Roots & Dancehall Edition
New releases galore!
Yes folks, new releases-time again here. Fresh stuff just keeps on flocking in, plus: we always manage to find exiting releases that just have to be heard on Ackee & Saltfish. Well, you know... seven inches, unreleased materials, rare recordings, releases from way back - stuff that deserves our attention, simply because... it's that GOOD!
Oh well. You might have noticed that Ackee & Saltfish, the show itself, has been cut into two halfes:
ACKEE & SALTFISH - To The Foundation
Foundation Rockers presented by Tom
Midnight to 01:00am
ACKEE & SALTFISH - Inna De Dance
Dancehall Bubblers presented by Fred & Andi
01:00am to 02:00am
No need to worry because of that, folks! First, because Dancehall has become its righteous place within the Ackee & Saltfish-show, second, your's truly can finally concentrate on the Roots, and third, that's just some kind of preparation of what is to come your way: Ackee & Saltfish goes weekly! Yes, believe it or not: In due time we will have a weekly spot on the Orange 94.0-timetable; that's Roots and Dancehall alternatly every week! Watch this space for more information... soon come.
So here we go with this weeks new releases & specials:
CARL DOUGLAS - KUNF FU FIGHTING REMIXES
Say what??? Isn't that the theme from a popular TV-series way back? It sure is, and it got the Remix- and Dub-treatment from artists like Noiseshaper, Adrian Sherwood, Dreadzone, Seeed and many more. You gotta hear it to believe it!
LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY - PANIC IN BABYLON
You know, you gotta love Lee Perry for the stuff he has done in the 70's. And he does deserve the Grammy for it, but unfortunatly he got it for one of his mediocre solo-outings two years ago. Now here's a brandnew album, recorded with the White Belly Rats, and I tell you: Scratch is back again. Don't know what happened, but this album is great and definetly a contender for a Grammy. Something did calm Scratch down to an almost (!) normal level, and you just gotta love these laid-back riddims and the use of the voice-vocoder!
MICHAEL ROSE - HAPPINESS (BEST OF)
Just when Michael Rose reunited with Duckie Simpson for another incarnation of the mighty Black Uhuru, his former label Heartbeat Rec. throws a "Best-of"-album on the market. Now don't get me wrong: Michael Rose is a brilliant singer, and he recorded some very good stuff while with Heartbeat - but this simply can't be a "Best-of", as it only features... well, Hearbeat-stuff, omitting the brilliant stuff he did with other labels and producers. Recommended though, as it's the best of his Heartbeat-recordings.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - RIDDIM DRIVEN: I SWEAR JUGGLING
Another VP Rec. Riddim Driven-compilation, this time on a somewhat rootsy one-drop-riddim. Not bad at all... we feature versions by Luciano and Melchizedek.
SUGAR MINOTT - LEAVE OUTTA BABYLON
Well yes, we had that one on the show. But releases like this one are easily underrated... the grow and grow and grow, from simply good to brilliant. Reason enough to revisit this gem? We do think so!
BLACK UHURU feat. MICHAEL ROSE - DOLLARS
And there we have it: The first musical sign of the reunited Black Uhuru - a seven inch, out on Beres Hammonds' Harmony House-label. Big up my mate DJRJ from Austin's "Reggae Evolution" for forwarding this crucial piece - all across the big pond!
SAM GILLY'S HOUSE OF RIDDIM - ONE DUB
Yes, the House of Riddim Crew mash up the place with another exclusive: Their Dub-take on Max Romeo's "One Step Forward" - another excellent tune from the mighty House of Riddim. Do yourself a favor and check out their crucial release "Sam Gilly's House of Riddim presents" (Soulfire Rec.): x-amount of pure niceness!
You think that's all? You dead wrong! Fred & Andi will heat up the place with fresh Dancehall tunes, plus: Hear their interview with none other than... GENTLEMAN!
Can't say you've never been warned, can you?