Ronan’s Track of the Week (21 May 2018)

Track of the week for me could easily have made it to the previous week’s ‘Ska Special’ shortlist – the track is Dennis Brown’s version of ‘Man Next Door’, a song originally recorded by John Holt in the late sixties, and covered by others, including Massive Attack on the ‘Mezzanine’ album with the distinctive vocals of Horace Andy. The Massive Attack version has a particularly ominous feel to it, helped by the drum sample from Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks’.  On the previous week’s show we played another Brown track, ‘Make It Easy on Yourself’, a song released in 1971 which demonstrates well how rocksteady was evolving into reggae. We also mentioned that Brown, like his greatest musical influence Delroy Wilson, began recording as a young teenager, and sadly suffered a similarly premature end to his career.

 

Ronan’s Track of the Week (24 July 2017)

My track of the Week, from Monday’s show, is the new release from Tricky, ‘When We Die’. This will be the closing track on his forthcoming album, due for release in September, and features Martina Topley-Bird on vocals. Topley-Bird collaborated with Tricky on his early albums, but they haven’t worked together for almost twenty years. The good news is that they’ve teamed up on this, and another track (‘The Only Way‘), to be included on the album.  ‘When We Die’ is Tricky at his best – slow, hypnotic and addictive.

Recorded in Berlin, where Tricky now lives, the album ‘Ununiform’ is due for release shortly on his own label, False Idols.