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…

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 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…

Monty Alexander’s rendition of jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street is our Song for Sunday. Of all the genres you could associate with Jamaica, jazz isn’t one of them and perhaps that would do a disservice to the nation and its musicians. An unsung hero from the Caribbean island is Monty Alexander, a jazz pianist born in Kingston. Having taken classical lessons at six years…

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…

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….

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…

We look at five great dub music samples from the legends Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby and Disrupt. If you were hoping for a post on dubstep, you might want to look elsewhere. This is about dub music, an offshoot of reggae music originating in the 1960s but since developing into its own identity. It first began as a general sound centered around instrumental remixes of existing reggae tracks, where…