“Rockers” and “Steppers” are terms used to describe the two particularly militant strains of religious and political reggae that dominated the soundsystems of Kingston during the latter half of the 1970s, before the more decadent dancehall style took over in the early ’80s.
It was a time when lyrical messages were often powerful and articulate, the riddims were heavy and unpolished, producers like King Tubby and Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee were operating at the peak of their powers, and dub was hitting its apex as an expressive art form. This set collects a nice offering of tunes from that time. Some obscure, some more well-known. Most welcoming is that a majority of the tracks are offered inna “discomix” fashion. Powerful riddims laced throughout this platter. Forward the bass!