2 Bad Riddims: The Stalag versus The Sleng Teng

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It’s brings me great pleasure to release this episode of the Reggae Lover Podcast which features two riddims that were suggested by my listeners: the Stalag version and the Sleng Teng rhythm. If you have ever been to a reggae dance or concert, you have definitely heard songs on one or both of these legendary riddim tracks which have had a dominating prominence in the dancehall for three decades.

I selected this 22 song playlist out of the hundreds of tunes that have been recorded over these versions. The mix is comprised mostly of the original cuts produced by Winston “Techniques” Riley and Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James. Please submit playlist suggestions and feedback to ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com.

In Jamaica, the Stalag version (or Stalag riddim) is a popular reggae rhythm, which came to prominence in the 1970s. It was originally written and performed as “Stalag 17” (named after the 1953 war film) by Ansell Collins, and released by Winston Riley‘s Techniques record label in 1973.

It was mainly used for dub instrumental versions, often b-sides of records. The rhythm also influenced early hip-hop, and can be discerned on Public Enemy’s hit ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ as well as on Too Short’s Blowjob Betty.

Sleng Teng is the name given to the first fully computerized riddim in Jamaican music. The riddim, which was created by the collaboration between King Jammy and Wayne Smith, was titled “Under Mi Sleng Teng“. Wayne Smith found the computerized sound in Noel Davey’s keyboard, and together he and Davey arranged the riddim, slowed it down, matched it to Smith’s key, and rehearsed on it with lyrics inspired by Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” and Yellowman’s “Under me fat ting”, before taking it to Jammy’s studio in late 1984. The riddim itself is apparently an attempt to recreate Eddie Cochran’s 1959 rockabilly song “Somethin’ Else.” It is a pattern found in the Casio MT-40 home keyboard.

After the riddim was brought to the studio and Jammy heard it, he then slowed it further and placed piano and a clap on it. Jammy recorded a number of other artists on the original backing track including Tenor Saw (with “Pumpkin Belly”), and Johnny Osbourne (with “Buddy Bye”). The tunes were first unleashed at a now legendary soundclash between Jammy’s own sound system and Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road on February 23, 1985.

Stalag 17 Playlist

1 Frankie Paul – Don’t Worry Yourself – Volcano
2 General Echo – Arlene – Techniques
3 Admiral Tibett – Trouble To A Man – Techniques
4 Little Kirk – Whats Love Got To Do – Techniques
5 Yami Bolo – Take It Easy – Techniques
6 Cocoa Tea – We Do The Killing – Digital B
7 Super Beagle – Soundboy Dust Out – Techniques
8 Tenor Saw and Buju Banton – Ring The Alarm Quick – Techniques
9 Sister Nancy – Bam Bam – Techniques
10 Cutty Ranks – Rude Bwoy Game – Techniques
11 Nicodemus – Suzy Wong – Skengdon

Sleng Teng Playlist

1 Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng – Jammys
2 Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly – Jammys
3 Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting – Jammys
4 Buddy Bye – Johnny Osbourne – Jammys
5 Josey Wales – Cowboy Style – Jammys
6 Yelloman – Reggae Ambassador – Jammys
7 Tony Curtis – Weak – John John
8 Anthony Red Rose – Under Me Fat Ting – King Tubbys
9 John Wayne – Call The Police For Me – Jammys
10 Super Cat – Trash and Ready – Jammys
11 Frankie Paul – Cassandra – Steely and Clevie

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Dancehall Time Travelling Back to the 80s and 90s #ReggaeLover

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My passion for, and in-depth knowledge of the 1980s dancehall reggae era is displayed in Reggae Lover #10 as incredibly authentic selection is combined with shockingly consistent mixing. The episode starts out with reality tunes and then transitions to lovers rock with the tempo gradually increasing throughout.

Super Cat, Neckademus & Junior Demus - Cabin Stabbin - 1990


Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’ (Classic 1990 Album cover)

