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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Playlist - 23rd May 2020 - OTW On U Rhythm Mix Special

Dub Syndicate - Ravi Shankar (China Mix) - On-U Sound

No Alternative - Thunder Crash Versions:

Dub Syndicate - No Alternative (Dialect & Kosine remix (intro excerpt) - On-U Sound 2010 unreleased
Dub Syndicate - All Other Roads Are Shut Off (excerpt) (from “Displaced Masters") - On-U Sound 2017
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate - Kiss The Champion (from “Time Boom X De Devil Dead") - On-U Sound 1987
Dub Syndicate - No Alternative (But To Fight) (from “Pay It All Back Vol 2”) - On-U Sound 1987
Marietta Arantes - title unknown (from forthcoming “Dub No Frontiers”) - On-U Sound unreleased
Little Axe - I Got Da Blues (from “If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog”) - On-U Sound 2011
Dub Syndicate - No Alternative (Dialect & Kosine remix) - On-U Sound 2010 unreleased
Dub Syndicate - The Only Alternative (from “Research & Development”) - On-U Sound 1996
Dub Syndicate - No Alternative / All Other Roads Are Shut Off  (mashup) - On-U Sound 1987/2017

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in the On The Wire studio (excerpt), 1st March 1987

Ravi Shankar's Dub in The Jungle Rhythm Mix:

Dub Syndicate - Ravi Shankar On The Wire theme (full length from “Bugs On The Wire”) - Leghorn 1987
Dub Syndicate - Ravi Shankar Pt 1 (from “Tunes From The Missing Channel”) - On-U Sound 1985
Dub Syndicate / Rootsman - Ravi Shankar (from “Research & Development”) - On-U Sound 1996
Dub Syndicate / Disciples - Jungle (from “Research & Development”) - On-U Sound 1996
Dub Syndicate / Disciples - Jungle (Jungle Mix) (from Jungle / 2003 Struggle 10” Dub Plate Special ON-UDPS38) - On-U Sound 1996
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry / Congo Natty - Jungle Youth (from “Nu Sound And Version) - On-U Sound 2011
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate - Jungle (from “Time Boom X De Devil Dead”) - On-U Sound/Syncopate 1987
Adrian Sherwood feat Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - Animal Magic (from “Becoming A Cliché”) - Realworld 2006
Adrian Sherwood - Zoo Time (from “Dub Cliché”) - Realworld 2006
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Adrian Sherwood - Brazilian Jungle (from “Dub Setter”) - Beat 2009
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - Queen Elizabeth’s Pum Pum (from “The Mighty Upsetter") - Beat 2008
Adrian Sherwood X Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - ‎Time Boom X The Upsetter Dub Sessions excerpt - On-U Sound 2019
Adrian Sherwood feat Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Emily Sherwood Hyman - Animal Magic [special reprise: rocks the music, rocks the rhythm] (from “Becoming A Cliché”) - Realworld 2006
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate - Jungle (Disco Plate) (from “Jungle” 10”) - Syncopate/EMI 1987
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate - Jungle (Wall Of China) (from “Jungle” 10”) - Syncopate/EMI 1987
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate - Jungle (Big Hot Plate) (from “Jungle” 12”) - Syncopate/EMI 1987
Leah/Manasseh Riddim Section  - Want To Know/Dub [special re-edit] (from Singer Blue “Superstar” c/w Leah “Want To Know” 12”) - Roots Youth Records 2009
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in the On The Wire studio (excerpt), 1st March 1987
Dub Syndicate - Ravi Shankar alternate unreleased On The Wire theme mixes [special edit] - On-U Sound 1984

Produced and mixed by Jethro R Binks @jrbinks.  A Fab Gear Production, a Cockcroft Communication.

Thanks to Adrian Sherwood, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Satchi from Dub Works, Nick Mannasseh, Alun Hughes, and Michael Hodgson.

Special thanks to Voice of Authority Steve Urquhart @listentosteve

Friday, May 22, 2020

Spin Off 1982-11-02 Lee Perry meets Mississippi Blues (Steve Barker, BBC Radio Lancashire)

Spin Off 1982-11-02 Lee Perry meets Mississippi Blues (Steve Barker, BBC Radio Blackburn/Lancashire).

