Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Scotch Bonnet Records
Sugar Plum Plum
12" single
March 14, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Lady Ann - Doctor Doctor / Sugar Minott - Got To Make Tracks
  • Ranking Levy - New York Boogie / Mungo's Hi Fi - Play Dub Selecta
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The companion 12" single of Scotch Bonnet Records' "Play Music Selecta EP1", simply called "Play Music Selecta EP2", features another 3 vocal cuts on Mungo Hi Fi's remix of Kalbata & Mixmonster's "Sugar Plum Plum" riddim, originally released on 12" vinyl by Soul Jazz Records.

First track on the A-side is "Doctor Doctor" by Barbara Smith, better known as Lady Ann. The latter began her professional music career in 1978, recording her first songs, "Plan Your Family" (a combination with Ranking Toyan), as well as "Shine Eye Boy", for Don Maisí Roots Tradition Label. In 1980, Leon Synmoie invited her to record several songs for the Thrill Seekers label, which ended up as part of her debut album, "Vanity" (released on Alvin Ranglin's GG's label, which also included the hit single "Sataap"). Between 1981-1982, Lady Ann enjoyed her biggest commercial success up to that date with her song "Informer", produced by the legendary Joe Gibbs (as well as an LP by the same name). This song stormed up the local charts, with the song "Informer" going to #1 single, and the "Informer" LP going to #1 album in Jamaica. The riddim with its strong classic rub-a-dub feel suits Lady Ann's old skool singjay style very well, which results in a very fine effort. With "Doctor Doctor" she delivers a real rough love song.

The late great Sugar "Booga" Minott needs no further introduction as he's truly a reggae icon, admired and loved by reggae fans worldwide. The solid "Got To Make Tracks", delivered in his instantly recognizable style, is a hauntingly prophetic track, voiced in Scotland shortly before his passing. The flipside starts off with the noteworthy "New York Boogie" from Israeli deejay Ranking Levy, actually the one who recorded Little John and Jah Thomas (see "Play Music Selecta EP1") in the first place. Ranking Levy, who runs the My-Lord Sound System together with selecta Sister Ellen, delivers his lyrics in Jamaican patois, utilizing a deejay style strongly reminiscent of Jamaican deejays like e.g. Ranking Joe, U Brown, and Lone Ranger.

Mungo Hi Fi's "Play Dub Selecta", with vocals floating in and out, rounds off this worthwhile 12" single in fine style.