UNIT – Rock In Opposition (Phase One)

UNIT – Rock In Opposition (Phase One) (DNA CD)  This is the 6th UNIT album which builds on the lyrical themes and musical styles of previous releases, but provides some surprises into the bargain as well. The band’s tradition of reworking previous songs is present and correct. I feel this works best with the new …

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T-woc – Reign Blood

T-WOC – Reign Blood (ABCEP005 CD EP) Nice 7 tracker out of Dublin. I wonder if any Slayer fans with pick it up by mistake and realise the error of their ways? It’s a bit eclectic in focus. The first couple of tracks are mindfuck mash up beaty affairs which bring early Squarepusher to mind. …

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Ariwa 81 Sessions

Various Artists – ARIWA 81 Sessions (Ariwa CD) This CD is the first in a series which acts as a counterpart to the recent Method to the Madness compilation put out by Trojan. Tracks from the vaults which have either been completely ignored for years, or have achieved classic status and now instigate serious competition …

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Rewired For Dub

Horace Andy, Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa – Rewired For Dub (Ariwa CD) Horace Andy’s From The Roots album for Ariwa was apparently such a stormer that people have been begging for this dub set for some time now. Mad Professor gives the people what they want, they just have to wait a while sometimes! …

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BASH: plastic people 230206

Niceness in the place – from the moment we entered Paul Meme got overexcited because Loefah was doing the door. After Paul’s finished bigging him up we head inside to find Sgt Pokes laying down a fine fine roots set including the Mighty Diamonds, Dennis Brown and Johnny Clarke. He’s clearly having a Good Time …

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Three The Hard Way: some dub compilations

Mad Professor – Method to the Madness (Trojan double CD, 2005) “Two Decades of Crazy Dubs: A Trip Hop, Techno, Dubwize Vibe” Mad Prof is well overdue for a decent retrospective and this one goes some way to covering the vast amount of his output since setting up in 1979. Much of the material here …

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Twilight Circus 2

BROTHER CULTURE – FOUNDATION ROCKERS (M RECORDS 10 INCH) ”Foundation style… Foundation rockers…” Brother Culture first came to my attention on 2002’s excellent Mungo’s Hi Fi meets Brother Culture LP on Dubhead – tunes like “Ing” and “Jah Comes to I” are absolute gems – UK (Scottish!) classics in the making… Ryan Moore of Twilight …

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Twilight Circus 1

MANASSEH MEETS BLOOD AND FIRE (M Records 10 INCH) An absolutely outstanding release from Holland’s Twilight Circus, ably helped by some big big names. Manasseh are absolutely at the top of their game at the moment – check their remix of Emiliana Torrini’s “Rocky Roads” also. Here TC’s recording of Michael Rose is given a …

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welcome to Jamrock

It’s fair to say that Bob Marley had a load of kids. It’s probably only slightly contentious to point out that, whilst many of them have entered the record industry, not many of them have produced anything of much cop. Chalk one up for nurture in the great reggae genetics debate… However, I was somewhat …

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uncarved salutes Pete Murdertone!

Alright, Pete has been putting great stuff in the comments boxes for ages and even sent me a great CD of stuff a while back. And I still haven’t bigged him up properly on here! Time to make amends… First up, a great interview with Russ D of The Disciples. Nice and in depth about …

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