Youths Boogie

This fantastic compilation came out back in June- fifteen songs from when Jamaican dancehalls rocked to the sounds of US influenced r’n’b, just about to turn ska. On some of the songs the guitars are just beginning to get that ska-ska-ska in place. The rhythms clearly have that Jamaican skank but with the unmistakeable sound of Black American music coming through the radio, spreading to the sound systems and then getting shoved around a bit. Horns all over the show. Well worth a tenner of your hard earned (or a fiver if you d/l it at emusic or somewhere similar). This one is by Owen Gray.

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