Trojan Sound System

The sound system was the way in which reggae promoters and producers of the 1960s brought their music directly to a Jamaican audience not yet plugged into any national infrastructure. By creating a powerful sound system, fired up by its own generator, the new wave of producers and DJs managed to reach a mass audience […]

The Congos

Heart of the Congos was a seminal reggae album, highly influential but relatively neglected in the UK. Originally released in 1977, it is a classic ‘lost’ album of reggae, unavailable for almost twenty years. Notable for the distinctive production of Lee Perry, his trademark sound and dub production values are present throughout. Since its reappearance […]

Who Is Don Letts?

How to assess the influence of Don Letts – previously known as the ambassador of dub reggae, associate of the Clash, film maker and DJ – on roots music in a career spanning four decades? Originating from Brixton, Letts started out in the London fashion and music business before making a name for himself as […]

Let There Be Versions

The rddim album – the single-rhythm reggae album, either wholly instrumental or with a number of different vocal tracks – is now well-established. Its origins lie in putting together the series of dubs, versions and remixes of a single vocal track – typically spread across the ‘a’ and ‘b’ sides of various 7” releases – […]