Ruff Trade – Mancunian Way
2. Livin’ Inna Babylon
3. Already Here
4. Mancunian Way
5. Today Is Too Late
6. Mr Sunshine
7. Oh No
8. Wyatt’s Yard
9. 9 2 5 Dub (Al Breadwinner Remix)
10. Already Here Dub (Al Breadwinner Remix)
11. Livin’ Inna Babylon Dub (Al Breadwinner Remix)
12. Mancunian Way Dub (Al Breadwinner Remix)
The sound is overwhelmingly roots-reggae. Listen to virtually any track at random – the trumpet and sax horn section and rock-solid rhythm section (Delroy “Stixman” Walker on drums and James Drummond on bass) back the excellent vocals – and intelligent, conscious lyrics – in fine style. Livin’ Inna Babylon has strong influences from Joseph Hill’s Culture, both in the vocals and music, and the affectionate recollection of Wyatt’s Yard similarly has echoes of Bob Marley. Incidentally, Manchester is also famous for its rain, which is certainly a lyrical theme on this album – most notably on Mr. Sunshine.
Manchester veteran Alan “Breadwinner” Redfern recorded this set, plays nyabingi drum and remixed the four fine dubs that conclude these twelve tracks. A multi-generational community resource, going out to the people and spreading reggae’s positive message, Ruff Trade and Mancunian Way are certainly worthy of your support.