View Full Version : 20 best reggae 45s of the noughties

john eden
11-01-2010, 10:11 PM
text and video onslaught commences here:


Benny B
11-01-2010, 10:37 PM
Nice one, I'm enjoying listening to these selections. I've never fully took the plunge into buying reggae records, I usually just pick up the odd compilation or mix, so this is great.

Have you got any more mixes planned btw? I've rinsed all the ones you and Grievous done so much now, I need more!

john eden
11-01-2010, 10:38 PM
Glad you like it benny - yes lots planned... just getting down to doing them is the thing... ;)

12-01-2010, 10:07 AM

mos dan
12-01-2010, 04:16 PM
brilliant, loving this john.

looking forward to you getting to this little number http://www.robertpopper.com/2010/01/12/who-says-white-people-cant-play-reggae/

really though, i'm on a steep learning curve w/ reggae, so this helps. look forward to reading and hearing the rest!

12-01-2010, 04:21 PM
Surprised how many of these I know - I really was paying attentiion after all. On the Diwali, my favourite cut was always the Lenky instrumental that later turned up on the beyond-brilliant Wayne and Wax podcast...

12-01-2010, 06:59 PM
John, as ever, you are a legend

12-01-2010, 07:23 PM
ah, was listening to Notorious just yesterday morning. The biz.

john eden
12-01-2010, 09:01 PM
Surprised how many of these I know - I really was paying attentiion after all. On the Diwali, my favourite cut was always the Lenky instrumental that later turned up on the beyond-brilliant Wayne and Wax podcast...

Yeah I know what you mean, Baboon - it was actually very easy to put the list together for me because there were so many big tunes I'd forgotten about.

Glad people like it. Controversy seeking "worst things about reggae in the noughties" post now up: http://www.uncarved.org/blog/2010/01/10-worst-things-about-reggae-in-the-noughties/

part two of the chart tomorrow if everything goes to plan.

Fun times :)

matt b
12-01-2010, 10:39 PM
Wicked memories and serious thoughts, John... as it should be.

Shake the Foundations 2 remains one of the best contemporary JA reggae mixes of the past 10 years- everyone I have played it to who I respect one iota has taken it to heart.

That it has, so far been a base of your selection of best 000000s tunes is a testament to your foresight... or luck ;)

I hope you'll include a touch of UK-Dub later, no?

Benny B
12-01-2010, 10:44 PM
Lyric maker is the one. Unbelievably good mix.

Just realised that i havent got the shake the foundations mix, and i thought i'd downloaded all the reggae mixes off your blog! Must remedy that immediately.

edit: is this mix still available? The link to bassnation from your website looks dead

john eden
13-01-2010, 06:45 AM
yes the Shake2 mix isn't online now but lots of people have asked for it, so will re-up soon.

And yes definitely luck played a part in it all, just being able to hear those tunes and pick them up I guess!

Matt - I'd not really feel qualified to do a uk dub rundown so will leave that to someone else (and of course the all time chart in Woofah).

john eden
13-01-2010, 07:28 PM
20 best reggae 45s of the noughties PART TWO:


Bang Diddley
14-01-2010, 10:05 AM
Selecta !

Listening in now. Nice idea by Hal to put up a Spotify version of the track.


14-01-2010, 10:20 AM
great stuff again. followed your link to this article about collie budz:


sometimes i can't put into words how much i hate the c8nting Guardian (or rather, its total inability/unwillingness to discriminate between the very good writers it does have, and the smug wankers it also lets write for it).

unknown soulja
14-01-2010, 02:41 PM
Thanks john, really interesting read all round.
The guardian articles truly are terrible - especially the collie buddz one!
That michael rose tune is astounding and i love the horns on Chant dem down thanks for the pointer on those!
Gotta admit i love the akon version of ghetto story tho - find his vocal properly haunting!

14-01-2010, 06:28 PM
All three Uncarved blogs referred to on this thread are excellent reading (as always)...cheers.

I too was pleased that I had paid attention a bit better than I thought I had this decade. Really pleased to see VC in there, slightly disappointed not to see Chezidek's lovely "Leave the Trees". I SO identify with the "sit this dance out" comment on the last couple of years of autotune: listening to 1xtra programmes downloaded off the set-top box is so much quicker when you have a "Delete as soon as you hear an autotune" rule! Totally irritating gimmick, adds nothing to the vast majority of the tunes it is used on...

Do I get bonus marks for having a ginuwine original Shake the Foundations Volume ONE CDR someone gave me but not the seemingly leg end Vol 2?!

Wayne & Wax podcast? Got a link?! A man of good taste...

unknown soulja
15-01-2010, 12:12 AM
I SO identify with the "sit this dance out" comment on the last couple of years of autotune

See i totally disagree, i think the last couple of years have been amazing for dancehall, so many artists coming through and totally changing the game, but depends on what style of tunes you like i suppose...

15-01-2010, 04:11 AM
i like the housewife style of reggae too but i would like to see someone do a list like this for more harder styles.
and is there a good place for dancehall mixes? i miss hearing this stuff on the radio.
(dont tell me about 1xtra)

15-01-2010, 05:17 AM
i like things like this if this helps....





john eden
15-01-2010, 06:44 AM
Luka - check the heatwave website for mixes, Gabriel said they were going to do a radio show covering the last decade which would be wicked.

Phil - yeah there were only a few of the vol1s done I think, mainly for people on the uk-dance list. Good times - I'm going to have to excavate those early mixes soon and get them online...

15-01-2010, 06:54 AM
theres nothing on the heatwave site that fits the bill but i'll look out for the best of the decade show.

unknown soulja
15-01-2010, 09:12 AM
Hi Luka,
i have just finished a new dancehall mix of stuff from the last six months or so which you hopefully will enjoy judging on your youtube links. It has a thread over here (i got a bit over excited so its 67 tracks long). http://dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=10353

Think the heatwave should definitely have lots that you will enjoy, they have battered all of the tunes you pointed out - try the recordings of their rinse shows.

Hope you like the mix if you get a chance to listen.

15-01-2010, 09:46 PM
actually i was listening to that mic last night and i enjoyed it thank you despite an arguably over-zealous application of the air horn effect!

unknown soulja
16-01-2010, 01:27 PM
haha you can never have too much airhorn, isnt that right john ;)
glad you enjoyed it!