20TH CENTURY DEBWISE – DEB Music Players
Produced by Dennis Brown and mixed by a young Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s studio in 1977, 20th CENTURY DEBWISE, featuring Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s Music Players, is an unparalleled adventure in dub and an interesting look at Prince Jammy’s emerging talent and style. An astonishing listen…
You may notice the opening dub version as I did a post about this crucial Dennis Brown tune last week…“3 Meals A Day.”
The criminally neglected roots singer Sylvan White, who recorded a number of singles in the late ’70s and early ’80s for the Freedom Sound and Cornerstone labels, is bittersweet to listen to. Sweet because the songs are so consistently good, and bitter because White recorded so little and so little of what he did record is commercially available. The rhythm track here is provided by the Soul Syndicate and mixed at King Tubby’s studio. White’s voice and his emotional delivery are flawless. This tune is top ranking.
From the ultra-obscure ‘Time To Remember’ album, released on the Prophet Records label in 1982, we have a sound called “Jah Mercies.” The tune is a remixed version of Yabby You’s “Jah Over I” from the Prophecy album.
Here is a great 7″ from our good friend Steve Barrow’s Blood & Fire label. Their last release was an album featuring our favorite reggae artists singing or toasting over Lee “Scratch” Perry’s legendary “Fisherman” riddim, made famous by The Congos’ “Row Fisherman Row” off the ‘Heart Of The Congos’ album. This 7″ features Luciano blessing the riddim with his vocal and U-Roy toasting the riddim on the flip side.
FROM THE SUMMER TOUR 2013
Big up emch of Subatomic Sound System for always supporting roots foundation music. On tour with Lee “Scratch” Perry for the past 2 years, I met emch here in DC when they came to town last year. He has been a big supporter of MR and we are big supporters of what he is doing, making amazing and unique music and remixing classic foundation tunes with a futuristic dubstep vibe.