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Boomkat Product Review:
BIG compilation scanning the development of the UK Bubblers label and sound between 1984-87! As both a style, and a subsidiary of the Greensleeves powerhouse, UK Bubblers came to prominence in the early phase of the digitised dancehall era with a sound defined by the lyrical content and accents of MCs from Birmingham, London and Bristol, and the rugged productions of Greensleeves co-owner Chris Cracknell. Bubblers hits topped the UK reggae charts in the form of Smiley Culture's 'Cockney Translation' and 'Police Officer' while the UK-based Saxon Sound became a serious contender in the Jamaican-ruled world of Sound Systems, cementing a deep connection between UK and JA which has irreversibly altered the course of British pop music ever since. At the time it was effectively the UK's answer to American HipHop too, channelling street-relevant lyrics in a style that would eventually mutate into Fast-Rap and sow the seeds of Hardcore and the whole JA/UK dance continuum ahead of it. Over the two CDs here you'll find 36 devastating digital Bubblers classics from Tippa Irie, Daddy Colonel, Pato Banton, Daddy Rusty, Deborah Glasgow, Tannoi, and many more. Vibes alive!