Thursday, July 31, 2008

WCTD Radio Chapter 5 This Friday!!

The next chapter from the WCTD Radio Station hits the airwaves

Friday 1st August at 7pm (UK)

The running order will be:

Jesus Dread Heartical Izis Mix

Fyah Youth presents The Big Youth Mix pt 2

The Original Captain Inna Roots

Jayman & Andrew Roots Selection

King Shilo Live & Direct from Amsterdam

Jahlovemusic international ft Freddie McGregor live & direct, 1983

Captains 80's UK Mix

Sirena Hi Fi ft Saxon Posse, Hackney Downs 1985

Solvil Hi Fi St Annes Bay 1982

Click here to join them from 7pm(UK) Friday 1st August 2008....looped 24/7 afterwards...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WCTD Present...

WCTD Radio Welcomes 2 New Residents

Greetings one and all,I am very pleased to announce that WCTD radio station is not going to be killed off! Instead they now have two new residents, so joining the mighty Jayman, Andrew and the brilliant Fyah Youth are:

The Captain... from France a great selector who really knows his music & whose mixes I really love, plus...

Don The Mighty Jesus Dread... a top selector and the notorious Rasta Don on DHR! When he draws a selection, you know it's gonna be Murder!

They will be airing a big show next Friday, more news about it all as & when.Here's the link to the station again, don't forget to add them as a preset

so lets here it for the 2 big guns joining the WCTD posse... Dont miss next weeks show you know
it will be a killer!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Springline Gives Thanks & Hopes For Your Continued Support

SpringlineJamaica would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the people that have helped to keep us one of the top 20 Reggae stations on Live365.
The 'Holiday Season' is now upon us and the Springline team, like most, will be taking breaks throughout August, so don't be to upset if we don't answer your emails straight away.
We hope you will continue to give us your support and tune in to hear

New tunes from

Mungos Hi Fi – Sound System Champion LP,
(To be released in the shops on Sept 8th)

Also top tunes from Rockers Revolt stalemates',
Pama Intl, The Slackers & The Pietasters,

Digital Dub from the Jahtari label,

Classic stuff from the likes of Meditations, Zap Pow and more,

Cool tunes from the likes of Jah Tabernacle, Mista Gang, Chezidek & Pele King,
Steve Steppas Showcase #6

All mixed in with a healthy selection from (as yet) unsigned reggae artists

ROY SHIRLEY 1944 - 2008, A few words from us.

Roy Shirley began singing, like many talented singers, by singing in the local Church choir with his mother while just a boy. As He grew up he went on to further develop his musical talent by learning the guitar and progressed with the help of Jimmy Cliff, and band leaders Byron Lee, Sonny Bradshaw and Drum Bago, in the early sixties. As Roy grew with confidence his stage show began to evolve into frenetic energy filled performances and, his contact with the audience and his ability to move, rouse, and satisfy the crowd made him more and more popular. Not only where his shows wild with deep emotions, he would cry with either sorrow or laughter during them, but he was also making a name for his colourful outfits as well.
He is credited as being the man who brought about the one drop beat in Jamaica which then led into the Rock Steady beat, from which came the rolling sounds of Reggae, Lovers Rock and Ragamuffin. His biggest hit was in 1965 "Hold Them" which was produced by Joe Gibbs and was an international best seller. Although maybe not always a major player he has continued working throughout the years and was even the first vocalist with whom King Tubby recorded, when he released "Stepping Razor" in 1973.
His love for music has not just been restricted to the stage but he has also put in effort with the community at large, through his generous works, as founder of the British Universal Talent Development Association. Here he strongly believed in trying to help, support, develop and establish new young talented artists worldwide. Giving them a strong and supportive foundation, publishing their works and guiding their career development which allowed him to provide them with golden opportunities.
He has also tough been busy in the studio which saw him recently release three volumes of work in differing styles. 'Nice Up the City', 'The Music Nice' and 'Love is Forever' were / are released on the internet.
The music and lyrics in 'Nice Up he City' reflect the mood for enjoyment and entertainment and Roy delivers these, with his typical unique style of strong original vocal that is backed by some of London's most promising musicians.
'The Music Nice' is based around the idea that music creates love and unity in the community and above all respect. This he expresses with his thoughts on attitudes which have been lost in today's rushed and thoughtless society. 'Love is Forever' is a CD of exactly what you'd expect, ballads of soul filled, love songs, which create an atmosphere of romantic, faithful loving.
Roy who unfortunately passed last week said that
"I hope my music will bring great joy to the people: those who heed its uplifting message will surely feel it does. Singers and producers will hopefully gain the inspiration to create peaceful, loving lyrics again, to keep the people happy and the community together in one love, one heart and one destiny".

