Bob Fadoul – Fi Jamaïque

Bob Fadoul – dubbed “Morocco’s James Brown Meets King Tubby” – threw some Arabic funk onto a reggae ridden and call it Fi Jamaïque. We can’t believe it either. This is arguably the most peculiar track we’ve featured on Sampleface but entertaining nonetheless. Not much is known about Bob Fadoul besides the Little Richard aesthetic and a penchant for hip hop and dub. Proving age…

SONG FOR SUNDAY #93: John Holt – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

John Holt’s rendition of You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine is our Song For Sunday. A classic from my childhood. The original was written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff for Lou Rawls in 1976 before John Holt covered it. Naturally, it has a reggae rhythm running throughout but in such a subtle way that it soothes you from start to finish. Holt’s vocals…

Lakuta – Bata Boy (Wrongtom Remix)

DJ and producer Wrongtom adds a dub dimension to Lakuta’s Bata Boy. Sometimes when a song is bursting with vibrance and calls for a remix, it needs to go in a completely different direction to stand out. Other times, it needs a more subtle approach to enhance what you’ve already heard. This particular remix from Wrongtom falls into the second category but manages to gain…

SONG FOR SUNDAY: One Hour Of Roots Reggae Songs

Since we missed Song for Sunday last week, here’s over an hour of roots reggae songs. As we’re inching ever closer to the end of Jamaica Month, we’re giving you a treat for this week’s Song for Sunday. A generous YouTube user called Felix Godin uploaded a compilation of fine roots reggae tunes a few years ago with artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and…

Childhood Cassettes: Reggae Music From My Youth

Childhood Cassettes looks at the tapes we listened to as young rapscallions. Here’s the lowdown on my childhood defined by reggae music before all that hip hop stuff kicked in. I’ve never shied away from admitting that I jumped into music very late, both as a practitioner and a serious listener. Sure, I had my own cheesy pop cassettes but I was never the type to…

Grace Jones – Me! I Disconnect From You (Cover)

Jamaica Month continues as an unreleased Grace Jones cover of Gary Numan’s “Me! I Disconnect From You” is unearthed for the upcoming reissue of 1981’s “Nightclubbing”. There’s just no denying Grace Jones’ aura and presence in the 1980s and, to be fair, whenever she’s mentioned in conversation. Her fifth studio album Nightclubbing became her best selling and the one everyone remembers her for thanks to…

Leftover Links #15: Jamaica

The latest edition of Leftover Links is all about Jamaica, with articles featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry, Count Ossie and the beginnings of rock steady. We continue our Jamaica Month with a range of articles involving the island’s music and culture and how it has affected the world around it. You may be surprised to not see any articles specifically about Bob Marley. That’s purely because…

SONG FOR SUNDAY #63: Beres Hammond – Full Attention

Beres Hammond’s Full Attention is our Song for Sunday. On Twitter, we announced March as being Jamaica Month and to represent that, we’ll be posting a host of articles about the nation’s influence on music and culture. Alongside that, all our songs for Sunday will be from Jamaican artists and our first is Beres Hammond’s Full Attention off his 1993 album of the same name….