November 2012 ECHO CHAMBER Archives

Kicked things off tonight with the excellent new “Black Star Line” album from Sangue Bom out of Paris (mixed by Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa). Followed this with two fine new releases on the Scoops label – from Vibronics and Kyle Sicarius. Also in the first set was the very cool track “Ganja Tea” from the artist Chatta from Canada. More new items from Jah Red Lion & Dub Terminator, Big Shiny, Rod Anton & the Ligerians, King David, Fu-Steps, and the new Pressure Sounds release “The Sound Doctor” — Lee Perry produced tracks from the archive. And, celebrating the reelection of Barack Obama as President, we loudly played Mista Majah P’s “Four More Years” track!

Tonight we filled the first hour with a bunch of new stuff, then shifted gears and filled most of the rest of the program with all Jamaican music. This has been an annual tradition for some time – doing an all Jamaican show in early November in remembrance of my late Jamaican father-in-law Robert. The new music included excellent releases from Soothsayers, Rod Anton & the Ligerians, Anthony B, U-Roy, Aldubb, Steve Steppa, and Sangue Bom. And the all-JA mix for Robert included: The Heptones & Sound Dimension, Niney the Observer, The Mighty Diamonds, Prince Buster & Lee Perry, Junior Byles, Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators, Wingless Angels (feat. Justin Hinds), Desmond Dekker, Lloyd’s All Stars, Cherine Anderson, Omar Perry, Sly & Robbie, Jesse Royal, Don Corleone, Jackie Mittoo, Scientist, Barry Brown & U-Mike, Dillinger, Dennis Brown, Tony Tuff, King Jammy, Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus, and Oku Onoura.

Another avalanche of new and reissued roots & dub tonight… Starting out with the excellent new “Radio Space EP” by Felipe Lopez (Ape Choons); followed by the excellent new double-CD “One Love, One Life” from Beres Hammond (VP Records); and the new live album “Throw Down Your Arms” from Professor (aka Harrison Stafford) on the Soulbeats label. Also new tonight: a fun new single called “CriminaLove” from the Twin Cities’ own Irie Sol; Adrian Sherwood’s new “Survival & Resistance” album; the fine “Red Shadow Landing” release from All India Radio; Busy Signal’s new dubwise release “Reggae Dubb’n Again” (VP); Soothsayers “Human Nature” album on Red Earth; the nice “More Spiritual Riddim” compilation (Soul of the Lion); Richie Phoe’s cool “Thriller Dub 2012” single (Balanced); the “Temple Riddim EP” from Bass Culture Players; the Frikstailers’ “Guacha EP” (ZZK); plus more new releases from Beats Antique, Jah Wobble & Keith Levine, Chatta, and Collie Buddz. On top of this, the good folks at VP Records (actually, it was my pal Zack) sent fresh new reissued releases from Keith Hudson and Barry Brown, plus the 2010 reissued release of Alpha Blondy’s “Cocody Rock”.

The good Doctor took in The Who’s Minneapolis gig and d.j. babyswiss had the starship all to himself – launching off into the Dubiverse to the tune of locals Secret Panels vs. The Assessor’s “Strange Dub”, followed up by Tsuyoshi Kawakami’s Moodmakers and Kaori Takeda warming up a chill pre-winter night with an “Ice Ball” …attendance highly recommended. Then, from “Ice” to “Fire” with Little Tempo. Some classic UB40 was in the mix, as was the Upsetters-esque Slackers cut “El Gato”. The mighty King Tubby turns up in the company of Yah Congo and Professor, and dig Jah Wobble’s bizarre take on the “Battle of Britain”! Mutant Froggie bumpers figured throughout.