This motivation behind all of his works, just confirms why Roy Shirley was also known as the High Priest.

To hear a great 15 track mix of Roy Shirley's tunes by ReggaeXX go to

Sunday, July 20, 2008

ROY SHIRLEY 1944 - 2008

It is with great regret that Springline reports the passing of Roy Shirley, the ‘High Priest Of Reggae’.

Born Ainsworth Roy Rushton Shirley in 1944, he made his recording debut in the mid-sixties, cutting ‘Shirley’ for Leslie Kong, before teaming up first with Errol Dunkley and later, Ken Boothe, the latter also joining him in the Leaders, a vocal quartet that also featured Joe White and Chuck Josephs. Early the following year, Shirley founded the Uniques along with Slim Smith and Franklyn White, but the trio proved short-lived and after recording material with Prince Buster and Karl ‘J.J.’ Johnson, the group disbanded.Following the break up of the Uniques, Shirley attended one-off sessions for Blondel Calnek and WIRL Records before cutting what was to be his first major hit, ‘Hold Them’ (aka ‘Feel Good’) for Joe Gibbs. Over the next five years, he recorded for an array of producers as well as founding his own Public Records imprint and was rarely out of the Jamaican charts, his spectacular run of hits only brought to an end by his relocation to Britain around 1973. During this period he had also established a reputation as a stage performer without equal in Jamaica, his live shows becoming celebrated events on the island. Soon after his move to London, Roy opened a record shop in Dalston and over the years that followed remained active musically, recording new material and founding the British Universal Talent Development Association to help develop new young talent worldwide.Truly unique, Roy was not only one of one of the true greats of Jamaican music’s first golden age, but also a gentleman in every sense of the word and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew him, either personally or through his music.
Our deepest sympathies are passed on to his family and friends.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


12-14 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DA
Nearest station is Old Street (tube)
020 7613 4462
Trinity at Herbal is on Friday, 18th July, 9pm-3am
Pricing: £10, adv£8
The return of the 100% I-ficial Congo Natty
Alongside Trevor Sax and Asian Dub Foundation

All London crew, all International crew, all Junglist soldiers, all
Reggae rockers, all Hip Hop heads:
Take heed! Attention!
The light of Word Sound Power: TRINITY is coming through!

Lionbeat presents the most significant development in UK music for 2008.
They are proud to herald the return of the
And a new night at Herbal, London called TRINITY.

Rebel is in the studio cutting new tunes, and TRINITY at Herbal will be the sounding board for the new productions. Right now, the line up is finalised. The web site launches next week and so, it's imperative that all real music fans; musical revolutionaries, are tuned in and switched on.

They confirm the headline acts to be


alongside the legendary

Together with, special guests,

Also resident DJ line up;
mad mixologist outta Mad Professor's Ariwa studio JOE ARIWA,
Roots Reggae mix tape hero L-SLINGA,
Hip Hop crate shaker SAM SEED, along side
Urban Nerd stalwarts RATTUS RATTUS and KLOSE ONE
And, from the Step: One family playing Dub Step
The Trinity of Reggae, Hip Hop and Jungle well covered.

All broadcasting over Herbal's acclaimed and custom built sound system.
This is the REVOLUTION time right now.
Moving toward Zion:
Away from dark sounds of techno towards the organic rich heat of Jungle.
Away from bling-bling nonsense and towards spiritual richness.
Away from the backwards violence talk and forward into 2000- and-Love.

TRINITY at Herbal, London July 18th. Watch out for more news at

Rootical Sound Sytem in Eire

For those of you in √Čire who like your reggae LOUD!

Rootical Sound System meets Jah Tubbys

at the Black Box, Dyke Road, Galway City, √Čire.

Fri 15th Aug


Saturday, July 12, 2008


Live Throughout The Summer!

