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Reggae, jazz etc for post-hardcore fans

Mark Hardy
 
Bitches Brew
Bitches Brew
"Vital for Mars Volta fans. At times unsettling but stimulating and the title track is one long headtrip."
Pithecanthropus Erectus
Pithecanthropus Erectus
"The Avatar of outlandish jazz but this is also accessible.  The solos are from a different planet and will leave you breathless."
The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
"Also great.  Strangely danceable (though not in public)."
Black Unity        /Imp
Black Unity /Imp
"Conrad's Heart of Darkness in stereo sound.  Tribal, funky, tight and intense."
Sextant
Sextant
"Sounds like the illegitimate offspring of Bi__hes Brew and Black Unity."
Memphis Underground
Memphis Underground
"Don't be scared by the fact that this is an album by a flautist.  The solos are amazing.  Room for a flute in hardcore bands, anyone?"
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
"You will have heard and liked the title track so you won't be disappointed with the full album."
Social Classics Volume 2: Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown
Social Classics Volume 2: Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown
"The best intro to Dub/Reggae.  A virtual Buyer's Guide for the genres."
Right Time
Right Time
"Outstanding vocal harmony reggae.  Spiritual and sensitively political, Right Time and I Need A Roof are classics."
Trenchtown Mix Up
Trenchtown Mix Up
"Similar style to the Mighty Diamonds, my favourite track is Looks Is Deceiving."
96 Degrees in the Shade
96 Degrees in the Shade
"Very funky reggae.  Will put a smile on the face of the most hard-hearted nihilist."
Handsworth Revolution
Handsworth Revolution
"UK reggae at it's finest.  Politically conscious, occasionally unsettling but always optimistic."
Two Sevens Clash
Two Sevens Clash
"Essential for all punks on its release.  The portentous title track is possibly the finest ever dub track put down."
KING TUBBY MEETS ROCKERS UPTOWN
KING TUBBY MEETS ROCKERS UPTOWN
"Regarded by many as the definitive dub album.  Ideal whether you're skanking or baking."
Super Ape
Super Ape
"The most imaginative person in dub.  Less balanced than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest."
Bass Culture
Bass Culture
"Dub-poet extraordinaire, the marriage of the two styles works perfectly.  Inglan Is A Bi_ch is the sound of urban alienation."
The Best of U-Roy Super Boss
The Best of U-Roy Super Boss
"Key contributor to the genesis of rap and hip-hop.  Not bad considering he was basically talking over other people's records."
Screaming Target
Screaming Target
"Crown Prince to U-Roy the King.  Great voice and lyrics, this is his finest album."
Fear Of A Black Planet
Fear Of A Black Planet
"Everyone should have heard of 'It Takes A Nation of Millions etc', this is even better.  Includes the classic 911 Is A Joke."
The Best Of Parliament: Give Up The Funk
The Best Of Parliament: Give Up The Funk
"If Scratch was from a different planet, these guys were from the next one further out.  Everyone needs to get funked up at least once."
Superfly
Superfly
"Perhaps the best blaxploitation OST (although see below).  Edgy, funky and compulsive listening."
Shaft: Original Soundtrack
Shaft: Original Soundtrack
"From the title down, this album radiates sex.  Passionate, slightly seedy, the vocals make Barry White sound virginal."
There's A Riot Goin' On
There's A Riot Goin' On
"Characteristically buoyant in the face of conflict and strife.  Features many classics including Family Affair."
The Specials
The Specials
"My favourite ska album ever.  As relevant today as it was on its release.  The pinnacle for now and ever of (mostly) white boys playing black music.  Groundbreaking."
The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever
The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever
"Brilliant compilation including Tainted Love, Moving On Up and (Your Love Is) Lifting Me Higher."