Suns of Arqa featuring Prince Far-I Antler Records 1983

Sons of Arqa, front

When the year comes to an end I always tend to listen to
all kinds of music, stuff I forgot, looking around for some-
thing different. Take this funny project, Suns of Arqa, it is
a 12″ single but halfway the b-side you switch the speed
to 33 rotations and lift the needle to the second part. It
contains some weird pieces of reggae-like tunes, partly
inna dub style. Productions by Michael Mafia and Adrian
Sherwood, who we know off course of the famous On-U
Sound label. Emotional introduction of Prince Far-I when
opening the last track. It gave me goosebumps back in
the days. The prince got shot during street violence in
1983 in Jamaica and died at the hospital age 49. The
same year this single was released and made
quite an impression on us, listen, but be
warned, it might send shivers
down your spine..

tracks;

1 G.D. magick
2 Acid tabla
3 Throw away your guns,
– Whatchagonadoonthejudgementday

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Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt -Roots Radics DubTad’s

Flabba, front

Yesterday evening I went to a concert of Israel Vibration in the
Amsterdam ‘Melkweg’. They appeared with the Roots Radics
and pulled of a wonderful show. Ever since the departure of
Apple, I guess in 1997, the once so famous trio turned to
continue as a duo. I must say Skelly and Wiss made a
huge entree and had the Melkweg at their feet. Remarkable
was the fact they had three microphones while singing with
two. As if they meant to say; ” Whenever you feel like it,
Apple, you’re welcome to join us again..”  Absolutely
marvelous to find Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt and Dwight Pickney
( I thought it was Bingy Bunny ) still performing in the band
they founded in the seventies. After the show I had the
pleasure of meeting with Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt and be able to
tell him what a star and heroe he is.
An evening to remember, listen to an oldie,
Flabba in dub,…yes I…. seen.. ?

tracks;

1   Flabba dub
2   Screw face dub
3   Bronx bommers
4   Macka dub
5   Ark special
6   Satta dub
7   Criple man scank
8   Rub a dub style
9   Murder dub
10  Super special dub

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African Head Charge -Environmental
Studies, On-U Sound 1982

African Head Charge, front

In between dem spicy flavours,
one feels the need to neutralize.
Let the African Head Charge reset
and empty your spongey brain.
After doctor Sherwood’s rhythmic
mental flushing we’ll have both feet
firmly on the ground, ready to absorb
any obscure slice of vinyl again.

tracks;

1 Crocodile hand luggage
2 Dinosaur’s lament
3 Beriberi
4 Snakeskin tracksuit
5 High protein snack
6 In a trap
7 Breeding space
8 Primitive
9 Latin temperament

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New Age Steppers – Foundation Steppers,
On-U Sound LP21, 1982

New Age Steppers, front

I have always been a sucker for the fatback dubsound of
dubwizzard Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound productions.
When this stuff was released early eighties, no slice of
vinyl escaped our attention. Skips were very tight on
this one, I hope they fell in place.
Special thanks to Scotty
and Roots Radics.

tracks;

1 Some love
2 Memories
3 5 dog race
4 Misplaced love
5 Dreamers
6 Stabilizer
7 Stormy weather
8 Vice of my enemies
9 Mandarin

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King Tubby meets Rockers Uptown- Augustus Pablo, Clock Tower

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If you’re into dub music, King Tubby’s name alone must
get you excited. He is one of the inventors of the style
and that shows. With artists like Robert Shakespear, Aston
Barret, Earl Smith, Carlton Barret, Augustus Pablo, Richard
( Dirty Harry ) Hall, Bobby Ellis and Vincent Gordon, this LP
contains some of the most historic dub recordings.

tracks;

1 Keep on dubbing
2 Stop them jah
3 Young generation dub
4 Each one dub
5 555 dub street
6 Braces tower dub
7 King Tubby meets rockers uptown
8 Corner crew dub
9 Say so
10 Skanking dub
11 Frozen dub

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Ruts DC – Rhythm Collision, Bohemian Records 1982

To have us a little variety, I thought some dub wouldn’t
hurt. Early 80’s, when we were listening to loads of reggae,
this LP came out and dublovers as we were, it scored enormously.
I am still thrilled to hear it after all those years.
Engineered by Mad Professor, Dub along groovers.

tracks;

1 Whatever we do
2 Militant
3 Push yourself-Make it work
4 Rhythm collision
5 Accusation
6 Pleasures of the dance
7 Weak heart dub
8 Love and fire

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the Upsetters – Super Ape, Island 1976

the Upsetters, front, cd size

Lee Perry has always been a wizard if we speak about reggae dub.
He was one of the first to mix all kinds of daily noises through
his music. You hear dogs bark, cows moo and baby’s cry.
I always loved this old record, it spent quite some hours on
top of my turntable. Great dubmusic, a classic.

tracks;

1 Zions blood
2 Croaking lizard
3 Black vest
4 Underground
5 Curly dub
6 Dread lion
7 Three in one
8 Patience
9 Dub along
10 Super ape

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Scientist – Scientist rids the World of the
Evil Curse of the Vampires, Greensleeves 1981

Have you seen the weather today ?
Stormy skys, big raindrops and heavy winds, all together a fine
day for some heavy dub music.
‘Mixed at King Tubby’s by Scientist at midnight Friday 13th June 1981.’
Whooooooooooo, I like the sound of that.
With the ‘Roots Radics’ this is one of Scientists very best.

tracks;

1 The voodoo curse
2 Dance of the vampires
3 Blood on his lips
4 Cy of the werewolf
5 The mummy’s shroud
6 The corpse rises
7 Night of the living dead
8 Your teeth in my neck
9 Plague of zombies
10 Ghost of Frankenstein

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Fat Man Ridim Section -Wagon of Dub, Top Ranking 198?

If you fancy a tasty chunk of Rub-a-Dub, then this post’s for you.
The ‘Lewis Brothers’ AKA ‘Fat Man Ridim Section’, rock the place.

tracks;

1 Brethren
2 President
3 Dance Hall Style
4 Wagon of Dub
5 Lick chalice
6 Rock all night
7 Sensi
8 Famming on the land

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