SATURDAY 12TH JULY - 1pm -10.15pm
Galhampton Festival, Galhampton, Somerset
Pama Intl on stage 9.15pm
Also on the bill; Babyhead, The Rumble Stripes and loads more.
Wonderful family friendly day out

FRIDAY 18TH JULY - 8pm til late
Friendly Fire Music presents
plus Jam Jah Sound System
at Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Late license - smoking area - Tickets £8adv - £10 on door


Dunstaffnage Festival, Oban, Scotland
Wonderful Scottish festival...Always a fantastic line up

August dates include;

The Big Chill

from the 1st to 3rd at Eastnor Castle in the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire. The place is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake. Sounds well cool that one.
Also playing are amongst others
African Head Charge
Still Black, Still Proud - The African Tribute to James Brown
Norman Jay
The Orb

Beautiful Days Festival

from 15th to 17th August at Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, Devon
The festival is the organised by The Levellers and has music across five stages, family camping, huge children's area, food & craft stalls, real ale bars and amazing site art.
I do believe though I'm afraid that all tickets for this are sold out!

Friday, July 11, 2008

WCTD Present...

This Friday 11th July 2008 at 8pm(UK),

WCTD Present

a Roots and Culture Spectacular..

The running order will be:

Sir Coxsone Outernational 1979

Big Youth Mix by the Mighty Fyah Youth

WCTD Roots Selection

Jah Shaka Arklow Rd, Deptford 86

Jayman Dub Selection

Iration Steppas Bradford 92

Cornerhouse Hi Fi in Session

Aba Shanti ft Earl 16 Brixton

King Shilo vs Aba Shanti vs Iration Steppas Brixton

All in all, about 12 hours of Heavyweight Roots music for your listening pleasure....As usual it will be on a loop 24/7 after airing....This could be the last show, I really hope you enjoy something in it....8pm(UK)

click here to join us:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Pama International - Love Filled Dub Band

Pama International’s first album, released on their own Rockers Revolt label, Love Filled Dub Band finds a band who are starting to find their stride, and gives you exactly what it says on the tin. A musical mix of “Soul-fuelled, dub-induced Roots, Rockers & Reggae.”, and lyrically the 'one love' ideal as the album deals with the multitude of troubles in the world today. From environmental global disasters and war to violence on the streets and the wasteful consumerism that plagues the society that we live in today. Don't however let this put you off as the tunes are not all doom and gloom, but try to raise the spirits and the tunes still have a party vibe.
The album starts with the funky, soul fuelled reggae of, “Wherever You Lead” and is followed by new single “Highrise” with it's slowed down Cherry Oh Baby riddim and features guest vocalist Michie One (one half of the London Reggae duo, Louchie Lou & Michie One). In fact the whole LP features guest appearances throughout some of the more notable being Rico Rodriguez, Sir Horace Panter (Bass), Paul Heskett (Sax) who once appeared with 2 Tone one song (hit might be pushing it) wonders the Swinging Cats, and on all tracks is Lynval Golding. Who also wrote and supplies the vocals for “Wonder Wonder”. There are also a couple of dub versions of some tunes nicely scattered across the album rather than following straight on in the shape of “Orgon will Follow” (Wherever You Lead) and, “Lovely Dub” (Lovely Wife). The whole things finishes rather surprisingly with the Northern Soul inspired “Be My Guest (a taste of things to come, maybe?).
This album is a fine start on the new label from Sean Flowerdew and Finny the two constants in Pama (they have been together since the late 80s when they were with ska band The Loafers) and I hope a sign of great things to come.

Go get Loved Dubbed Up!

Track List
1. Wherever you lead
2. Lovely Wife
3. Highrise
4. Orgon Will Follow
5. Tomorrow News Today
6. Come As You Are
7. First Impression
8. Throwaway Society
9. Wonder Wonder
10. Lovely Dub
11. The Race For Inner Space
12. Be My Guest

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Scientist On Springline - Exclusive!

TONIGHT 8th July From Around 8:30pm (UK Time) Hear Steve Steppa in an Exclusive Interview with the Legendary.....

