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.

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

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