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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 22, 2006

Hurt & Pain

December 8, 2006

Max Romeo
As I've been working through my collection preparing for some shows focusing on Lee Perry, I came across the sounds of Mr. Max Romeo. He got his start back in the day working with the vocal group called the Emotions and later went solo. In his early days, he worked with Ken Lack of the Caltone label, then on to Bunny Lee, Niney and Lee Perry. His tune Wet Dream for Bunny brought him to worldwide acclaim, and after some change of perspective he hit it big again with Rasta influneced work done for Lee Perry.

For this session, I figured I'd open up some of his beautiful work for all of you to hear. I start off with some top tunes from his days with Lee Perry, including my own little remix of "Smokey Room," then on to his big tunes "Chase The Devil" and "One Step Forward." His tune "Valley of Jehosaphat" is definitely one of my favorites, primarily due to the dread horns.

November 24, 2006

Little Roy
This session featured the sounds of Little Roy, an underrepresented artist in the world of roots music. At the top of the show, I start off with a riddim that he did the original vocal to, a track called Tribal War, that was recorded with Lee Perry in the early years of the Black Ark. After that we get into a variety of other related tracks, many from the two excellent compilations put out by Pressure Sounds []

September 29, 2006

Earth and Stone
I've had a few requests to post this show, so I'll share it with you all. Earth and Stone was a group comprised of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell that did a stint at Brentford Road before heading to Channel One in 1973 to record for the Hoo Kim brothers. On this show you get to hear a nice variety of tracks laid down by the studio band called the Revolutionaries. Enjoy these sounds of Channel One...

This set again owes a great debt to Pressure Sounds for their lovely reissue of the "Kool Roots" album.

(I must admit that I forgot to take the album Earth and Stone did with Phillip Frazer to the radio station that day, so it isn't featured on the show as it should be.)

September 1, 2006

Joseph Hill and Culture
Joseph Hill, a legend among legends, passed away August 19th, 2006. This show is a tribute to him and his group Culture that included Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes.

July 21, 2006

Jamaican Serenades

July 7, 2006

June 23, 2006

Augustus Pablo

June 9, 2006

Ken Boothe, John Holt & Alton Ellis

May 26, 2006

Studio One Discomixes

May 12, 2006


April 28, 2006


April 14, 2006

March 31, 2006

March 17, 2006

March 3, 2006

Delroy Wilson
Once again, one of those old time singers that formed the foundations of reggae music. Delroy Wilson had a story like many other legends, starting off with a ska tune for Coxsone Dodd in 1963 aimed at Prince Buster. The tune, "Joe Liges" was written by a young guy named Lee Perry (you might have heard of him.) Delroy went on to see his first album "I Shall Not Remove" released in 1966. Throughout his career, he covered many soul tunes from artists in the states, and made a name for himself in this vein.

Now, here's where I am going to criticize the man. For me, most of the time when I hear a Delroy Wilson tune, I want to skip to the next tune. Delroy Wilson had a tendency to try to imitate souls singers, but with a very cheesy effect. To me, it sounds like a Elvis kind of swagger that would fit right in for Las Vegas lounge act.

That being said, I try to find the gems that he did create for this two hour excursion into his tunes. Starting it off, one of my favorite tunes Keith Hudson laid down, "The Exile Song" a remake of (something). Throughout the show, I also play a bunch of tunes that other artists later covered. Despite the hesitation I feel about Delroy Wilson, I give him the Selection from Iman for you to judge for yourself.

February 3, 2006

Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh, born as Winston Hubert McIntosh, was most well known for his role in the Wailers, but also had a long successful solo career. Tosh had an edge to him that the other Wailers did not, and a blunt honesty that chased out the spirits of babylon.

Tosh was a wordsmith, and loved to play with the "word sound" of language, transforming words to emphasize or align with their true meanings. This intelligence came out in his tough and direct lyrics.

This set was a chance to give a proper salute to this soldier and mystic. Included are some of my favorite Tosh tracks across the years.

January 20, 2006

Mannings Brothers (Abyssinians / Carlton and the Shoes)
The Abyssinians first recorded at Studio One in 1969, laying down their classic anthem Satta Massagana, which means "Give Thanks" in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. The group is composed of Bernard Collins and the Manning brothers, Donald and Linford. The Manning brothers' other brother Carlton was a talented singer at Studio One and leader of the group "Carlton & The Shoes" that included brother Linford.

This show features the sounds of these Manning brothers. I start off with some numbers recorded by Carlton & The Shoes at Studio One, then work into the sounds recorded by the Abyssinians. Sit back and enjoy these hymns of Rastafari...

January 6, 2006

Reggae-Soul Vol. 4
Part one of the four part series. This was my first take at this theme. I had been vibing with a cat that lived upstairs from me, simply know as Krab, about the connections between reggae and soul music. He is a serious head, with stacks of vinyl singles collecting on every spare surface of his domicile. Old school deep soul classics and unknown gems. After a late night session spinning tunes, I decided to do a focus show on the connections between reggae and soul. Over the course of the next year, I did four shows on that theme, the first of which your tuning into now...

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