winston riley’s techniques!

Winston Riley had been churning out the hits since the ’60s before someone took his life recently. He is probably most known for Tenor Saw’s ‘Ring The Alarm’, but also recorded 40 year’s worth of other jams.

tenor saw mix…

If I had to pick a favorite Jamaican musician, I’d have to go with Tenor Saw. When I went to college in Colorado for my freshman year, it was a Tenor Saw tape given to me by a stoner reggae dude that really got me hooked forever on Jamaican music.

eek-a-mouse mix..

Or.. eek-a-mix. If you don’t know the mouse, you should. And if you do, you know why he gets his own mix. In my car I have this ipod car stereo that has to be the worst thing ever designed. The “select” button actually changes depending where in the menu tree you are, how confusing is that? Someone just wants you to crash using this thing. So I just leave the ipod on shuffle and skip songs. You really get to know your music when you run that style for a few months. I learn stuff like, I have a …

thompson sound mix..

Enjoy a mix of Thompson Sounds 45s produced by Linval Thompson. The first Eek-a-Mouse is one of my favorite Eek-a-Mouse songs ever and I love Eek-a-Mouse. Here is Linval’s wiki entry: Thompson was raised in Kingston, Jamaica but spent time with his mother in Queens, New York and his recording career began around age 20 with the self-released “No Other Woman,” recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Returning to Jamaica in the mid 1970s he recorded with Phil Pratt, only to return to New York to study engineering. Returning again to Jamaica, he worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry at his Black …

singers and players..

Through all the mix making, there ended up being a pile of just “hits”. Songs I loved that didn’t really have a spot, so that became their spot. Starting with the Eric Donaldson’s version of “love of the common people” and going into Al Capone’s DJ version of it. There is some Johnny Clarke, Dennis Brown and Barington Levy on here and a bunch of other crooners with great voices. All off crackly 45s. What’s not to love? Runnnn chune apey ape! Singers and Players Mix by King Shade on Mixcloud …or download it!

jah guidance mix…

This was little confusing to gather so hopefully I got this story straight. Jah Guidance was similar to Volcano records, in that it was all produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes, recorded at Channel One with Scientist at the controls and Roots Radics as the band. Which would explain why it’s so amazing seeing as that is my favorite band and engineer. (Check out the Scientist records for more Roots Radics dubbed out by the man himself. I’d suggest King of Dub as a good start.) The confusion comes from wondering why these aren’t just on his Volcano label, but Jeremy …

cornerstone…cha!

Honestly, I don’t know much about this label. After I post this I’ll probably send it to Scratch Famous at Deadly Dragon to fill us in with the story, because I know he knows it. All I know is that for a while when I was going ebay crazy on collection collections, I bought a box of records from some guy in Vermont who had closed a store, and it included a ton of Corner Stone represses. I started listening to them and made this mix off my favorites. I love this mix, the songs are all so good. And. …

dub mix

A few years ago these dudes asked me to DJ a dub night with them in Hollywood. I don’t even remember how I met them, to tell you the truth, but they asked me to make a dub mix to make sure it was stuff they liked. So I sat down one day, made this mix, and sent it to them. The first night we played it was completely pouring — like monsoon style — on a Monday night I think, or maybe it was Sunday, so of course no one came. The music was good though, and we had …