Review: Having not released anything for going on eight years, it's something of a surprise to see Pama International return to action. The all-star ska and reggae combo, whose line-up includes members of the Specials, Galliano and PWEI, amongst others, have decided to release a clutch of clear vinyl 7" singles all at the same time. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" is typical of their output; an effortlessly sweet chunk of sun-kissed ska-soul fusion that sounds like it could have been recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the turn of the sixties. Flipside "Gasoline", meanwhile, is a tasty instrumental reggae jam laden with bold Hammond organ motifs, jazzy guitar solos and heavyweight bass.
Review: For their latest classic reggae reissue, Greensleeves have gathered together two vintage albums in one tasty package. The first half of the CD focuses on Sylford Walker's Lamb's Bread, a dub era roots reggae set recorded at King Tubby's Studio. Tubby's infamous mixing skills come to the fore, with Walker singing over some of the producer's most on-point backing tracks. On the second half of the disc, you'll find Welton Irie's Ghettoman Corner, which features the mic man toasting in thick patois over many of the same riddims as used on Walker's set. It too was recorded at King Tubby's. Interestingly, the great man didn't mix this one, despite its heavy dub vibe.