Album Review

Ring Craft Posse, The – “St. Catherine In Dub 1972-1984” – [Moll-Selekta]

Thurston Hunger   5/4/2013   12-inch, Reggae

Rodguel “Blackbeard” Sinclair captains the Ring Craft Posse,
producing a nice variety of dubs, each tagged to a district of
Portmore in St. Catherine, Jamaica. The lead off district
“Westbay” blows the doors open with great horns triumphant
over the shuffle. Sly and Robbie are part of the posse so
the rhythm never fails, I’m not sure which guitarist[s] to
praise for the gritty grind on “Garvey Meade” and the super
aquatic flacking on “Braeton” but nice work on both. The congos
and distant chorus on closer, “Westchester” placed second for
me, but surely your dub will delight in other ways. Melodica
addicts, they’ve got you covered. Including “Waterford”, unless
that’s a harmonica, but check out the grunt and metal drum
shots on it too. “Naggo Head” coughs too much to be confused with
Rosemary Castle. Supposedly that district was named after
a man who was beheaded long ago. I won’t pretend to know the
original tracks by the Aggrovators, the Revolutionaries, or
Roots Radics, from which these dubs were clubbed, but tune
in to Spliff Skankin’ on Sunday between 3-7 pm, and all will
be made clear.

-Thurston Hunger

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