Roman Stewart had a career that lasted for more than 30 years, which included several big hits in Jamaica. His buttery voice was equally suited to both smooth love songs and more conscious themes. He was well known and respected on the reggae scene in Jamaica and the United States, and yet, there has never been a Roman Stewart anthology or compilation, an oversight that is hard to understand. Instead, his work is scattered across vinyl oblivion on hard-to-find singles like this one. This tune sees Roman in beatnik roots man mode, with curious lyrics: while the title suggests something lecherous, the vocal has Roman championing a changing world where "only dreadlocks are remaining." A killer tune and a nicely trashed label makes this single one of the favourites in my collection.
Bass Culture: Reggae and beyond. Tune into deep, dubwise vibes from all over the map. Classic roots reggae, super bad soul and funk, crucial Afrobeat, dub from outer space – the musical compass points in many directions. Mick Sleeper has a big record collection, and he wants to share it with you.
July 6: Canadian Reggae Special
Canada's reggae history goes back farther than many people realize. And the current Canadian reggae scene is strictly crucial. Tune in for 100% Canadian reggae, from dubwise to dancehall.
Mick Sleeper: 20 Years at the Controls
July 2015 marks Mick Sleeper's 20th anniversary as a radio DJ. For the month of July, tune in as Mick digs deep into his vaults and re-discovers old playlists, crucial interviews with reggae artists, and of course lots of great music from 20 years at the controls.