul Jazz 2005)
Mad Professor Meets Scientist: Buju Dub -- At The Dub Table (Ariwa 2002)
Dubmatix feat. Ragga Twins: Gun Down -- System Shakedown (7Arts Entertainment 2010)
Johnny Nash: Don't Look Back -- Hold Me Tight (JAD 1968)
The Black Seeds: The Prince -- Into The Dojo (Capitol 2006)
Mossman & Bunny: Pirates Destroy The City -- Message In The Dub (Dispensation 2004)
Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players: Hard Drive Dub -- London Xpress (Nuphonic 2000)
Beam Up: Abeokuta Nights -- Terra Sonica (Beaming Productions 2010)
Pangaea: Inna Daze (Hessle Audio 2011)
Jah Pecker: Mystical Cosmic Vibrations -- 21st Century Dub (ROIR)
Disrupt: Events Occur In Realtime (Jahtari 2011)
Tapes: Atomica Rydim (Jahtari 2011)
Gregory Isaacs: Night Nurse (Cottonbelly Remix) -- Dubmission 2: The Remixes (Island 1997)

Dank, Jah, für Jahtari!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dub Explosion: Playlist for March 25, 2011.

Thanks to P. A. to Da Reggae for this excellent slab of British reggae.

Fat Freddys Drop: The Raft -- Live at Roundhouse London (The Drop 2010)
African Head Charge: Hold Some More -- Songs Of Praise (On-U Sound 1990)

The Black Seeds: Slingshot -- Solid Ground (Easy Star 2009)
The Black Seeds: Slingshot (Truth Remix) -- Specials: Remixes & Versions From Solid Ground (Ind. 2010)
Strange Parcels: Outsider -- Disconnection (On-U Sound 1994)
Strange Parcels: Outsiders (remix) -- Pay It All Back Vol. 5 (On-U Sound 1995)

Dubkasm: Stricktly Ital (feat. Ras Addis) -- Transform I (Sufferah's Choice 2009)
Dubkasm: Beto's Yard -- Transformed In Dub (Sufferah's Choice 2010)
Martha & the Muffins: Echo Beach (The Gateway to Samadhi remix) -- Echo Beach 30th Anniversary Remixes (Echo Beach 2010)
Sugar Minott with Twilight Circus Sound System: Take It Slow -- Binghi Riddim (M Records 2008)

Ethnic Fight Band: Dub Explosion -- Music Explosion (Ethnic Fight 1977)
Hey-O-Hansen: Creep -- We So Horny: Serious Pleasure Riddims (Pingipung 2010)
The Aggrolites: Dreamin' on Erie -- Rugged Road (Stomp 2011)
Cocoa Tea: I Am The Marshall -- The Marshall LP (Jammy's 1991)
Henry & Lewis: Bobimore Dub -- Dope On Plastic 3 (React 1996)

Deadbeat: For Israel (Jaffa Revisited) -- Wild Life Documentaries (~scape 2002)
Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar: Od Srca (DJ Delay Cut) -- DJ Delay Presents: Brass, Wires, & Bass (Beaming Productions 2010)
Llwybr Llaethog: Cariad (Lover) -- Mewn Dyb (In Dub) (ROIR 1991)

Shirley & Lee: I'm Gone -- Original Jamaican Sound System Style: 21 R'n'B Scorchers (1952)
Derrick Morgan & Hortense Ellis: I Am Gone -- Trojan Club Reggae Box (Trojan 2000)

I was wrong to say on air that Shirley & Lee "invented ska" in the United States in 1952.

It's just that "I'm Gone" sounds soooo Jamaican. Let's say they invented Jamaican R & B.

New Orleans singing duo Shirley Goodman & Leonard Lee recorded "I'm Gone" with Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino's producer, and this tune turned out to be such a shining example of New Orleans R&B, it is now well-known as the immediate progenitor of Jamaican R&B.

Still sounds great!