This performance is an exceptional display that shows that three talented musicians and a looper pedal can sound orchestral. The beaming smiles on their faces indicate the passion they have for this distinctive sound.
Another avalanche of new and reissued roots & dub tonight… Starting out with the excellent new “Radio Space EP” by Felipe Lopez (Ape Choons); followed by the excellent new double-CD “One Love, One Life” from Beres Hammond (VP Records); and the new live album “Throw Down Your Arms” from Professor (aka Harrison Stafford) on the Soulbeats label. Also new tonight: a fun new single called “CriminaLove” from the Twin Cities’ own Irie Sol; Adrian Sherwood’s new “Survival & Resistance” album; the fine “Red Shadow Landing” release from All India Radio; Busy Signal’s new dubwise release “Reggae Dubb’n Again” (VP); Soothsayers “Human Nature” album on Red Earth; the nice “More Spiritual Riddim” compilation (Soul of the Lion); Richie Phoe’s cool “Thriller Dub 2012” single (Balanced); the “Temple Riddim EP” from Bass Culture Players; the Frikstailers’ “Guacha EP” (ZZK); plus more new releases from Beats Antique, Jah Wobble & Keith Levine, Chatta, and Collie Buddz. On top of this, the good folks at VP Records (actually, it was my pal Zack) sent fresh new reissued releases from Keith Hudson and Barry Brown, plus the 2010 reissued release of Alpha Blondy’s “Cocody Rock”.
Marlon James, award-winning author joined Spin with Cyn to talk about his book-in-progressand spin favorite records from his stellar collection of vinyls. He is also a producer of album cover and magazine art/photo shoots. Marlon James is from Jamaica, and currently lives in New York City and Minneapolis, and is a Professor of English at Macalester College.