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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Reggae connoisseur David Rodigan has been chosen to mix the next Ministry of Sound Masterpiece collection. Joseph aka The Auracle was fortunate enough to see David Rodigan perform and the British reggae DJ has been chosen to curate the next Ministry of Sound compilation from their Masterpiece series, where DJs and musicians are asked to choose music that has influenced them. The 3-CD set will…

Well, we weren’t expecting this. Two-time Grammy winner Shabba Ranks is looking to release a comeback album next year. With a name that has now become something of a wolf call, Shabba Ranks can’t really escape the success he garnered from signature tune Mr. Loverman. The song helped him to win his first Grammy for album As Raw As Ever in 1992 and then another…

Our resident reggae lover Bee discusses its sound system culture in the UK and how it has blossomed over the years. Keeping things seasonal here at Sampleface, I want to pay homage to the seminal sound of the summer carnival; Reggae, and the people who carried this glorious music to our shores like warm Caribbean sea breezes. Reggae came to the UK with the “Windrush…

Snoop Kitten… I mean Snoop Lion has collaborated with Eddie Murphy on a new reggae song called Redlight. Yeah, that happened. So, yeah… despite the castigation received from the Rasta community, Snoop Lion is still going ahead with his reggae transition and has enlisted the help of a veteran to the musically lampooned – Eddie Murphy. We featured Eddie for one of our Throwback Thursdays…