Sep 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Inner Circle

Toppa Top 10: The Simpsons’ Best Caribbean References


Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden/Illustration by Knotti Chris

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Toppa Top 10: Addis Pablo Selects 10 Classic Rockers


Words by Addis Pablo—

augustus pabloAugustus Pablo, who would have turned 70 this Saturday, was a pivotal figure for reggae, both as a producer known for his distinctive and often minor-key-dominated sounds, and as music’s first true melodica specialist. The late Pablo’s distinctive sound also carried over to his record label, Rockers International, which released numerous recordings from the ’70s through the ’90s. (Classic reissues from the label, back in press after years out of print, are available in the LargeUp store). Here, his son Addis Pablo, who is taking his father’s instrument of choise into the 21st century with his collective Suns of Dub, has collected some of his favorite tunes from the Rockers catalog, most featuring his father’s inimitable melodica playing.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

Words by Natalie Weiner and Martei Korley, Photo by Martei Korley—

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Duppies and Vampires: A Haunted Reggae Top 10 For Halloween


Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer—

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Behind the Boards With Dancehall Producer Computer Paul


Words by Sabia McCoy-Torres, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Happy Birthday: Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller

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There was a point in the late 70′s when Bob Marley had become such an international icon that Jamaica’s people were identifying more with artists who were still based locally. Jacob Miller and his band Inner Circle were pretty much running things in this era and were getting far more play in the dancehall than Marley. Featured prominently in the cult classic film Rockers, “The Killer” will always be remembered for his larger than life persona. Splashes of his unique vocal style can be heard in plenty of contemporary artists, (See Sizzla’s “Praise Ye Jah, hail the empor-ah-ah-ah”) plus Jacob Miller’s shirtless, big-belly man swag was unprecedented!

To mark the late, great bigman’s earthstrong, we’re hittin’ you with a track off the new Jacob Miller tribute album, Aloha To The Killer (Dubshot Records) which features all Hawaiian reggae artists. Listen to this vocally embellished version of  the classic “Tenement Yard” by Irie Love.

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