Another rare recording of Spin Off from BBC Radio Blackburn (later BBC Radio Lancashire), presented by Steve Barker.

This show is a special featuring Lee Perry productions and some prime blues including: Bucka White, Sleepy John Estes, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Furry Lewis, Mississippi John Hurt.

Also a competition to win two new albums from Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound label, African Head Charge's "Environmental Studies", and Noah House Of Dread's "Earth". In fact the latter was released under the title "Heart", so this likely reflects a change in the title before release.
Source: reel from Steve Barker's archive.

Thanks to Jethro

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Playlist - 16th May 2020

Dub Syndicate – Ravi Shankar Pt.1 (China mix) – Leghorn
Al Wooton - Request - ZamZam Sounds
Al Wooton – Levi – Trule
Beat Pharmacy – Safety in Dub – Silent Season
Al Breadwinner & Nat Birchall – Dub in the heavens – Tradition Disc
Al Breadwinner & Nat Birchall – Dub in the heavens Pt.2 – Tradition Disc
Dennis Bovell – Ites of dub - https://dennisbovell.bandcamp.com/
Dennis Bovell – Lovers Rock –https://dennisbovell.bandcamp.com/
J.Caesar - G Force (Mali-I Vocal Version) – self-release
J.Caesar - G Force (Mali-I Dub Version) – self-release
Gregory Isaacs – Babylon too rough – VP/17 North Parade
Mighty Two – I stand accused – VP/17 North Parade
Prince Alla – Them go a burial - VP/17 North Parade
Scientist – Six foot six - VP/17 North Parade
Barrington Levy – Love in mi heart - VP/17 North Parade
Scientist – Blood on his lips - VP/17 North Parade
Wayne Jarrett – Praise his name - VP/17 North Parade
Scientist - Praise his name Dub - VP/17 North Parade
Luciano – Alpha is the Messenger – VP Records
Marcia Griffiths – Back in the days dubplate – VP Records
Alborosie – Unprecedented time – VP Records
Mungos HiFi x Eva Lazarus – Amsterdam dub – Scotch Bonnet
O.B.F. & Biga*Ranx & Sr Wilson – Driva (No GPS mix) – Dubquake Records
Soom T. – Far from home – Xray Productions 2020
Alpha Steppa - Dear Friend ft. King David Horns – Steppas
Bim Sherman – Why won’t you come on – Doctor Bird
Sir Ruby – Road Traffic Law – Doctor Bird
Jackie Mittoo & JoJo Bennett – You have forsaken me – Rite Sound
Sharon Little - Don't Mash Up Creation – 1 Love Records
Sharon Little - Don't Mash Up Creation version – 1 Love Records
The Heptones with Jah Buzz – Equal rights – Studio One
Roland Alphonso with Jah Buzz – Arena Rock – Studio One
Rupie Edwards All Stars & Marques Altosax – Jamaican Serenade – Horus
Star the Marshall - Natty Plant It – Horus
Rupie Edwards All Stars - Rise And Fall dub – Horus
Black Ark Players – Guidance – VP Records
Black Ark Players /Carol Cole – Ethiopia – VP Records

Big Youth Special On the Wire Pt.1
“Musical disc I play from the record rack…”
Errol Dunkley – Movie Star –African Museum
Big Youth – Movie Man – Zarina
Big Youth – The Best Big Youth – Fe Me Time Blank
Augustus Pablo – Cinderella in Black (Version 3) – Fe Me Time
Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderella – Fe Me Time
Big Youth – Tribulation – Fe Me Time Blank
Hortense Ellis - Hell and Sorrow –  Fe Me Time
Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket – Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Big Youth & Dennis Brown – A So We Stay (Money in Hand) – Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Big Youth – The Big Fight – Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Big Youth – Foreman vs Frazier – Joe Gibbs Record Globe
Big Youth - Round Two – Joe Gibbs Record Globe
He Prayed Version – Dub Serial Joe Gibbs Record Globe LP
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Craven Choke Puppy – Tuff Gong
Wailers All Star – Choke – Tuff Gong
Big Youth – Craven Version – Tuff Gong
Augustus Pablo – Cassava Piece – Hot Stuff
Straight a Yard (Version) – Rockers International
Big Youth – Cassava Rock – Hot Stuff
Keith & Tex – Stop That Train – Rusty Dusty
Big Youth – Cool Breeze – Crystal
The Crystalites – Wind Storm – Crystal
I’Ony & Big Youth – Bide – Solomonic
Bunny Wailer – Bide Up – Solomonic
Big Youth – Black on Black – Solomonic
The Groove Master – Tangle Lacks – Groovemaster
Big Youth - House of Dread Lacks – Groovemaster

