Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. II) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Late august this year I dropped my first rub-a-dub mix in a long time: "Posse, Are You Ready? Vol. I". As promised, when there would be enough interest, I'd drop a Vol. II soon. Well, here it is! Got great response to Vol. I that even went to the negative side with someone selling CD's of it on ebay (!!!, and ebay did nothing with my claims to remove it, ahhh, frustrating) and people requesting me to upload the tunes seperately for them to download (forget it, that is so not my intention with these mixes!!!!). Luckily, most response was just positivity on the vibes and the selection.

Vol. II has the exact same recipe as Vol. I: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples.

Tracks in order of appearance:

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. II 
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)
01) Sugar Minott - All Kind Of People (Black & White 7)
02) Fathead - It's Me (Greensleeves 12)
03) Johnny Osbourne - Yo Yo (Black Zodiac 7)
04) Little Danny Dread - Spar With Us (Black Zodiac 7)
05) U Brown - Stop Your Bouncing (Jam It Tonight LP - CSA)
06) Cornell Campbell - Boxing (Boxing LP - Starlight)
07) Billy Boyo - Jah Jah Made Me To Be A MC (DJ CLash 2 LP - Greensleeves)
08) Scion Sashay Success - Dance Hall Queen (Jah Life 12)
09) Bingy Bunny & Morwells - Apple Of My Eye (Bingy Bunny & Morwells LP - Park Heights)
10) Nicodemus - Star Fi-Di Show (Serious Nicodemus Chapter One - Sound System)
11) Midnight Riders - Illegal Gun (Showdown Vol. 9 - Tasha/DKR)
12) Mr Spalding - Vision (Kris Disk 7)
13) Little John - Bubbling Style (Black Roots 12)
14) Colour Man - Skin Afe Peel (Black Roots 12)
15) Linval Thompson - Bubble Up (Gamble 12)
16) Freddie McGregor - Are You Crazy (Come On Over LP - RAS)
17) Gay Lads - Little Candle (Vision Of Reggae LP - Tamoki Wambesi)
18) Zimbabwe Dread - Ladder Of Progress (Earthman Connection LP - Kingdom)
19) I Roy - Street Chat (Outer Limits LP - Intense)
20) Peter Broggs - Jah Jah Voice Is Calling (Rastafari Liveth LP - RAS)
21) Edi Fitzroy - Youthman In A Penitentiary (Maroon Rockers 12)
22) Ringo - Life In A Jail House (Maroon Rockers 12)
23) Toyan - Radics Connection (Witty 12)
24) Roy Rankin & Raymond Naptali - African Daughter (KG Imperial 12)
25) Teezy - Wanted By The Massive (Two Of A Kind LP - Tamoki Wambesi)
26) Michael Palmer - Chucky No Lucky (At Channel One LP - Dancefloor)
27) Kelly Ranks - Woman Make You Waistline Roll (At Channel One LP - Dancefloor)
28) Tony Tuff - Big Bout Yah (Come Fi Mash It LP - Volcano)
29) Jah Mel - Sufferers Song (Iroko 12)
30) Jah Mel - Sinking Sand (Iroko 12)

And who knows, nuff tunes left, so a Vol. III might even appear in 2015.......

Let me know if you enjoy the tunes. That's what makes it nice to share these mixes.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

My reggae end-of-the-year lists 2014

That time of the year again: the end-of-the-year lists! And no, those just looking for downloads: this is not a download!!!! Do not ask for copies either, this is just my list of my picks of the year, nothing more, nothing less. Curious about 'm, go check 'm out!

Reggae albums new 10:
1) Chronixx - Dread & Terrible (Chronixx Music)
2) Alpheus - Good Prevails (Liquidator)
3) Addis Pablo - In My Fathers House (Jah Solid Rock/Only Roots)
4) Reality Souljahs Meets Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 1 (Blackboard Jungle)
5) Roberto Sanchez & Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 2 (Blackboard Jungle)
6) Earl Sixteen - Natty Farming Showcase (A Lone Productions)
7) Lee Scratch Perry - Back On The Controls (Upsetter)
8) Tuff Scout - Inna London Dub (Tuff Scout)
9) Tarrus Riley - Love Situation (ZWW)
10) I Octane - My Journey (Tad's)

Reggae albums reissues 10:
1) Dennis Brown - Deep Down (Observer/Iroko)
2) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life)
3) Michael Prophet - Serious Reasoning (Island)
4) Frankie Jones & Midnight Riders - Showdown Vol 9 (Tasha/Digikiller)
5) U Black - Westbound Thing A Swing (Third World)
6) Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Sunspot Records)
7) Yabby You & The Prophets - Deeper Roots Part 2 (Pressure Sounds)
8) Yabby U - Jah Jah Way (Island)
9) Scientist - The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear (Dub Irator)
10) Various Artists - Studio One Dancehall - Sir Coxsone In The Dance: The Foundation Sound (3-LP) (Soul Jazz)

