Review: "Work Up A Sweat" was Gregory Isaac's 1994 opus, and it showcased the laidback style he had become so well known and loved for. Often described as the 'ultimate rude boy Reggae star', his own African Museum label originally put this one out with coproduction credits going to his wife June. Big cuts like "Got to Come Back" and "Lead Me" feature, with plenty of metallic leads, acoustic riffs and deep cut bas sounds all helping colour the airwaves and sink you into the vibes. This is a first ever vinyl reissue and it comes on 140g vinyl for extra heft.
Review: Legendary dancehall and reggae artist Barrington Levy started out with a fine run of albums in his early years, and then switched to serving up a steady and solid stream of singles. Some of the most famous ones include "Even Tide Fire a Disaster" and "I'm Not in Love", as well as "You Have It" which is presented here as a nice extended version. It features a pained vocal over a fat and dumpy groove with some tropical percussion and warming chords to help oil the mood. GG's All Stars step up on the flip with a version that is heavy and lazy in all the right ways.
Review: The vital Only Roots label turns to Nyah Hunter for a previously unreleased b-side. Now pressed up onto its own 7", complete with a dub, the song appeared for the first time in 1973 on the compilation "Pipeline". It was recorded at Federal Records Studios in the early seventies and was produced by Alvin Ranglin. It exudes all the earthy vibes you'd expect of that period, the rumbling drums, fat bass and aloof vocals. It's as sweet as chocolate and smooth as silk.
Review: Richie Spice is a contemporary roots artist with a fine sound and growing fan base. He latest is a fine return with classic roots producer Clive Hunt on the buttons and helping to bring some history to his sounds. This one is a re-make of a Max Romeo hit that reasserts Spice's place atop the modern day pile. "Valley Of Jehoshaphat (Red Hot)" is just that, with expansive vocals and a widescreen dub riddim, while "Di Dub Dance" (dub mix) provide more direct thrills. This offering is also another preview of a full length album that roots mainstay Clive has in the pipeline for this year.
Horace Andy - "River" (previously unreleased) (3:44)
Freddie McKay - "Guide Us Jah Jah" (extended) (7:04)
Linval Thompson - "Jumping For Joy" (extended) (5:55)
Junior Delgado - "Loving You" (5:12)
Thompson Sound - "Loving You" (dub) (4:50)
King Kong - "Who Say" (2:32)
Wayne Wade - "Iran" (3:56)
Horace Andy - "Jah Provide" (3:33)
Thompson Sound - "Jah Provides" (dub) (3:33)
Linval Thompson - "So Long" (2:08)
U Brown - "Roots Is Roots" (extended previously unreleased) (5:30)
Review: Linval Thompson is one of the most notable voices and producers of the dub world and now he proudly serves up a set full of his own classic creations that touch on definitive roots sounds across 12 red hot tracks. All the greats feature from their heyday in the 70s and 80s, with Linval appearing next to giants like Horace Silver, Freddie McKay, Junior Delgado, Cedric Myton and more. Linval produced all of these classics himself while two previously unreleased songs by Horace Andy and U Brown, help make this an essential purchase. You don't often get such a cult collection of top artists together on one varied but vital selection, so don't sleep.