House of Reggae Pt. 154 – Philip Smart Special

Today I’m delivering to you 60 minutes of fine Jamaican and American recorded music, as we’re going to be paying our respects to the legendary engineer, producer and studio owner Philip Smart who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on the 25th February. Philip made an immense contribution to reggae music over the last […]

House of Reggae Pt. 155

Let me be your guide for another 60 minute wander through the picturesque fields from the last 50 years of fine Jamaican music… Rod Taylor – Behold HIM Mikey Dread – Parrot Jungle Dub The Fashioneers – Guiding Light Skarra Mucci – Boxing Llans Thelwell & His Celestials – Golden Horns Horace Andy – Root […]

House of Reggae pt.156 – Revolution Special

This is a follow up to the Sufferer’s Special from earlier this year, where I take a journey through the revolutionary decade that was the 1970’s, when Jamaica was in political and social upheaval, as I pick out some of my favourite records about overturning the political and social conditions that had spawned so much […]

House of Reggae pt.157

Welcome in for another 60 minute journey along the highways and by-ways of fine Jamaican music, where I’m lining up something old, something new and plenty in the middle too… Earl 16 – Reggae Rock Conscious Minds – Hotter The Battle Conscious Minds – Brain Wash Spring Wata – Hold Firm The Clarendonians – You […]

House of Reggae Pt. 158 – Curtis Mayfield Special

Today we’re turning our attention to an American singer songwriter, who’s vocal technique, lyrics and music during the 1960’s had a huge impact on the development of rocksteady as well as later social commentary tunes, as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s Curtis Mayfield Special… Junior Murvin – Closer Together The Techniques – Queen […]

House of Reggae pt.159

All aboard for another journey rattling along the tracks of fine Jamaican music, replete with a running commentary of information, detail and trivia… Reggae Reggae – Reggae Train Delly Ranx – Sweet Reggae Vivian Jackson & The Prophets – Sipping I & I Chalice Charlie Chaplin – Entertainer Supercat – Dance Inna New York Delroy […]

House of Reggae Pt. 160 – House Special

I’m throwing open the doors one more time and inviting you in for another 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s House Special… Reggae Regular – House Party Hubert Porter – Dry Weather House Sister Nancy – Roof Over Mi Head Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard Bob Marley – No Woman […]

House of Reggae pt. 161

Welcome aboard for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I’m paying tribute to some recently fallen legends. As sadly in recent weeks, the rocksteady pioneer Hopeton Lewis, the Kingstonian sufferer Jackie Bernard, the ubiquitous percussionist Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson and the dancehall guitarist Noel ‘Sowell Radics’ Bailey, have all passed away. So over the […]

House of Reggae Pt. 162 – John Holt Special

Today I’m paying tribute to one of the greatest Jamaican vocalists of all time, Sir John Holt, who very sadly passed away on the 19th October. I’ve selected a few records from his 50 year career and added in some details about his life and music in the House of Reggae’s John Holt special… The […]

House of Reggae Pt. 163

Welcome aboard for another hour of fine Jamaican music where we delve deep into the wonderful world of reggae and re-emerge with some more treasures from all eras of the music… John Holt – Satisfaction Prince Far I & The Arabs – Hello, Love Brother Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Junior Ross & The Spears […]

House of Reggae 2014 Annual

Welcome aboard for my end of year round-up where I get to delve into the past 12 months of reggae releases and pick out some of my favourite tunes. So plump up the cushion, pour yourself a large glass of something seasonal and let me entertain you with the House of Reggae’s 2014 Annual… Tarrus […]

House of Reggae Pt. 181 – Prince Buster Special

Welcome in for another celebration of fine Jamaican music where today I am paying an extended tribute to the King of Ska, Prince Buster, who passed away on the 8th September aged 78 years old, but back in the 1960’s he was a one man recording industry who sang, produced and released hundreds of records […]

House of Reggae Pt. 164 – Single Syllable Patois Special

Step this way for another hour of fine Jamaican music, where today I’m celebrating the abbreviated colloquialisms and sayings that regularly turn up in many reggae song titles in the House of Reggae’s single syllable patois special… Eek A Mouse – Wa Do Dem Carl Meeks – Weh Dem Fah Desmond Dekker – A It […]

House of Reggae Pt. 165

Welcome in for another hour of fine Jamaican music, where we’ll be jumping into our time travel machine and taking a journey along the rocky road of reggae music… The Skatalites ft. King Sporty – Lawless Street Baba Motta & His Jamaicans – She Pon Top Prince Buster – She Pon Top Shuga & Ikaya […]

House of Reggae Pt. 166

Here comes another hour of fine Jamaican music, where I get to delve deep into the reggae archive and pull out plenty of hit songs and forgotten gems… Roman Stewart – Hit Song Dillinger – Natty Sings A Hit Song Johnny & The Attractions – Lets Get Together Xana Romeo – Righteous Path Jimmy Riley […]

