Well… the original idea was to be getting some podcastery action up here, with some of my radio honed, inane mumbling atop the musical malarkey, however a more prudent consideration suggests it would be far better and quicker to fling up the latest Stinkbombs, the first since November ’08. It’s a shade over a 100 MB’s all up, so I’ve split it into two and they are available from a choice of folks via Sharebee below, just follow them links and pick your download receptacle. Pretty much every track is very deliberately tagged with stings and diabolical dialogueical nonsense, so as ever if you want them tunes there’s easy links to buy ’em, please support the artists and labels…. serious biz, nearly all of them are actively available and just a click away!
Also took this opportunity to include a few of Jason Burgess’ cracking JA shots (Barrington, Lady Saw, Roof Intl van etc) from our visitation in 1993 (and a couple from a previous trip of Jason’s), that’s re-energised me on getting some more of these posted, so look out.
STINKBOMBS 808 – HEAVWEIGHT HONKING
1. The General – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Liondub International)
Matt Shadetek and Lion Dub lay down an impossibly heavy, minimal rhythm at a dubstempo while Jahdan drops one of his best vocals yet, it’s fire and frikkin ice business. Enormous things to come methinks from the Jahdan, Dutty Artz camp and related breadrun.
Buy (I copped it local from Samurai)
2. Murderation – Unknown/RSD (Love Is The Key)
Big, big, big tune that I slept on when it was initially released, one of those that a 30 second online sample can just sound like ‘meh another blend’. Oh no it’s not, anything but that…. this is exceptional. A copy, pretty literally, fell into my hands, which is well handy as it appears pretty hard to find these days. Best place to start looking would be here, if you want to be relieved of upwards of 25 Euros.
Love the photo of Barrington out the back of Bobby Digital’s, that waistcoat and the decidedly un-macho white Jeep that he was driving at the time with his Lipstick label logo made for quite an ..ahem interesting spectacle!
Barrington Levy in the yard at Digital B, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.
Barrington at Sunsplash, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.
‘Murderation’ is an unadorned white label, this is the original classic.
3. One – Aardvarck (Bloom/White)
Don’t know much about Dutch dude Aardvarck (Mike Kivits) apart from I haven’t really been too down with the little gear I’ve heard of his before this mighty, mysterious, untitled white label ‘Bloom 1’ EP. A bit of further investigation reveals he’s got some interesting gear bubbling, so what do I know? Not much… except this is a killer, very hard to find now and the follow up ‘Bloom 2’ sold out in a week. Heavy!
4. Gold Dust – Earl Sixteen (Roots Garden)
5. Herb Dust – Nick Mansseh/Roots Garden Crew (Roots Garden)
Have ranted about these, previously… here
, so check that for links, stinks, shits and giggles. This is a little foundation stone breather after the subsonic attackment of the intro trio.
Earl Sixteen & Nick Manasseh
6. Vampire – Chezidek (Massive B)
7. What U Fighting For – Burro Banton (Massive B)
A brace of boomshots on Massive B, the NYC label that should be due for some sort of civic recognition for their phenomenal strike rate and staying power, over many years. Mr Konders rarely mis-fires, and this lick of ‘Declaration Of Rights’ is teflon tough and frill free. Chezidek’s ‘Inna Di Road’ album, handled by Bobby for Greensleeves is one of the best reggae/dancehall albums of recent times in my estimation, and ‘Vampire’ is one of the highlights. Burro does what Burro does, admirably, just ramping up the anticipation for his recording session with The Bug to be unleashed upon us.
Chezideks album is still available and it’s beyond fire, like molten or something….
The Rt Hon Bobby Konders
8. Bad Man Gon Cry – Lady Saw (Big Yard)
Rattled on about this here.
Lady Saw at Sunsplash ’93 shots c/o Jason Burgess.
9. Hustle – Collie Buddz (Massive B)
Huuuuge tune chopping up Barrington’s timeless ‘Prison Oval Rock’, once again from New York’s finest, Massive B. Everything about Collie Buddz just seems so incredibly wrong, and he looks ultra-irritating… but then he just keeps coming up with fire, the kind of feu that overcomes all obstacles and hinderances. I’m well partial to the flip of this ‘Herb Tree’ which is yet more lyrical license about vegetable matter – boasted, toasted and darkly roasted.
10. Smell Good – Captain Barkey (Roof International)
Couldn’t resist sliding in this olfactory 90’s gem from Barkey, ‘put up yu hands if you know yu smell good!!!’, indeed. Wouldn’t do if the smell bad posse were putting up their hands/arms and other odious appendages now would it! All pungent punning aside this is a killer tune, produced by Courtney Cole, and it very nearly sent the mix off on an unexpected 90’s tangent but I managed to hold back…this time.
