As you might can tell from the cover, this is a reggae compilation – British reggae, specifically. This was reggae made in a time where skinheads could be found skanking to the finest reggae in the land and they had absolutely no association whatsoever to the neo-Nazis that probably pop in to your head when you think of “skinhead.” Promoting racial equality was on the M.O. for the first skinheads –Â just a fun fact for you. Reggae has evolved from ska and rocksteady, and even gave birth to dub which probably influences more music you listen to than you can shake a stick at, much less realize. Rocksteady, along with its ancestors is one of Jamaica’s finest gifts to the world and it’s a genre anyone can enjoy, whether they’d like to admit or not. Get your smorgasbord of reggae today withÂ Handsworth Explosion Vol. 1. Check out a preview ofÂ eight of the tracks by clicking through the Buy Now link below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Underground reggae music from the Handsworth ghetto â€“
Black Symbol, lead by Fatman the main vocalist, producer and founder of the Band, who also went out of their way to form the label of same name, issuing music from peers in the Birmingham ghetto, via D.I.Y. means, escaping the music machine whilst giving the people some outstanding, heartfelt reggae music â€“
Clearly rooted in Jamaica, the music sounds absolutely authentic to itâ€™s core, but there is also a recognisable â€˜UK Soundâ€™ in this music, the sound of Black struggle in the 70â€™s and 80â€™s Great Britainâ€¦
Itâ€™s a great thing to have this record reissued, giving it a much deserved fresh lease of life once again.
From the deep resonance of â€˜Travellingâ€™ by Black Symbol to the observational, upbeat â€˜Music Businessâ€™ by Zephania â€“ this is true reggae music, conscious and full of vibesâ€¦ And most importantly, musically pin-point, on-point.
This one is for the heads who understand, real reggae vibrations!
Served in a great looking sleeve, featuring sleeve notes from way back when.
1.Sceptre â€“ Ancestors Calling
2.Truths & Rights â€“ New Language
3.Black Symbol â€“ Travelling
4. Gerald Love â€“ Jah Children
5. Music Business
1.Truths & Rights â€“ Saddest Moment
2.Black Symbol â€“ Spritual Reggae
3.Gerald Love â€“ Scandal Man
4.Sceptre â€“ Living On Strong
5. Zephania â€“ Free Man
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive