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Greetings music lovers... These are the setlists of my radio show, which can be heard on WHPK, 88.5 FM Chicago. The show is broadcast every other week on Friday afternoons.

The show has developed and gotten more focused over the years. In the early shows, I really hadn't found my groove yet, and the mixes were more scattered than they have been lately. As I developed my collection over the years, I started doing more focus shows and began to enjoy that style. At times that leads to playing tracks that have easy catagorization at the expense of some of the unique finds that are off the beaten track, but the focus shows are a good place to hear a unique take on and good introduction to the artists that are featured.

If you want to hear some of the show highlights, check out the algoriddim podcast.


December 31, 2010

Big Youth part 2
In addition to the producers mentioned in the previous episode, Big Youth laid down a track for Gussie Clarke that finally got some love on the charts. This was followed by his quintessential tune for Keith Hudson called S90 Skank, focusing on his love of the Honda motorcycle by the same name. This was followed by work for Glen Brown, Prince Buster, Joe Gibbs, Yabby You and Tony Robinson. Once established, Big Youth came out with his own labels and did some self productions, wiggling back and forth between his unique chat style and a singing style.

December 17, 2010

Big Youth part 1
Big Youth got his start in the sound systems, making his name with Lord Tippertone's sound. His first cut was for the African Museum label on Errol Dunkley's "Movie Star" riddim. He then laid down tracks with producers Jimmy Radway, Lee Perry, Phil Pratt, Derrick Harriott and Niney. The thing that really distinguishes Big Youth from his peers is this work he laid down at crucial periods in each of these producers' histories, along with a number of other obscure and under the radar producers. For myself, my first introduction to many of these producers like Guissie Clarke, Phil Pratt, Jimmy Radway and others was through Big Youth's DJ cuts on their riddims.

June 4, 2010

gun shot

May 21, 2010

Jacob Miller

April 9, 2010

Johnny Clarke part 3
Johnny Clarke got his start in 1971 when he won a talent show and was introduced to producer Clancy Eccles. He recorded a tune with Eccles, before moving on to Rupie Edwards to record the classic tune Everyday Wondering. He then moved on to Glen Brown before settling in for a long run with producer Bunny Lee.

For part three of this Johnny Clarke series, we focus on the remakes that Johnny Clarke did, primarily for Bunny Lee. Johnny was often the go-to-guy when Striker needed someone to voice a tune. In the beginning we ran a number of Wailers related remakes as well as relicks on tunes from Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, John Holt, Slim Smith and a number of other classic riddims.

March 26, 2010

Johnny Clarke part 2
For part two of this Johnny Clarke series, I start off with a massive track from the Interns (later known as the Viceroys) with producer Winston Riley. Johnny Clarke puts in his version with a track called "Give Up The Baddess" which we follow with a later remake of the tune done for Bunny Lee. After that, a track called "Jah Jah We Are Waiting" and the raging DJ version from Prince Jazzbo. Then some more sublime productions for Bunny Lee, "Stop The Tribal War" and "Poor Marcus." The next run is on the riddim "Ride On Girl" with shots from Clarke, a run on the Revolutionaries version and another version from Linval Thompson. The thing I'm most proud about with this mix is that the Revolutionaries dub is actually three tracks running at once... one version in the right channel, another version in the left channel and the horns version low in the mix in the center. After that mix, we run through more Bunny Lee tracks like "African People", "Roots Natty", "Move Out Of Babylon" and others.

March 12, 2010

Johnny Clarke part 1
For part one of this Johnny Clarke series, I start off with the quintessential flyers tune, "None Shall Escape The Judgment" and its various versions. This tune originally was voiced by Earl Zero with Johnny Clarke singing backup vocals, but that version was never released. The song up next is the snarling "Don't Trouble Trouble" as well as the thundering dub version, which is one of my favorite examples of Tubby hard at work. Then we get into another prime Bunny Lee production, "Enter Into His Gates With Praise" followed by other Striker productions "Play Fool Fe Get Wise" and "Peace and Love In The Ghetto." After that we get into the utterly sublime "Time Is Short" with its brutally smooth dub version featuring vibes. Two sentimental tracks up next, "Age Is Growing" and a relick on "Memories By The Score" that always reminds me of the first time I heard the dub in this mix, hanging out on the porch of a friend's house overlooking Yeoville in Johannesburg, South Africa. Like Jazzbo says, "good memories baby." Up next, something from the Keith Hudson camp, "Go and Cry" by the Emotions, along with the Heptones and Johnny Clarke cuts on the riddim. Another Bunny Lee track "Blood Dunza" and a relick on the "False Rasta" riddim wind up the show.

February 26, 2010

12 inch

February 12, 2010

Knysna redo

January 29, 2010

Lynn Taitt
Lynn Taitt was born as Nerlynn Taitt in Trinidad and came to Jamaica in 1962 to participate in the independence celebrations. He decided to stay on in Kingston and became an instrumental guitarist in the crafting of the rocksteady sound. Taitt often lead and arranged the sessions he participated in. Lynn Taitt passed away on January 20, 2010.

For this show, I start off with some of Taitt's earlier ska tunes and progress through his rocksteady work, showing the common thread he sowed through the sound of the era.

January 15, 2010

Yabby You Tribute

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