May 1, 2012

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Hello,  we're still on that island with a huge place in the global music catalogue, Jamaica. A production hothouse and they say the Weed makes you slow and lazy-go figure. Without the ganja driven reggae music Jamaica would have remained a Caribbean backwater and dare i say would never have given us Bolt, the fastest man in the world.

Can't get enough of that dub music ?  Well here's some more

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The Aggrovators were a dub/reggae backing band in the 1970s & 1980s, and one of the main session bands of producer, Bunny Lee. The line-up varied, with Lee using the name for whichever set of musicians he was using at any time.The band's name derived from the record shop that Lee had run in the late 1960s, Agro Sounds. Alumni of the band included many musicians who later went to make names for themselves in reggae music. Legends such as Jackie Mittoo, Sly and Robbie, Tommy McCook, and Aston Barrett were all involved with the band at one point or another. Other regular members included Carlton "Santa" Davis, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ansel Collins, Bernard "Touter" Harvey, Tony Chin, Bobby Ellis, and Vin Gordon. The band recorded Lee's most popular output from the 1970s, with the instrumental B-sides of Lee's single releases on the Jackpot and Justice labels generally credited to The Aggrovators and mixed by King Tubby

The Aggrovators - Rasta Dub 76 (flac 111mb)

01 None Shall Escape Dub 3:28
02 Fatty Boom Boom Dub 2:26
03 Dread Locks Bald Head Dub 2:48
04 Two Face Rasta Dub 5:23
05 Tradition Dub 3:22
06 Take My Hand Dub 3:28
07 Hold On Dub 3:13
08 Ja Ja In De Dub 2:59
09 Ites Gold Green Dub 3:11
10 No Woman No Cry Dub 3:08
11 Small Axe Dub 3:25
12 If You Should Loose Me Dub 2:21

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Winston Holness, better known as Niney the Observer (born George Boswell, 1951, gained his nickname "Niney" after losing a thumb in a workshop accident.In the latter half of the 1960s he worked as an engineer at KG records, where he began producing. His first release was his own composition "Come on Baby". He moved on to work with Bunny Lee in 1967, then for Lynford Anderson's studio, then working for Joe Gibbs as chief sound engineer, replacing his friend Lee "Scratch" Perry. While working for Gibbs he produced Dennis Alcapone and Lizzy's "Mr. Brown", and played a major role in launching the career of Dennis Brown.After leaving Gibbs' setup, his first major success as a producer was "Blood & Fire" in December 1970, initially released in a pressing of 200 on his Destroyer label, but reissued the following year on his Observer label, and going on to sell over 30,000 copies in Jamaica. Inspired by Perry's nickname of "The Upsetter", Holness adopted "The Observer", using the name for his new Observer label, and the name of his house band, The Observers (actually the Soul Syndicate

In the early 1970s, Holness became one of Jamaica's most sought after producers, with the likes of Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Slim Smith, Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado, and Freddie McGregor all using his services.He also continued to record himself, on collaborations with Dennis Alcapone, Max Romeo, and Lee Perry. By the mid-1970s, he was also working with Ken Boothe, Junior Byles, Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy, I-Roy, and Dillinger. The late 1970s saw him still very active as a producer, but his output in the early 1980s was significantly less after relocating to France. He re-emerged in 1982 with the Ital Dub Observer Style album, and returned to Kingston in 1983, taking on the role of house producer for the Hitbound label at Channel One Studios. In this capacity he was one of the first to work with Beenie Man, and also produced Third World and Sugar Minott. In the mid-1980s, he relocated to New York, returning to Kingston again in 1988, and working with Yami Bolo, Frankie Paul, Andrew Tosh, and Junior Byles. He began an association with Heartbeat Records, working on reissues of much of his back catalogue, as well as new recordings. He continued to produce new material through the 1990s.

Niney The Observer - Sledgehammer Dub Observer Style (flac 167mb)

01 Dub Long Rastafari 3:26
02 Travelling Version 3:48
03 You're No Dub Baby 2:51
04 Burning Dub 3:39
05 Kingsgate Version 2:25
06 Dub Now 3:27
07 God Bless My Dub 3:37
08 Everyones Dubbing 3:14
09 Rich And Poor Dub 3:05
10 Tribulation Dub 3:11

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The Techniques were formed by Winston Riley in 1962 while still at school, with the initial line-up also featuring Slim Smith, Franklyn White, and Frederick Waite. They regularly performed at Edward Seaga's Chocomo Lawn club, where they were spotted by talent scouts from Columbia Records, who released their first single, "No One", released only in the United Kingdom in 1963. Their Jamaican debut came in 1965 when they were introduced to producer Duke Reid by singer Stranger Cole, with Reid-produced singles such as "Don't Leave Me", "When You Are Wrong", "and "Little Did You Know" appearing on labels such as Island Records, and Reid's own Duke and Treasure Isle labels. Smith left the group in 1966, to pursue a solo career at Studio One, and later forming The Uniques with White. He was replaced by Pat Kelly. The shift from ska to rocksteady suited The Techniques, with a string of hits in 1967 and 1968 following, including "You Don't Care", "Queen Majesty", "I Wish It Would Rain", "It's You I Love", and "Love Is Not a Gamble".

The group left Treasure Isle in 1968, with Riley setting up his own 'Techniques' record label, releasing further sides by the group and also his productions of other artists. The group's line up changed regularly with Riley the only constant member. Other members in the late 1960s included Lloyd Parks, Bruce Ruffin, and Dave Barker. Kelly returned for a time, recording lead vocals on "What Am I To Do?".

Riley became one of the most successful Jamaican producers of the 1980s. Kelly and Ruffin enjoyed successful solo careers. Parks worked as a prolific session musician as well as working as a solo artist. Barker found fame as part of the duo Dave & Ansell Collins. Waite emigrated to the UK where he managed Musical Youth, the band including his sons as members. The Techniques were briefly revived in 1982, with ex-Paragon Tyrone Evans on lead vocals, releasing a re-recorded "Love Is a Gamble", and a new album.

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This is a compilation of stuff from the label that shared this group's name. After Slim Smith left the group, Winston Riley wandered from the studio of Treasure Isle and set up his own label to record the music he was interested in, the groove that held Jamaica captive through the '70s, the heavy-lidded thunder of dub. Such was his rep that many of the island's heavyweights came to play; Sly & Robbie provide the rhythmic heart and players like Jackie Mittoo and Tommy McCook left their thumbprints all over this disc. These are great riffs from the early days of dub, a tad lighter in concept than what oozed from Tubby, a bit gentler in tone than what Scratch would offer later.

The Techniques - Techniques In Dub (flac 316mb)

1 Born To Love 3:16
2 Purify 3:20
3 Gambling 4:10
4 In The Mood 2:23
5 I'll Be Waiting 2:51
6 Man Of My World 2:11
7 Find A Fool 2:45
8 Fish Mouth 2:18
9 Marry Me 2:11
10 Stalag 3:05
11 Stalag 18 3:18
12 Ghetto 3:16
13 Warboat 2:18
14 Once In My Life 2:35
15 Watch Out 2:49
16 Black Man 3:30
17 Run For Your Life 2:33
18 Who Is The One 2:51
19 Top Secret 2:51
20 Ready Or Not 3:17

The Techniques - Techniques In Dub (ogg 115mb)

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