If you can't make it tonight the interview (recorded earlier this month) will be looped throughout the playlist for the next couple of weeks
Here to accompany the interview is a short biography on the man and how he started.
Scientist (Overton Brown) began his career building sound system audio amplifiers in the late 70's, until one day, whilst repairing a television for a friend who had worked for King Tubby's, he needed a transformer and King Tubby's was the only place to find those particular types of transformers. Overton was excited and considered himself very lucky to have the opportunity to meet this brilliant man. After that, it became a regular place him to buy special made power and output transformers for the amplifiers that he was building. King Tubby became impressed with the electronic skills and abilities of the young engineer that he offered him a job working at the studio in around 1978. He so impressed the producer with his work that he soon became his protege and with this he quickly began to make a reputation for himself with his innovative, wild mixes.
In 1980, Greensleeves released the productions of top Jamaican producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, who was finding success with new and uprising singer Barrington Levy. Lawes was using King Tubby's studio for his voicing and final mix-downs and offered Greensleeves a couple of dub albums mixed by Tubby's exciting young engineer. The Scientist, VS Prince Jammy (1980), was released here and consisted mostly of dub mixes of Barrington tracks. This album was presented as The "Big Showdown" between the two dubmasters. Greensleeves followed this album with another proclaiming The Scientist to be the Heavyweight Dub Champion. The Scientist soon became Jamaica's top recording engineer with an almost overwhelming flow of albums released & mixed by The Scientist from various sources throughout the early 80's. Greensleeves, in particular issued album after album most of which featured great cartoon sleeves.

Much respect and thanks to Valerie Crawford.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ed Rome on Rockers!

Hear Rockers Revolt's latest signing Ed Rome
on the flashplayer and at

Classic British songwriting meets the classic sounds of Jamaica...."the next Big thing"


2 Aug 2008
The Rhythm Factory

10 Aug 2008
Endorse it in Dorset

23 Aug 2008
Barnard Castle

18 Oct 2008
The Brewery

19 Oct 2008
Boss Sounds Festival, Academy

20 Oct 2008
Glasgow, Scotland

26 Oct 2008
Sheperds Bush Empire

30 Oct 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Reggae For The People Tour - London ULU July 4th 2008

Went to ULU in London to catch the.....

"Reggae For The People Tour"

and all I can say is....WOW! what a night.

The Pietasters got everything off and running in fine order, and 'Maggie Mae' and a cover of The Business' 'Drinking & Driving' really got the place rocking.
The Slackers were next and this was the first time I'd caught them live. My mate who went with me has caught them a couple of times and kept raving about them, and everything he said was spot on. If you have never seen them live make sure you do!!
Pama where a class act as you'd expect, with Lynval Golding stealing the show. The encore of 'Message To You' with obligatory stage invasion finished things off nicely.
After the gig as everyone was leaving Mungo's (Who had been DJing between each set) started playing some rub-a-dub / dancehall sounds and had some fella toasting over the top, didn't catch who he was but top sounds.
So my recommendation to you all is next time any of these boys are in your area get along and you'll be guaranteed a skankin' great night out.

(Not a great photo I know, but I only had mi phone and I was far to busy dancin')

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Featuring Strictly Rockers....

This month the blog features top UK new record label


The label comes to you from top UK reggae creators Pama Intl.
Inspired by the great independent labels; Stax, Studio One, 2 Tone, Stiff
and a deep-rooted DIY philosophy.
What started out as being the outlet for Pama Intl's own material, has grown into a burgeoning home for the finest soul-fueled reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub & roots artists from the UK and abroad this label looks set to grow & grow.

They are on tour now, go catch 'em if you can!

Listsen to the flash player for a selection of new & old tracks from Pama and their friends. I hope to update and change tracks throughout the month so don’t forget to keep popin’ by.

Check ‘Em Out Now The Reggae, Funk, Soul & Dub Brothers

Pama International - Rockers Fuel!

