Jamaican deejay and producer Prince Hammer is behind the superb singer and deejay showcase Africa Iron Gate Showcase, originally released in 1982 and reissued by Dub Store Records a few months ago.
This is a crucial album that has been unavailable for a criminally long time. Roots Radics provide the sparse and heavyweight rhythms and talented deejays like Trinity, Lee Can Cliff and Prince Hammer chat powerful words and lyrics.
And as usual with Dub Store Records – the sonic quality is excellent. Highly recommended.
Jamaican deejay and producer Prince Hammer’s hard to find late 70s dub album World War Dub Part. 1 has recently been reissued by UK’s Horus Records.
Prince Hammer started as a deejay only in his teens and when he was barely 20 his Maurice ”Blacka” Wellington-produced set Bible was put out by Virgin Records in the UK. Prince Hammer soon also turned towards production, and he is himself responsible for World War Dub Part. 1, a ten track album originally released by Hit Run – a forerunner to Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound – in 1979.
World War Dub was recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby’s and is just as militant as the album title suggests. Tracks like Mussolini, Hitler, D. Day Dub and Churchill are heavy like a tank and ruthless like a a kamikaze pilot.
The tracks on this raw dub album were in all but one case taken from the original mastertape, and the audio quality is excellent throughout. It comes with original artwork and sleevenotes, notes that are more extensive on the CD issue.