Archive for December, 2012

3. Mitch ft. Arp – Rude Boy Reggae

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This version come from 2004 on the Powerstone Label and is produced by Noel Davy (I think the M. Davy credited on the label is  typo), the keyboardist from the original Sleng Teng riddim in 1985.

Noel Davy - Killing Thing (Powerstone)

Noel Davy – Killing Thing (Powerstone)

The Powerstone label, seemingly set up by Davy and consisting solely of 41 versions of Sleng Teng, seems to have been a way for Davy to capitalise on the huge success of his biggest tune, one which it is likely he only received a small musicians fee for at the original session at Jammy’s.

[EDIT: Tony Asher was the musician on the original Jammys Sleng Teng. Davey just discovered the riddim on the Casio. Even more reason for him to release his own version to capitalise on the success of the riddim]

In this 2011 article in Jamaica’s Daily Gleaner, the writer notes that:

There has not been much debate about the key figures in the moment in Waterhouse, St Andrew, keyboard player Noel Davey, singer Wayne Smith and producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James. Of the three, however, Davey is the least known and acknowledged – although he tells a story of the Sleng Teng creation in which he was the major player, literally and figuratively.

Here, in a short video clip from 2001, Davy plays Sleng Teng on the Casio MT-40 keyboard which inspired the riddim originally:

As regards to the A-side, I quite like the singjay style but don’t know much about either of the singers…

Mitch ft. Arp - Rude Boy Reggae (Powerstone)

Mitch ft. Arp – Rude Boy Reggae (Powerstone) A-side

2. Smiley Culture – Try A Ting

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

This is on the aa-side to the 12″ version of Smiley Culture’s ‘Noff Personality’, released on Culture Records in 1986 a year after the original Jammys Sleng Teng. It appears that this 12″ and the 7″ version which preceeded it are the only release on Culture Records.

Smiley Culture - Try A Ting

This version is notable for being played by a proper backing band, the Instigators. According to Reggae Reviews the Instigators were an early incarnation of Mafia & Fluxy (I assume it’s them rather than this midlands band from around the same time).

The lyrics are basically just a long list of different types of weed… (“Sleng Teng have a whole heap a names…”)

Smiley Culture – Try A Ting
The Instigators – Try Dub

Smiley Culture - Noff Personality // Try A Ting (front) Smiley Culture - Noff Personality // Try A Ting (back)

1. Daddy Woody – Hungry (Ujama)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So,  in no particular order, here’s the first one.

Daddy Woody on a Jazzbo version of Sleng Teng. I can’t find a year for it but the same song appears as ‘Hungry Buck and A Bite’ on Ujama’s Old v/s Young compilation from 1987  so I imagine it’s from the same year.

As you might expect from the title the lyrics are about poverty etc.,  (“Two man a fight over one dumpling”).

On the b-side is the Jazzbo production with a liberal dose of reverby xylophone over the standard Sleng Teng bassline.

Daddy Woody – Hungry (Ujama)A-side

Daddy Woody – Hungry (Ujama) B-side

According to this thread on Roots Archives:

Daddy Woody hit the scene in Jamaica,1984 with a song ‘”yuh too talky talky” he moved on to DJing on local soundsystem “Soulomonic” then to “Hollywood sound”. As time went by he found him self alongside the worlds heavyweight sound system ” Peoples Choice”and “Megatone” where he was producing/DJing. He then released a track titled “Hungry” During his time at megatonehe was working alongside artists such as Lt Stitchie,Papa San,Brigideer Gerry, Michigan & Smiley,,Singing Melody,Cobra,Beeniman,Shabba, Spragga Benz, Topcat, JonnyP,Horace Andy,to name a few.He then worked with “Roadstar soundsystem” and produced”Punnany Chemist” before releasing one of his most internationaly well known hits “Ramma Jamma” and “Priceless Body” .In 1996 he moved to Coventry, England where he became a promoter,putting om dances with some of the biggest names in reggae music ,still writing producing he has most recently worked with Ray King of Ray King soul band and the legendary Nevile Staples of Specials a.k.a Fame.