August 5 2009
Sound Travels Wednesday Up Full Mix
And another reggae potion for you all today, just working out the island sound while we still have a bit of summer to do it in. And our start was with a "Kingstep" of a cut from UK toaster Pato Banton, whose work in the early eighties with UB40 and The English Beat got him noticed and whose solo work is also pretty crucial. New music from Zion Judah, a new cat on the scene whose work is reminds me a bit of Jr. Gong but whose philosophical and lyrical depth is more akin to that of Virgin Islander Midnite who gives my set its name today. Played, that song in fact, is from Currents, just one of the near endless quality releases he's had in his prolific career.
Got to give myself the props on that Bob Marley remix of "Mr. Brown" that I made by matching it with a big-boned beat from Billy Rockwell. Rockwell is a part of the Balanced Records crew in Winnipeg Canada and they are going a long way establishing a scene in the middle of the Canadian great plains. Classic vibes from Studio One, as Rasta got soul hits with a scorcher from The Viceroys who were current when the Wailers still wore suits and Marley was just gone Ras.
And an finish with with yet anther fine cut from Mungo's HiFi, this one with the talented mister Mikey Murka as the set closes on a classic and perhaps one of my absolutely favorite Junior Reid tunes and title cut from his album released in the early eighties... Here are more details...
Pato Banton “Kingstep” Never Give In
International Observer "Binman Dub” One Dub
Zion Judah “CYOR”
Billy Rockwell “Cyan” Northern Front vol. 4
Bob Marley “Mr. Brown”
Midnite “Up Full” Currents
The Viceroys “Love & Unity” Ya Ho
Mungo’s Hi-Fi “Back On The Scene feat. Mikey Murka”
Junior Reid “One Blood” One Blood