Various Artists - Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One DJ Party

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Released 20th September 2019

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Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One DJ Party’ is the latest installation from the mighty Studio One Records catalogue. A wicked new collection of the finest DJs and toasters ever to inhabit the world of reggae - seminal Jamaican artists including Prince Jazzbo, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Michigan & Smiley and Lone Ranger, as well as a host of lesser known artists and rare cuts from Studio One.

From the earliest days when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd ran his Downbeat soundsystem up and down the length of Jamaica, DJs and toasters such as King Stitt and Count Machukie were always a part of the sound of Studio One, introducing new records and exciting audiences with catchphrase lines such as: “No matter what the people say these sounds lead the way / It’s the order of the day from your boss deejay” (King Stitt).

So when DJ emerged as a distinct reggae style at the start of the 1970s, Studio One were, as always, way ahead of their competitors. Legendary artists of the calibre of Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo all queued up to record for the equally legendary label.

At the end of the 1970s, as dancehall exploded onto the island, Clement Dodd was once again able to maintain Studio One’s position on the throne as the number one sound in the Jamaica, fighting off upstart competitors such as Channel One and Joe Gibbs who tried to replicate Studio One’s unique sound. During this period Clement Dodd released a series of stunning dancehall releases from young DJ/dancehall artists at the label including Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley.

This selection spans the early 70s up until the mid-1980s, from the earliest days of deejay toasting right up until digital dancehall, ground-breaking tracks over the finest selection of the ultimate Studio One rhythms and tracks.

Studio One DJ Party includes specially commissioned sleevenotes by Chris Lane, founder of the legendary British reggae label Fashion Records, as well as fantastic original artwork commissioned by the illustrator Ski Williams.

Tracklisting:

Sceechie Dan - We A Don
Lone Ranger - My Number
Dennis Alcapone - Riddle I This
Kentrus - It A Fi Bun
Lone Ranger - Apprentice Dentist
King Sporty - DJ Special
Prince Jazzbo - Little Joe
Jim Brown - Ragga Muffin
Mad Roy - Universal Love
King Sporty - Choice Of Music
King Stitt - Rhyming Time
Prince Jazzbo - Fire Coal Version
Dillinger - Fountain On The Mountain
Michigan & Smiley - Thank You Jah
Prince Garthie - Raindrops
Jah Buzz - Automatic Clapping
Dennis Alcapone - El Paso
Big Joe - Nanny Version Skank


Artist Various Artists
Title Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One DJ Party
Label Soul Jazz
Format Double LP
Release Date 20th September 2019
Cat Number SJRLP445