Monday, 6 June 2011

Mix Monday: Andy Payback - +Computer Rule+ Soundboy Killing In A Digital Style

At the Peng Sound club night last month (a great small party located in the basement Take 5 Cafe on Stokes Croft), I had the pleasure of getting my skank on to the latest selection from underground Bristol legend Andy Payback.

Andy's soundboy credentials hark back some 22 years when he began collecting records; all types of Jamaican sounds, early soul and rhythm and blues, disco and electronics, post-punk and Miami Bass, and has been repping these sounds out in and around Bristol for the last 12 years.

Andy also used to co-promote one Bristol's first electronic events, Pedestrian, in the late 90s and early 00s, booking the likes of Four Tet, Bogdan Raczynski and The Bug for their Bristol debuts! While Pedestrian closed their doors for business in 2003, Andy has had time to return to his early love of Reggae, particular the Digital sound from around 1985-1991. His favourite labels include Jammy$, Redman International, Parish, Fashion, Firehouse, Waterhouse and Witty, and producers such as Gussie P, Steely & Cleevie, Hugh James, Philip Smart, King Jammy, Edgar Whyte, Fatman and Peego. He also teamed up with legendary Payback Record stall in Bristol's St Nick's covered market, and continues to promote and play his sounds all over the city.

Like Andy, I'm a sucker for this particular offshoot of reggae, and this blinding mix demonstrates his thorough and detailed knowledge of the genre. As for the title, and for the theme of this mix, Andy says "this title is more than just a tired cliche or overused signifier bolted onto another tepid Reggae mix to lend it some sort of authenticity. This is a mix of 100% soundboy-killing Dancehall records from the Digital era ... All played from 7"s, 12"s and LPs."

This mix really is a treat and reveals a master selector at work! And as the man says, "All counteractions welcome...."

01. Johnny Osbourne - Spit On Your Sound
02. Brian & Tony Gold - Pass Me A Dubplate
03. Sugar Minott - Don't Distress
04. Super Classic - Soundboy Business
05. Sammy Levi - Come Off The Road
06. Little Kirk - Screechy Across The Road
07. Sammy Levi - Wrap Up
08. Carl Meakes - Rawborn Rub A Dub
09. Robert Lee - Come Now
10. Eccleton Jarrett - Rock Them One By One
11. Scion Success - Trainer
12. Jr. Wilson - I'm The Toughest
13. Bunny General - Bangarang Sound
14. Chuck Turner - We Rule The Dance
15. King Kong - Have Some Approach
16. Pliers - So Dem Come
17. Lovindeer - Seek & Destroy
18. Candy Man - Drum Pan Soundboy
19. Hopeton James - Going To The Cemetery

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