Earl 16 - "Gold Dust" / Manasseh " Herb Dust" by Roots Garden records published on 2012/09/04 23:44:01 +0000 featured on the 2009 release Roots garden records “Showcase Part 2” ( issued on 12" vinyl and digital download) Produced and mixed by Nick Manasseh featuring: Freddie McGregor, Danny Red, Ras Zacharri, Earl 16 and Soothsayers Horns Catalogue number RGR:SC002 Tracks 7 & 8 Earl 16 started his singing career in the mid 70s, with his distinctive, nasal delivery and steadfast conscious messages, Earl has been a part of the international reggae landscape for three decades. Both in Jamaica and his current London home, Earl always finds just the right producer or team to elicit the rootsy music framework his voice deserves. This has lead to landmark collaborations with the likes of: Lee Scratch Perry, Studio One, Augustus Pablo, Dreadzone, Mikey Dread, Gussie P, Mafia and Fluxy, Mad Professor and countless others. With scores of hit tunes under his belt such as: “Malcolm X“, “Cheating“, “Freedom“, “Reggae Sound“, “Natural Roots Man“, “Trials and Crosses“, “Julia“, and the massive Studio One hit “Love is a Feeling”. Earl continues to be one of reggae’s most in demand, prolific singers, writers and performers on the scene. Manasseh reworks a previously unreleased rhythm originally recorded by little known artists “Poet Armagideon” at Jamaica’s Channel One studio in the early 80’s. The original version having been heard only as an underground sound system dubplate. He brings this rockers style rhythm track into the 21st century, still retaining those “Scientist” and “Roots Radics” sounds from reggaes heyday! Earl 16’s natural tones make the song his own as he sings praises of his homeland, taking you on a journey through the hills of Jamaica. Complete with tropical bird sounds and full length dubwise version.