Norval Headley & John Wayne - "Good Good Lover" (3:40)
Track 4 (3:24)
Review: Firehouse was dub don King Tubby's label right up to his death. Since he was shot and killed in a robbery attempt in 1989, the label has been run by Jamaica's Sonic Sounds. Their latest outing finds them reissue Lilly Melody's tasty two tracker "Jumbo" from 1987. The lead cut is a deep rolling joint with rich patois and rump-wriggling bass. Flip over for Norval Headley & John Wayne's "Good Good Lover" which features plenty of freaky filter use and knob twiddling that skews and twists synths into all sorts of mad shapes while natty chords and zealous bass kills keep you on your toes. Fresh indeed.
Echoslim X Nicko Rebel X Mr Williamz - "Higrade Skanking" (3:43)
Review: Nicko Rebel Music are back to serve up more top shelf skanking material after their debut release sold out in quick time. The EP introduces a host of debutants including Nadine Sutherland, Echoslim and Nicko Revel who sit next to the more established Mr Micah Williams, a Necessary Mayhem mainstay with skills to burn. Sutherland's "Dance Africa" is a rootsy roller with flabby bass and big trumpet lines accompanying her vocal work, which celebrates the glory of Africa, while B side "Higrade Skanking" from Echoslim X Nicko Rebel X Mr Williamz does exactly what it says on the tin.