Double 12″ Spin #5 -=|=- Culture & Nitty Gritty

by Jun 23, 2024Soundstation

Double 12" Spin # 5

A. Culture – Money Girl
B. Culture – Dance Hall Style
Label: Blue Mountain – BMD 023

This 5th Double 12″ Spin takes us back to the mid-1980s, a time for reunion for the legendary reggae group Culture. Joseph Hill, along with his bandmates Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes, had just reassembled and released two critically acclaimed albums: Culture in Culture and Culture At Work. This 12″ single features two tracks from Culture At Work, presented in a fresh mix that stands out from the album versions. While digital riddims were dominating the scene, Culture brings us back to the roots with classic reggae vibes. By the 1980s, Culture was already a well-established force in reggae. Their journey began in 1977 with the groundbreaking album Two Sevens Clash, which solidified their place in roots reggae history. A string of successful albums followed, propelling them to international recognition. Joseph Hill, the group’s driving force and sole consistent member over the years, sadly passed away in 2006 during a tour in Germany. His legacy lives on, and he continues to be revered by reggae fans worldwide. His son, Kenyatta Hill, took his place as the lead singer, ensuring Culture’s music carries forward. The two tracks on this 12″ were produced by Blackbeard, brother of the renowned deejay Tappa Zukie, and Sly & Robbie, who also provided the signature riddim.


A. Nitty Gritty – Sweet Reggae Music (Computerised)
B. Errol Ballot – Natural Touch
Label: Unity Sounds – UN 009

The second 12″ platter features two contrasting styles. On one side, dancehall icon Nitty Gritty brings the hits. After his debut in 1983, Nitty Gritty rode the wave of digital riddims in the mid-80s, collaborating with the legendary producer King Jammy. Together they churned out anthems like Hog Inna Minty (a fresh take on a Jamaican folk song) and this very track, Sweet Reggae Music. After a string of albums, Nitty Gritty took his talents international, moving to London and eventually New York. Tragically, his life was cut short in a shooting in 1991. On the flip side, we encounter Errol Ballot, a UK-based singer who was active in the 1980s but never quite achieved Nitty Gritty’s level of fame. However, his smooth vocals shine on Natural Touch, a lovers’ rock gem laid over the classic Answer riddim (also known as the original Never Let Go riddim). Production duties were handled by UK based Robert Fearon, owner of the Unity Sound System and its corresponding label, Unity Sounds.


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