It's a little-known fact that the suave Robert Palmer recorded a few tracks at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark studio. Palmer always had an ear for reggae, and often introduced Jamaican vibes into his music, most notably the wonderful "Every Kind Of People". While recording his Double Fun album for Island Records, Palmer found himself particularly taken with Lee Perry's exotic production style and thought that a session with Scratch would result in some good crossover material. While Palmer and Perry got along fine, Palmer soon ran afoul of the various dreads who were constantly loitering at the Black Ark. As a result, the sessions were far from productive, with "Love Can Run Faster" being the only song released. Palmer's soulful vocal struts over a heavy yet playful Black Ark rhythm, and the results are fantastic. While this tune was later re-recorded for the Double Fun album, the Black Ark b-side gem is usually easy to find for cheap at record stores as the flip side to Palmer's hard rocking "Bad Case Of Loving You."
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.
March 2: Version Galore
One of Mick's favourite things as a selecter is to match up vocal tracks with their dub or DJ versions. Tune in for some expert A-side, B-side selections.
April 6: Afrobeat Express
Afrobeat emerged from Nigeria in the 1970s and fused jazz, funk, rock, and traditional Nigerian sounds together, creating an unstoppable musical force. Tune in for some funky and exotic vibes.
May 4: Errol Brown
Errol Brown, the junior engineer for Treasure Isle studio and later one of the key engineers at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Studio, is one of the unsung heroes of dub. His crisp and skillful dub cuts for the High Note label stand out as a high point in the golden age of dub. Tune in for some massive dub cuts.