Mr. Spaulding – Dance With My Mother
Mr. Spaulding (Renford Ferguson) is responsible for one of early Dancehall’s hardest hitting and most sought after albums “Twelve Tribe Of Israel”. A stark and engaging set recorded in February, 1983 at Aquarius Studio with the legendary Chris Daley at the controls. One might ask how his name came about. The title of his first song that mashed up the dance, it was inspired by Brigadier Jerry’s lyrics on the mic. In fact, Briggy’s sister, Sister Nancy, encouraged the young talent to the mic as he cut teeth on Clarendon’s Santex Hi-Fi and Ray Bionic. Rising stars Patrick Andy and Sugar Minott directed him in forward progression. The album became a widely sought after musical affair. That changed in 2015 with Hot Milk’s crucial “representation” of the album and further classic sides recorded in 1986, ’88 and 1990. Renford currently resides London and puts on incredible live shows around the region. An artist who may not be well known, but whose determination, endurance and talent deserves absolute recognition.
Mr. Spaulding – Dance with my mother
Renford linked up with Jah Servant, one of Canada’s top ranking producers, for a Hearty visit of Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father”. The result is a clearview tribute to his mother Ivy. On top of a crisp musical backbone, Mr. Spaulding delivers spot on! There’s a Soulful urgency to his vocals with subtle mannerisms akin to Michael Prophet. One can hope a full album comes forth. The Dub is tasty brain food. Nothing flashy, just a crisp Dub treatment with conditioning from the echo and reverb chamber just right. The instrumental fits Mr. Spaulding snug. The rode stark and stripped down riddims back in the early ’80s; the instrumental is straight forward engagement with superb arrangements and guitar work.
MR. SPAULDING’s “DANCE WITH MY MOTHER” is a total treat for those familiar with his works and has the caliber to catch full attention of the most discerning listener. The musical bond between Renford and producer Jah Servant is solid; it’s crucial to see this internationally acclaimed producer cut no corners to present a massive project from an artist that has equal talent with those who helped him in early Dancehall days. Highest recommendation! Go deh!