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So as the Soho based crew gradually make their way around all the singers and players in Coxsone's stable, its about time we requested they begin sticking out the original output by The African Brothers.
For this is where Lincoln Sugar Minott started in 1969, alongside Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard, and anyone who ever heard their 'Righteous Kingdom' will know what I'm talking about. From the beginning then it seemed Lincoln was destined to run with Studio One, and after just one single there with the Brothers, Minott remained as in-house guitarist, backing vocalist and percussionist, all the while carrying his experience growing up next to a dancehall where Sir Coxsone a played, and then as teenage selector for Gathering of Youth and Sound of Silence Keystone systems.
Deep ingrained love of the classics, Ken Booth, Alton Ellis and The Heptones 'On Top' not only deeply influences Sugar's sound, many of his best songs ride the orginal rhythms to these tunes. Minott's effortless revoicing of all time tunes like 'I'm just a guy', 'Pretty looks' and so much more. 'Live loving' the original Studio One long player pretty well inaugurates the dancehall era, yet remains rooted in the very foundations of everything that's been great about Studio One all along. Spanning work from 1978 to 1982, this is lovely music by anyone's standards, and Sugar remains our favourite Son of Studio One. How appropriate that his legacy should now transmit its positivity, roots and culture to the frankly unmissable 'See Mi Yah' one rhythm set from Burial Mix heading up this week.