'Til Shiloh – Buju Banton
I once read somewhere that Buju Banton’s ‘Til Shiloh was the reggae equivalent of London Calling. Monumental, crucial, celebratory and unique it hailed a new era of reggae consciousness as the 20th century drew to a close. Few reggae albums (especially contemporary ones) deliver such consistency. Each song here is worth not only listening to but coming back to again and again as they...
Knights of Capitalism
Absolutely harrowing footage of peaceful protesters being maced by the NYPD during the Occupy Wall St resistance. Slow motion footage of the event can be viewed here. Whilst a detailed description of the event and the officer responsible can be accessed here. We all know the police have a propensity to abuse their power but this is ludicrous. Often miscarriages of authority and abject...
Despite looking all over youtube and other video hosting places i couldn’t find an upload of this track anywhere! It’s a complete shame cause it really is fantastic. Originally by Mr. Marley himself, this version is totally unique in its rising keys and dub break downs, the Fab Five taking Guava Jelly to the next level! Fuhwad!
54-46 (Streetcore Dubplate)
Sometime this year i had the absolute honour of watching one of the kings of reggae music cut an all time favourite jam onna dubplate. Toots threw shoutouts to myself (Dellorian) and the DJs i work with, Streetcore and it was one of the most exciting and memorable musical moments i’ve had the privilege of having. He smoked more reefer than you could imagine and i think it knocked some...
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975
For me, Jamaican music starts and ends here. This was the first collection of tunes from the Island i ever heard and remains the best compilation i have ever owned, regardless of genre. I still have (somewhat) vivid memories of enjoying the 2005 summer in a Williamstown backyard drinking cheap Dutch beer and playing these records over and over again, then forcing them on an unsuspecting party...
Fire Inna Babylon
It’s a good time to start speeding or running red-lights in Melbourne as Victoria Police will refuse to issue infringement notices to motorists as part of an on-going pay dispute with the state government. The Victoria Police have not gone on strike since 1923 which was followed by widespread rioting and looting. And while no one is suggesting anything quite so extreme, it’s a pretty...
Remarkable chants from Melanesian choirs featured in the film the Thin Red Line. So completely removed from anything which you hear today yet still reminiscent of western music in progression and form. Some absolutely stunning tracks in this compilation include, God Yu Tekkem Laef Blong Mi and Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi. They’re inspiring, and capable of eliciting a spiritual response from...
Bob Marley & the Wailers– Rare Ska Sides From...
This is a stella compilation of various tracks recorded by the Wailers in their early ska days. The harmonies are impeccable as always and it’s great to see some of the other members who never reached Bob’s level of success take lead vocals. Particular standouts are Don’t Ever Leave Me and I Need You So, not so ska, but still so soulful. i need this:
the rich get richer we all suffer every one of us.
I discovered these guys while listening to the Trojan Suedehead Box Set. Unfairly described by allmusic as easy listening Star Trek has Perry at the controls and if the artwork didn’t completely give it away, Pipecock Jackxon’s influence makes this one of the strangest reggae album’s i’ve ever heard. The nearly-inaudible singing in Back A Yard is straight up bizarre....