All selection duties performed by Harry da Hawk

“Musical disc I play from the record rack…”

Gary Clail interview by Doug Lyon for Steve Barker at Glastonbury 1992-06-26

Thanks to Jethro

Tackhead Live Richmond Australia 1989-06-25

Thanks to Jethro

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Playlist - 9th May 2020 - Funkology

Dub Syndicate – Ravi Shankar Pt.1 (China mix) – Leghorn
Dom Um Romao – Sambembe – Water Lily Acoustics

Tribute to Tony Allen (Selections and mix by Madhatter)

Tony Allen with Afrika '70 - Jelousy (Soundworkshop Records)
Tony Allen with Afrika '70 - Progress (Coconut)
Tony Allen with Afrika '70 - Hustler (Coconut)
Tony Allen Plays with Afrika 70 ‎– No Accomodation for Lagos (Polydor)
Tony Allen Plays with Afrika 70 and The Afro Messengers - Afro Disco Beat (Coconut)

Andy’s Funkology Selection

Oneness Of Juju  - Space Jungle Luv (Black Fire)
Gil Scott-Heron - Is That Jazz? (Arista)
Charles Earland - Intergalactic Love Song (Mercury)
Weldon Irvine - Music Is The Key (RCA Victor)
Billy Paul - Compared To What (Philadelphia International)

Pete’s Funkology Selection

Roy Ayers - Reaching The Highest Pleasure (BBE Records)
Chez Damier + Ron + Urban Kru - Go (Atal Records)
Ronnie Laws - Never Be The Same (Steve Miggidy Maestro Remix)
Da Lata & Diabel - This Is Not Your Job (Art Of Tones Afrobeat Vocal) (Foliage Records)
Fel Kuti & Egypt '80 - O.D.O.O. (Afro Rebel Remix) (AM-Flow Records)
Lynn Collins - Rock Me Again (Mortimer Snerd The 3rd Remix)
Miss Yvonne - Confusion (Cclarence Vampoot Remix)
Rick Lenoir & Spike Rebel - Circles (DJ Pope Mix) (Post Records)
Sam Q's feat Maya - Magpie & The Squirel (Grooveland Music)
Shazz - El Camino Part 2 (Resolution Recordings)

El Dragon Criollo – Je Pense a Toi –El Palmas Music
Joey Pastrano Y Su Orchestra – A Bailar Oriza - Rocafort Records
The Garifuna Collective – Black Catbird – Shika Shika
Kutiman – Layla Pt.2 – kutiman.bandcamp.com
Cucoma Combo – JJD – Black Sweat Records

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Playlist - 2nd May 2020

Dub Syndicate – Ravi Shankar Pt.1 (China mix) – Leghorn
SKRS – Jah Works – ICS Library pre
SKRS – Pachouli Bay – ICS Library pre
Elite Beat - Passge - Boomarm Nation
Nihiloxica – Salongo – Crammed Discs (Kaloli)
Jay Glass Dubs – Song for Leslie No.1 – Bokeh Versions (Mutual Aid 2020)
Lack – Inside – Livity Sounds
Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong - Party On a Floating Cake – Morr Music (Minna Miteru)
Ueno – Hasunosu Tr.06 – Morr Music (Minna Miteru)
Fran and Flora - Rockers (Deep Throat Remix) – pre (Unfurl)
Jessy Lanza – Face – Hyperdub
Marker Starling – A little joy – Tin Angel Records (High January)
Alkibar Junior - Adouna – Sahel Sounds (Music from Saharan WhatsApp)
Jeich Ould Badou - Lbtyt – Sahel Sounds (Music from Saharan WhatsApp)
Miguel Noya – Inoculación – Phantom Limb (Canciónes Intactas)
Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers - Kay Marasa Dub – Bongo Joe (Vodou Alé)
Edikanfo -Nka Bom - Glitterbeat (The Pace Setters)
Las Kellies - He's Who's - Fire Records (Suck this tangerine)
Bhajan Bhoy – Disintegration - Wormer Bros Records (Bless Bless)
Timo Lassy - Sweet Spot - Must Have Jazz/Membran (Big Brass)
Les Amazones D'Afrique – Love - Real World (Amazones Power)
Diet Cig - Night Terrors - French Kiss
fennesz sakamoto - Kizuna – Touch (Touch- Isolation version)
Berko – Horn – Edições Cn (Help)
Miguel Gil Tertre - C11 – Fuego en casa (Carpintero)
Land Trance – Verlarde – Dense Truth (First Séance)
Camilla Pasani - The Playground of Resonant Hypotheses – Midira Records (Frozen Archimia)
Rafael Anton Irisarri - Vanishing Points – Dais (Peripeteia)
Claire M Singer - Wrangham – Touch (Solas)
John Carroll Kirby - A Pilgrims Trail – Stones Throw (Conflict)
Jan Wagner - Kapitel 36 – Quiet Love Records (Kapitel)

Friday, May 01, 2020

On The Wire - 8 December 1985

Ajay wins an INCA BABIES record

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Playlist - 25th April 2020

Dub Syndicate – Ravi Shankar Pt.1 (China mix) – Leghorn
Rider Shafique, Ishan Sound & Kahn – We shall all rise – ZamZam Sounds
Rider Shafique, Ishan Sound & Kahn – We shall all dub – ZamZam Sounds
Dub Specialist – Luanda – Coxsone
Clancy Eccles – King Tubby’s City Dub – Pressure Sounds
Joe White – You’ll never dub – Selah Wadada
Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – Dog in dub – Belmont
Sir Raphael – Dub mix – Wild Apache
Joe Lewis – Fraser down below/version - George Floorman/Horus
Eric Buddle – Natty Dread gone farming/Farming dub – Gazebo Records
U Roy – Natty hold the handle/Hold a dub – Gorgon Records
Augustus Pablo – Zion Seals dub – VP Records (Ancient Harmonies)
Augustus Pablo – Fire Red – VP Records
Caracas Dub meets Mexican Stepper – Destino ft. Pijule – Culture Dub
T-Jah meets Fikir Amlak – Ancient dubwise – Bass Come Save Me
Mystic Pulse & Parly B – Heart clean (Original mix) – Moonshine
Jah Embassy Players – Tribal - Roots Vibration
Jah Embassy Players – Tribal dub - Roots Vibration
Aimann Raad – In my country – Roots Vibration
Aimann Raad – Jacin – Roots Vibration
Noel Ellis – Live in love - Roots Vibration
Noel Ellis – Live in love version - Roots Vibration
O.B.F. & Aza Lineage – Rebel Daawtaz – Dubquake Records
Spirit Revolution & Sugar Daddy – What a thing - Spirit Revolution
Part2Style & Disrupt – Argument dubplate – dubplate
Big Flite & Velkro – Little slip – Bokeh Versions (Mutual Aid 2020)
Dusk & Blackdown vs. Grievous Angel – Northside Cheng (Southside dub) – Keysound
Shackleton – Hackney Marshes dub – Tectonic
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Fight for me (MReds minimal dub) – Leaf
Peikko & Lassi - Pula Dub feat. Peikko Viitala (Jimi Tenor version) - Sähkö Recordings
Sarmacja – Olimpijczyk (The Orb’s Oak Island mix) – Cooking Vinyl
Deadbeat & Paul St.Hilaire – Yesterday’s dreams – Another Moon

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