Review: London's Jah Fingers present former Heptones singer Naggo Morris and producer Niney The Observer on this latest one. The A side houses the gentle roots and lovers rock combo of "Jah Guide": a steamy, earthy, humid cut that pairs great rim shots with the aloof vocal work of Morris. Flip over for a busier cut by The Observer. "Give Her My Love" features a lead line that rings out with naive charm, taut drum hits and prickly percussion that will keep your limbs moving. A two sided gem.
Review: Black Legacy embark on what seems to be a new series of releases from the vaults if the words Volume 1 in the title are anything to go by. It kicks off with Naphtali's "Ignorance Reigns", a fresh and crisp cut with impassioned vocals full of flavour and future facing synths that are sustained throughout. The roots drums and chord work is majestic indeed, especially when brought to the fore on the "Dub Reigns" version on the flip. Also included is a Keety Roots mix that's drowned in echo and reverb for those hazy afternoons.
Prince Alla & Phillip Fraser - "Black Rose" (3:22)
Prince Alla - "Black Rose" (Alt mix) (3:16)
Soul Syndicate - "Black Rose" (version) (3:14)
Review: Archive Recordings have fully licensed a reissue of this classic of Freedom Sounds roots from 1977, and press it up on a tasty bit of blue wax. "Black Rose" is a real heater, with swaggering drums and bass, noodling chords buried deep in the mix and lead organ lines that carry you away on a breeze. Making use of the heavyweight Stone rhythm and produced by the late Bertram Brown, this 12" also features a previously unreleased solo Prince Alla vocal and Soul Syndicate's take on the original rhythm track.