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Yabby You Vibration Tribute - Vivian Jackson Productions 1972-85 - Part 1
March 28, 2015 03:08 AM PDT
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This one's been in the making for over 4 years, since the great singer and percussionist's passing in 2010. Jackson's songs stand out in the roots genre for the level of humility and biblical imagery. He also comes across as very sincere and, like all the great songwriters, many of his songs were evidently penned in response to immediate personal experiences - check Blood A Go Run Down King Street for one! A long-running collaboration with King Tubby lends a harder, tuffer edge to the dubs and deejay cuts. Other mixes by Scratch, Scientist and Prince Jammy. Backing band - the Prophets All-Stars - comprised the cream of JA session musicians, man like Horsemouth, Family Man, Sly & Robbie, The Gladiators, Augustus Pablo, Chinna, Pablove Black, Ansel Collins, Skully.... Mighty horns from Viv Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Dirty Harry and Tommy McCook, who's flute playing adds vastly to the uplifting/devotional vibes. Vocal harmony from the Prophets (Jackson, Alaric Forbes & Bobby Melody). Rhythm tracks recorded at Channel One, Harry J's, Joe Gibbs, Dynamic, King Tubby's and Black Ark.
In-house chanter Trinity adds to the righteousness throughout with some of his best work. He's joined by fellow deejays Dillinger, Clint Eastwood, U Brown, Stepping Miguel, Tapper Zukie, Jah Stitch and Big Youth on some of the Prophet's biggest tracks. Big Youth's Lightning Flash Weakheart Drop aka Yabby Youth on the Conquering Lion is a major classic.
Yabby You produced important LPs for Michael Prophet, Tony Tuff and Wayne Wade and nuff great tunes for a host of other artists like The Melodians, Patrick Andy, Barrington Spence, Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell, Dicky Burton, Lenroy Swaby, Michael Rose, Errol Alphonso, Junior Brown and Willie Williams. Tommy McCook leads on many superb instrumentals including Love In Zimba on the Shank-I-Shek and an amazing guitar-flute-horns duel on Babylon Fall.
Check parts 2 & 3 on Mixcloud & the SiamRootsical podcast. BIG UP!

Roots N Culture Mix 2014
December 31, 2014 05:54 AM PST
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We revisit Royal Order's killer relick of the Channel One dancehall classic Worries in The Dance, renamed War is In The Dance, with cuts by Pressure, Bobby Hustle, Gappy Ranks and the amazing Stand For Something by Keida as well as the original Frankie P scorcher (Hitbound). Lustre Kings come with the dubstep-roots flavoured Junction. Equally rootsy is the Jah Warriah (Zion High) with conscious vocals from Jahdan & Pressure, Batch, Niyorah, Jah Mali and one by Lloyd Brown from last year's excellent Rootical album. Keyboards interplay nicely with live horns on the Reggae Root (Kheil Stone). Kabaka Pyramid & Chronixx team up with the Ghetto Blues. Duane Stephenson gets in the groove on Bunny Wailer/Roots Radics' Cool Runnings.
There were a few interesting roots lps in 2014. Included here are two songs by Netherlands-based singer Rass Motivated who released his impressive debut album Who Am I. Hear it on Soundcloud. Norris Man collaborates with the Hot This Year Band on Real, his 2nd album for Partillo & Lancealot for a great live sound throughout. Two tracks are featured, including an irie collaboration with veteran deejay U-Brown. Hear the full album on Soundcloud here. Panama rootsman Likle Mystic released an excellent 2nd set with producer Ziggy Blacks this year, the Island In The Sun EP. Jah Cure's upcoming Rasta lp should be good judging by the single Rasta Is Passing Through. Pressure Busspipe was back at his best this year with a chain of ruff tunes & two good albums, including the musically diverse Africa Redemption (Yard Vybz). Jahdan Blakkamore also came strong. Another contender is Addis Pablo's In My Father's House, sister to Chezidek's Order Of Melchezidek on Jahsolidrock. Penthouse artist RC (Righteous Child) and young blood Yung J.R. broke thu...
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Neva Run Away Mixtape 2014
September 28, 2014 04:01 AM PDT
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Neva Run Away - New Roots 2014. Reggae eternal...
Evergreen rhythm track like the righteous Swell Headed. Old & new with cuts on the Studio 1 & Channel One versions. Leads with the original Burning Spear classic. Great Freddie McGregor cover from the early 80s also (on Spiderman). Chronixx vybes for the excellent World under Siege (Roots Tribulation) while U Roy & Kabaka hold the deejay corner. We revisit the rocking Swing Heavy-Swing Easy (Bizzarri/Iration) with cuts by Lutan Fyah, Lion D and Turbulence. Dubtonic Kru hold on still on the Tantrum (White Stone). Solid roots revival vibes for Bob Marley & The Wailer's Revolution riddim (Jahsolidrock & Cousins) and Glen Brown's No More Slaving (Island Life) featuring another great Jah Bouks tune - No Slave. Chronixx lights up the Cultivator (Royal Order), Digital B's Islamabad (the superb Iyah Walk) and teams up with Protoje for the roots-rock-reggae hit Who Knows (Overstand/Winta James). Essential roots-dancehall selection Going Home from Larger Than Life Records. Iba Mahr & Droop Lion blaze up on the Diseases Rebirth (Sajay). Ras wordsmith King Mas hits us with another lyrical tour-de-force, Reflection, more food for thought... Winston Reedy's relick of his Cimarons hit Mother Earth (Mafia & Fluxy) is as relevant as ever. Haunting melodica melodies courtesy of Pablove Black and Addis Pablo...
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Vibration From Creation Mixtape 2014
June 19, 2014 12:02 AM PDT
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Vibration From Creation Mixtape. New roots collection from January 2014. Heavyweight roots & dancehall riddims. Overstand records hold the roots corner with their crucial Militancy riddim featuring a full roster of current artists. Bizzarri look back to 1988-89 with their rollicking Laba Laba and an update of Redman's Weh Dem Fah. Lion D & Gappy Ranks do an excellent cover of the Carl Meeks classic. Two new licks of the Hypocrites. Mr Vegas bring on the Barrington Levy vibe with the irie Love Yourself (First Name) while deejay Tasha T mash down all informer on the Digital B cut (Rasvibe). Presenting three songs by singer King Mas who broke through in 2013 with some vital tunes and a good album, One Wish (Viral Records). His World Go Round for Natures Way Ent. is a modern conscious roots classic. Check the King Mas SoundCloud page. Chronixx still deh ya with Plant It (Special Delivery) and the hit Smile Jamaica for Silly Walks. Also featuring another highlight from Jahcoustix' excellent Frequency LP for IrieVibrations - Don't Shoot - alongside Raphael & Kabaka Pyramid.

