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Dread & Fred - Iron Works

Jah Shaka Music

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Another crucial collection of late 80's / early 90's Shaka style -


Dread & Fred, two brothers from Bedford, UK, who started off producing simple rhythms on their Boss Drum machine, a borrowed Yamaha DX-7 and some percussion at the young age of 16, the story goes so: They got four duplates of their own material cut around 1988, especially to hand to Jah Shaka, who was the go-to selector and soundsystem operator in those days.
Shaka ran these dubs for a short while, before he called Dread & Fred to join him for his next Soundsystem session, at which he dropped their dubplate 'Warrior Dub' - now called Warrior Stance - at the end of the session (always a mark of impression, to be dropped near, or at the end of the night).

The tune was quickly signed to Shaka's own label 'Jah Shaka Music' and became a real hit, still remaining to this day on of the most sought-after blueprint steppers tunes in circulation.
Many legendary UK producers, from Jah Warrior, to Dougie Conscious to Russ Disciple still state this track as a benchmark in the rise of early digital steppers, and an influence to many.

Following the success of the Warrior Stance 12", it was decided for Dread & Fred to release an album of their material, named after their Bedford Studio 'Iron Works'.

... Here it is, foundation digital UK steppers from the brothers: Dread & Fred in full effect.

TRACKLIST:
A1 Mighty Sounds
A2 Hight Priest
A3 African Dawn
A4 Warrior Stance
A5 Spirit 2000
B1 Ironworks
B2 Steady Rock
B3 Zulu Skank
B4 African Seashore
B5 Mission Dub


Side A Clip 1



Side A Clip 2



Side B Clip 1



Side B Clip 2