dan i dubdub wrote:.
I hear people talking about the amount of duff tunes, when hasn't that been the case? I remember going to the Music & Video Exchange in Shepherds Bush when I was growing up and their whole basement was full of duff reggae, even then! You've always had to go crate digging and look past hype.
Dan, one of the minus points about some current reggae for me is we now have a lot of people who aren't good enough to release tunes but they're putting them out anyway and it's dragging the standards down. There are some excellent new releases coming out by young producers who've obviously put a lot of time and effort into their work. But we also have a lot of people who in my opinion just aren't up to scratch and are putting out tunes which are really little more than badly produced demos. I also used to trawl the record & tape exchanges etc many years ago & I agree there were lots of tunes then which didn't do it for me, but that's cos they weren't my style, meaning they were typically major chord JA tunes or lovers, early dancehall etc which I never went for. One thing you can't accuse Jamaicans back then of is poor musicianship, even if you didn't like the tunes they were properly played, mixed & produced and for me that's the big difference with much of what I hear now. It' not that the current style isn't to my taste but more that some of the producers aren't good enough to be releasing music. IMHO.