In the lead up to Notting Hill Carnival this weekend we asked the mighty MC Navigator about his favourite soundsystem tracks!
1. EXIT ~ Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown is my favourite singer of all time. This track was one of the first digital Dancehall hits that took reggae into a new dimension in the mid 80s. Memories of chatting over the version in 4 Aces club Dalston on Unity with Deman Rockers & Flinty Badman flood my mind. Simply Classic.
2. AFTER ALL ~ King Everald
I first heard this track on dubplate in 1985 when I acquired my first Youthman Promotion cassette. That was the era when people like Tenor Saw, Colourman, Blacka T, Dona P and Yami Bolo started their careers as artists. I must big up Sugar Minott for having the vision to guide and nurture these young fresh artists of that time. I rewound that tape so much it broke in the end and I had to open the cassette casing and fix it with cello-tape because I loved it so much.
3. PICK A SOUND ~ Selah Collins
This track was one of those choons where you had hold on to a girl and wind and go down. Classic Unity release that used to tear up dances all over the UK sung by a really soulful reggae singer the great Selah Collins.
4. SERIOUS TIME ~ Admiral Tibet
Another HUGE track that used to mash up dance back in the 80s. It still packs just as much of a punch nowadays as it did back then. Real lyrics, still relevant, still drawn by top sound system selectors. Real singer, Real Classic!!
5. TRIALS & CROSSES ~ Nitty Gritty
Big man choon from back in the day by a bad man singer Nitty Gritty (RIP) guaranteed wheel and pull up in a dancehall and many sound boys got buried with the specials he sang for certain sounds. This riddim straight pepper!!
Check out Navigator’s latest EP On Liondub & Navigator’s new merger label; Liondub ODT Muzik… below, 4 cool & deadly Jungle cuts primed and ready for Carnival!