Sparky Rugged – Born By Da Speaker Box

by Jan 5, 2019Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

Sparky Rugged – Born By Da Speaker Box

Label: Peckings Records| Format: DR | Street date: December, 2018


Sparky Rugged - Born By Da Speaker Box
Sparky Rugged

About a month ago Peckings Records from London released the (debut?) album of Sparky Rugged (aka Sparky). First time we heard of this London based singer/deejay was back in 2010. A 7inch single from the Peckings Brothers featured him and Gappy Ranks, voicing memorable cuts on Jackie Mittoo’s Hot Milk riddim: Gappy with “Put the Stereo On” and Sparky with “Speaker Box”, lyrically a tune which is similar to Gappy’s tune. It’s on the album and provides the title “Born By Da Speaker Box”.

Born By Da Speaker Box

As usual with Peckings productions a lot of the tunes are underpinned by vintage Studio One and Treasure Isle riddims. There’s the enjoyable reggae history lesson “History”, voiced across the “Heptones Gonna Fight” riddim. Out of Perry’s Black Ark studios comes “Words Of My Mouth” riddim, here it’s the backbone for the awesome roots tune “Time Longer Than Rope”, combination style with Michael Buckley & G-Star. An uptempo version of The Paragons’ hit tune “Only A Smile” is used on “Reggae Have the World ‘Pon Lock”. More Treasure Isle niceness – Ken Parker’s “I Can’t Hide” – with “Love Song”. Sparky goes lovers style on “Let Me Be Number One”, riding “Last Train To Expo ’67” riddim to the fullest. The riddim train doesn’t stop here… check the “Engine 54” riddim on “Tricks And Plans”, followed by “Playback” a fabulous take on “54-46 aka Boops” riddim, yet another musical history lesson! The album finishes in fitting style with “What You Want in Life” on the “Party Time” riddim.