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I’m but one of the Pressure Drop DJs, and what I’ve written out below isn’t reflective of the other DJ’s set.

They are just tunes I find myself playing a lot of late. Where possible, I’ve listed the riddims, as riddims are the backbone of our set.

In case this is new to you, riddims are the underlying beats and music to a tune. MCs or singjays do versions, which is why you hear so many of the same basslines reappearing in reggae, and sometimes beyond.
For example, stalag, listed below, has been used by St. Germain and the Freestylers, and many more. In fact, it’s been done about 200 times.

Because of the importance of riddims, listing top tunes is a limited practice: a tune is only as good as the riddim its in.

All of this said, and bearing in mind that there will also be another Pressure Drop DJ with his own preferences on the night, here’s my current and classic reggae and dancehall tunes. (formatting is a wee bit skewiff, but each listing is in the order
of artist, tune, riddim and label)

Top 10 2006 tunes, in order: Ollie from Pressure Drop
Artist tune riddim label
1:Busy Signal Too much gun Man Fi Dead H2O

2: Makka Diamond Murdera Man Fi Dead H2O

3: Bounty Killer & Lukie D Kill another sound Intercom Reloaded / Intercom Maximum Sound (UK)

4:Ding Dong Badman forward badman pull up badman forward VP

5: Wayne Marshall: In a zone Intercom Reloaded / Intercom Maximum Sound (UK)

6: Sean Paul and Wayne Marshall Yardie Bone ? VP

7:Buju Banton Me and oonu Wipe Out Danger Zone

8: Bounty Killer Roots reality Real Rock Stone Love

9: Fugees ( Guantanamo Camp )Fu gee la rock RMX Real Rock Prime time

10: Idonia Ukku Dem Time Deh Young Legends


And now, 17 random reggae and dancehall classics that I sometimes play – i.e. they’re pre 2006!

(note - not thought out in advance, just ran through quickly!)

Toots and the Maytals: Funky Kingston

TOK: Glazin Gal (diwali)

Tenor Saw: Golden Hen (Golden Hen)

King Tubby: King Tubby Dub

Reggie Stepper feat. Fuzzy Jones: Co-Unoh (Stalag)

Sister Nancy: Bam Bam (Stalag)

Shabba Ranks: Roots and Culture (Stalag)

Big Youth: Mammy hot daddy cool

Daddy Lizard: A Fi Fly Out

Dennis Alcapone: Cassius Clay (drum song)

Tanya Stephens: Gangsta (intercom)

Congos: Gimme u’r love

TOK: Coulda Wha (Egyptian)

Dr Ring Ding: Bombs over Baghdad (Pharaoh)

Sean Paul: Get With It Girl (Egyptian)

Toots and the Maytals: A message to you Rudie

The Skatalites: Beardsman Ska

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