Review: Edmond Gladston recorded only two tunes, and they both came back in the eighties. Both are early era dancehall jams that are earthy and organic like lovers rock but with some nice studio effects that give them that subtle sleek and futuristic edge. Both tunes are presumably about his love interests - for the first one in 1984 things were going well, but by the second one a year later in you feel things had maybe soured. Either way this is another crucial dub that pairs a fluttering lead melody and nice crisp hits with some storytelling vocals that tug at the heart strings.
Review: There's a lot to like about this expansive EP from lyricist/vocalist Guux and producer Mr Ites. Guux naturally takes centre stage on vocal opener 'African Blood Defender', a jaunty and attractive number in which stirring synth strings and jangling piano stabs rise above a sturdy riddim. Mr Ites delivers two heavier, echo-laden dub revisions, with the weighty-but-melodious 'Afrikan Raw Defender' being our pick of the pair. Over on the flip, legendary Jamaican toaster Junior Dread lends a hand on 'This Road', which is then stripped-back and beefed up for the dance by Mr Ites on the equally impressive 'Dub Road' and 'Raw Road' versions.
Review: Legendary dancehall and reggae artist Barrington Levy started out with a fine run of albums in his early years, and then switched to serving up a steady and solid stream of singles. Some of the most famous ones include "Even Tide Fire a Disaster" and "I'm Not in Love", as well as "You Have It" which is presented here as a nice extended version. It features a pained vocal over a fat and dumpy groove with some tropical percussion and warming chords to help oil the mood. GG's All Stars step up on the flip with a version that is heavy and lazy in all the right ways.
Review: This 7" packs two heavyweight punches. First up Glenn Brown and Ritchie Mcdonald's 'Realize' is a deep roots nugget and an immortal jam that really hits a sweet spot. The loose drums, stoned vocals and swaggering bass are dusty reggae perfection that immediately take you to warmer climates. On the back side, 'Determination Skank' is a horn heavy dub that gets you banging your chest and losing to the skies. This is a limited, one-time press so it won't be around for long - dub heads will need to act fast.
Artman/Dougie At Conscious Sounds - "Tribute To The King" (4:07)
Artman/Dougie At Conscious Sounds - "Dub Tribute" (4:07)
Review: There is a whole host of artist and MCs involved in this new 12" on Emana Sound, and three of them kick off with "Mojo". Mr Zebre, Lotta and Guru Pope cook up a fun, fat bottomed cut dubbed with winky chords and high speed vocals that will get any club bumping. After a cavernous dub version comes the Vibronics' remix, which is a playful and off kilter number that strips things back to wobbly drums and bass. On the flip, Artman link with Dougie for a more traditional instrumen-tal roots reggae "Tribute To The King" before subtly tweaks things to close out with the soothing "Dub Tribute".
Review: Jamaican trombone player Vin Gordon played in heaps of different groups throughout his most active years. He also worked under myriad variations of his own name and other monikers but few of his works compete with his 1980 album Way Over Yonder. A timeless document of roots reggae goodness, it has become increasingly hard to find and ever-more expensive when you do. This reissue redresses the market, though. Opener 'Easy Living' sets a cheery tone with plenty of Gordon's fulsome trombone sounds and those good time feelings never let up until the final track.