Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Wackie’s Tunes

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Jah Batta-Informer

This obscure 1983 tune —actually the B-side of the original 12 inch released by Wackies— features Sugar Minott (although he is officially uncredited) doing a sort of call-and-response thing at the mic with deejay Jah Batta. The pair do their thing over the very tough Informer riddim, which showcases the trademark Wackies sound: heavy rolling bass and that lo-fi and dubbed out reverb/echo effect, along with some choice stabs on the organ here and there. —Kieran Meadows