Pressure Sounds
7" (heavyweight) Single
March 16, 2010

Artist & tune

  • Wayne Smith - Time Is A Moment In Space / Dub Is A Moment In Space
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Most reggae fans instantly identify Wayne Smith with his digital super hit "Under Me Sleng Teng" from 1985, which was the start of a pivotal phase in the Jamaican recording industry. In fact, Wayne Smith career started quite a few years before the digital riddim explosion in Jamaica.

Born 5 December 1965, Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, Wayne Smith began singing while at school and in church, where he cultivated his unique vocal technique. He then spent his free time at Jammy's sound system, hoping for an opportunity on the microphone. His persistence came to fruition and, inspired by the audience's response, Prince Jammy recorded Wayne Smith's debut single, "Ain't No Me Without You", which was followed by the dancehall favourites like "Change My Mind", "Ism Skism" and "Time Is A Moment In Space".

When Wayne Smith and Prince Jammy recorded the melancholy "Time Is A Moment In Space", an adaptation of Barbara Streisand's hit song "Woman In Love", there was very little hint of the forthcoming digital revolution. The song has a haunting keyboard counter melody and showcases the more mellow side of Jammy's production techniques. Even though the single was a moderate seller, there's no denying that it belongs to one of Wayne Smith's finest efforts from the pre-digital era. Some three decades after its initial release, Pressure Sounds have reissued this wonderful song and its chilled out dub version on heavyweight vinyl, packaged in a specially designed cardboard custom printed sleeve.