Featuring Lynval Golding (The Specials) alongside members from
Bentley Rhythm Ace, PWEI, The Lee Perry band, Galliano & more.
60s Soul, 70s Reggae & 21st century commentary...
Stax meets King Tubby UPTOWN!
Pama Intl have released 5 critically acclaimed albums, recorded 2 Radio One Sessions and played triumphant sets at Glastonbury, Womad, Respect, Wickerman, Bestival, Beautiful Days and many more festivals. They've performed alongside Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Lee Perry, The Skatalites, Toots & The Maytals, Mad Professor, Mick Jones' Carbon/Silicon, Don Letts, Madness and Easy Star All-stars, creating a huge grassroots following, with a live show that has become second to none. 2006 saw them become the first new band in 30 years to sign to Trojan Records.
Getting back to their deep-rooted DIY philosophy Pama Intl have now launched their own Rockers Revolt label (through Universal). Their new album.....
PAMA INTL LOVE FILLED DUB BAND (out now), is produced by
John Collins (producer of The Specials iconic 'Ghost Town') and already looks set to exceed all expectations, with airplay from 60 (and counting) stations/DJs, including; Radio One; Rob Da Bank, Chris Goldfinger and Mike Davies, Radio 2 Steve Lamacq, Alex Lester, David Rodigan, Gary Crowley, Charlie Gillet, BBC6; Don Letts, Breakfast Show w/ Shaun Keaveny, Tom Robinson, xfm-Jon Kennedy, Springline Jamaica and a live session on Craig Charles' BBC6 Funk & Soul show.
The press including MOJO, Record Collector, Echoes and Touch Magazine have been equally enthusiastic;
"Essential album of the month... ***** Update magazine
"Edgy, gritty and downright heavyweight. Cut from the same cloth as Tubby and Perry in their heyday" ****...UK Reggae Guide
"Very cool"... ****Don Letts
"I love it"... **** Wrongtom (Hard-Fi)
"Dub-reggae album of the highest quality...**** 247 magazine
"Beguilingly beautiful...this is an album to cherish" **** Swell magazine
"Album of the month"**** Scootering
"The album is stonking....Best album to date" **** Lee Thompson (Madness)
"Masterpiece...essential edition to every record collection" **** Do The Dog magazine

Brand new single out now
Pama Intl - Highrise ft.Michie, One on Rockers Revolt (RRHIT121) - Active/Universal

"Bringing funk, soul and dub to near perfection"
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show BBC6

The Pietasters, Sure Taste Sweet!

The Pietasters first break came early for D.C’s ska darlings in
1997, when Rancid’s Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion)
The genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it; an equal opportunity dancehall crasher; part 60s keg rock, part 2 Tone and part Motown.
Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for; lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms. The soul- charged Turbo was released in 2002 by Fueled Ramen.
The Pietasters shared bills with NOFX and Less Than Jake on the epic Warped Tours, and followed with a stateside run with Joe Strummer. 3 years later, they worked as James Brown’s back-up band for one surreal and historic evening.
With over 200,000 past sales under The Tasters belts, Rockers Revolt now proudly presents their first new album in five years. The Pietasters- All Day, which captures superbly the high energy, brotherly camaraderie and attention to detail on which they’ve built their rock-steady name as an explosive live attraction.
Expect a soul & ska rollercoaster ride from the band that backed James Brown!

Brand new album The Pietasters - All Day on Rockers Revolt (RRHITCD3) - Active/Universal - see a review on this blog

The Slackers - Rude & Reckless

"America's premiere interpreters of Jamaican music", The Slackers are most emphatically back with this, their 15th album! Never failing to set new standards as they twist and turn their way through a Jamaican musical history lesson, the NYC kings of reinvention have somehow managed to top last years superb 'Boss Harmony Sessions' album (RRHITCD1). The brand new 'Self Medication' brings you a collection of beautifully crafted songs, in the tradition of the great American story tellers.
The Slackers have headlined 16 major US Tours and 13 European tours. They have appeared on the Warped Tour, Lowlands Festival, Pukkelpop, CMJ, Montreal Jazz Festival, Deconstruction Tour, Popkomm, Summerjam and many other major world festivals. They have toured with Rancid, Joe Strummer, Floggin Molly, Jimmy Cliff, Pennywise, Toots & the Maytals, The Pogues and John Spencer’s Heavy Traffic creating a huge following in the process.

Brand new album The Slackers - Self Medication Rockers Revolt (RRHITCD4) - Active/Universal – see a review on this blog

Mungos Hi Fi Sound System Dem A Jumpin' Masters!