Elevate UR Mind - New Roots Selections 2012
August 23, 2012 11:02 AM PDT
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Elevate UR Mind 2012. Lift up your conscience... Features some supa heavy riddim like the Most Royal (Maximum Sound) Happy Trod (Leaf of Life), Butterflies (Xterminator), Sweet Wata (Jukeboxx), and Oneness Records' awsome and mighty Reggaeville. Some seriously catchy versions on this ya one..., check Farmer Man by Naptali & Indonesian singer Ras Muhamad. Island Rock do a joyful relick of Evening News featuring Pinchers, Sizzla, the Mighty Diamonds and the return of Papa Briggy who chats in fine form. Irievibrations recall deeper roots on Jungle Skunk, with strong performances from messenger Luciano and Anthony B who revisits his Defend Your Own lyric. Necessary Mayhem resurrect another vintage classic, this time a haunting, minor key version of Red, Black & Green aka The Possessed. Such works further establish the label as the dominant force in UK reggae production, check them on Soundcloud. Expressive roots singer Jah Mali makes a welcome return here with Blood Thirsty.

Featuring: Tarrus Riley, I-Wayne, Busy Signal, Guinney Pepper, Original Thriller, Sizzla, Brigadier Jerry, Pinchers, The Mighty Diamonds, Prince Koloni, Etana, Sara Lugo, Kabaka Pyramid, Ray Darwin, Warrior King, Bryan Art, Ras Muhamad, Naptali, Konshens, Gramps Morgan, Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, Mark Wonder, Everton Blender, Luciano, Perfect, Mojo Morgan, Anthony B, Jah Mali, Million Stylez, Michael Prophet, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Agent Sasco, Cecile, Christopher Martin, Ziggy Marley and Chuck D.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Terror Fabulous & The Deejays - 90s Ragga Dancehall Mixtape
May 16, 2012 01:59 AM PDT
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Terror Fabulous - Jump & Gwaan Bad. Non-stop 90s dancehall-ragga mix. Featuring Terror Fabulous alongside Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Daddy Screw, Nadine Sutherland, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Shabba Ranks, Mad Cobra, Maxi Priest, Louie Culture, Spragga Benz, Tanya Stephens, Bounty Killer, Jigsy King, Carol Gonzales, Dennis Brown, Gary Minott, Peter Metro, General Degree, Frankie Sly, Snow, Shaggy, Rayvon, Terry Ganzie, Kulcha Knox, Sanchez, Frisco Kid, Don Yute and Dirtsman.

Riddim like Livestock, All Fruits Ripe, Batty Rider, Bruk Wine Butterfly, Love Punnany Bad, Excellence, Top Ten, Three Blind Mice, Story Come To Bump, Car Crash, Ba Ba Boom, Action, Could You Be Loved... Productions from Mad House, Shocking Vibes, Jammys and Digital B. 60+ tracks.

Versatile deejay Terror Fabulous blazed out of the Mad House and Shocking Vibes camps in 1991 alongside man like Daddy Screw, Buju, Louie Culture, Beenie and Capleton and had a string of hits throughout the early and mid 1990s. Similar in style to Buju (without the rockstone voice) but with his own trademark pronounced intonation, Terror hit first with bogle gal tunes like Gwaney Gwaney & Dorothy and tuff reality tunes like No Retreat, No Surrender and Order. His 1993 collaboration with Nadine Sutherland, Action, was a worldwide hit, winning him a major label deal for an album. The excellent Yaga Yaga, produced by Dave Kelly, was well received but a return to the grassroots soon followed. He went on to record many great tunes for Penthouse, Digital B, King Jammys/John John, Fat Eyes, Xterminator, Black Scorpio and others, coming with more and more killer reality sides after 1994. Sadly the hits dried up by the end of the decade as the sound began to change and new names emerged and Terror Fabulous, along with fellow deejays Louie Culture, Terry Ganzie and Determine, seemed to drop out of the race.