black & white label mix

An organized pile of 45s from Carlton Patterson’s great Black & White label that has a bunch of King Tubby’s dubs on the b-sides. I don’t know much about this label, but I’ve always loved these 45s as the Tubby dubs seem much better than his usuals, which I’ve always found a bit boring and preferred Jammy’s and Scientist’s versions better. Scientist is credited as the engineer on a few of these, so maybe he is doing the dubs also. Either way, a great collection of late 70s/early 80s Jamaican classics… 1.king at the controls – king tubby and michael …

Telephone to Glory…

The last – for now – in a series of Jamaican gospel collections from the ’60s. In this one I’ve gone through my 45s and picked a few more of my favorites that haven’t appeared on the previous three mixes. Listen on mix cloud or download a zip of the mp3 here…enjoy! Telephone to Glory… Jamaican Gospel of the ’60s Vol. 4 by King Shade on Mixcloud

Holy Ghost Power…

This collection of gospel 45s from Jamaica is dedicated to Otis Wright who passed recently. If you were a fan of my other two gospel volumes, you have definitely heard his sweet voice and catchy tunes. Special thanks this round go to my new friends in Jamaica who tirelessly search these out while dealing with my obsessive inquiries…big ups! Download the mp3 here, or listen on the mixcloud jammy… Holy Ghost Power…Jamaican Gospel of the ’60s Vol. 3 by King Shade on Mixcloud Holy Ghost Power – Otis Wright Old Old Serpent – Joan Creary When You Get to Heaven …

Hear the Gospel Story…

If you at all enjoyed the first installment of this here series – Out of Zion…Jamaican Gospel Vol. 1 – then you should enjoy this one also as it is more of the same. Luckily for all of us, the more I dig through the records, the more I come up with so Vol. 3 is already in the works. Spin it! Download the mp3 here! Hear the Gospel Story…Jamaican Gospel of the ’60s Vol. 2 by King Shade on Mixcloud Special thanks to my new friend Pete Onedeck for recording a Joan Creary 45 for me that was in …

Out of Zion…

When you spend a lot of time purchasing whole lots of random Jamaican records, there are always bound to be a few gospel 45s mixed in. Over the years my pile grew slowly and I was always amazed by how fresh they sounded for religious recordings from the 1960s. Recently I bought the amazing compilation Noah Full of Grace and listened to it non-stop for a few weeks. The excitement of this reminded me of my own stack of gospel 45s, so into the piles I went to dig out some gems. On top of that, my good friend at …

Satta Massagana Massive

Anyone who doesn’t know me might not know this, but my girlfriend’s last name is Satta. The significance of that may be lost on the non-reggae-nerd, but in my head the first thing that comes to mind is the classic Jamaican jam called Satta Massagana. Basically, for me to meet a girl named Satta is up there with a barista-geek dating someone whose last name is Espresso. The term Satta Massagana loosely translated means “Give Thanks” in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. The reasons Jamaicans are singing Amharic phrases has to do with their interest in Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selaissie …

roots tradition mix

Roots Tradition was a Jamaican label started by Errol “Don” Mais in the late seventies and centered around artists from Kingston’s Greenwich Farm community, much like Bertram Brown’s Freedom Sounds label. Scientist mixed some of his first A-sides for Roots Tradition, many that also feature members of Roots Radics who would later go on to play on most of Scientist’s later albums. More importantly that all of that is the fact that the label consistently released great music…runnit! Roots Tradition Mix by King Shade on Mixcloud Or download the zip here!

45 rotations-per-dub!

I was making the last mix for the past few days and began to set aside 45s with b-sides that I really like – as most Jamaican 45s have some form of an instrumental on the flip side. When you have a few thousand 45s, that ends up being a lot of instrumentals, so last night I mixed up the short pile I had made over the previous few days. The first and last song are kind of scratchy, but the rest are cool enough, so strap on the ear googles and get lost in this raw mix of dubs… …

rub-a-dub mix vol. 1

If you don’t know, rub-a-dub is the period of music that bridged 70s roots with the more digital dancehall of the late 80s. I had been wanting to make a mix for a while and while pulling records I realized I have a lot of it, so I named this Vol. 1 with the idea that I would make at least another if not a few more to cover all of my favorite rub-a-dub jams. If you would like to read up on this period of music, Beth Lesser has a free e-book available, though you should also purchase her …

everyday is a gunshot…

Like everyone else, I remember 9/11 all too well. I had just flown from New York to Los Angeles the night before — getting home at about 3am — only to be awoken a few hours later to see the towers fall. As you all know, it was terrifying and unbelievable. I sat fixated on the news for as long as I could stand it, which must have been three or four hours if not more. At some point there was only so much I could watch, but what else could we do? Nothing felt right. We couldn’t go out. …