House of Reggae Pt. 167 – Bass Special

After a longer than anticipated break, the doors of the House of Reggae are open once again and today I am paying an extended tribute to some of the legendary Mr Bassie’s of Jamaica who over the last six decades have provided the bone-tickling, speaker-troubling bass-lines that have become reggae’s signature sound in the House […]

House of Reggae Pt. 168

Welcome in for another hour of fine Jamaican music served up with the usual information, detail and trivia… Chronixx – Play Some Roots Sarah Lugo & Protoje – Really Like You Linval Thompson – Ethiopian Girl Anthony Johnson – Africa Jah Thomas – Stereo Graph Style Anthony Johnson – Gun Shot Jah Thomas & Toyan […]

House of Reggae Pt. 169 – Lonely Special

I’m asking for you to keep me company today while I play some tear-jerking Jamaican music full of tales of lost souls and rejected lovers in the House of Reggae’s Lonely Special Johnny Dizzy Moore – Lonely Reggae Freddie McKay – Lonely Man The Techniques – Lonely Lonely Man Am I Keith & Tex – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 170

Welcome aboard for another hour of fine Jamaican music, where I’ll be travelling up and down the highway of reggae and stopping off at various points along the way to enjoy the sounds of today and yesteryear… The Gaylads – Over The Rainbow’s End Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer – African Love / Yogi Bear […]

House of Reggae Pt. 171 – Flute Special

Hot on the heels of the Bass Special I made earlier this year, this is the slightly more esoteric Flute Special, as I’ve picked out a selection of my favourite tracks which all feature this historic woodwind instrument, which lays claim to being the world’s oldest, as 35,000 year old flutes have recently been discovered […]

House of Reggae Pt. 172 – Rico & Madoo Special

Today I’m paying my respects to two recently departed legends, the pioneering trombonist Rico Rodriguez and the influential dancehall singer Madoo, in the House of Reggae’s Rico and Madoo Special… The Specials – Ghost Town Bells Group – Kingston 13 Higgs & Wilson – Come On Home Rico Rodriguez – Rico Special Prince Buster – […]

House of Reggae 2015 Annual

Season’s Greetings and welcome in for another hour of fine Jamaican music, where tradition has it in this final show of the year, I round up my favourite new releases of the last 12 months, while of course adding in a little information, detail and trivia along the way, while you just put your feet […]

House of Reggae Pt. 173

Welcome in for the first show of a brand new year, but with the same old format, as today I’m lining up another hours worth of fine Jamaican music that will feature a version excursion, a couple of new releases and a couple of tributes to the recently departed… Lynn Taitt & The Jets – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 180 – Rocksteady Special

In honour and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Rocksteady, I’ve picked out some of my favourite tunes from that magical era to shine a light on the great singers, musicians and producers and to try to understand its part in the evolution of Jamaican music. So clap your hands and stamp […]

House of Reggae Pt. 174 – Temptations Special

The Temptations recordings in the 1960’s showcased their exquisite five piece vocal harmonies to full effect and had a great influence on rocksteady and reggae, so step this way to hear the story of one of America’s greatest soul groups told through the medium of their Jamaican cover versions… The Upsetters – My Girl John […]

House of Reggae Pt. 175

Step this way for another hour aboard the reggae train of fine Jamaican music, where we’ll be stopping of at all points from ska to dancehall… Jimmy Riley – Prophecy Al Campbell – Suit Your Self Skin, Flesh & Bones – Suit Your Dub Jahazeil – Who Am I Norman Grant – Matthew, Mark, Luke […]

House of Reggae Pt. 176 – War and Peace Special

Today I’ve picked out a handful of tunes which cover the many complex issues that arise during times of war and conflict, so it’s going to be just like reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel about the French invasion of Russia around 200 years ago, but with the added bonus of some great rhythm tracks, in […]

House of Reggae Pt. 177

Welcome in for another handpicked selection of fine Jamaican music from the last seven decades that today will feature a version excursion, some reissued rare gems, a couple of brand new releases and a tribute to the foundation artist Lord Tanamo… Lord Tanamo – I’m In The Mood For Ska Johnny Osbourne – Give A […]

House of Reggae Pt. 178 – Garden Special

Today I have a treat for all you horticulturists, as we’re leaving the house and going out into the back yard, for the House of Reggae’s Garden special… Don Drummond – Garden Of Love Rod Taylor – Garden Of Eden Freddie McKay – Peace In The Garden Lt Stitchie – Lyrics Garden Prince Alla & […]

House of Reggae Pt. 179

Welcome aboard for another hour long journey through the decades of fine Jamaican music, which today will include paying respect to the recently departed, hearing some great new releases and reissues and whatever else I can lay my hands on… Errol Walker – In These Times Easton Clarke – Dig A Hole Smiley & Asher […]