Scotland's number one reggae dancehall Soundsystem, have been releasing hits since 2001 when their killer tracks Wickedness and Ing featuring Brother Culture first took the world by storm getting heavy plays by Jah Shaka, the late great John Peel, Mr Scruff and Iration Steppas. Their vinyl only releases on their own Scotch Bonnet imprint sell in the thousands. With festivals booked across Europe and here in the UK (Camp Bestival, Glastonbury, Knockengorroch, Strawberry Fair) and airplay from Rob Da Bank, Anne Hobbs, Ras Kwarme, Brinsley Ford, their forth coming album, featuring an onslaught of world class MCs & singers (Ranking Joe, Top Cat, Tippa Irie, Kenny Knots and more all star) looks set to be huge.

I for one can not wait to hear this one. They bring the sounds of yesterday bang up to date! It's gonna be a must have!!

Brand new album Mungos Hi Fi - Sound System Champions on Rockers Revolt (RRHITCD5) - Active/Universal

Coming very soon... Rockers Revolt latest release... available now
from the website...

Mungos Hi Fi - Sound System Champions (RRHITCD5) - CD album
featuring an onslaught of world class MCs & singers, including;
Ranking Joe, Top Cat, Tippa Irie, Kenny Knots and more.

They Bring Thunder & Lightning & EARTHQUAKE!!

The Slackers - Self Medication

The Slackers are another band that are still going strong after the third wave ska revival of the early 1990s and have maintained a steady procession of releases in their 18 odd years; I make this their 11th studio album.
Self Medication is predominately on the rocksteady, early reggae sounding tip, with a dash of good ol’ ska thrown in. The LP kicks off nicely with the up-tempo 'Everyday Is Sunday', a happy go lucky kinda song about the joys of unemployment and finding things to do to fill the time. The pick of this fine bunch for me though are the pulsing ‘Don’t You Want a Man’, ‘Leave Me, a nice ska tune with a Latin feel, and the skanking superb ‘Eviction’. There are however a couple of tracks that go away from the reggae feel completely in the shape of the good Beatles sounding ballad 'Stars' and the quirky (and weakest track I feel) Elvis parody 'Don't Have To'.
All in all this is great album with plenty to keep you listening and wanting more.

Track List
1. Everyday Is Sunday
2. Don't You Want A Man
3. Don't Forget The Streets
4. Estranged
5. Stars
6. Leave me (latin ska)
7. Eviction (skank)
8. Happy Song (ska)
9. Self Medication
10. Don't Have To
11. Walkin' With Myself
12. Sing Your Song

The Pietasters - All Day

Well I have to admit I'm not all that familiar with The Pietasters back catalogue and have seen it said that this LP is all the poorer for not having some of the edgy, Punk sound of old. This means though that I have the pleasure of reviewing this from a completely impartial view of not comparing it with their earlier work, and I have to say I think this LP sounds great. I have to admit though All Day sounds as if it was recorded in someone’s front room, but this only adds to its charm as it is the perfect LP for house parties, with Stephen Jackson's raw, soul vocal, Jorge Pezzimenti’s bass and the fine brass section helping to make some of the catchiest dancing tunes around. The LP has touch of everything, from the full on Motown influenced opening track "Change My Ways", Rocksteady skank of "Late Night Call", 60's garage band sound of "So Long" and badass Funk on bonus track "All Day (part 2)", which I'm sure is a forgotten track from James Brown's Jungle Groove LP. So you get all this along with a large slice of ska and even a couple of dub reggae tracks. Hell they even have a Jazzy interlude in the middle in the shape of "Anj Gil", so you can grab a beer and raid the fridge before getting back on the dance floor for the full on soul stomp of "Fozzy"(I'm sure I saw Wilson Picket and Otis Redding bob their heads to that one!) . All in all a fine LP, which never gets dull with its constant shift in pace and style.

