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Duppy Writer CD

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Fire up the barbecue, crack a Dragon Stout, mix up yer Guinness punch, carry out whatever cliched act of Caribbeanism you can think of, because it’s summer at last and a new Roots Manuva album is here! And with artwork from the legendary Tony McDermott (who was responsible for the illustrations on Greensleeves classics by the likes of Scientist, Mad Professor and the famous ... Read more in Amazon's Roots Manuva Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Dada
  • ASIN: B003TVMHXU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Butterfly Crab Walk
2. Chin Up
3. Duppy Writer
4. Worl' a Mine
5. Big Tings Redone
6. Jah Warriors
7. Proper Tings Juggled
8. Dutty Rut
9. Dub Decay
10. Lick Up Ya Foot
11. Rebuff
12. Son of Bodda
13. Motion 82

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BBC Review

With two years passing since last studio offering Slime & Reason, it seemed the alternative remix-dominated lineage running concurrently alongside Roots Manuva’s regular discography was at an end. Not so fast. Having carved a successful career comparatively rendering most UK rappers tedious amateurs, the eccentric standard-setting south Londoner born Rodney Smith was merely formulating a fittingly inspired angle.

Enter producer Wrongtom, fellow London lad and, until now, best known as a recurring Hard-Fi collaborator, wrestling control for the most cohesive Roots Manuva re-rub record to date. Tom isn’t a complete bolt from the blue: a limited Slime & Reason bonus disc comprised several of his mixes. But this isn’t a simple expansion of that project.

Duppy Writer goes one further than its spiritual predecessors – 2002’s speaker-shaking Dub Come Save Me and 2006 mixes-and-outtakes collection Alternately Deep – slicing apart Slime & Reason alongside choice tracks across Smith’s entire legacy. Wrongtom’s distance from the originals pays dividends, accentuating the lolloping Jamaican flex at Smith’s musical heart and providing a central riff off which almost all 11 tunes – and two skits – sunnily ride.

Nowhere is that single-minded approach clearer illustrated than brand new cut Jah Warriors, featuring toasting Manuva cohort Ricky Ranking and a bobbing bassline straight out of reggae’s top drawer. Other zeniths, meanwhile, chiefly hail from Slime & Reason and an overdue update of debut album Brand New Second Hand’s weed-and-Guinness riddled science.

The latter is verified by Proper Tings Juggled (originally, err, Juggle Tings Proper), classic Smith wisdom concerning "ugly mans on my TV screen" set to minimal Amiga approximations of dub soundsystem riddims. Big Tings Redone (once Big Tings Gwidarn) teleports inner city concerns to a Caribbean beach vibe. And Rebuff suggests Wrongtom knows only already-gleaming gems are worth polishing, Slime & Reason’s ass-shaking lead single Buff Nuff now threatening to transform into a dancehall standard any second.

Never let it be said Roots Manuva isn’t a canny player: while Duppy Writer is sufficiently bubbling to temporarily sate cravings, there’s still scarcely enough nourishment until a new album proper. By then, to half-inch his parlance, you’ll be frigging starving.

--Adam Kennedy

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. I. N. Jefferson on 16 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Reggae and Hip Hop have a long history of being easy musical bedfellows in the UK...Daddy Freddy and Asher D, the Demon Boyz, London Posse are a few acts who mashed the 2 styles to the maximum effect years back...Roots Manuva's new remix album is definitely on a par with the creme de la creme mentioned above. Superb dubs and dancehall versions mixed with Maunva's smooth but steady flow ensure that this album is a sure fire shot winner. Turn up the bass and play till the deaf lady next door starts skanking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bloxham on 16 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album isn't totally original but it is absolutely addictive and very worth the purchase! If you're familiar with Roots manuva you'll be very interested with wrong tom's take on his material, he's a talented guy and it shows on this album. great effort =D
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This is a collection of Roots Manuva tracks selected from his entire back catalogue & remixed in a reggae/dub style by Wrongtom. Some of these versions sound so natural that they make the original album version sound like the remix. This is especially true of the opener 'Butterfly Crab Walk' ('Run Come Save Me's 'Hol' It Up'), 'Chin Up' (originally 'Awfully Deep's 'Chin High') and the absolute gem that is 'Worl' A Mine' (orignially featured on Alternately Deep - a remix & out-takes album in it's own right).

If you like chilled out reggae/dub or hip-hop then I cannot recommend this album highly enough.

The cover is awesome too - in fact, if ever an item should be judged on it's cover....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Dyson on 7 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is remixes and redone tracks that if u know roots manuva, u will already know these tracks, its still good, but its not new stuff.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Edwards on 13 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
First Roots Manuva album I've bought. Very happy with it. Not quite as angry and edgy as a lot of American Hip-Hop yet not as slow and laid-back as most reggae. It's an excellent balance between the two. His lyrics and style remind me a little of Mos Def, it has a strong dub beat that gradually has you nodding along with it. All the tracks on here are remastered versions of older stuff from Roots but the CD was reasonably priced and will be in my car stereo for some time.

Very happy.
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