Easy Star Allstars – Kings of the dub related pun
Right. Today marks day one of my ill thought out mission to post regular cover versions until: a) I run out of covers (unlikely) or b) I forget (likely).
To kick it all off, I’ve opted for Easy Star Allstars version of Karma Police taken from their classic Radiodread album (can you see what they’ve done there?).
The band is actually quite a loose collective of New York based reggae musicians formed in 1996. I saw them live at the Big Chill a couple of weeks ago and they were one of my festival highlights – playing tunes from their Beatles cover album Lonely Hearts Dub Band as well as this beauty:
The latest mix of covers, funk, soul and reggae is now available for your listening pleasure on Mixcloud – listen here.
As the last couple of funky covers mixes have been pretty laid back affairs I’ve kicked this week’s off with a an absolute banger.
If you’ve never heard of Brassroots you’re in for a treat. A brass band in the mould of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble they’ve knocked out great versions of cover version staples including Karma Police and Seven Nation Army. Their version of Good Life starts off as a toe tapper but soon builds up pace.
From brass we go reggae with a couple of classics including Eek-a-Mouse’s ‘Wa Do Dem’ a great cover of The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’ and one of the strangest reggae covers in my collection – Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ covered by friend of Massive Attack Horace Andy!
Horace is playing this year’s Big Chill – I hope to see him there as he was due to play a few year’s back but didn’t. Crack may or may not have been involved!
We’ve then got a reggae/dub version of Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness’, a handful of funky mash-ups including a funky Adele remix. And even some House of Pain, Kriss Kross and Public Enemy samples for good measure.
To end, a couple of chilled out tracks from the new Good Times album from Notting Hill Carnival Stalwart Norman Jay MBE. Norman has announced this week that his famed bus won’t be parking itself in Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend for the first time in 30 years. Help support him in funding next year by buying the album here.
So many great tracks on the album but I’ve opted for one that reminds me of my childhood. ‘Ghetto Disco’ brings back memories of my teenage years, growing up in the deepest darkest hood in a small leafy rural village called Sandhurst in Gloucestershire. That school disco was rough.
Full tracklisting can be found at Mixcloud. Listen to the show here.
Next mix will be out in a fortnight with a distinctly summery feel.
le reggae français - ce que la baise?
I don’t know too much about this one but it seems to be a real hybrid multi-cultural affair of a reggae cover version.
Bost & Bim, two French dancehall producers, worked with a French singer – Brisa Roche – and the original studio 1 DJ Lone Ranger (Jamaican) to cover Estelle (British) & Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’.
Apparently it was played in Berlin when Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Athletics World Championship’s last year. It sounds authentically late 70’s Jamaican in style. So much so that when I first heard it I thought it must be the original and Kanye had ripped it off!