Reggae vinyl singles new 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release):
1) The Breadwinners - Mr Landlord feat. Stevie (Horus 12", b-side to Far As I Can See)   [the absolute best tune of the year!!!]
2) Cornel Campbell - Hypocrites (Tuff Scout 7")
3) Skarra Mucci - Empress Reggae (Irie Ites 7", Soulful Spirit riddim)
4) Chronixx & Protoje - Who Knows (Overstand Entertainment 7")
5) Beenie Man - Survivor / Randy Valentine - Lock Me Up (Jugglerz Records 7", Penthouse riddim)
6) Dubkasm Meets Luciano & Turbulence - Jah Victory / Right There (Dubkasm 12")
7) Dre Island - Let Jah Love Shine Down / Jesse Royal - Raising Your Voices For Freedom (Maximum Sound 7", Imperial Crown riddim)
8) Jah Cure - Save My Soul / Loyal Flames - Go Hard (Maximum Sound 7", Jah Blessing riddim)
9) Iba Mahr & Notis - Diamond Sox (Notis Production 7")
10) Jah Cure - Territory / Jesse Royal - Preying On The Weak (Overstand Entertainment 7", Militancy riddim)

Reggae vinyl singles reissues 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release):
1) Upsetter Revue Feat. Heptones, Congoes & Junior Murvin - Play On Mr Music / King Scratch (Lee Perry) - Dread Lion (Emidisc/Rock A Shacka 10")
2) Jah Joe - Love On The Seen/78 Style / Boom B - Jah Power/Version (Lovepower/Pressure Sounds 10") 
3) Slickers - St. Jago De La Vega / Slickers - Version (Afrik 7")
4) Norris Regal/Manicus & Steppa - Struggle/Dis Ya / Dub Struggle (Reel Heavy Music 12")
5) Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Know It All / Ossie Hibbert & THe Revolutionaries - War Of The Stars (Blood & Fire 12")
6) Devon Russell - Come A Me Girl / Gully Ranking (Archive 12")
7) Flick Wilson (Aka Dandy Lion) - The Vives (The Vibes) / Flick Wilson - Version (Things I've Been Through/Digikiller 7")
8) Carltons - Better Days / Upsetters - Tight Spot (Underground/Digikiller 7")
9) Blue Bells - Call Me Teacher / Blue Bells - Part Two Dub (Premier/Reggae Fever 7")
10) Bobby Melody - Channa Channa / Bobby Melody - Version (Amussu Music 7")

Non-reggae albums 5:
1) Run The Jewels - 2
2) Sharon Jones - Give The People What They Want
3) Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography
4) Seun Kuti - A Long Way To The Beginning
5) Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. I) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Been over 3 years since my last mix on 70s/80s reggae, so about time to drop something new again! Here is:

      Posse, Are You Ready?

A mix focussing on what is probably my favourite era of Jamaican music: 1979 - 1985. One hour of pure rub-a-dub niceness. In this first volume (hopefully more to follow!) there's tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice. All tracks are taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples, sources of each track given. Check it out and try not to move to this, it wont work!

Drop me a comment if you enjoy the works. If there's enough interest, I'll probably drop a Vol. II and maybe even III soon.

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. I
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Toyan - Every Posse Want Toyan (DJ Daddy LP - Upfront)
02) Josey Wales - Asking For Love (The Outlaw LP - Greensleeves)
03) Yellowman - Crying For Love (Bad Boy Skanking LP - Greensleeves)
04) Buro - Modulla (Buro LP - CSA)
05) Bobby Culture & Nicodemus - Going Home (Tidal Wave LP - Unicorn)
06) Black Crucial - Mr Vincent (Fatman 10)
07) Leroy Smart - See Them Go (Fatman 10)
08) Johnny Osbourne - Fire Down Below (Water Pumping LP - Greensleeves)
09) Devon Russell - Gully Banking (Archive 12)
10) Little John - English Woman (English Woman LP - Rusty International)
11) Jah Thomas - Cool Profile (Dancehall Connection LP - Silver Camel)
12) Gladiators - Can't Stop Righteousness (When The Dances Were Changing LP - Pressure Sounds)
13) Patrick Andy - Smiling (Hitbound 7)
14) Horace Andy - Why Oh Why (Channel 1/DKR 10)
15) Pat Kelly - One Night Stand (The Best Of LP - Vista Sounds)
16) Ranking Dread - Time Get So Hard (Unity Is Strength LP - Park Heights)
17) Freddie McGregor- Peaceful Man (Big Ship LP - Greensleeves)
18) Barrington Levy - She Is The Best Girl (Poor Man Style LP - Trojan)
19) Bobby Melody - Live Stock (Rosie Uprising 7)
20) Early B - Four Wheel No Real (Four Wheel No Real LP - Midnight Rock)
21) Singie Singie - Respect The Elder (Two Uprising Stars LP - Midnight Rock)
22) Gregory Isaacs - Musical Murder (Blue Mountain 12)
23) Rappa Robert - Fame (Come In A Dis LP - Ethnic)
24) Junior Reid - Mirror (Firehouse Clash LP - Live & Learn)
25) Frankie Jones - Stay On Your Corner (Hell In The Dance LP - Live & Learn)
26) Winston Hussey - Pocket Full Of Corn (Ghettoman Problem LP - Live & Learn)
27) Pad Anthony - Champion Bubbler (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone)
28) Tonto Irie - As You Were (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone)
29) Natural Vibes - Dreadlocks Time (Life Hard A Yard LP - Starlight)
30) Delroy Wilson - Golden Touch (Go Away Dream LP - Black Music)
31) Dennis Brown - Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10)
32) U Brown - Can't Take The Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10)
33) Barry Brown - Lady With The Hairstyle (Masterpiece LP - D Music)