Reality Tunes
1 Anthony Johnson – Gunshot
2 Philip Frazer – Morning Mr. Officer
3 Early B – Take Up Your Bible
4 Michael Palmer – Lickshot
5 Michigan and Smiley – Diseases
6 Beenie Man – Dont Dis Me
7 Tenor Saw – Golden Hen
8 Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
9 Barrington Levy – Money Move
10 Cocoa Tea and Ninja Man – Kingston Hot
11 Admiral Tibet, Ninjaman, and Shabba Ranks – Serious Times
12 Courtney Melody – Down In The Dancehall
13 Super Black – Bad Bwoy Gone A Jail
14 Cocoa Tea – Nah Look No Work
15 Conroy Smith – Dangerous
16 Buju Banton – Mass Murderer
17 Bounty Killer – Inspired By God
18 Super Cat – Teach Dem Something
19 Josey Wales – Hustling
20 Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea and Home T – Pirates Anthem
21 Mighty Diamonds – Heavy Load
22 Gregory Isaacs – Rumors
23 Lady G – Nuff Respect
24 Sebastian – Bad Boy
25 Wayne Wonder and Don Yute – Sensi Ride
26 Luitenant Stitchie – Almighty God
27 Colin Roach – Johnny Too Bad
28 Eccleton Jarrett – Kill A Sound
29 Pad Anthony – Death To A Sound
30 Colin Roach – Champion Sound
31 Knight Rider – Bad Boy Steppin’
32 Tiger – Bam Bam
33 Lieutenant Stitchie – Great Ambition
34 Little Twitch – Respect Due
35 General Trees – Road Code
36 Hammermouth – The Great
Lovers Tunes
37 Leroy Sibbles – Need You Beside Me
38 Ansel Collins – Carried Away
39 Leroy Gibbon – Four Season Lover
40 Shabba Ranks – Original Fresh
41 Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
42 SuperCat – Boops
43 Thriller U – My Love
44 Jennifer Lara – I’ll Give You Love
45 Is It Love – Anthony Malvo
46 Cocoa Tea – Saturday Night
47 Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
48 Sanchez – End Of The World
49 Sanchez – Love Songs
50 Sanchez – Sad Songs
51 Courtney Melody – Bad Boy
52 Daddy Lizard – A Fi Fly Out
53 Supercat, Nicodemus, Junior Demus – Cabin Stabbin’
54 Dean Fraser – Can’t Run Sax
55 Pinchers – Loving That You Want
56 Gregory Isaacs – Bits and Pieces
57 Leroy Gibbons – Why Are You Going Away
58 Frankie Paul – Sara
59 What One Dance Can Do Version
60 Tenor Saw – No Work On Sunday
61 Johnny Osbourne – Rock A Dub
62 Sugar Minott – Cool Down
63 Beres Hammond – What One Dance Can Do
64 Audrey Hall – One Dance Can’t Do

Sanchez, L.U.S.T, and Friends – Reggae Lover #4

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This installment of the Reggae Lover podcast is comprised of mostly lovers rock vibes with the likes of SanchezThriller U and Singing Melody, among others featured.

The selection here remains almost exclusively inside of the 1980’s era so you will hear covers of R&B hits from that period in abundance.

These tracks all share a very danceable tempo and are meant to keep you rocking, swinging, skanking, and bouncing throughout.  Please download and share!

Thank you for listening!  Requests? Feedback? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.

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Jamaican reggae singer, Sanchez

TRACKLIST

1   Sanchez – Love Me Forever
2   Beenie Man – Show Fi Flop
3   Sanchez – Lonely
4   Thriller U  – Just Once
5   Admiral Tibett – Destroy A Sound
6   Wayne Wonder – Ebony Eyes
7   Thriller U – Ribbon In The Sky
8   Singing Melody – In This Love Together
9   Super Cat and Chuck Turner – Dolly My Baby
10  Pinchers – Request To Denise
11  Sanchez – Joy
12  Singing Melody – Groovy Kind Of Love
13  Frankie Paul – I Wanna Rock
14  Alton Black and Blacka Ranks – A Gal A Watch You
15  Admiral Bailey – Girl Your Body Good
16  Shabba Ranks – Wicked Inna Bed
17  Shevell Francis – Dreaming
18  Trevor B – Tears On My Pillow
19  Pad Anthony – Slow Dancing
20  Clement Irie and Robert French – Bun and Cheese
21  Copper Ranking, Sixy Morris, Mark Wonder & Johnny Lee – Friends
22  Johnny P and Pliers – Money Bribe

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Reggae Vault Classics ‘Tribute to King Jammy’s’ by Highlanda

Reggae Vault Classics presents a Tribute to the legendary King Jammy‘s label.

  1. Josey Wales – Water Come A Me Eye
  2. Buju Banton – Sound Fi Dead

    King Jammy

    Cover of King Jammy

  3. Cocoa Tea – Crying Time
  4. Little Twitch – Spanish Fly
  5. Bushman – Grow Your Natty
  6. Cocoa Tea – Uptight Saturday Night
  7. Sanchez – End of The Road
  8. Sanchez – Mr. Sea (Love Songs)
  9. Frankie Paul – I Know The Score
  10. Dennis Brown – Love Is Never to Say You’re Sorry
  11. Leroy Gibbons – I’m Missing You
  12. Cocoa Tea – The Toughest

    Dennis Brown

    Cover of Dennis Brown

  13. Pinchers – Bandelero
  14. Wayne Smith – Ain’t No Meaning
  15. Shinehead – Good Love
  16. Nitty Gritty – Draw Mi Mark
  17. Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus – One Scotch
  18. Super Cat – Boops
  19. Supercat – Jamaica Jamaica
  20. Johnny Osborne – Wnat A La La

    Super Cat

    Cover of Super Cat

  21. Nitty Gritty – Good Morning Teacher
  22. Wayne Smith – Come Along
  23. Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
  24. John Wayne – Call The Police
  25. Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
  26. Johnny Osborne – Budy Bye
  27. Supercat – Trash and Ready
  28. Echo Minott – Original Fat Ting
  29. Ninjaman – Murder Dem
  30. Tony Curtis – Weak
  31. Leroy Gibbon – This Magic Moment
  32. Frankie Paul – Cassanova
  33. Yellowman – Run Come
  34. Courtney Melody ft Danny Dread – Call Me Angel
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