Review: The seemingly bottomless Greensleeves vaults turn up more gold here with two prime cuts - Wailing Souls' "Who No Waan Come" and Al Campbell's "Unfaithful Children" - that are treated to a first new pressing since 1981. "Who No Waan Come" is silky and sedentary as they come, with kick drums just about managing to propel things along beneath gorgeous doo-wop harmonies. The Linval Thompson produced "Unfaithful Children", however, is a more driven affair with authentic roots. Psyched-out effects, endless reverb and hits that ricochet around, making it a widescreen dub that draws you in and takes you along for the ride.
Review: Actor and singer Philip Michael Thomas was of course Detective Ricardo Tubbs on the TV series Miami Vice alongside Don Johnson. Here though, he is even more impressive: this is a lovably naive and innocent softboi tune for the late night lovers and Sunday smooches. "Starry Eyed" is as sentimental as it should be given the title - it has little dub riffs over crisp 80s drum, tenderly whispered vocals that cannot fail to win you over, and a slow motion but wagering groove to sink deep into. The instrumental is less candied, with a more tropical feel thanks to some shimmering xylophone sounds. Lush.
Raphael Green & Alimantado - "Rasta Train" (1977 Discomix) (8:42)
Review: The "Disco Devil" series is a carefully curated selection of disco mixes that were laid down in the famous Black Ark Studio run by Lee "Scratch" Perry. It was a place of legendary magic, as this series shows on its fourth instalment. All the big dogs like The Upsetters, Augustus Pablo and Junior Murvin are present with their own distinctive takes on dub. Carlton Jackson also comes correct with his soul soothing "History" while a special 7" edit of Truth Fact & Correct's "Babylon Deh Pon Fire" is a rousing anthem for serious smoking sessions.