We are well-pleased to present the return of Tayo, veteran UK producer and selector absent from releasing music for a few years, now “coming in strong, strong…” as the champion Earl 16 sings on a sweet paean to roots music itself.
Flanged guitar skanks, a classic Cry Tuff horns chop, and melodica sweet-like-honey set the tone and vibe, before the full riddim drops all at once – a deeply melodic bassline, binghi drum, and a pounding kick, forging a steppers guaranteed to move dancers and get the most out of any system big or small.
Tayo started the Cool & Deadly club night at Fabric in the earliest days of what would be known as dubstep, booking Skream, Mala, Youngster, Iration Steppas and his good friend Rob Smith. Tayo’s own catalog stretches back to 2000 when he was crucial in the development of dubwise garage/breaks. His works include a seminal Fabriclive mix, and classic tunes alongside sparring partner Acid Rockers such as “Wicked Dub,” “Bloodline,” and later “Vampayaa” on Scrub A Dub back in 2010.
Originally written in a lighthouse in New Zealand, the riddim became a collaboration with Acid Rockers that we’ve been playing on dubplate for some time. Linking in the studio with old touring partner Earl 16 produced the lyric, completing a wicked return to form. Earl 16 should need no introduction, going hard as a roots singer since his debut album in 1981 for Mikey Dread. Even a casual look and listen at his catalog will reveal an artist of unique voice, integrity, longevity and talent.
Tayo wishes to big up ZamZam “for contacting me and making me feel special again.” We wish to thank him for gracing us with this timeless single, his first in six years! “Play the music Mr. DJ…”