Reggae selection is a constant learning process for me. Like a puzzle with the pieces that can only be found in the many, many reggae releases available. Collecting every possible tune in every Riddim set is a chore that, as maddening as it is, is very educational. Making the connection between two riddims, to one single original tune, and discovering remakes and versions through the decades has made my brain a breathing data base.
Many Riddims find their creation in the early Rocksteady phase of Reggae’s history, most likely from Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle camp, or Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One camp. This post is a brief focus on the latter, with a couple of original versions of Legendary Riddims.
Get In The Groove (AKA I Need A Roof) Riddim
You may recognize this Riddim from Tunes like John Holt’s Up Park Camp, Barrington Levy’s Shine Eye Girl, and Mighty Diamonds’ I Need A Roof. You can also hear a newer version of this Riddim on Ray Darwin’s People’s Choice
Full Up (AKA Kutchie) Riddim
This riddim gained international attention in the 80’s with Musical Youth’s Pass The Dutchie. The Riddim already had a prolific history with many versions of this Riddim being cut. Mighty Diamonds’ Pass The Kutchie, Mykal Rose’s Stalk Of Sensimilla, and Yellowman’s Herbman Smuggling are examples that barely scratch the surface.
Darker Shade Of Black Riddim
This Riddim reemerged this year in the form of Mr. Vegas’ Lean Widit Rock Widit. You may also recognize the Riddim from Farkie Paul’s Kushumpeng, Sizzla’s Explain To The Almighty, and notable release on the newest version with Mitch’s DJ.