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Essential Dancehall Reggae
Genres: World Music, Pop
Kingston, Jamaica, may be the hub of planet reggae, but this compilation proves that the U.K. reggae outpost is no mere satellite. Thanks to huge waves of Caribbean immigrants who came to live near the Queen in the '50s an... more »
Kingston, Jamaica, may be the hub of planet reggae, but this compilation proves that the U.K. reggae outpost is no mere satellite. Thanks to huge waves of Caribbean immigrants who came to live near the Queen in the '50s and '60s, Jamaican "blues dances" quickly became a Brit institution to rival afternoon tea. The U.K. reggae scene didn't come into its own, though, until the '80s, when dancehall reggae in general adopted a more hip-hop-compatible, quick-paced tempo that better suited the U.K. urban immigrant experience. Even Jamaican artists like Papa San, known for his lightning rap style; Frankie Paul, reggae's Stevie Wonder; and the hilarious Professor Nuts and Jamerican Daddy Freddy, who set a words-per-minute world record, crossed the Atlantic to voice tracks inna Englund, for the fabled Fashion label. Plenty of triple-tongued scatters show up in this superheated collection, but this race doesn't necessarily go to the swift. Smiley Culture, relatively laid-back, basso-voiced, and proudly lisping, leads off with a stand-out example of U.K. rockers, "Police Officer," and few can make moral rhetoric go down as easy as top-ranking roots-and-culture MC Macka B, spouting Old Testament fire here in "Bible Reader." --Elena Oumano
Sean M. Kelly | Portland, Oregon United States | 09/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good collection of late 90's UK based dancehall grooves. While listeners probably know who Cutty Ranks, Pato Banton, and Freddie Paul are, this is a great opportunity to get in tune with new, up and coming dancehall djs, like Professor Nuts, Macka B., and Papa San (even I didn't know a few of these names, and I'd like to think that I'm current in terms of what is going on in dancehall and reggae music).Good, tight grooves permeate the whole album, and the nuances between the performers' styles make for an entertaining look at what our friends across the pond are up to."