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SoulJazz nice up the dance with new Studio One compilation

401060SoulJazz – a premier reissue label from the UK – have for the past ten years or so put out about 30 albums focusing on one of Jamaica’s most well-known and influential producers – Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and his various labels.

The latest instalment – Studio One Dancehall – Sir Coxsone in the Dance: The Foundation Sound – is SoulJazz’ first reissue from the mighty vaults of Coxsone Dodd to focus solely on dancehall.

When dancehall started to emerge at the dawn of the 70s Coxsone Dodd noticed that several of the young and upcoming producers had their artists performing over re-played classic Studio One riddims. Naturally he also wanted a piece of the pie and brought forward emerging artists to record over his own riddims. The success was instant with acclaimed albums and singles from Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger and Sugar Minott, just to name a few.

And this new compilation focuses on that period, a period when Coxsone had singers and deejays riding classic Studio One riddims originally recorded in the 60s. It explores dancehall from a Studio One perspective, which is something rather different from, say, Junjo Lawes slick and polished productions.

Studio One Dancehall has the usual full, warm and organic sound, and it’s far from polished. It’s rough and raw, but at the same time innovative and creative. Lots of rare cuts, some in their extended version, are included – Green Tea & Chassy’s Getto Girl, Field Marshall Haye’s Roots and Herb Style, DJ Dawn & The Ranking Queens’ Peace Truce Thing and Brentford Disco Set’s Rebel Disco, are a few that at least I haven’t come across before.

This is yet another successful release from the SoulJazz camp and it comes as CD, digital download and triple LP.

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Carroll Thompson’s seminal debut album reissued

UK lovers rocker Carroll Thompson’s debut album Hopelessly in Love has recently been reissued by SoulJazz Records. It was – just like Louisa Marks’ debut album Breakout – originally released in 1981 and has become something of a landmark in the lovers rock genre, even though the term wasn’t coined at the time.

Hopelessly in Love was preceded by chart toppers I’m Sorry and Simply in Love – both included on the album – and the whole set carries the same tender vibe as those tracks.

The riddims are easy-going, laid back and will make your head nod back and forth in a sensual style as well as making you and your partner stay up all night long and rub shoulder to shoulder until the skin starts to feel warm and sensitive.

The real peak of the album is Sing Me A Love Song, a track that could have been written by Holland-Dozier-Holland and recorded at Motown in the 60’s. It has breezy horns, pulsating bass line and smooth backing vocals.

Hopelessly in Love is released with original artwork and tracklisting and is available on vinyl, CD and digital download.

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