I recently digitized my vinyl copy of Barrington Levy’s Poorman Style album and I have been enjoying it tremendously. The combination of the Roots Radics band, Barrington, and Scientist is so sweet and heavy. The tempos are slow, the basslines are irresistible, and Barrington Levy’s delivery is so direct and earnest that it doesn’t even matter what the lyrics are. And as if that wasn’t enough, one of my favorite dub specialists, Scientist, peppers the whole affair with subtle dubwise interventions throughout. For those who are familiar with Barrington Levy, there are plenty of whoa-yoii-yeeeaaa’s but not so many woodly-oodly’s in this session.
Barrington Levy over the Roots Radics sound, mixed by Scientist. So good. Some damn fine guitar work, too.
Selections from Poorman Style (Clocktower, 1982):
She is the Best Girl