David Rodigan - FABRICLIVE 54

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A pioneering broadcaster, nightclub disc jockey, and victorious veteran of countless sound system clashes, David Rodigan is easily the best-known reggae DJ in the world. Armed with a vast knowledge of the music stemming from a lifelong obsession, and regular visits to Jamaica that yielded intense friendships with key figures such as King Tubby and Augustus Pablo, the reggae ambassador has probably done more than anyone else on the planet to spread knowledge of Jamaican popular music through several decades' worth of disc spinning, radio broadcasting, and album compiling.

"I deliberately avoided the obvious tracks which have appeared repeatedly on reggae compilation albums over the years. fabric, the club, and fabric the record label, is at the cutting edge of music and so I wanted to uphold that legacy with my album." David Rodigan

One of the most appealing aspects of a Rodigan set is that vintage classics are linked to their up-to-the-minute counterparts, so keen listeners will always get a sense of reggae's intense evolution, as well as the way that the genre has influenced other forms of contemporary music, such as hip-hop, house and dubstep. Thus, on FABRICLIVE 54, King Tubby's 'The Roots of Dub' and Joe Gibbs' 'He Dubbed' set the stage for Sly and Robbie's 'Blackboard' and Cadenza's dubstep reworking of Keith & Tex's 'Stop That Train', while Big Youth's evergreen 'Waterhouse Rock' and Tenor Saw's perennial 'Ring the Alarm' pre-empt Cham's gripping 'Ghetto Story', Collie Buddz's infectious 'Come Around', Shaggy's hilarious 'Church Heathen', and Million Stylez's compelling re-cut of 'Police in Helicopter'. Further recent thrills come from Alborosie, Etana, Chezidek, Romain Virgo and Bitty McLean, all serving up hot reggae nuggets for a broad, contemporary audience.


  1. Augustus Pablo King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown Yard Music / Rockers International
  2. Big Youth Waterhouse Rock VP
  3. Alborosie Kingston Town Greensleeves
  4. Etana August Town VP
  5. Chezidek Borderline Mideya
  6. Romain Virgo Live Mi Life VP
  7. Cham Ghetto Story Warner
  8. Super Cat Don Dada Sony
  9. Pinchers Bandelero Necessary Mayhem
  10. Prince Alla Bucket Bottom Freedom Sounds
  11. King Tubby Roots Of Dub Total Sounds
  12. Joe Gibbs & Errol T He Prayed (Dubbed) VP
  13. Tenor Saw Ring The Alarm Techniques
  14. Mr Vegas & Konshens Help Me Praise Jahoviah Maximum Sound
  15. Bitty McLean Plead My Cause Mideya / TAXI / Silent River
  16. Beres Hammond Can You Play Some More VP
  17. Cadenza Stop That Train Headlock
  18. Sly, Robbie, Lenky & The Maximum Sound Crew Black Board Maximum Sound
  19. Shaggy Church Heathen Big Yard
  20. Collie Buddz Come Around Sony
  21. Million Stylez Police In Helicopter Necessary Mayhem