King at the Controls The King Jammy’s Story [Documentary] (2006)

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Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James is one of central pillars in the creation of modern Dancehall as we know it today, and he also created and produced some of the most influential and enduring rhythms that are still get re-mixed and reused today.

Jammy started his a career as an apprentice under King Tubby and soon graduated as a formidable producer in his own right. By the latter half of the 1970s Jammy was releasing his own productions and had a number of high profile artists under his guidance, including Black Uhuru, Johnny Osbourne and many more.

Jammy practically single-handedly invented the digital dancehall genre when he launched ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ to unsuspecting Jamaican dancehall patrons, and eventually the world.

This documentary, made in 2006, charts the story of King Jammy with access to the man himself, as well as interviews with a wealth of artists from the 70s to the present day – including Wayne Smith, Elephant Man, Chaka Demus, Josey Wales, Ninjaman, Little Twitch, Bobby Digital, and many more.

This hour long film charts Jammy’s rise and covers his impact on reggae music, his productions, his studio, and also takes an extended look at the impact of his sound system and some of the most notable clashes he had.

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Dubbing In The Back Yard – King Tubby and The Aggrovators [1982]

Dubbing In The Back Yard - King Tubby and The Aggrovators [1982]

Dubbing In The Back Yard - King Tubby and The Aggrovators [1982]
What’s not to love about this album cover? The ‘Bunny’ has escaped from his hutch and is chilling with his briefcase in the garden.

“Dubbing In The Back Yard” was a 1982 release on UK based “Black Music” record label – which goes someway in explaining the cover photo for this Dub album. The photo shows Bunny Lee relaxing in a garden that looks like it must have been taken in England…..the rabbit hutch and the tower block in the background is a bit of a giveaway.

Despite the title, King Tubby was not at the controls for this Dub release; the music was mixed at Tubby’s studio, but the actual production was all done by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee with Prince Jammy on mixing duties.

This dub album includes some nice heavy roots tracks, with a few bass-heavy excursions into early 80s dancehall versions of riddims like the ‘Johnny Dollar riddim’ (‘Natural Glow’).


  • A1 Relaxing Mood
  • A2 Adventure
  • A3 Summers Eve
  • A4 Warm Weather
  • A5 Easy Mood
  • B1 Natural Glow
  • B2 Plantation Run
  • B3 Hot Weather
  • B4 Mountain Rains
  • B5 Hideaway

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