More photographic funda from Jason Burgess below with the Roof International mobile record shop, guess these are a thing of the past now, too. However Truck Back productions who came up with Erup’s ‘Click Mi Finger’ (and the Dashboard & Gearbox rhythms etc) do all their recording in the back of a container truck in Kingston, so the extra ordinary vehicular vibes live on in JA culture.
11. Hussling – Busy Signal (Birch Hill)
12. Tek Back Yard – Beenie Man (Birch Hill)
13. Selassie Love We – Vybz Kartel (Birch Hill)
14. Baddaz Rhythm – Birch Hill Crew (Birch Hill)
Ok it may not be much more than a slight (but skillfully done) embellishment on Dave Kelly’s monstrously mighty Joyride rhythm but who cares? This is stencherific, and then some. Christopher Birch updates with aplomb and Busy, Beenie and Vybz all represent proper and correct in the voicing booth. Things get a little over-ethusiastic with the Kaos pad around these parts… such is life.
Busy getting his Bubbles on, as a paperboy for the day
Vybz looking lairy.
15. Bolivia – El Remolon (ZZK)
16. Aqui Princesa (Marcelo Fabian Rmx) – Princesa (Soot)
17. Calzada Rhythm – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
18. Elsa (Sonido Martines Rmx ft Fefe) Los Destellos (Soot)
This little portion threatened to take over the mix, it’s so good to have an injection of fresh cumbionic vinyl. Basically there’s three indispensable 12″s that anyone with a penchant for nuevo-cumbia hoo-ha should peruse and pursue with great rapdity…they are..
El Remolon’s storming 6 tracker ‘Pibe Cosmo’
Soot’s all-star magnificent remixery.
The Chancha Via Circuito EP, that goes a treat with his Rodante album
Buy Nueva Cumbia Argentina
Buy Chancha Via Circuito 12″
More wibbling about Chancha Via Circuito here
Sonido Martines (this fellers mixdiscs are beyond crucial)
19. Guajira Sicodelica – Los Destellos (Vampi Soul)
From the superbly named ‘This LP Crashes Hard Drives’, which was put together by the fine people at Vampi Soul, Finders Keepers, Sublime Frequencies, Honest Jons, Numero Group, Jazzman, Daptone, Now Again, Light In The Attic and Timmion… phew. For my money this has got be the best, gregariously genre-free compilation thus far this year, and it’s encased in a meaty gatefold sleeve, as befits a release specifically designed to celebrate Record Store Day.
This cut from the ‘Cumbia Beats Collection’ is Peruvian mellow psych chicha fever, holy hell!
Couldn’t resist another Los Destellos shot, they’re giving Barrington a run for his money!
20. Psychedelic Circus – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
21. Major Blitzkreig – Higamos Hogamos (DC Recordings)
On the strength of what I’ve heard so far, the self titled Higamos Hogamos album is very much at the top of my shopping list. This single kinda out-Depth Charges, Depth Charge – which is major points and prizes round my gates. That delightful situation is enhanced by the a storming J Saul Kane mix that takes up the whole of the flipside. There’s also a surprisingly superb bonus, a percusso-pressure-cooker from Ed Banger artiste Mickey Moonlight, an alliterated gent I need to investigate further. It’s an embarrassment of riches really, as most DC Recordings 12″s are, I opted for the brief and blistering original version at the last minute when I was whacking this mix together, it’s very very hard to argue with.
22. Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free – Zombie Zombie (Versatile)
I’m startled, nay shocked, by the fact that I haven’t posted about this mercurial French duo who come on like a modern day Silver Apples tussling it out kraut-fu style with John Carpenter on the soundtrack to a psychedelic, slightly sick, dimly lit, autoroute thriller movie… or something like that. It was their right renking remix for Kelpe last year that motivated chasing their album ‘A Land For Renegades’ up, and it’s subsequently become a real favourite. These decidedly un-mindless, synth and basheria merchants are definitely a pair to keep les yeux on, I reckon.
Buy from Piccadilly on all formats or CD is cheap here
23. 2080 – Subeena (Imminent)
I read an intriguing review about this 12″ from Subeena on Imminent by the venerable John Eden on his Uncarved
blog, and didn’t connect that it was the same disc when I ordered it. He was right, it’s an untypical wee gem and from a little synchronous investigatory behaviour it turns out that Subeena is hooked up with the mighty Coco Solid from their linkage at the RBMA in Barcelona. Small world and all that, but it takes a large tune to finish off a little mix and this does the biz.