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CUTTY RANKS

Intro: Live At Skateland (1986)

CUTTY RANKS

Intro: Live At Skateland (1986)

Super-early rough and deadly recording of Cutty Ranks in free flow over a squashed Stalag riddim.

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Admiral Bailey

Punnany

Admiral Bailey

Punnany

Classic 1986 Jammy production with suitably filthy lyrical content...

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Ninjaman

Counteraction

Ninjaman

Counteraction

Deadly 1991 bashment workout from Don Gorgon in a heavy and relentless style.

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Lady Junie

Tell You What Police Can Do

Lady Junie

Tell You What Police Can Do

More dubious lyrical content wrapped around a classic Jammy digital workout.

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CUTTY RANKS

Liberation

CUTTY RANKS

Liberation

It's those phased stabs that get us every single time. Stone cold classic.

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Tonto Irie

It A Ring

Tonto Irie

It A Ring

One of an almost endless number of versions of King Tubby's classic Tempo riddim.

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Nitty Gritty

Run Down The World

Nitty Gritty

Run Down The World

Mighty 1985 soundsystem anthem...

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Yellowman

Cuss Cuss

Yellowman

Cuss Cuss

Powerhouse production for George Phang circa 1985.

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SUGAR MINOTT

Herbman Hustling

SUGAR MINOTT

Herbman Hustling

Super-early digital business from Sugar Minnot with a Sly & Robbie riddim produced in 1984.

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Pinchers

Agony

Pinchers

Agony

Classic 1987 riddim, a follow-up of sorts to the mighty Sleng Teng.

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SHABBA RANKS

Peeny Peeny

SHABBA RANKS

Peeny Peeny

One of the earliest and deadliest Shabba Ranks 45's, once again produced by King Jammy.

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Steely & Clevie

Duck Riddim

Steely & Clevie

Duck Riddim

Pure instrumental digital bashment!

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Ninja Man

Sell Out The Gun

Ninja Man

Sell Out The Gun

Big plate from Ninjaman's 1990 Sunsplash album.

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Eccleton Jarrett

Turn On The Heat

Eccleton Jarrett

Turn On The Heat

Sick Jammys 45 circa 1987.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks inna digital dancehall style”

In the mid 1980's Prince Jazzbo and King Jammy revolutionised Reggae by discarding live instruments and building riddims using entirely digital means. 1985's King Jammy produced "(Under Me) Sleng Teng" was one of the first and best known of all the digital productions and was based around a modified rhythm from the newly released Casio MT-40 keyboard. It paved the way for a slew of versions and imitations made by a new generation of producers destined to shape much of what was to follow over the next two decades. Of course, the digital scene soon evolved into Ragga and became well known for its shameful, viciously homophobic and aggressive lyrical content, but musically speaking digital Dancehall produced some of the most vibrant and thrilling party tunes of the late 20th century and continues to exert influence over the more interesting developments in the Hardcore continuum to this day with its fierce emphasis on stripped, propulsive beats, rugged basslines, edgy stabs and frenzied vocal rhymes. This selection is a wildly selective trawl through a few of the most crucial digital floor-fillers spanning the decade that followed 'Sleng Teng', taking in productions from King Jammy, as well as classics from the likes of Cutty Ranks, Nitty Gritty, Ninjaman and Sugar Minnot in a pure and deadly bashment style.

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On 17 Jun 10:01 simon webster said:

“dark and deadly”

Now THATS the sh*t i'm talking about. this really is a dark and deadly party selection - biggups!

On 17 Jun 10:12 ryan andrews said:

“yes”

not really a word anyone should use lightly - this really is immense. love it.

On 17 Jun 10:17 jon baum said:

“by some distance...”

.....the best 14 tracks selection to date.

On 17 Jun 10:32 edwin press said:

“continuum”

yeah, the threads are there. Got some shocking early 90's hardcore jungle plates with ninjaman rhymes - big business. Love the bass pressure on these tracks - pure and simple weapon grade party starters.

On 17 Jun 11:22 jane shire said:

“big”

big big party tunes, can tell this is gonna soundtrack my summer..if we ever get one!

On 17 Jun 13:16 JAZY DAMTREE said:

“best of the bleep”

Good selection from a style I've never really felt. Still prefer the analog dub pressure!

On 17 Jun 13:38 andrew stubbs said:

“f**ck me”

just listened to this really loud - absolute bassbin wreckers!

On 19 Jun 16:32 nitzer said:
http://www.deanchalkley.com

nice to be onboard..