Review: Vivian Jackson's work is being reissued a few times this month. Pressure Sounds opt for his "Run Come Rally" from 1992. It is a stone cold classic of the early roots ear and on the flip is a nicely twisted dub version that retains the vocal but does plenty of trippy things to it with endless amounts of echo and reverb. Recorded by Lee Perry at Black Ark Studios in 1974, this is the sort of haunting tune that is also hugely stirring and has atmosphere to spare. Comes in a hand stamped bag.
Review: Vivian Jackson's "Conquering Lion" is a bona fide roots classic often thought as of a cornerstone of the genre. It is superbly spiritual music from a higher plane that will uplift your soul whilst also awakening your brain. It features harmonies supplied by The Ralph Brothers with keys that are always there, nagging away in beautiful fashion. As well as the full vocal on the a-side, Kind Tubby steps up for a huge dub on the flip that encourages you to utterly let go and one which dub techno fans will know has been reworked by Steve O'Sullivan to Miller effect .
Review: Reggae veteran Nick Manasseh, and David Hill formerly of the Ballistic Brothers, here make a welcome return to Acid Jazz for a first new offering since their 1998 album Shining. The results have already been getting high praise from reggae don David Rodigan and and radio tastemaker Giles Peterson, and the single is a hard-hitting one with nice fluid, silky guitar from Ernest Ranglin riding up top. This comes on the heels of Soul Revivers digital debut "Harder" which got plenty of plaudits, and is just as essential.