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Russ Disciple meets Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio


Russ Disciple meets Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio in spiffing Bexhill On Sea.

russdRecently Mr. Russell Bell-Brown and I met up for a bit of a chat about his musical production and his favourite Jamaican tunes. The tunes that signposted him along a long history of listening and collecting Jamaican music, those that mean the most to him and that he loves.

Russ grew up in the outskirts of London England and in the 1980s began to produce UK Roots Reggae, his first bigger break coming when early on in his career his music was frequently commissioned by and played on the Jah Shaka Sound System. A short while later and he and his bother Lol had started BSL (Boom Shacka Lacka) the Disciples own Sound System and both were ruining their backs lifting large bass scoops in and out of vehicles. Such is his dedication to the music.

Russ’s knowledge is deep and the musical selection for this show is chock full of high quality musical nutrition; the show is a must listen for lovers of U.K. Sound system and Jamaican musical culture alike.

It’s a relaxed affair and a damn fine listen. I urge you to check it out. Just search up Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio on Google and look for the 2019 December show.

55The track listing is as follows:

Tommy McCook and the Supersonics – More Love – Treasure Isle 7” Single
Richard Ace – Hang ‘Em High – Trojan 7” Single
Pat Kelly – Workman Song – Gas 7” Single
The Love Generation – Warwick Hill – Grape 7” Single
Burning Spear – This Population – Bongo Man 7” Single
Freddie McGregor – Go Away Pretty Girl – Money 7” Single
Freddie McGregor – Homeward Bound – Studio One 7” Single
Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Jungle Lion – Upsetter 7” Single
Ital Winston – Ride On – Vital Food 7” Single
Gregory Isaacs – Thief A Man – Advance 7” Single
Cornell Campbell – Give The Little Man A Great Big Hand – Justice 7” Single
Leroy Smart – The Road Is Rough – Sweet City 7” Single
Bush Ranger – Ranger In The Workshop – Count Shelly 7” Single
Fred Locks – The Last Days – Jahmikmusic 7” Single
Don Hutchinson – What You Gonna Do – IMF 7” Single
Pablo & Tubby’s – King Tubby’s Meets The Rockers Uptown – Yard Music 7” Single
Hugh Mundell – Africa Must Be Free By 1983 – Rockers International 7” Single
Yabby Youth And The Sons Of Jah – Jah Speak With Lightening And Thunder – TR Groovemaster 7” Single
Wayne Wade – Black Is Our Colour – Mango 7” Single
Frankey – Slavery Days – Maroc 7” Single
Delroy Wilson – Big Man In Town + Version – Third World 7” Single
Junior Ross & The Spears – Babylon Fall – Caribbean 7” Single
Ras Midas – Good Old Days – Jaywax 7” Single
Welton Irie – Blackman Get Up Pon Tan Foot – South East music 7” Single
Trinity – Vampire – Flagman 7” Single
Hugh Brown – The Big Licking Stick – Jackpot 7” Single
I-Roy – Proud Black – Blank 7” Single
Mikey Dread – & The Instigators – Robbers Roost – 40 Leg 7” Single
Makka Bees – Nation Fiddler – Congo 7” Single
Unity Stars – Africa – Nice 1 7” Single

Power Surge Sound System Hastings at the Pig’s Palace 29th Feb


Power Surge Sound System, Leap year Dance

Come get your dose of Roots Rock Reggae, Modern roots, Rocksteady, Dub and Deejay at the Pig’s Palace (used to be the Pig in Paradise) Hastings, on the 29th February.

It’s the talk of the Town, and up and down the coast, Power Surge Sound System, based in Crowborough East Sussex are playing from 9pm to 2am on Saturday the 29th February on Leap Year night, so be careful if you bring your partner, she just might propose to you on the Dancefloor.

Selecting tunes will be Bigmikeydread, Matt Sensi Sound and Rob Wilde and the night is shaping up for ’nuff vibes and a top night of Jamaican music and over 4.8Kilowatts of bass end.

And, best of all there’s no Tax on the gate, entry is entirely free. Come one come all..

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Power Surge Sound System Crawley 22nd of June 2019. You affi Reach!


Power Surge Sound System, Crawley on June 22nd Roots Reggae for the masses.

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Pure niceness in the dance as I yours truly select and entertain alongside Ray Jacobs Sound proprietor and builder..  We’ll play a selection of tunes to please, dub it up live and direct, and spin some heavy dubwise to keep your dancing’ feet jumpin’.

So come reach June 22nd this year of 2019, to hear the sound go down around Crawley Town!

Bigmikeydread at Suedehead Sound, Hastings, a few photos.


So just a few photos taken while playing tunes for Hastings people recently…

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Shit… what next, no one can see the internal panic..
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It’s a Rembrandt like festival of Chiaroscuro .. Rob Wilde on the left, Suedehead Sound owner.
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Deep in Conflab with Rick Elgood, known for his culturally Jamaican film-making.

 

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Rootsman Selection No2


Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Rootsman Selection No2

IMG_4755I’m hopeful that you will like the selection of Roots Reggae on this show, I was certainly happy with how it turned out, and dedicate it to Gene, who sent me a nice sound byte for the show, get in touch if you’d like to do the same, love to all.

