In Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton’s “Reggae: The Rough Guide,” they declare that Perry’s 1976 dub album Super Ape was “one of the most progressive and imaginative sets of its time. Those who dismissed it for being over-produced missed the point entirely”
CD/LP/digital downloadBredda Records2017(Review by Steve Shafer) I knew I probably was going to like Smiley and the Underclass’ LP when my mail ordered copy arrived in NYC from the UK with the following request on the back of the mailer: “Dear Mailman, if you pass Trump Tower, stick a middle finger up for me.” (Hopefully, he or she complied!)London’s Smiley and the Underclass occupy the same fantastic punk ‘n’ reggae space as The Clash, The Ruts, and Citizen Fish–and are equally as outspoken in the face of injustice as those aforementioned bands.
Heavyweight LP, CD, digital download (the album is also being released as a series of four singles via Record Kicks)Happy People Records2017(Review by Steve Shafer)I’ve been listening to Pama International’s ninth album for weeks now, ruminating about whether or not this is a political concept record of sorts