Saturday, February 25, 2012

01.23.12 - Winston Riley Techniques tribute show


We were very saddened to learn last week that Winston Riley had died, having dies from complications due to gunshot wounds to the head. As a teenager, Riley founded the influential harmony group, The Techniques, which recorded for Duke Reid"s Treasure Isle label. He also went on to start his own "Techniques" label after gaining fame for producing such songs as Double Barrel by Dave Barker and Ansel Collins. With this label, he went on to produce the famous Stalag riddim which features some hits like Bam Bam by Sister Nancy and Ring The Alarm by Tenor Saw. These songs and that riddim has had an enormous influence on later dancehall as well as hip hop. Winston Riley was one of the hardest workers in the business, and is said to have been one of the people responsible for introducing reggae to England.

We don't have the words to say enough about his work as a musician and producer, but he is definitely one of the reasons why we specialize in selecting only reggae music and why it is so special, varied, and vast. For this show we play some of our favorite songs from The Techniques as well as from the Techniques label, please check the archive.

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