Which records have inspired you?
A record that’s particularly inspired me is The Cecil Lloyd group - I Cover the Waterfront. It's a very forgotten, overlooked record. It came out in 1962. Really interestingly, it was produced by Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, who was the person who founded Studio One and the most prolific dub producer ever. But really interestingly, this was before he started Studio One, and it's a jazz record. There's a lot of people who don't see the connection between jazz and dub, but a lot of these people like Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso went on to be in groups like The Skatalites and played in various SKA bands, but this was their background. This is where they came from. So, I find it really interesting that somebody like Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, who was the foundation for so much of what came out of Jamaica across those decades, he started with jazz, and that was the foundation of where it all began for him. You know, when I got this record, it really inspired me and made that connection that I was very happy to see. So yeah, Port-O-Jam Records. This is a rare one, actually. But really beautiful. It's in very good condition too. Beautiful, beautiful record.
What's your go-to Sunday morning record?
You know, it's funny, because I've got a few Hugh Mundell records here. There's a fourth one, but I don't know where it's gone. It's definitely somewhere but this one, I mean, funnily enough, it's called Arise. There's a song on this called Arise and Shine, which is the ultimate morning tune. One of those really uplifting tracks. That makes you want to start your day with good energy. He's a very special person, he started making music at the age of 14, and very sadly, was shot dead at the age of 21, but produced five studio albums in that time. This was the final record that he actually recorded in 1983. A lot of people don't know about this, because it only came out five years after his death. Very interestingly, it was produced by Dennis Bovell, who was in Matumbi and produced the Babylon soundtrack, which is over there. He was really important when it came to UK dub. So, when I found out that Dennis Bovell had produced Hugh Mundell, that was a link that I thought was absolutely amazing that made the connection between the Jamaican roots artists, and the British lovers rock scene.