I was going to meet my mate Steven from dub.com for a beer, but sadly he has been in California too long, and has turned from a once dependable Dubliner, ever a reliable drinking partner and record beard discussion catalyst, and metamorphosed over the long years into a true San Franciscan, i.e a flake, having been caught up in the Giant's world series riots the previous evening. But even though my meeting with the reggae don fell through, it got my thinking about all the island tinged boogie and so on I could bring up in conversation with him before I eventually got out of my depth and exposed for what I really am, a lame poseur.
There is of course tons and tons of reggae disco, dubbed out B side instrumentals, jamaican boogie, london carribean scene funk and what have you, and by all means put your favorites in the comments section. Reggae and dub hit the north american and european mainstream the same time as disco and punk (right? or no?), so it figures I would guess. Out of my depth already. These two tracks though are from my own collection and I could not find them elsewhere on the greater internet, and are both very different from one another, so I thought would make a good post.
Landscape were a UK New Wave band, that had some artsy electronic 7"s in the seventies and a couple of radio played synth pop tracks in the 80's (one was called 'Einstein' or something, and had a great video with the ghost of Einstein in it haunting a chemistry lab(?)). 'The Fabulous Neutrinos' is a dubby instrumental B side to the harsh on the ears single 'So Pure, So Good, So Kind', unearthed from a dollar bin many moons ago.
Frankie Paul, sometimes called the 'Jamaican Stevie Wonder', because of his poor vision, is a dancehall singer who was associated with the Coxsone soundsystem. 'Funky Reggae Party' is an out of place mid tempo electro funk track that sits weirdly on the B side of the South London produced and recorded dancehall reggae album 'Ripe Mango' on Blacker Dread records in 1983. I forget which part of south london the Blacker Dread record store is in, but its still there. Flipping the record over and finding this was a nice surprise:
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