Boomkat Product Review:
Will Bankhead’s PK label's survey of deep roots reggae dub by Toronto’s Half Moon Productions, back in circulation on 2LP format
‘Glory Dominion Power’ hustles 17 top shelf shufflers and steppers driven by the drums of Half Moon Productions founder Ossie Creary, and voiced by a panoply of legends including Joe Higgs, Johnny Osborne, and Leroy Sibbles. All songs come from the late;’s run between 1975 and the early ‘80s, prior to Ossie Creary turning attention to digi-dancehall with the Classic Sounds label in the later ‘80s.
The high quality levels speak to the depth of Toronto’s reggae scene during this era and ever since, drawing upon a strong Jamaican diaspora community, and its links back to the Island, with a deeply charming selection that’s unmistakably JA in origin, but with a slant of originality comparable to how Wackie’s distinguished their sound in another JA outpost, NYC.
If you’re after highlights, listen up for the haunted organ and soulful croon of Louis O’Connor on the unmissable ‘Lonely & Black’, plus a proper heads-down trodder from Super 8 Corporation in ‘Freedom Version’, the weighty rudeness of those organ vamps and scooping bass on Stranger Cole & Jah Levy’s ‘I’m Living’, and the pure aching pressure of Rothadam’s ‘Sampson’ or Johnny Osborne’s ‘Danger In Your Eyes’, but we’re sure you’ll agree this is one primo set best consumed in one session. Highest levels!