Various Artists - 'Bass Culture:Boss Sounds/This Town Is Too Hot/Mash You Down/When Reggae Was King'
Classic tunes exposing the heart and soul of Jamaican culture
8 / 10
The time is now for you to spend a day/week/month going through each and every one of these four Bass Culture compilations across eight discs. Afterwards, you’ll know more than you knew there was to know about the development of ska, rocksteady, dancehall, reggae, roots and dub between 1968-1985. This is a good thing. Go beyond Bob Marley and get on down to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s The Upsetters, to early Gregory Isaacs, to Burning Spear. Classic tune after classic tune expose the heart, soul and riddim of Jamaican culture, and take you back in time to work out where the music you listen to now came from. Think Dizzee or Wiley or Roots Manuva would exist without this stuff? Think dubstep would even be a ‘thing’? Think Jamie xx would go so deep? Think Ian Brown would’ve smoked so much dope or invited The Wailers to play at Heaton Park? No freakin’ way.
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