I was very excited when I realized that Pressure Sounds was about to drop a new Yabby You album, a set following his Deeper Roots released in 2012.
Deeper Roots Part 2 takes up the mantle of exploring the late Yabby You’s extensive back catalogue and is packed with previously unreleased mixes of one of Jamaica’s most unique producers.
He started his musical career in the early 1970s just as a new wave of Jamaican artists and producers were starting to dominate the local music scene. And from the very beginning his music stood outside of the mainstream of reggae music.
This 16 track compilation – with audio quality sometimes a bit below par since some tracks were sourced from vinyl – focuses on the more instrumental and dub infused productions of Yabby You and offers several exclusive mixes. Some of the tracks were given directly to the label by Yabby You, while others have come from exclusive dubplates.
Sipping I & I Chalice comes in two versions and was only ever previously released on 7”. Thirty pieces of Silver has been deconstructed and reduced to a thundering and powerful instrumental. Psalm 16 is another highlight with its ruthless percussion and overall dread mood.
And that mood actually goes for the full album. It has that eerie sound that Yabby You is probably best known for. If that sound is something you like, you should definitely check this set. More than 50 minutes worth of music – most of it exclusive to Pressure Sounds – and sleevenotes by label boss Pete Holdsworth and focus on his own personal experiences of dealing with Yabby You from the mid 90s.
A worthy follow-up and definitely well in line with the first volume.
Deeper Roots: Dub Plates And Rarities 1976 – 1979 is a collection of tracks by the late producer and singer Yabby You and is the latest release on Pressure Sounds. As implied by the title, the 19 track album collects extremely rare singles, previously unknown mixes and dub plates only heard by loyal sound system followers.
Many of Yabby You’s greatest achievements were originally pressed in tiny numbers and reissue giants Blood & Fire’s compilation Jesus Dread was more than welcome when it was put out 15 years ago.
Now the baton is handed over to Pressure Sounds and they dig deeper in his vaults of highly spiritual and eerie archives and have found tracks that celebrate his unique partnership with legendary mixing engineer King Tubby alongside obscurities such as Lazy Mood, an organ cut of the classic Conquering Lion, Barrington Spence’s Don’t Touch I Dread, Smith & The Prophets’ Valley of Joeasaphat and Don D Junior’s trombone led instrumental Milk Lane Rock.
Yabby You was a sufferer growing up in poverty and this is reflected in much of his music. He’s roots reggae in its purest sense and this testament of his golden period reflects the core and the peak of profound Jamaican rasta music.
Deeper Roots is available on vinyl, CD and digital download.
Jack Riddim of Californian-based I Dwell Records has produced one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.
Deeper Roots is Lymie Murray’s first album since Only Conversation in 2001, and his first album solely in a roots reggae mood. He has previously mostly recorded in the lovers rock vein.
But Deeper Roots is something else. This album is captivating and enchanting. It has a warm Studio One sound with Lymie Murray’s passionate and soulful delivery floating across the live played riddims.
His voice has been compared to the late and great Garnett Silk, and that’s a fair comparison. Even though he sounds even more like Aaron Silk with a bit of Chezidek added.
Some of the many highlights include the haunting Captive and Marcus, with their memorable and spooky falsetto backing vocals, along with Milk & Honey on the Fyah Fureal riddim and the relentlessly skanking Cool it Down.
Deeper Roots certainly lives up to its title. This is profound roots reggae of the highest order.