V.A.Outta Road / Dem A Fraud
following in the tradition of mid-80s rub-a-dub from an often overlooked corner of dancehall
The brainchild of local farmer and radio personality Red Robin – alongside the deadly
production duo Naram and Art – the first 12” features two heavy-like-lead riddims with
discomix cuts from four unsung heroes of the 80s with conscious, street-level lyrics.
Side A finds legendary singer Winston 'Midnight Riders' Powell rise again on a synth-infused
piece of classic rub-a-dub. Despite being his first release in decades, he delivers a cutting edge
vocal from his Kingston 9 borough about life “Outta Road” in the Jamaican capital. He then
crosses live to special agent Speng Bond for a deejay report on the current state of Britain in
“Dread Outta Road”.
With a more uptempo riddim, the flipside sees Toronto-based 80s star Steve Knight fire some
timely shots at corrupt politicians with “Dem a Fraud” before Los Angeles-based MC Tippa Lee
comes correct with a self-affirming deejay cut on “Salute the Veteran”.
Both sides are served with one-away dub mixes from Naram and added textural touches from
Disrupt. Six cuts on one record, strictly limited pressings.