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Tapper Zukie

  • Man Ah Warrior [Mer, 1978] A-

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Man Ah Warrior [Mer, 1978]
Dub has certain affinities with heavy metal, which may be why the only album of the stuff I've ever played much is Big Youth's first, Screaming Target, now five years old and never released in the States. Ace discophile Lenny Kaye has compiled this set from the same period, which means that the mix is less volcanic than in recent dub, the vocals more buoyant. Zukie's is fresh enough to really enjoy putting a rap down, too, so he doesn't sound doombound, verbally or musically. Sample segue: from "Simpleton Badness" to "Archie the Rednose Reindeer." A-