Aquarius Rock – The Hip Reggae World of Herman Chin-Loy

Herman Chin Loy always had a sound that was as distinctive as any in reggae. Specialising in the quirky and the offbeat, his Scorpio and Aquarius labels were responsible for some of the most innovative instrumentals in Jamaican music.

He was actually making instrumental records under the name of Augustus Pablo before a skinny young kid called Horace Swaby turned up in his shop holding a melodica! Herman took him to the studio and gifted the name Augustus Pablo on the young Swaby. The rest is history.

Based in his Kingston record shop at Halfway Tree and deejaying at some of Kingston’s coolest clubs, Herman was perfectly placed to pick up on the ‘street’ vibes of many of his young, hip customers in the early seventies.

What we have here are some of the liveliest and funky reggae music that was ever made with a handful of vocal tracks including cuts from Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and, the little known, but very talented, Archie McKay. Intros are served up by the likes of Dennis Alcapone and Herman himself. A delight from start to finish.

Aquarius Rock – The Hip Reggae World of Herman Chin-Loy; Pressure Sounds, 2004

Aquarius Rock - The Hip Reggae World of Herman Chin-Loy

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