Various artists album review
Dancehall Stylee

Tracking list

  1. Barry Brown - Teaching
  2. Barrington Levy - Sweet Reggae Music
  3. Poppa Tollo - Get Ready And Reggae
  4. Earl Sixteen - Some Gone Astray
  5. Leroy Smart - Too Much Pressure
  6. Purple Man - Trod Along
  7. Don Carlos - Booming Ball
  8. Sammy Dread - Labour Ward
  9. Anthony Johnson - Dread Locks
  10. Junior Keeting - African Queen
  11. Earl Cunningham - What A Day
  12. Earl Sixteen - Play Play
  13. Wayne Jarrett - Satta Dread
  14. Jah Thomas - Dancehall Connection
  15. Charlie Chaplin & Jim Kelly - Stur-Gav Special
  16. Anthony Johnson - Natty Dread Come In A Dance
  17. Don Carlos - Ababa John
  18. John Wayne - You Too Greedy
  19. Earl Sixteen - Bad Company
  20. Earl Cunningham - Violence And Crime
  21. Don Carlos - Lazer Beam
  22. Poppa Tollo - Nuff Stylee
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4

"Dancehall Stylee" - subtitled "22 Killa Dancehall Classics" - is the first of several albums to be released by Trojan Records that focusses on the Dancehall phenomenon of the eighties, which actually attracted notable attention late 1979 when producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes more or less launched Dancehall as a fully developed musical style being the result of combining youth singer Barrington Levy's powerful and distinctive voice with the raw and driving riddims of the Roots Radics Band and the genius of the young and innovative engineer Scientist.
"This one straight to a soundbwoy chest..." After Jah Thomas' introduction Barry Brown's solid Teaching kicks off an over 70 minutes lasting relentless assault of great dancehall music from the vaults. Just like the ace producers of today (a.o. Xterminator's Phillip "Fatis" Burrell and Bobby "Digital" Dixon) the producers of dancehall music in the early eighties not only worked with original riddims, but they also made use of updated versions of classic Studio One and Treasure Isle riddims. The aforementioned Barry Brown tune is delivered across an update of Bob Andy's Studio One classic "Feeling Soul" riddim. Furthermore Alton Ellis' "I'm Just A Guy" riddim is updated and utilized for Purple Man's Trod Along and Don Carlos' Booming Ball. Revisited are also the "Real Rock" riddim (Don Carlos' Ababa John I and John Wayne's deejay version You Too Greedy), the "Shank I Shek" riddim (Violence And Crime from the underrated Earl Cunningham), the "Satta Massa Gana" riddim (Wayne Jarrett's excellent Jah Life recording Satta Dread) and the Three Tops' "It's Raining" riddim (Don Carlos' Lazer Beam and Poppa Tollo's wicked Nuff Stylee). This compilation set is truly an excellent set of dancehall classics which all happen to be real killers, no fillers to be found ! Essential purchase !!

Also check out the other two Trojan albums exploring late 70s, early 80s dancehall style :

"Let's Go To The Blues" featuring lovers tracks from several of the artist featured here.
"King Tubby's Rockers" contains dub versions of a number of the vocal tracks that appear on both vocal albums.

Teacher & Mr. T.