Posts Tagged ‘steely’

15. Little Twitch – Good Wuk

Friday, February 7th, 2014

And so, after a short hiatus, here is Little Twitch on Steely & Clevie’s 1990 version of Sleng Teng.

The son of keyboardist Winston Wright, Twitch came up through Jaro and then Jammys in the ’80s.

Twitch rides the tuff Steely & Clevie riddim satisfyingly with some nice word play around S&C’s rat-a-tat drums and “Woah – Yeah” samples.

Little Twitch - Good Wuk [Steely & Clevie]

As you would expect, Steely & Clevie don’t put a foot wrong – a nice sparse, crisp digi instrumental with the odd vocal snippet from the various other cuts dubbed in for the Version.

Steely & Clevie - Version [Steely & Clevie]

14. Clement Irie – DJs In My Country

Monday, September 9th, 2013

And after wishing I had better version of the Pickout Sleng Teng, what should I come across in Reckless – Clement Irie’s DJs In My Country. It’s the same ’89 version produced by Lloyd Dennis and featuring Steely & Clevie, but it feels much more rounded than Wayne Wonder’s Rebbie Jackson cover. Where Wayne Wonder’s vocal doesn’t seem to fit the riddim at all, Clement Irie offers up some more standard DJ fare, riding the riddim far more comfortably.

Clement Irie - DJs In My Country [Pickout, 1989]

“I gwan tell you bout some DJ in my country / Who ram stage show an cork up party” intones Clement, before cycling through a roster of 1989’s popular DJs and disparaging them in various ways based on their lyrics.  One example references Papa San’s 1986 Animal Party: “Everybody know say San a de animal man / But me never know so til me go Clarendon / Him have a lot of animal pon de land /  Like goat, sheep and also ram.”

Elsewhere he calls out Red Dragon, Daddy Lizard, Flourgan, Sanchez, Tiger, Major Mackerel, Ninjaman, Dominic, Jim Irie, Junior Demus, Early B and Peter Metro.

I have a big soft spot for lyrics which reference reggae/dancehall history, so I’m already drawn to this tune – but in any case Clement Irie has a good, energetic flow and humorous lyrics.

The version is the same version as on the Wayne Wonder track, although this recording is slightly crisper.

8. Colour Man – Vengeance

Monday, April 15th, 2013

As far as I can tell this is the only release on this label, which I assume is named after Sir Garfield Sobers, captain of the West Indies cricket team from 1965-72.

I hadn’t heard of Colour Man either, but it seems he released a couple of albums and a few 7″s between 1982-87.

The vinyl has no date on it but given the dates of Colour Man’s other releases I think it’s safe to say it was around ’85-’87. He comes in with a biblical theme: “I’m back with a vengeance / Got to make mention of my intention / The only deejay go on stage with the bible in his right hand and mic in his left hand” but the song isn’t hugely religious, more a lyrical showcase.
Colour Man - Vengeance [Sir Garfield]

Colour Man – Vengeance [Sir Garfield]

Steely & Fluxy do a good job on the rhythm track with a strong digi feel. The track has a liberal dose of “yeah!” and “nice!” samples which always remind me of Dave Kelly productions. The producer is listed as G. White, who again I’ve not heard of.

Steely & Fluxy - Version [Sir Garfield]

Steely & Fluxy – Version [Sir Garfield]