The album pick this week is another heavyweight killer from the Wackies House of Music. This debut album by the Love Joys and Junior Delahaye’s Showcase album are neck and neck for my favorite Wackies records ever. Here’s a review of the album from AllMusic:
Sonia Abel and Claudette Brown were cousins originally from Brixton, England, but had relocated to New York when they made this album in Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes’ Bronx studio in 1981. The LP was actually released by the Florida-based Top Ranking label, but had been out of print for 20 years when it was released again as part of a comprehensive Wackies CD reissue program in late 2002. The material is impressive: almost all of the songs, which alternate between lovers rock and cultural roots, are original compositions, and Abel and Brown harmonize nicely, creating a sound that is more than the sum of its parts. (Abel’s voice has strengthened somewhat with age, and she is even more impressive in her current position in the Natti Love Joys, which she organized with her husband, Wackies house bassist Tony Allen.) Highlights on this fine album include “Stranger” (which was remixed and issued again on the duo’s follow-up release, Lovers Rock Reggae Style) and the slightly screechy but touching devotional anthem “Wherever Jah Send Me.”
After the road block of the last Jamdown Session, Reggae Roast are back on Saturday 14th July with another all-star line up – this time bringing with them two of London’s most celebrated reggae sounds of all time: The mighty Trojan Sound System and Channel One. This night will demonstrates the rich heritage of the UK roots scene with the three biggest reggae crews in london joining forces to bring you an unforgettable night of positive vibrations and high energy bass lines.
Add to that one of the UK’s best new Digi-Dub producers, Adam Prescott + Dady Nuture from Rompa’s reggae Shack - one of London’d best up and coming reggae nights + the vocal talents of Ramon Judah and Clapper priest and you are in for one hell of a night… Get ready to skank London!
The Reggae Roast Jamdown sessions are famous for showcasing the best dubwise acts from across the globe at Plan B, arguably South london’s best venue. With an extra 10K of bass being added to the already massive Funktion-One sound system (just for this event) cheap & tasty cocktails (supplied by Wray And Nephew’s) and an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, this is set to be a very special night.