DJ Spooky raided the vaults of Trojan Records and came out on the other side with the double-disc set "In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records."
DJ Spooky raided the vaults of Trojan Records and came out on the other side with the double-disc set "In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records." With cuts from artists like Sly & Robbie, Peter Tosh and Lee Perry, the compilation will hit stores June 27 via Trojan.
The renowned spinner took a heady approach in summing up the Jamaican label's 40-year history with his selections.
"I want you to feel history when you listen to this mix and think about how sampling, making new music from old, came from the idea of versioning," he says. "Think about the soundsystem battles of Duke Reid, Sir Coxsone and Prince Buster as a forerunner to MC and DJ battles in hip-hop. Think about Kool Herc's bass-enhanced soundsystem as a stepping stone for Afrika Bambaata's 'Planet Rock.' Just think about how strange the world would be if we didn't have this music of the islands."
DJ Spooky's last studio effort was 2005's "Drums of Death," on which he paired with Slayer/Fantomas drummer Dave Lombardo. He is scheduled to perform May 20 for the Shaolin Temple Capital Campaign benefit in New York, as well as a number of festivals internationally this summer.
Here is the track list for "In Fine Style":
"Sweet Like Candy," Winston Williams
"Nice Nice," the Kingstonians
"007 Shanty Town," Desmond Dekker
"Funky, Funky Reggae," Dave Barker
"Shades of Hudson," Dennis Alcapone
"Summertime," B.B. Seaton
"Disco Devi," Lee Perry
"Jah Jah Man," Sly and Robbie
"Lama Lava," Augustus Pablo
"Come Together," the Israelites
"Old Fashion Way," Ken Booth
"Rain," Bruce Ruffin
"Your Ace From Outer Space," U-Roy
"The Rooster," Tommy McCook & His Band
"The Trial of Pama Dice," Lloyd/Dice/Mum
"Ba Ba Boom," the Jamaicans
"Fever," Susan Cadogan
"Morning Sun," Al Barry & the Cimarons
"DJ's Choice," Winston Williams
"Screaming Target," Big Youth
"The Great Musical Battle," Derrick Morgan
"The Russians Are Coming (Take Five)," Val Bennett
"Popcorn," the Upsetters
"Brother Noah," the Shadows
"Reform Institute," Isaac's All Stars
"Bridgeport Dub," the Blackbeard All Stars
"King Tubby's Explosion Dub," King Tubby
"Dynamic Fashion Way," U-Roy
"A Yah We De," Barrington Levy
"Here Comes the Judge," Peter Tosh
"Flat Foot Hustling," Dillinger
"Hot Sauce (Aka The Agro Man Is Back)," DaveBarker
"Rudy a Message To You," Dandy Livingstone
"Rough Rider (Live)," the Special Beat