08 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Rootsman Selection No2, all taken from 7” Single. (and one Lp Track, join me while I check some nice nice Roots from Singles, niceness pure.

You can listen to the show on Mixcloud and iTunes, but here is the link to Podomatic where the main hosting for it sits. – https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/bigmikeydreadreggaeradio/episodes/2019-02-20T11_23_02-08_00

  1. Joe Higgs – Let Us Do Something – Elevation 7” Revival Single
  2. Higgs Gallery – Instrumental (Let Us Do Something) – Elevation 7” Revival Single
  3. Palmers Brothers – Step It Out Of Babylon – Hawkeye 7” Revival Single
  4. Karl Bryan – 2K Strut – Studio one Roots 2 – Soul Jazz Lp
  5. Richie Spice – Earth A Run Red (Remix) – 7” Single
  6. Eek-A-Mouse – Creation – Eek-A-Mouse Records 7” Revival Single
  7. Bigmikeydread – You’ve Got To Love Up The Good Music – Bigmikey 7” Imagination
  8. Junior Byles & Rupert Reid – Chant Down Babylon – Ja-Man 7” Revival Single
  9. Jonnie Clark (sic) – Enter Into This Gate With Praise + Some Version Side – Lord Koos 7” Single
  10. Tinga Stewart – Babylon – Heavy Beat Records 7” Single
  11. Dennis Brown – Satta Massagaa – Gorgon 7” Revival Single
  12. Big Joe – In The Ghetto – Gorgon 7” Revival Single
  13. Leroy Smart – Oh Marcus – Channel 1 Revival 7” Single
  14. Winston Francis – Let’s Go To Zion – Studio One 7” Single Repressing
  15. Cornell Campbell – Brothers Killing Brothers – Fatman Revival 7” Single
  16. Billy Boyo – Jah Jah Made Me To Be A MC – Jah Guidance 7” Single
  17. Clancy Eccles – Africa – Clandisc Revival 7” Single
  18. The Eagles – Rasta Pickney – Melrose 7” Single
  19. Errol Alphonso – Chant Jah Victory – Vivian Jackson Revival 7” Single
  20. Cecil Brown – Hands Of The Wicked – Thrillseekers 7” Single
  21. Rector Butler – Too Much Youth Inna Jailhouse – Record City 7” Single
  22. Sylford Walker – Lamb’s Bread – South East Music 7” Single
  23. Mystic Revealers – Rastaman In New York – Kariang 7” Single
  24. General Roy (U-Brown?) – African People – RG International 7” Single
  25. Kiddus I – Graduation In Zion – Dub Store Records – Revival 7” Single
  26. Eagles & Black Disciples – Warn This Nation / Creation (Version) – Wolf 7” Single
  27. Hidden trackamondo – Ian & Sylvia – Catfish Blues, from their Lp – The Best Of Ian and Sylvia.

By the way you can get all of the details on exactly what the tunes came from here on my Discogs profile, and lists, the lists under show name are exactly what were played, thusly enabling you to go get the music I’ve played for your own collection.

https://www.discogs.com/lists/08-Bigmikeydread-Reggae-Radio-Rootsman-Selection-No2/485217

Nigger Butler – (Too Much Youth) Inna Jailhouse – Record City


A tune a day keep Obeah away. << This is an occasional series of tunes that I think you need to have and to hold, and today I want to let you all know about a tune I keep returning to. A fine roots tune, with a strong version side, in the classic late 70s Roots style.

FullSizeRender 14This record was given to me a long time ago, when I was first setting off on my Jamaican music record collecting, by a dear friend, now gone, Charlie Reggae. It had no title, only a generic label, for the Record City Record label. A label which had very few releases. The first one on that label at that point I had seen. Discogs didn’t exist then and records were bought from mail-order homemade catalogues mailed to you each quarter year and not on eBay or online shops.

For a number of years I had no idea who was singing on it or what the title might be. I always called it, ‘Too Much Youth Inna Jailhouse’ as that is the striking refrain of the song. Because it was strong, and because even though I tried, I couldn’t find any info on it, it held a certain mystique that only an un-identified but quality record can.

Just recently someone identified the singer for me as Nigger Butler, otherwise and perhaps more politically correctly properly known as Rector Butler, who by the sparse information on the label sang on and produced and distributed the tune. A one man stop shop of Reggae production. I’d love to know who the backing band are, as the rhythm is strong and assured, but there is virtually no information about the singer/producer or his cohorts online, or I’d be copying and pasting it here for you to see.

As with a lot of great Jamaican music the only way to know the artist is to own and listen to their tunes, so much of Jamaica’s music was produced in virtual anonymity, particularly in the Golden era of the late 70s. However that’s what makes it ROOTS, music of the people, by the people, and why it has such inherent strength sonically.

Look, it’s not the greatest Reggae tune in the world, but it is a damn fine one, and you should be able to check it out on my next bigmikeydread reggae radio podcast soon. Check the section here on Musical Traces for track-listings. I’d like to share the tune with you here, but no recording of it exists online, yet.

