last year’s news

2016 update: I relented and put the mix up on Mixcloud:

(also added the source for the image at the bottom of this post…)


Woebot’s recent reviewette of my “Best of 2006” mix has sent a flurry of people over here inquiring about blagging a copy.

The mix was burnt to 23 CDrs in January and they have all gone I’m afraid. In the age of total one-click availability I take perverse pleasure in some things remaining “under the counter”. It was never my intention to have this mix available for download and I have stuck to this despite several people offering to host it. (However some of these tunes were played on the first two episodes of RSI Radio.)

I shall relent slightly be letting you have the tracklist – that way you can use it as a guide to checking out the tunes and maybe buy them yourself:

Best of 2006 mix

1. Lloyd Brown – Don’t Bother Me (Joe Frasier 7”)
2. Honoreble – Wife (Joe Frasier 7”)
3. Collie Buddz – Come Around (Massive B 7”)
4. Luciano – Palaving Spree (King Lion 7”)
5. Bushman – Outside Yourself (King Lion 7”)
6. Capleton – Put It Down (King Lion 7”)
7. Bun Dem Version (King Lion 7”)
8. Alborosie – Herbalist (Forward 7”)
9. T.O.K. – Live It Up (Jukeboxx 7”)
10. Fantan Mojah – Jah Time (Jukeboxx 7”)
11. Richie Spice – Lonely (Jukeboxx 7”)
12. Chuck Fender – Gash Dem (Jukeboxx 7”)
13. Joseph Hill – Policeman (Mr Tipsy 7”)
14. Stephen Marley & Damian Marley & Buju Banton – Traffic Jam (Tuff Gong 7”)
15. Shaggy – Hear This (Champagne Int’l 7”)
16. Assassin – Don’t Dis No Man (Champagne Int’l 7”)
17. Beenie Man – Bad From Birth (Champagne Int’l 7”)
18. VIP Version (Champagne Int’l 7”)
19. Buju Banton – Driver A (Gargamel CD)
20. Elephant Man – Bring It (40/40 7”)
21. Sizzla – Chant Dem Down (Kalonji)
22. Cham – Rude Boy Pledge (Mad House 7”)
23. Pinchers – Enemies (Mad House 7”)
24. Assassin – Good Over Evil (Mad House 7”)
25. Spice & Pinchers – Rude Boy Love (Mad House 7”)
26. Stageshow Version (Mad House 7”)
27. Vybz Kartel & Kano – Buss It Up (White Label 7”)
28. Ladybug feat. Warrior Queen – Dem A Bomb We (Soul Jazz 12”)
29. Ding Dong – Badman Forward Badman Pull Up (VP 7”)
30. Top Cat – Sess Weh Yu Want (Necessary Mayhem 7”)
31. YT – England A Me Yard (Necessary Mayhem 7”)
32. Tippa Irie – Lyric A Rhyme (Necessary Mayhem 7”)
33. Sizzla vs UB40 – Red Wine To Gaze (Jiggy 7”)
34. Miss Thing & Alozade & Beenie Man – Clapping Dude Song (Noisy Bunch 12”)

Now is good time to mention that a few of these are going cheap at the Juno sale, including Buju’s excellent “Too Bad” album for £3.50.

Last year was a brilliant year for reggae/bashment music, but 2007 seems to have got off to a slower start. There is still some good stuff around tho and I am hoping to get some time to complete RSI Radio #3 over the summer…



  1. It took me a while – but I finally got round to listening to this a couple of months back – great stuff John! All this teasing makes me feel quite smug that I got a copy too!

  2. hey! someone mentioned that a mix had used one of my old songs and sent me this link… i did the ‘clapping dude song’ at the end… thnaks very much for playing it… looks like an excellent mix with some killer cuts. give me an email if you want me to sent files for the later singles (which are generally out of print now)

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