'Dance Hall Style' Horace Andy (Wackie's, 1983)

'Dance Hall Style ...' 

Initially Dancehall was a more sparse version of Reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital Dancehall becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms.

From an article, 'Origins of Dancehall' (here it's one word) on Jamaicansmusic.com 

Check out this very detailed review of Dance Hall Style by Jo-Ann Greene that details the history behind the record, who recorded what before on AllMusic; for instance, Massive Attack later recorded a version of 'Spying Glass' with Andy, this is her pick from the record.

Note how Massive Attack hollowed out the beat, slowed it down reinforcing what Greene calls the song's original 'haunted quality' and claustrophobia. 

My favourite though has to be the first track, 'Money Money' - for the magnificent echo effect and the sharp contrast between Andy's sweet vocal delivery and the bass line. Check out King Tubby's dead-on take of the same track, 'Money Dub' ..

For anyone interested in reading a book about the Kingston Dancehall scene in 1983 called Volcano Revisited, written by two Finnish writers and that includes interviews with all the key musicians and producers from the era - Horace Andy is in the ranks -  check this out

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