The mighty Horace Andy, without question the sweetest voice in Reggae music, is playing at District in Liverpool on the 1st of September 2017. It’s a near impossible task to narrow down his output, he has sung on so many great tracks, but it would be remiss not to try, here’s a selection of a few favourites.
Natty Dread A Weh She Want (1972) – Straight out of the gate with a classic track, released on the 1972 Skylarking Album, the title track is of course an absolute killer, and we’d point you to this version. But this marginally less well known track is fantastic (this is the shorter version, the longer version with Tappa Zukie is great too):
You Are My Angel (1973) – The first many people encountered of Horace Andy was his beautiful singing on Massive Attack‘s albums, and of course many of the vocals he sang were re versions of his original tracks (in keeping with the Dub & Reggae tradition). This is one of the best examples, you can check the brooding Bristolian version here and check out the original from the 1973 album of the same name below:
Better Collie (1975) Horace Andy continues to work with some of the finest producers in the modern era, (more to come on that), but of course he worked with the giants in Jamaica, this one of many King Tubby productions graced with his vocals, on a 7″ first released in 1975 (and a version with the dub included here)
Cuss Cuss (1983) – The 1983 “Dance Hall Style” Album is full of gold, famously including “Spying Glass” , which was re-versioned by Horace and Massive Attack 11 years later. This is another great cut, which is itself a cover of a Lloyd Robinson track from 1968:
Leap Of Faith (with Mr Jukes & De La Soul) (2017) – With a history of teaming up with some of the finest producers throughout his career, (other examples include the Dub Pistols and the Easy Star Allstars) 2017 is no different. Lending his sweet vocals, alongside De La Soul, to a track from Mr Jukes outstanding “God First” album released just last month:
Money Money (1983) It says five, but always room for one more, this one also features on the “Dancehall Style” Album, and has a sentiment that never quits:
Tickets for the Liverpool show are available here, see you there!