Boomkat Product Review:
Mega selection of of King Jammy’s digidubs, from classics to rare cuts, compiled and dished up 30 years since they revolutionised Jamaican dance music and, by turns influenced myriad stripes of soundsystem music around theBlack Atlantic and farther afield.
Lloyd James a.k.a. King Jammy, proprietor of the eponymous label, struck gold with his casio-built Sleng Teng riddim in 1985, single-handedly marking a pivotal milestone in the dancefloor which he followed up with countless riddims over the next four years, as documented in this killah pack.
Vocal for vocal - Dennis Brown, Wayne Smith, Johnny Osborne, Nitty Gritty - version for version - Heavenless, Love Punnany Bad, Far East Riddim, it’s a pure heavyweight anthology, running rare collector’s numbers such as Anthony Johnson’s Dancehall Vibes next to the pounding Original Kuff, vocalled by Chaka Demus and also included as original version, or the nattiest styles of Wayne Smith’s E20 and Little Kirk’s astute warning, Don’t Touch The Crack.
For the dancehall novice this set is a perfect jump-off point, but likewise old heads will surely appreciate a fresh cut of Jammy’s most crucial dancehall foundations.