Wackies / Indigo
12" single
January 25, 2008

Artist & tune

  • Jah Batta - Informer / Little John - Tear Down The Dancehall
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Released as a teaser for the (re)release of Sugar Minott's brilliant "Dance Hall Showcase Vol. II" two different dubwise mixes of Sugar Minott's 'Informer'-riddim with great vocals pon top have been (re)released by Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus a.k.a. Rhythm & Sound, as part of their rerelease program of the complete Wackie's catalog, (more on Rhythm & Sound's own releases, whether technodub on Basic Channel or reggae on their Rhythm & Sound label can be found at the Basic Channel website).

Jah Batta's "Informer" is a different mix from the version included on his "Argument" album for Wackies, but this take is as strong with Sugar's vocal attendance throughout almost giving you the feeling the pair are taking turns at the mic, with the dub taking over then as it was when originally released as a 12" in 1983 on Wackies. With the riddim coming from Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott's Youth Promotion camp, overdubbed and remixed at Wackies in the Bronx with Sugar Minott alongside Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes at the controls, it sounds as strong as a good 80s Studio One DJ tune and that is of course no surprise with Earl 'Bagga' Walker and Jackie Mittoo on board, as well as the Riddim Twins Sly & Robbie, whose Channel One approach of Studio One style riddims is very clear as well.

Often forgotten early dancehall hero Little John - a graduate of soundsystems like Gemini and Volcano Hi Power - was only twelve years old when he voiced his take for the other side of this 12" across the riddim "Tear Down The Dancehall", youthfully wailing his lyrics over the riddim for a stunning outcome, originally appearing on the M&M label in 1983 during Sugar Minott's stay in London in 1983 (following the success of "Good Thing Going" in the pop charts) making this a great buy and a great teaser for the Sugar Minott album on which these two tracks are included as bonus tracks.