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Artist
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Mafia & Fluxy Presents 90s Reggae Dancehall Vol. 1
Various
Mafia & Fluxy Records
Digital Release
February 6, 2016

Track list
  1. Beenie Man - Dis De Man
  2. Mad Cobra - Off Guard
  3. Mega Banton - Money First
  4. Cutty Ranks - Armed & Dangerous
  5. Simpleton - Traitor
  6. Dirtsman - Serious
  7. Sandra Melody - Laugh After Them
  8. Tonto Metro & Devonte - Hot Gal
  9. Glamma kid - Sneakers
  10. Mykal Rose - Run Dem Ah Run
  11. Minor Mackerel - Hot Today
  12. Shar Banton - Get Up
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Mafia & Fluxy are the best known UK reggae riddim section and production team consisting of brothers Leroy and David Heywood. Their successful career began with London reggae band The Instigators in 1977. They backed countless Jamaican artists on UK and European tours, but also went to Jamaica where they built riddim tracks for renown producers such as Bunny Lee, King Jammy, Donovan Germain, and Philip "Fatis" Burrell. They became one of the most in-demand riddim sections of the reggae and dancehall scene. Leroy Mafia did well on the reggae charts with some fine (mostly lovers) tunes. They started their own label, producing artists such as Sugar Minott, King Kong, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne, Cornell Campbell, and many many more. They recorded many up-and-coming UK dancehall & reggae artists and gave the UK reggae/dancehall scene a significant boost. Wether it's a tough dancehall riddim, an ultra smooth lovers tune or deep roots tune, they can handle 'm all.

The album "90s Reggae Dancehall Vol. 1" takes you back to the 1990s, and in particular to the UK dancehall scene of that period. The album brings together 14 dancehall tunes, well to be precise, 13 dancehall songs and one reggae tune: Mykal Rose's excellent 1995 haunting tune "Run Dem Ah Run". In 1993 producers Leroy "Mafia" Heywood & Dave "Fluxy" Heywood took the charts in full force with the tough dancehall riddim "Bellevue". Mega Banton's lick across that riddim, the tune "Money First" is included in this compilation. Jamaican dancehall stalwart Cutty Ranks rides a tough backdrop on "Armed & Dangerous", a tune from 1999, loosely based on the Toots & Maytals song "Monkey Man". Simpleton (born Christopher Harrison, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, 1971), whose claim to fame was the 1992 hit single, "Coca Cola Bottle Shape", released three reggae albums in the mid-1990s, and died from a heart attack on 7 November 2004 in Kingston, Jamaica. Check his 1994 rudebwoy tune "Traitor" here. From 1992 comes "Dis De Man", an appealing dancehall tune from the Doctor aka Beenie Man. Minor Mackerel's tune "Hot Today was a minor hit in 1993 and is his rendition of the famous "Answer" riddim. Glamma Kid's "Sneakers" and Dirtsman's "Serious" are also noteworthy efforts.

Go back in time and dance!