The A-Z of Reggae: D is for… Dillinger, Dubkasm, Junior Delgado and…

Dillinger… Dillinger is the first of our DJs. That’s DJ as in MC in modern hip hop parlance. Dillinger flew into the UK on the back of the success of ‘CB200’ and ‘Cocaine in my Brain’ and was welcomed by the punk crowd that had embraced reggae.

He released singles and albums throughout the 70s and 80s without really topping ‘Cocaine in my Brain’. In 1977 he followed it up with ‘Marijuana in my Brain’ and sometime later came ‘LSD in my Brain’.

 

Junior Delgado… The Jamaican singer enjoyed a prolific career, recording with the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Augustus Pablo from the mid-1970s all the way up to his death in 2005.

Towards the end of his life he teamed up with Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound crew. His final album Reasons  was produced by Sherwood but this nugget from Ghetto Priest came out 15 years after Delgado’s death on the latest On-U showcase Pay It All Back Vo.7. Any one of the previous six volumes is also worth a listen.

 

Dubkasm… The Bristol-based duo comprising Digistep and DJ Stryda released the fantastic anglo-Brazilian dub album Transform I in 2009. It mixed nyabinghi riddims with Brazilian percussion and deep, digital bassweight to stunning effect. It was so good it bequeathed a dub version and a collection of remixes.

The Brazilian influence returned for 2018’s excellent Rastrumentals, and they produced a more conventional dub album in 2019 in the shape of Shady Grove.

Dubkasm are equally at ease working with dubstep luminaries such as Pinch, Peverelist or Mala; as they are working with dub scene brothers such as Aba-Shanti. Here, they remix Congo Natty to create the highlight of the dub version of Natty’s acclaimed Jungle Revolution album.

 

Carl Dawkins… Sometime Wailers associate Carl Dawkins sings rasta tunes from the ghetto including this gem.

 

Dry & Heavy… Bob Marley took reggae all over the world and it settled in some far flung places. None more far flung than Japan, where a thriving reggae and dub scene persists to this day. Some dub here from 1990s-2000s six-piece Dry & Heavy. This is from their debut album One Punch, which was combined with their second Full Contact and dubbed up by King Jammy for the recommended King Jammy meets Dry & Heavy in the jaws of the tiger album.

 

With thanks and praise to Steven Cumming, Grim Dewar, James Fyffe and Graham Sherman. Jah Bless.

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