Double 12″ Spin #4 – Richie Spice & Ambelique

by Jun 16, 2024Soundstation

Double 12" Spin #4

A. Richie Spice – Youths Are So Cold/Instrumental
B. Choppa Chop – Lovely Day
Label: Massive Sounds – MB 94

This time around, we travel a bit closer to the present for our Double 12″ Spin. Up first is the modern reggae powerhouse, Richie Spice! Born Richell Bonner in 1971, Spice comes from a reggae dynasty, with brothers like Pliers, Spanner Banner, and Snatcha Lion. His career boomed in the mid-90s with the hit Killing A Sound, and he’s released acclaimed albums like In The Streets To Africa, Book Of Job, Together We Stand, and Spice In Your Life. Today, we focus on Spice’s 2006 anthem, Youths Are So Cold. This powerful track, released on producer Bobby Konders’ Massive Sounds label, captured the hearts of reggae fans on both 7″ and 12″ vinyl formats. The song rides the infectious Truth & Rights riddim, famously associated with Johnny Osbourne’s roots classic of the same name. However, the riddim’s true origin lies with Al Campbell, not the renowned singer, but an under-the-radar artist who laid down the foundation with Take A Ride in 1968. On the flip side, deejay Choppa Chop keeps the energy high with his own lyrical fire.


A. Ambelique – Lonely Soldier
B. General Degree – When You Want Me
Label: Fat Eyes – VPRD 5990

Our next artist is no less legendary – the one and only Ambelique (born Owen Silvera in 1956). This reggae force began his journey in the late 60s, crossing paths with Derrick Harriott through Tinga Stewart. Back then, he performed as Ramon the Mexican. Life took Ambelique to the US, where he continued singing, but success remained elusive. The tide turned when he joined forces with the legendary Sly & Robbie. Their collaboration produced the chart-topping single One Last Cry, a testament to his undeniable talent. Ambelique’s debut album, Sings The Classics, arrived in 1997. For this Double 12″ Spin, we revisit his work with Fat Eyes Records’ production duo, Fatta & Bulby (Linford Marshall & Collin York). On the A-side, Ambelique delivers a breathtaking remake of Mike Williams’ 1966 hit, Lonely Soldier. His vocals truly soar on this beautiful rendition. But get ready for a complete genre shift on the flipside! Dancehall powerhouse General Degree takes over the Hot Wax riddim with his explosive track When You Want Me. Prepare for contrasting vibes – Ambelique’s soulful mastery followed by General Degree’s dancehall fire!


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