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kingston sounds

cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 10th Apr 2020


Dancehall’s period in Reggaes History can be dated back to the very start of the 1980’s.

The beat had slowed right down to suit the followers of the Sound System Dances of which it had taken its name. They demanded a slower rhythm to strut their stuff to and Dancehall supplied it with great enthusiasm. The Dancehall period has always been aligned with the digital sound of the drum machine. But Dancehall was well established some five years before the 1985 massive wave change that was Wayne Smith’s, King Jammy produced ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’. The beat had already slowed down to the one drop snare sound that allowed the DJ’s more room to express their thoughts on everyday life. Songs also found room to breathe in this bass & drum arena. You could call this the early period in Dancehall Culture before the digital rhythm opened up the sound to one and all who wanted to express themselves and now the technology allowed them entry. We have taken this early period when groups like Soul Syndicate and the Roots Radics were working this slowed down rhythm in fine form and just as the first touches of the drum machine was showing itself. One producer who was right on his game at the very start of Dancehall was Ossie Thomas under his production umbrella Black Solidarity. Ossie Thomas was in many cases the first producer to record some of the artists that were to go on and rule Dancehall. Such names as Triston Palmer, Robert French, Papa Levi, Puddy Roots, Earl B, all cut their musical teeth under his guise. We have selected some great cuts that highlight that this somewhat over looked section in reggaes history still carried some fine tunes…Hope you enjoy the dance…..



  1. Spliff Tales- Triston Palmer
  2. The Lord Is My Light- Rod Taylor
  3. String Up The Sound System- Michael Palmer
  4. Never Trouble Trouble – Tony Tuff
  5. Crime Act – Ashanti Waugh
  6. Gate Man Get Fraid- Early B
  7. Eradication- Robert French
  8. Let Go Of The Rhythm – Josey Wales
  9. Me Want Join The Army – Ashanti Waugh
  10. Police Police - Ashanti Waugh
  11. Crucial Corporal – George Nooks
  12. Champion Bubbler – Puddy Roots
  13. Everybody Wants – Sugar Minott
  14. Wat Wah Sammy Dread
  15. Rock To The Rhythm- U Brown (cd bonus)
  16. Trickle Down – Andy Livingston (cd bonus)
  17. Treat Her Like A Lady- Johnny Osbourne (cd bonus)
  18. Me No Care – Papa Levi (cd bonus)