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Jah Shaka – “Happiness / Exile Dub” – [Jah Shaka Music]

Thurston Hunger   9/7/2012   12-inch, Reggae


12″ 45 single from 1982 or so, new to KFJC now. Start on the
bottom with Exile Dub, so you can see the bass as it prowls…
wait for the part where it drops those three high notes.
Bim bim boooo. That is one fine predatory bass line. The horns
add a sweetness, reverb’d guitar could swirl a surf listener
in. The happiness is more subtle on the dub side, it springs
out as the minor riff blooms briefly into a major. The roller
rink key boards are added in later and also a nice touch…
On the A side aka the vocal, the happiness is less subtle,
the horns take a back seat to the positivity offered lyrically
by Bim Sherman, now the bass is moving behind the furniture.
Still on the prowl, but you got to look a little harder to spot
it. Close it out toasting style, Yabby You works in a murder
style, giving the track a bit more frenzy that befits that
killer bassline -Thurston Hunger

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