This collection kicks off Adrian Sherwood's Sound Boy offshoot of his stalwart On-U Sound label.
This collection kicks off Adrian Sherwood's Sound Boy offshoot of his stalwart On-U Sound label. It compiles a "best-of" selection of vocalist Junior Delgado from vital reggae label Jamaican Recordings. Capturing a broad spectrum of Delgado's 30-year career, these selections also spotlight the singular talents of the many producers and artists he has worked with, from Lee "Scratch" Perry and Prince Jammy to Sly & Robbie and Augustus Pablo. The artist's incisive political wit and bouncy spirit are typified by his collaboration with Pablo in 1986's Reaganomics- and apartheid-referencing "Ragamuffin Year." Such a song delivers a serious message while keeping the soul hoping for change.—TP