Friday, August 21, 2015

The Soul Beat w/ Undercover

Forming in the early 60s and enjoying early success for Coxsone and latterly Leslie Kong and Sonia Pottinger where the sensational Gaylads. Up there with, if not the best vocal trios of the ska and rocksteady era. Featuring BB Seaton, Winston Delano Stewart and the recently passed Maurice Roberts (RIP), with BB and Maurice also recording as The Conscious Minds. More proper rocksteady. Link

The Gaylads - Hill and Gully
The Gaylads - Sounds of Africa
The Gaylads - Gal and Boy
Lee Perry and The Gaylads - Run Rudies Run
The Gaylads - Only You
The Gaylads - Lady With The Red Dress
The Gaylads - Stop Making Love
The Gaylads - You Can't Get Away
The Gaylads - Seven In One Medley
The Gaylads - I Don't Care
The Gaylads - Cold and Lonely In The Night
The Gaylads -Souls Sister
The Gaylads - My Jamaican Girl
The Gaylads - The Soul Beat
The Gaylads - Tears from my Eyes
Fred Bryan and The Gaylads - Welcome To Are Land
The Gaylads - Lonely Girl
The Gaylads - Hard to Confess
The Gaylads - There's a Fire
The Gaylads - I Need Your Loving
The Gaylads - If You Knew
The Gaylads - Peculiar Man
The Gaylads - Red Rose
The Gaylads - Last Time
Slim Smith and The Gaylads - You Don't Care
The Gaylads - People Crying
The Gaylads - Festival Day
The Gaylads - Fire and Rain
Conscious Minds - Suffering Through the Land
Conscious Minds - Brainwash
Conscious Minds - Hotter the Battle
Joe White - Give Thanks
The Gaylads - Come Running Back
The Gaylads - Youths of Tomorrow
The Gaylads - Slipping & Sliding
The Gaylads and Brentford Disco Set - Joy In The Morning
The Gaylads and Black Roots Players - Ho what A Situation~Situation Dub

Monday, August 17, 2015

Revivalist w/ Undercover

Reggae will never die. With the amount of samples and riddims to rework it will keep on trucking. It used to be ska, rocksteady and roots getting the rework but now 80s roots rub a dub and digital dancehall getting the treatment of late. They are even sampling sampled samples. Go figure.

Prince Buster - Girl, Answer to Your Name
Protoje - Answer To Your Name
The Silvertones - Smile
Jesse Royal - Butterfly
Ronald Merrils - Danger In Your Eyes
Judah Eskender Tafari - Danger In Your Eyes
The Twinkle Brothers - Since I Threw the Comb
Exco Levi - Since I Threw the Comb
Black Uhuru - General Penitentiary
Exco Levi - General Penitentiary
Black Uhuru - I Love King Selassie
Chronixx and Black Uhuru - I Love King Selassie
The Abyssinians - Yim Mas Gan
Third World - Yim Mas Gan (Let Him Be Praised)
Prince Far I - Back Weh
Micah Shemaiah - Dread At the Control
Pablo Moses - A Song
Protoje - Criminal
Zap Pow - Bubblin' Over
Protoje - Bubblin'
Anthony Johnson - Sound Clash
Protoje - Sudden Flight
Barrington Levy - Murderer In Dub
Gappy Ranks - Them a Murderer
Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard
Chronixx f/ Inner Circle - Tenement Yard (News Carryin' Dread)
Jesse Royal - Ghetto Girl
O'Neil Dyer - Apartment
Jah9 - Steamers A Bubble
Erroll Dunkley - Black Cinderella
Augustus Pablo - Cinderella In Black
Protoje - Black Cinderella
Aswad - Dub Fire
Keznamdi - Grade
Jah Mali - El Shaddai
Exco Levi - El Shaddai
Garnet Silk - Keep Them Talking
Masicka - Keep Them Talking
Tenor Saw - Golden Hen
Aidonia - 80's Dancehall
Half Pint - Greetings
Busy Signal - Greetings (Ribbidibbi)

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Friday, August 14, 2015

In Times of Trouble w/ Freddie Mckay

Impeccable music here. No fuss, no fanfare. Freddie is one of my favourite foundation vocalists. He is so smooth yet gravelly from rocksteady to lovers to heavy as lead roots. He always voiced the heaviest riddims and his albums are full of stepping cuts with tuff Tubby dubs. A few recuts of his classics inna tempo change too, interesting to listen to side by side.


Love Is A Treasure
Father Will Cut You Off (Version)
Open Up Your Door
When I Am Gray
Picture On The Wall
Since I Met You
Go On This Way
Darling Ooh
Tear Drops
Tears Won't Help
Lonely Man
Lonely Man
Just A Little Bit
Won't Get Away
Our Rendevous
I'm A Free Man
I'm A Free Man
Sanctic Special
Creation Rebel
Jah Man
Nah Mek It Look So
Guide Us Jah Jah
La La Bye Woman
Rock A Bye Woman (Extended)
Rock A Bye Dub
Harsh Words
Black Beauty
Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
In Times of Troubles (Extended)
In Times of Dub
Cool Down Your Temper
Inna Mi Yard
Another Weekend (Extended)
Take My Hands Oh Jah
Where Have You Been
How Could I Leave
How Could I Leave Dub
Jah Love I (Extended)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Big Tunes w/ Undercover

Biim! Small but big. Micah Shemaiah - doing it for me again and again and again, as does Samory I and the Zeen riddim - an oldie but that one is on repeat! Kabaka has a massive tune with Digital B and comebacks from Mad Cobra, Pinchers, Bounty Killer, Third World and Inner Circle are all more than welcome....Wheel Up!

Another link, recompressed and uploaded Here.

Mad Cobra - Jezibel
Kayla Bliss - Red Hott
Inner Circle f/ Kabaka Pyramid - We The People
Micah Shemaiah f/ Exile Di Brave - Eezy Breezy
Israel Starr f/ Awa & Lion Rezz - Long White Cloud
Third World - Yim Mas Gan (Let Him Be Praised)
Micah Shemaiah f/ Nicole Miller - Truths and Rights
Micah Shemaiah - Dread On Yah
Micah Shemaiah - Original Dread
The Gideon - Roots Rock
Selah - Haile Jah
Nelly Stharre - Find Your Roots
Racquel Jones - Wonder When
Samory I - Take Me Oh Jah
Jesse Royal - Cops and Robbers
Micah Shemaiah and Rassy Hardnocks - Legal
Pinchers and Bounty Killer - Don't Get Weary
Kabaka Pyramid - Phenomenon
Jah Sun - Resistance
Yung JR - General
Kazam Davis - One Way
Kazam Davis - What Kind of World
Eek A Mouse f/ Dennis Brown - Trading Guns For Weed
Sizzla and Suns of Dub - Jah Jah Solve Dem
Morgan Heritage f/ Bobby Lee - We Are Warriors
The Gideon - Highest
Keznamdi - Ganja Man (Classic Man Refix)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Spy Who Killed Me w Undercover

Back by popular demand is The Spy Who Killed Me! I'm a huge fan of the spy and espionage genre be it a movie, book or ska! And unlikely as it was, Jamaica was a common setting for many a Bond movie. So you can see the connection with reggae with no shortage of Bond homages and theme covers. Some just have the mystical thriller vibe, others are uptown and you could imagine James Bond sipping Martini's, tuning girls poolside at The Jamaican Hilton. The tunes are killer, Bond would be proud.

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Mighty Sparrow & Byron Lee - Theme from Dr. Zhivago
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Goldfinger
Prince Buster - Seven Wonders of the World
Roland Alphonso - From Russia With Love
Don Drummond - Far East
Lester Sterling and The Skatalites - Air Raid Shelter
The Skatalites - Fidel Castro
Tommy McCook - Silver Dollar
The Skatalites - Ska La Parisienne
Ernest Ranglin - La Bostelle
Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Reggae Merengue
The Mighty Sparrow - Russian Satellite
Young Growler - Pussy Galore
Bobby Aitken - Skaramouche
The Soul Brothers - 007
Roland Alphonso and The Skatalites - James Bond
Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Brothers - James Bond
The Soul Brothers - James Bond Girl
Val Bennet - The Russians Are Coming
Bobby Aitken - Thunderball
The Soul Brothers - Thunderball
Tommy McCook - Liquidator
Tommy McCook - Dr. No Go
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Live And Let Die
The Upsetters - Man from M.I.5
Lloyd Charmers - Dollars And Bonds
Ansel Collins - Secret Weapon
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra - Mission Impossible
Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Our Man Flint
Lynn Taitt and The Jets - El Casino Royale
Sound Dimension - Jamaica Underground
Lyn Taitt and The Jets - I Spy
The Techniques w/ Winston Wright - Top Secret
Lloyd Young and Augustus Pablo - Our Man Flint
Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Beruit
Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Top Secret
Tommy McCook and The Supersonics - Wild Bunch
Tommy McCook and The Upsetters - Cloak and Dagger
The Aggravators - Big Job
The Revolutionaries - Secret Agent
Linval Thompson - I Spy
Robert Lee - I Spy