Gerd Janson in a digital dancehall stylee: Laptop reggae and drum machine dubs by Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Carl Meeks and more.
Way too often, the futuristic effects of West Indian island music get shamefully overlooked. While dub pioneers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry turned the studio itself into an essential instrument and sound laboratory, since the mid-’80s digital dancehall has turned roots reggae upside down, paving the way for robotic rhythms and wordy chatter. Arguably the first digi dancehall riddim ever, the infectious Casio groove of King Tubby’s “Sleng Teng” got picked up by all kinds of dancehall DJs and singjays – some of which Gerd has assembled for this month’s Risky Business. Tune in for ’80s dance classic and obscure jams by the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Thriller U, Anthony Red Rose and many more.