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Unity Sounds was in the 80's one the of the biggest sound system in England with Saxon and Jah Tubby's. At this time Unity was directly connected with Jammy's and Striker Lee : Unity would get exclusive dubplates to play in London and Jamaicans producers would get direct feedback on what was happening on the dance floor.
I discovered Unity through a 2xLP pressed by Honnest Jon's (London). At this time, I used to appreciate mainly 70's roots or Channel 1's or Junjo's rub a dub, but under the good advices from Patate Records (Paris), I got this record to discover the digital style that love so much now.
Watch How The People Them Dancing is a tune selection with many singers : Kenny Knotts, Mikey Murka, Selah Collins, Errol Bellot, Peter Bouncer and Richie Davis. The title of the LP is also the name of a track by Kenny Knotts - Watch How The People Them Dancing. Although you can feel Jammy's Tempo or Sleng Teng influences, most of the riddims on this LP are unique. To pleinly appreciate it, dub versions follow almost every tunes.
In my opinion, crucial tracks are
- Kenny Knotts - Run Come Call Me.
- Errol Bellot - What a Wonderful Feeling on a wicked Tempo cut.
Anyway, all tracks are good, this LP is obviously a must have.
If you prefer 12" format, there are also 3 reissues (by Honest Jon's):
- Richie Davis - Lean Boot & Mikey Murka - Ride The Riddim
- Selah Collins - Pick a Sound & Errol Bellot - What a Wonderful Feeling
- Kenny Knotts - Whatch How The People Dancing & Mikey Murka - We Try.
In february 2010, Gaffa Blue (London) re-pressed 7" some of the tunes present in the 2xLP but, important thing, those are alternate cuts and dubplate mixes with sirens, effects ...The name of the label is Ruddy and Redeye who were members of Unity Sound System.:
- Selah Collins - Try Try
- Kenny Knotts - Run Come Call Me
- Mikey Murka - Ride the Riddim
- Errol Bellot - What a Wonderful Feeling
- Wayne Marshall - Gunshot (not on the 2xLP).
If you like those tunes, then you might be ready to save money (a lot) and to spend time to find orginal 12" inches released in the 80's, for exemple:
- UN 017 Anthony Johnson - Dancehall Vibes & Tonto Irie - Wrap Up Mixup
- UN 027 Kenny Knots - Full Control & Stop Playing
- UN 005 Chicken Chest - Negative Conquer Positive & D.C. Ninja - Don't Bax Your Lady.
Once again top reissues will help many people to discover new labels, new reggae branches.
Oldies but goodies !