Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby kalcidis » Wed May 15, 2013 10:30 am

I only have one record from Chalice. But it's a killer! »I'm Trying« and »Can't Dub« on 12". Both sides are brilliant but »I'm Trying« is especially nice. Love how the horns lead into the vocals and then the bass comes in.
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Robin » Wed May 15, 2013 11:45 am

yes kalcidis i also love the intro on the chalice 12" of "im trying", which i dont think you get on the 7. this tune was on the first pirate k7 compilation we shared between my friends so i personnaly defo rate chalice a lot from these days :lol: next was fabulous 5's "ooh ah"...

big up twilight circus, not sure if you do feel underrated but i know many of us rate your works a lot!
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby lankou » Wed May 15, 2013 3:26 pm

" Seriously though, it doesn't sound like a crossover hit with that flinty early steel pulse vibe".
Most probably because you weren't a teenager back then, probably because you are younger than that. If so, you probably grew up hearing crappy charts music but the thing is that there used to be times when the charts (at least the UK charts - i didn't bother much with those of my own country, which have always been pretty scary !) were not just full of cr*****.
Yep, that was aeons ago ! I tend to consider 1985 as the breaking point but i'm sure it's all down to the age of the listener. Some would probably say that it happened earlier than that ! :wink:
Besides, Amigo was also a very sizeable hit in the european clubs - other reggae acts also did well in European club charts between 77 and 80 : rEGGAE Regular, Dennis Brown, Erroll Dunkley, Dillinger, Capital Letters, among others.
Countries like The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany had quite a number of other reggae tunes in their mainstream charts as well, not just Jimmy Cliff, Tosh or Marley.
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Ranking Glasses » Wed May 15, 2013 6:15 pm

Never mind Chalice and Black Slate with their wishy washy reggae.
This is a genuine roots artist who was seriously underrated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMoHTYgjrc
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby underated » Wed May 15, 2013 6:17 pm

Amigo by Black Slate is a wonderful song.
This track is so uplifting & upbeat, a true classic in every way.

I guess i don't really divide sounds like most do, i grew up watching top of the pops & listening to radio 1.
In the early 80's i still never divided music into separate slots, from the synth sounds of the uk to the music of Aswad.
I used to have it all on my playlist.

Even to this day i don't divide sounds, [it's just that i prefer listening to more digi dub].

I don't really use the word 'pop' what does it stand for ? popular ?
Well i must say that all music is popular to me, Misty In Roots ,Black Roots, that's all pop to me, cause i like it.
So in my book that goes for everything....all the steppa tracks the systems play, it's same thing.
If people like it, guess what.... it's pop.

What do they say here SODA POP :)
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Ranking Glasses » Wed May 15, 2013 6:26 pm

Never mind Black Slate and Chalice with their wishy washy reggae. This is a genuine roots artist who is seriously underrated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMoHTYgjrc
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Roman » Thu May 16, 2013 3:40 am

Another underrated artist - one of my Favorite Reggae Singers of All Time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0tehWNan2I
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Ranking Glasses » Thu May 16, 2013 9:21 pm

I picked up this LP a few years back:

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Phillip Frazer is seriously underrated.
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby StepDubStep » Fri May 17, 2013 11:16 pm

Seems not everyone here know what underrated means. Maybe it's me. :?

Kenny Knots :!:

The man is incredibly versatile. Feels like he flies under the radar most of the time.
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Inyaki » Fri May 17, 2013 11:24 pm

StepDubStep wrote:Seems not everyone here know what underrated means. Maybe it's me. :?

Kenny Knots :!:

The man is incredibly versatile. Feels like he flies under the radar most of the time.

not here:
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby crunkyteen » Sat May 18, 2013 1:36 am

@ Roman & Ranking Glasses

Glad you mentioned Phillip Frazer and Prince Allah - both incredible artistes with a great catalog. "John Saw them Coming" is a hypnotic classic! Too bad the (fairly crap) repress of Come Ethiopians mislabels it. Frazer (or Fraser or Frasier or Frazier...makes it hard to search for info online!) also produced a bunch of incredibly wonderful music from the likes of Peter Ranking and General Smiley and Horace Ferguson.

Allah's work with Tapper Zukie is also a must in any proper Jamaican music collection. That dbl set on B&F w/ Junior Ross is essential.

But really...at this point in the game, with vintage Jamaican music being sidelined by mainstream tastes, almost any reggae artist from the past 40 years is "underrated."

However if we're voting here on the forum, I'd say Errol Dunkley is underheard. Same with The Twinkle Brothers, Pablo Gad, Sugar Minott (I'm always surprised to hear reggae fans say they 'don't like him'), Freddy McKay, the Maytones...seriously I could go on forever.
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby naram » Sat May 18, 2013 1:22 pm

I reckon Asher Senator has to be up there as one of the most underrated reggae artistes - one of the absolute tuffest flows of anyone going around in the early days of fast chat, and wickedly inventive lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPiqmNCyifk
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Roman » Sat May 18, 2013 3:34 pm

Ranking Glasses wrote:I picked up this LP a few years back:

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Phillip Frazer is seriously underrated.


I picked up this LP a few years back 2. What A Great LP! Really & Truly... Glasses, try to find Prince Alla's version of "Children OF God" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9k8rL_FLHE - it's even better than P. Frazer's version... IMO
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby Roman » Sat May 18, 2013 3:42 pm

crunkyteen: totally agree with about the album produced by T.Zukie. It's 100 % killer.

What about

Junior Ross?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAyAipE4Aso
Knowledge?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2z-XdjwY1U
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Re: Top 10 underrated artists in reggae

Postby minidub » Sat May 18, 2013 3:52 pm

though i agree that "come ethiopians" is very good, i can't really agree with the inclusion of phillip frazer, as he is so very inconsistent -- and when he misses, he misses wildly.

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