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Again, drop me a comment if you enjoy the works. If there's enough interest, I'll probably drop a Vol. II and maybe even III soon. Posse, Are You Ready????


Monday, July 21, 2014

Toyan's How The West Was Won - In The Mix - re-upload

Again, for those that missed it back then here's another re-upload (next to my Purpleman mix) of one of my foundation mixes from 7 years ago (2007) based around a great deejay album from the golden rub-a-dub days. The album in question is ***How The West Was Won*** by (Ranking) Toyan, released in 1981 on the great Greensleeves label. It's a Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production with Soljie Hamilton & Scientist at the controls. Add to that the fabulous Roots Radics for the riddims and you have all ingredients for a wicked album from start to finish. Toyan is one of my favourite deejays of those days and this album is one of the reasons why. What I love especially is the use of riddims from a whole heap of other killer tunes from the era by artists like the Wailing Souls, Michael Prophet, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and Hugh Mundell. For this mix I selected the vocal companions to the tracks Toyan is toasting over on How The West Was Won and mixed them together in album order. No dub-sides were added in this mix, just the vocal and Toyan's deejay version. I have slightly updated the 2007 version on transitions and volume, but it's mostly unchanged. As with all my mixes, no full tunes are used, shorter pieces mixed together, resulting in a lifely mix of 28 minutes of early dancehall niceness. Most, if not all, of these tracks have been repressed on their albums or as singles in recent years, so if you like what you hear, the vinyl shouldn't be too hard to get hold of! All from the incredible Greensleeves catalogue. As always, I've added the source of each track below the tracklist. Go get 'm, nothing beats putting the needle on a nice shiny piece of black vinyl to listen to these tunes. Perfect vibe for these summer months, check it out if you haven't already and enjoy!

1a. Michael Prophet - Gunman  (2)
1b. Toyan - How The West Was Won  (1) 
2a. Hugh Mundell - Jacqueline  (3)
2b. Toyan African Ting  (1)
3a. Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock  (4)
3b. Toyan - Big Showdown  (1)
4a. Johnny Osbourne - Baccara  (5)
4b. Toyan - Toyan On The Go  (1)
5a. Michael Prophet - Never Leave Me Lonely  (2)
5b. Toyan - Lover Man Style  (1)
6a. Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love  (6)
6b. Toyan - Children Children  (1)
7a. Wailing Souls - Bandits Taking Over  (4)
7b. Toyan - Capital Offence  (1)
8a. Wailing Souls - Act Of Affection  (4)
8b. Toyan - Pope In A Di Corner  (1)
9a. Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen  (7)
9b. Toyan - Tribute To Entertainer  (1)
10a. Wailing Souls - A Fool Will Fall  (4)
10b. Toyan - Reggae Gone International  (1)

Source of tunes (albums, unless stated otherwise):
(1) Toyan - How The West Was Won (Greensleeves)
(2) Michael Prophet - Gunman (Greensleeves)
(3) Hugh Mundell - Mundell (Greensleeves)
(4) Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock (Greensleeves)
(5) Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves)
(6) Johnny Osbourne - Fally Lover (Greensleeves)
(7) Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen (Greensleeves 12" single)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Purpleman & Friends A Go Nice Up The Area - re-upload

Since it takes me more and more time to bring new mixes these days and I've had several requests for re-uploads of some of my older ones, I figured lets start with that. First one is a mix I did 5 years ago (2009) and one I'm still very pleased with! It's focussing on the works of none other than Purpleman! Purpleman recently joined Facebook and is doing good by the looks of it, find him there. This mix was/is called Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area with Purpleman alongside singers like Don Carlos and Barry Brown on the same riddims. I've slightly updated the mix on some transitions and effects volume (lowered) and for this occassion added two additional tracks that were not in the original 2009 edition since I got the Purpleman 45 in question after making the mix at the time: Level Vibes Pumping. So worth checking even if you already heard the 2009 edition. Original artwork above and adapted write up from 2009 and updated track- and sourcelist as follows:
Purpleman is sometimes confused with Yellowman due to their looks, but also because Purpleman even released an album under the name Yellowman (Confessions, Vista, 1983). He also recorded under the name Peter Yellow, but that period isn't covered here cause I don't own those records myself. Wicked deejay, clearly different from Yellowman (which makes it easy to hear that that Confessions album certainly isn't thé Yellowman) and had most of his recordings in the early 80s. I don't own many singles by Purpleman, but I do however have a few albums by him, which are the main source for the tracks here (see credits below). His discography isn't very big, but overall quality very good. It was fun finding out how many tunes he toasts on that were voiced by Don Carlos! Already 7 in this mix alone! Also a couple of Barry Brown tunes appear, from Hitbound releases - the Show Down series. Wicked music, hope you'll enjoy and if you don't know the man I hope that you'll hear and get to know him through this mix and start appreciate the works of the one PURPLEMAN as much as I do!

Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area - A BMC Mix
(Number in brackets refers to source listed below the tracklist)

1) Purpleman - Get Ready (1)
2) Don Carlos - Praise Jah With Love & Affection (2)
3) Purpleman - Me A Go Nice Up The Area (3)
4) Purpleman - Jah My Guiding Master (4)
5) Barry Brown - Dance And Sing (5)
6) Purpleman - My Girl Friend (6)
7) Don Carlos - Just Groove With Me (2)
8) Purpleman & Papa Tollo - The Chemist And Apprentice (3)
9) King Tubby - Wiseman Dub Stylee (7)
10) Mother Liza - Joy To Your Soul  (8)
11) Sister Candy - Devon (9)
12) Purpleman - Paulette (4)
13) Barry Brown - Come We Dub Tonight (5)
14) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (10)
15) Version (10)
16) Purpleman - No Luck In Trafficating (4)
17) Don Carlos - My Brethren Party (2)
18) Purpleman - Coming On Strong (11)
19) Purpleman - A Murder We Charge For (6)
20) Purpleman - Can't Tell Mi Bossman (4)
21) Don Carlos - Ababa John I (2)
22) Purpleman - Sandra Lee Buy Big House For Me (11)
23) Mother Liza - Love Plan On Now A Days Man (8)
24) King Tubby - Real Dub Stylee (7)
25) Don Carlos - Booming Ball (2)
26) Purpleman - Trod Along (11)
27) Purpleman - Westmoreland Skank (1)
28) Purpleman - Session Inna Westmoreland (4)
29) Barry Brown - My Woman (5)
30) Purpleman - Every Man Do A Thing (6)
31) Don Carlos - Spread Out (2)
32) Purpleman - Purpleman A Go Boom It Up (3)
33) Purpleman - Feeling Irie (1)
34) Don Carlos - Late Night Blues (12)
35) Version (12)
36) Purpleman - King On The Way (11)
37) Purpleman - Fiscal Fitness (4)
38) Purpleman - Nothing Is Impossible (11)
39) Purpleman - Out Of Hand (1)
40) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (13)
41) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (14)
42) Prince Jammys - Version (14)
43) Purpleman - Thirteen Women To A Man (6)

(1) The Yellow The Purple and The Nancy (Greensleeves LP) 

(2) Don Carlos - Spread Out (Burning Sounds LP) 
(3) Sly & Robbie + The Taxi Gang v Purpleman & Friends (Vista LP) 
(4) Yellowman - Confessions (Vista LP, miscredited to Yellowman) 
(5) Barry Brown & Little John - Showdown Vol. 1 
(6) Yellowman & Purpleman - Showdown Vol. 5 (Hitbound LP) 
(7) King Tubby - King Tubby The Dubmaster With The Waterhouse Posse (Vista LP)
(8) Mother Liza with Kojak - Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon LP - CD-R)
(9) Sister Candy - Black Culture (Vista LP)
(10) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (Hitbound 7")
(11) Purpleman Saves Pappa Tollo in a Dancehall Style (Vista LP)
(12) V. A. - Haul & Pull Up Selekta (Trojan CD)
(13) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (Jammy$ 7")
(14) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (Jammy$ 7")

Mix and artwork by BMC
First release 2009 - New updated release with two extra tracks 2014

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