Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here's a fresh new mix of classic Rockers. This one is all reggae, with some vocals, some instrumentals and some heavy dubs, all recorded with the windows open on a Saturday afternoon in July here at VB home base. A few of these records are craptastic Jamaican pressings, so you'll have to deal with things like surface noise, scratchy high-end hits and crunchy, distorted cymbal crashes. Just friendly reminders that you're listening to a mix born of vinyl. All those imperfections are what audio purists refer too when the talk about vinyl's "warmth."
Sylford Walker, Gregory Isaacs, Cedric IM Brooks, Tappa Zukie and Big Youth all make appearances. The title comes from the Barry Brown track of the same name. There are more than a few tracks from the main man producer extraordinaire Joe Gibbs. He was a true legend (Joe passed last year) but my favorite memory of him was his cameo in the film "Rockers." He's the guy who gives Horsey a stack of records to sell off the back of his motorcycle on consignment at the beginning of the movie. His best line: "Give you 200 of my record? I don't give record -- I sell record!"
The shots of Joe's music shop in Kingston included above should put you in the proper mindset.
Also, I'm trying something new this time. I've signed up for SoundCloud, a music sharing site with lots of DJs posting mixes. I chose SoundCloud because they have this really cool player widget. You can listen to the mix right here on the page, or you can go to SoundCloud and download it. Search around while you're there. The site has thousands of awesome mixes from all different genres, and over a hundred reggae mixes.
The old schoolers can also grab it from MediaFire just like before.