Track list
1.Change My Ways
2.Don’t Wanna Know
3.Late Night Call
5.Keep On Lyin’
6.Dream Of You
7.Anj Gil
8.Fozzy (Part 1)
9.Listen To Her Heart
10.So Long
13.Sketch Dub
14.G To F
Bonus Tracks
15. All Day (Part 2)
16. The Concept
17. Jasper's Fade

Presenting YabasS


Yabass "real people music"

Musician Producer and Dubplate Engineer Yabass is this months
artist showcase special at Springline. Whilst re mixing tunes for
this coming Saturday night's special for Showcase fm 'Yaba' took
time out for a quick interview via telephone from his studio in the UK..
Ed: Although your production sound is very distinct in it's own right your approach to recording and engineering has been likened to that '78-'80 Black Ark sound, who are your main influences and why?
Ya: "Well my main influence surprisingly is not Lee Perry although I like and admire Perry's productions I get more from listening to King Tubby's I think Tubby was more serious about his work where as Perry for me can be a little 'hit or miss' but when Perry does hit it's a Knockout punch! It's a great honour when people tell me I've locked into the Perry's
transmission's in my works"
Ed: Do you ever play live with a band?
Ya: "Yes,twice this year in Spain with The Manor thanks to Don Fe (Reggae Producer in Spain) and we hope to be up and running appearance wise later in the year..There's also talk of some live dubbing by Don Fe and myself ,we see bout that."
Ed: Are you a multi Instrumentalist?
Ya: "I play Drums ,Bass ,Guitar and Piano ,well you see it's because I get bored playing just one instrument so I move onto the next!"
Ed: Any musical collaborations ongoing?
Ya: "Well I've found my musical brother in The Manor so any collabs will more than likely be with him. Manors tunes are very well constructed and tuneful where as mine are more vibes and attack.You can find a great deal of my work on Reggae Dubwise and on myspace"
Ed: You're part of the Mighty Jah Observer Sound System ,Tell us about that..
Ya: "I got involved with Spiderman (main Operator of Observer) about three years ago ,I rejigged his website for him renaming it Dreadsite! Observer has been around for over 30 years now and play Nottinghill Carnival every year.They are an Original Valve operated first generation roots and culture foundation sound"
Ed: You easily have an albums worth of material available as downloads on Reggae Dubwise are there any plans for a Yabass CD album release?
Ya: "You know ,all the dub albums from time that I've listened to have maybe one or two killa tracks then the rest is filled out with sub standard material my aim was always to get a great sounding album and put it out on limited edition vinyl ,for me the magic went when CDs came onto the scene but yeah, that's still my aim ,one killa LP on vinyl.I probably still hav'nt recorded those songs for the album yet ,the tunes you hear now from me are warm ups..
so stay tuned"
Ed: What piece of studio fx could you simply Not be without?
Ya: "Gotta be the reverb ,it can cover a multitude of mistakes"
Ed: Recently SpringlineJamaica launched a new internet radio station called Showcase fm to air music works from the unsigned and uprising star.What are your thoughts on this..
Ya: "Well I've been waiting an awful long time for Springline ,I know there was other stations but the feel and vibe you guys give off is something you can almost touch you know ,real people playing real people's music"
Ed: The final word.....
Ya: "I just want to keep on pushing the vibe forward ,Dub music popped it's head up overground a few years back in the Seventies and then it went back underground ,maybe people wern't ready for it then? Only those of us that were tuned into the frequences those great artist's were transmitting got the message. Dub still hasn't had it's day in the sunshine but with people like Springline and Reggae Dubwise we see where it takes us"
Part of the Reggae arena for over thirty years and now
in his Fiftieth year himself the musical works of Yabass
are a true delight ,taking the listener back to those
overground dub times whilst always pushing the sonic
boundary of recording to the edge and ever forward.
His idea's and recordings come a plenty ,his collaborations
with fellow artist's combine to create a dub style within a
dub style ,it's a recognisable style from time but yet unique
in it's mighty vibe today.
If you happen to own a copy of the Alton Eliss tune "Telephone line"...
well you'll hear Yabass playing the Melodica on the recording from Chalk farm studios
Yaba also played Piano on a handful of tunes with the Skin Flesh & Bones band.
Find more of Yabass vibe by tuning into our special show this
coming saturday (5th) on Showcase fm at
Show start's in fine style at 8pm (GMT) featuring a ninety
minute showcase split into three 30 minute parts:
Part1 : Specials & Remixes
part2: Archive from Reggaedubwise
part3: Collaborations
presented at Gibbs Intl.
(The show will be followed by a brand new 'Steve Steppa presents..')
NEXT Interview with : The Manor