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Anthony Malvo and Little Twitch, a King Jammys Combination

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In this episode we feature the multi-talented singer and producer of many hits, Anthony Malvo, along with pioneering dancehall icon Little Twitch.

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Little Twitch

Anthony Malvo began his singing career in the early 1980’s in Kingston Jamaica on the Legendary Black Star Sound System. Malvo later moved on to perform, and record with the Reggae Producer and label King Jammys during their prime.

Anthony Malvo

Anthony Malvo

It was on King Jammys Sound System that Anthony Malvo often teamed up with Little Twitch among others as they dominated the Jamaican dancehall scene for most of the 1980s with many jam packed sessions and sound clash victories.

Here is a sampling of the many hits performed by both artists. Anthony Malvo’s latest single “I’m Not the Only One” which was produced by Ed Robinson is also featured in the mix.

Please enjoy this episode and look out for Little Twitch and Anthony Malvo to appear in Atlanta for ROCKSTEADY at the Sound Table on Sunday May 3, 2015.

Playlist:

1 Anthony Malvo and Sizzla – Cyaan Draw Wi Out
2 Anthony Malvo and Capleton – One Day Rude Boy
3 Little Twitch – Spanish Fly
4 Little Twitch – Devil Send You Come
5 Sluggy Ranks and Little Twitch – Jah Is Guiding I
6 Little Twitch – Respect Due
7 Anthony Malvo – Bad Minded People
8 Anthony Malvo – All of Me
9 Anthony Malvo – Is It Love
10 Anthony Malvo – I’m Not The Only One
11 Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard – Greatest Gal Lover
12 Little Twitch – Py Py Love
13 Anthony Malvo and Tiger – Come Back To Me (Summer Love)
14 Little Twitch -Watch Your Friends
15 Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard – Take You To The Dance

Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub Of Thrones

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Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones – Artwork

VP Records/ Greensleeves announced the April 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy- Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school dub battle delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience.

The album’s throwback style and packaging captures the 1980’s reggae era and includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, one of the illustrators of that time and today. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl LP and digitally.

Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced shortly.

The Dominance of King Jammy and Biltmore Era Riddims

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The episode commences with the Sly and Robbie produced version of the Randy Newman song, “Baltimore” from 1979 sung by The Tamlins. Courtney Melody and Dennis Brown follow with big tunes on the Baltimore Riddim before the hit from mighty King Jammys catalog, Dennis Brown’s “The Exit.”

Wayne Fire’s “Sexy Body” (1991) and “Come Down” by Super Cat from 1988 on the Wild Apache label launch the mix into the late 1980s. Listen for a Kenneth Hoo Kim produced version of the Hypocrite riddim released in 1984, and then almost every song after that point involves producers Bobby Digital, Steely and Clevie, and/or King Jammys.

The highlight is the Duck aka Duck Dance riddim from 1988. This was a time when Jammy’s label usually had 10 out of the top 20 songs on Jamaica’s charts and Admiral Bailey was the dominant artist in dancehall and on stage shows.

Tracklist

1 The Tamlins – Baltimore
2 Courtney Melody – In The Streets
3 Dennis Brown – The More I Excel
4 Dennis Brown – The Exit
5 Wayne Fire – Sexy Body
6 Super Cat – Come Down
7 Wayne Smith – Karma Chameleon
8 Tony Tuff – Gone Clear
9 Don Angelo – Settlement
10 Earl Sixteen – Come A Long Way
11 Midnight Rider – Hypocrite
12 Pad Anthony – Rub A Dub A Play
13 Johnny Osbourne – Gentle Is The Sound
14 Derrick Parker – My Heart Is Gone
15 Singing Melody – Hurry Back Home
16 Shabba Ranks – Gal Yuh Good
17 Shabba Ranks – Pay Down Pon It
18 Little Twitch – Watch Your Friends Them
19 Anthony Malvo – Run For Your Life
20 Josey Wales – Stamp Out
21 Tiger – The Dam Thing
22 Ninja Man – More Reality
23 Admiral Bailey – Them Have Fe Wait
24 Papa San – Style and Fashion
25 Chaka Demus – Bad Bad Shaka
26 Flourgon – Bounce
27 Red Dragon – Duck Dance
28 Singing Melody and Johnny P – Say You Love Me Baby
29 Bunny General – Must Get Defeat
30 Johnny P – Sound A Sound
31 Cocoa Tea and Charlie Chaplin – Lets Give Thanks
32 John Mouse – Me A Me
33 Chevell Franklyn – No One In The World
34 Lady Venus – Best Friend A Gi You Bun
35 Clement Irie – Loving
36 Johnny P – Cut Up
37 Lady Patra – Gun Inna Panty
38 Ninja Man – Heartical Don

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

Super Cat’s Career Highlighted in new mix

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 Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 22 – Super Cat takes Center Stage

Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname,

Super Cat, Don Dada album artwork.

Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, “Wild Apache”, was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.

This is not a commercial mix so if your’e listenting for the collaborations with Kriss Kross, Biggie Smalls, and 112 recorded after Cat was signed to Columbia Records, you are in the wrong place.

This mix goes back to the roots in the Cockburn Pen / Seaview Gardens section of Kingston, captures the style Super Cat brought live on stage performing with KillamanJaro Sound System, and tours through recordings produced by Steely & Clevie, King Jammy‘s, and his own Wild Apache Productions label.

About an hour in length, here is the #ReggaeLover tribute to Super Cat, a major figure in the positive-consciousness dancehall movement.