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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 27, 2002

December 13, 2002

Guest DJ: Stranjah

November 29, 2002

Guest DJ: Pappa Dave

November 15, 2002

Horace Andy part 1
Horace Andy, born Horace Hinds, was the younger cousin of Justin Hinds, who made big moves with the Dominoes beginning in the ska days. Horace Andy got his name after Coxsone suggested he do something to obscure his connections to his cousin. Instead he took on the surname of the popular Bob Andy.

Horace started his thing by connecting with Phil Pratt, but made his name with Coxsone Dodd with the tune "Skylarking" featured first in this set. Alongside his classic work with Dodd stands the tracks produced by Bunny Lee with their dub extravaganzas courtesy of King Tubby. Both producers make their presence felt here, along with tracks from other producers such as Phil Pratt. This sound is the epitome of King Tubby's magic. You don't get much more serious than this.

I was tempted to update the mixes in this show from 2002 in a 2008 style. I've collected many more tracks on some of these crucial riddims since the time I mixed this show, but I decided to let it be in the way it was recorded. Enjoy the mix...

November 1, 2002

Thanks & Praise

October 18, 2002

October 4, 2002


September 20, 2002

Dennis Brown part 2
Dennis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae.

This show was the first focus show I did on Dennis Brown back in 2002. It gets into some of the Niney era featured on the previous podcast, but also gets in to some tracks produced by Phil Pratt, Little Roy and Derrick Harriot along with some of Dennis Brown's self productions. There's a few nice riddim rides included to put it all in context.

September 6, 2002

August 23, 2002

Augustus Pablo

August 9, 2002

Glen Brown
So, for your musical pleasure, I present the sounds of producer Glen Brown in extended mix style. Though he was not prolific, Glen Brown crafted deadly riddims and put them to good use with the help of King Tubby. On this show, recorded almost five years ago now, I expose some of his best tunes. His work is well documented on albums put out on the Blood & Fire and Hot Pot labels, so if you're feeling these sounds, check there first.

July 26, 2002

July 12, 2002

Lee Perry & the Upsetters

June 28, 2002

Phil Pratt
Producer Phil Pratt, one of those early producers that can escape your attention if you aren't aware of what you're listening to when you're hearing some of the early tunes from your favorite artists. I first came across his work via a crackly single on the Sunshot label featuring Big Youth's DJ version to Ken Boothe's Artibella, which he remade for Phil Pratt after doing it first at Studio One with Stranger Cole.

Needless to say, that's the first track I got into on the show. Throughout the rest of the show a lot of big vocalists make appearances with early work in their careers. John Holt make appearances with tracks like "Strange Things" (and the ensuing riddim run), and "My Heart Is Gone." Dennis Brown contributes "Let Love In" and an early version of "What About the Half?" Horace Andy brings you "Riding For A Fall" and "Get Wise." There's also some early tunes from artists like The Heptones, Al Campbell, Pat Kelly, Roman Stewart and DJs like Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, I Roy and U Roy.

May 17, 2002

April 19, 2002

Niney part 2
Winston Holness, aka George Boswell, aka Niney the Observer, got his nickname from the missing digit on his hand. He started off his music career working with producer Bunny Lee. At the same time, he was moonlighting at Joe Gibbs' studio. When Lee Perry, who was working for Gibbs at the time, got fed up and quit the employ of Joe Gibbs, it was Niney that stepped into the role of engineer and producer in the studio. (These were the days before Errol Thompson stoked the fires of Gibbs studio.)

Niney has an interesting place in the reggae sound scape, with his early involvement in the Bunny Lee sound, to his role in the Gibbs output and to his connections socially and aurally to Lee Perry. Perry and Niney worked together at times and the the effect can be heard in both of their output.

On this show, I worked through a variety of Niney material for the first time. We start off with the blazing rocker from I Roy, "Roots Man." Then into a quick mix on the "Smiling Face" riddim, before getting into the King of Babylon tune that had Junior Byles on the vocal cut. Rasta No Pickpocket came next, followed by some Gregory - I Roy connects.

Other than the first tune in the mix, there are many other personal Niney including the Delroy cut of "My Baby Is Gone" with its simmering trombone line, two nice tunes from the obscure Sang Hugh, the anthemic horns cut "Zimbabwe" along with the beautiful "Wipe Away" and its ethereal dub v

April 5, 2002

Modern reggae

March 22, 2002

March 8, 2002

February 22, 2002

Wailers part 2
Most of the time, I avoid playing the Wailers. Their work is so well known that many of their popular tunes feel overplayed. For these shows, I've tried to collect the unique and special tunes that have grabbed me over the years. I hope you en

February 8, 2002

January 25, 2002

Burning Spear part 2
Burning Spear was one of the first roots artists I discovered after Bob Marley. My friend Biniam gave me a cassette in 1992 that featured the sounds of Burning Spear and Augustus Pablo. It was just the thing I was looking for.

I'll have to admit that for me there's only two eras of Burning Spear, 1969 to 1975 and 1975 to 1982. The first era featured works with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, while the second era featured songs with other producers that became absolute classics. This two part series contains material from those eras.

January 11, 2002

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