© Murphy (mid Feb) 2019

 

Reggae Fever – The Carlisle Hastings – 17th March


17th March 2019 and yours truly will be appearing by invitation as Bigmikeydread the worst Reggae selector known to man.

Reggae Fever at the Carlisle Hastings.

Saving his blushes and hopefully his musical skin will be Suedehead Sound System’s owner, supremo and selector Rob Wilde of Headshrinkers fame. Both will be spinning classic Roots, Rocksteady, and multifariously genre’d Reggae between 2-6pm in Hastings at the Carlisle located on the town’s seafront here on the Sussex Coast on Sunday 17th March.

And as Nick Saloman once said . . ‘Be there or be somewhere else listening to other people’s music‘.

Mikey

© Murphy 2019

 

Earth A Run Red – Richie Spice


A completely essential single to have and to hold.

So this is the first of a new ‘series’ of ‘tunes’ that I in my infinite pretentiosity consider essential to have and to hold, to own, to rest easy ‘pon the record shelving.

It won’t just be Reggae music, but anything that I include, but anything that is pure essential listening, but more than that essential to have, to hold, to be physical with (let’s get physical, physical, let me hear your body talk…), none of that Spotify or iTunes shit, none of that ‘I got a collection of 20,000 tune dem, only to find out that .. Im’ got 20,000 Mp3 deh!! .. pure fuckery .. chaw….

This is/was a pure and strong new Roots anthem, ethereal lyrics, solid, meant and  meaningful, forward moving, a pleading anthem against violence and the culture of black on black crime. More so though, just a beautiful almost acapella from a smoke laden larynx, pure genius  ++ lyrically, this is one to stop the dance but still kill the sound ++ spiritually.

lyric selection, without objection…

I hear a next youth dead yeah

Hey watch the places you walk and mind
The way you talk
Watch out fi the vampire who will sneak up in the dark
Watch out for the big time thief who claim sey that them smart
Stop bringing the crack and the gun to mash up the youth dem heart
Earth a run red
Songwriters: Richell Bonner / F. Pitter / L. Corniffe
Earth a Run Red lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Heretical Heartfelt Article
Murphy © Musical Traces 2019
Respect.

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio is back online…


img_4420Bigmikeydread is back in 2018, 2019..

After a number of years offline, we’re back online with the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Show.

This is the 6th show in the current new series and proving most popular, come join us for fine Jamaican and Caribbean music, vintage and modern, alongside ribaldry and chat..

Check out the latest show, the one shown, on the Bigmikeydread Podomatic host site here – https://bigmikeydreadreggaeradio.podomatic.com or on iTunes and Mixcloud where you can also link in … there’s a Facebook group too if you fancy hooking up with suggestions for shows, or just to give him a hard time for talking too much …

Tunes featured on the above show were:

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Rootsman Selection No1, all taken from Lp. (and one 7” single), join me while I check some nice nice Roots from Lps, nice.

Shalom with Rhythm and Sound – We’ve Been Troddin’ – taken from Lp – Rhythm & Sound w/ the artists.
Sam Brainwell (sic Bramwell) – It A Go Dread Ina Babylon – taken from 7” single – on the Revolutionary Sounds label.
Michael Prophet – Warn Them – taken from the Lp – Serious Reasoning
The Cimarons – Wake Up Jah-Man-Can – taken from the Lp – On The Rock.
Don Carlos – Sattamasagana – taken from the Lp – Pure Gold.
Errol Holt – Fly Your Dread – taken from the Lp – Vision Of Africa.
The Gladiators – Chatty Chatty Mouth – taken from the Lp – Vital Selection.
Fred Locks – Don’t Let Babylon Use You – taken from the Lp – Black Star Liner.
Dillinger – Jah Love – taken from the Lp. – Talkin’ Blues
Culture – Iron Sharpen Iron – taken from the Lp – Africa Stand Alone.
Rod Taylor – Look Before You Leap – taken from the Lp – Ethiopian Kings 1975-80.
Vivian Jones – Message On Time – taken from the Lp – Jah Works.
Yabby U and the Prophets – Jah Love – taken from the Lp – Conquering Lion.
Earl Zero – Only Jah – taken from the Lp – Only Jah Can Ease The Pressure.
Buro Banton – I Can’t Take The Running Ina Babylon – taken from the Lp – Buro.
Aswad – Concrete Slaveship – taken from the Lp. – Aswad
Mike Brooks – Money Is Not All – taken from the Lp. – Mike Brooks and Friends Just the Vibes 1976 – 1983.
Prince Ras Murray – Children Of The Most High – taken from the Lp – Militant Dread.
Jim Nastic – Chaunting – taken from the Lp. – Chaunting.
Burning Spear – Spear Burning/Jomo (Version) – taken from the Lp. – taken from the double Lp. – Spear Burning.
The ‘Hidden’ track – Freddie King – Going Down – taken from the Lp. – Getting Ready. https://www.discogs.com/lists/07-Bigmikeydread-Reggae-Radio-Rootsman-Selection-No1/477380