DJ Kentaro - Tuff Cuts

Diverse Doctrine Version - The Village Bunch
Doctrine Dub - The Village Bunch
Hello Love Brother - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Big Fight Dub - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Shake The Nation - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Kunta Kinte - The Revolutionaries
Beware Version - The Revolutionaries
Song My Mother Used To Sing - Dennis Brown
Jerusalem - Devon Irons
Freedom - Earl 16
Roots Kunta Kinte - Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Mozabites - Prince Far I & The Arabs
The Encounter - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Swell Headed Version - The Revolutionaries
False Rumour Version - King Tubby
Jah Creation Version - The Revolutionaries
Shaka The Great - The Overnight Players
Road Runner - The Sounds Unlimited
Journey to Freedom - Karl Masters & Joe Higgs
A Message - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Future Dub - The Upsetter
Internal Dub - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Out of the Abyss - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Low Gravity - Prince Far I & The Arabs
Disco Jack Version - Jackie Mittoo
Jah Will Provide - Hugh Mundel
I'm A Freeman - Freddie McKay

This is the first project of this type that Pressure Sounds have ever undertaken. At the time of writing I can't say whether there will be more or not but what I can say is that I do like dj Kentaro's mixing. The only reason for undertaking a project like this was if we were going to add something to the original tracks and I think, with Kentaro's help, that we really have.

It was the kind of thing that we used to do when I was in my early twenties. Mix cassettes. But we used to try and do them with two cassette decks and no real mixer! Thankfully things have moved on since then.

Remix albums are a curious art form and may not be your cup of tea exactly. You need sonar like a very musical bat to be able to do it well. Mixing the beats  is one thing but having that particular antenna that can hear what collection of tunes will fit together is a real gift. One that is both individual yet not so idiosyncratic that others won't want to hear your 'thing'.

Kentaro's ability to scratch and mix is pretty amazing and on this album he has respected the original music and not really gone too far with the scratching.

Instead he has kept it to the minimum and concentrated on threading the music together. There is a leaning towards the more dub side of the Pressure Sounds catalogue on this mix and this was at my suggestion. I thought it would be a little tougher to do than remixing a Pressure Sounds vocal album but maybe next time round we'll go for the greatest hits mix? Personally I love the dub material and I think this album is something that will stand up to more than just a few listens and that you will return again and again.

I must say thank you to The Mighty Crown who have added their vocal skills to Kentaro's fine mixing. Thank you Mighty Crown and also my amigo Jimmy Riley and the late great Prince Far I.

My advice would be to get yourself a decent pair of headphones and turn off the TV and the computer. Make yourself comfortable (even roll one up if you're that way inclined) and have a party in your head. Let dj Kentaro and the cream of Jamaica's musical talent remind you just what makes reggae music from this period so extra special.

Pete Holdsworth - Tokyo June 2008

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