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Rare Studio One B-sides on Version Dread

unnamedAbout ten years ago Heartbeat issued a compilation with B-sides taken from Studio One singles. That compilation has been deleted for many years, but has now been reissued by Studio One and Yep Roc Records.

Version Dread comes with a hefty 18 B-sides of rare Studio One singles, and includes versions of classic cuts by the likes of Wailing Souls, Abyssinians and Burning Spear. Also included are two extended mixes – Never Give Version by Carlton and the Shoes and a rare mix of Ernest Ranglin’s Surfing. Neither of these songs were featured on the original LP.

These tracks are in some cases little more than glorious instrumentals of reggae staples and the music is presented with vocals dropping in and out of the mix. But the mixing engineers – label head Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and Sylvan Morris – have added none or very little effects. The music is what you get. Check excellent cuts like Please Be True Version, a cut of Alexander Henry’s original, or The Brentford Rockers’ version of Cornell Campbell’s Natty Don’t Go.

To call these cuts just versions doesn’t really give them credit for their greatness. These tracks are sublime and timeless instrumentals.

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Joey Fever unleashes Hold Yuh version

Gyptian’s chart topper Hold Yuh, with its addictive piano hook, has according to VP Records racked up 10 consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard’s Reggae Digital Songs chart, selling 95.000 downloads.

Such a hit song has of course rendered a lot of versions, ranging from Major Lazer’s electro sounding version through the hip-hop flavoured version with American rapper Nicki Minaj to the soca refix available on the album Soca Gold 2010. And last but not least, the answer tune, Hold Me, by Shani from St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

Now has Swedish singjay Joey Fever recorded a version entitled Sweetness 2010 produced by fellow Swede Partillo. Download Sweetness 2010 for free here.

Joey Fever did the huge Million Stylez combo Young Gunz last year with UK-based producer Curtis Lynch and is about to release his debut album Unleash It later this year. The debut is produced by Mastah L of Jamtech Foundation and you can download the title track here.

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