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Watch How the People Dancing: Unity Sounds From the London Dance-hall 1986-1989

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Watch How the People Dancing: Unity Sounds from the London Dancehall 1986-1989

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Various Artists
Producers:
Astralwerks

We gave it a B

The hippest world-music label going, Honest Jon’s (of London record-shop fame) creates book-CD combos equally suited to reading and dancing. These singles and instrumentals show no-name locals rocking mics over the toy-store electro-beats that marked reggae’s transition into modern-day digital dancehall. Not the best of the era (see Barrington Levy), but a sweet, bouncy snapshot of a pungent regional scene.