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In 1982 Horace Andy temporarily relocated to New York City to record with Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes, an expatriate Jamaican who ran a studio and label operation out of the Bronx. Andy was in many ways the perfect match for Bullwackie’s vision of wintry dub. These aren’t cute reggae songs, and unlike some of Andy’s most experimental ‘70s dubs, they aren’t even intended for the dancehall. There are only six songs here, but each is extremely long, letting listeners get lost in the mood, which evokes late-night subway rides and trash-barrel fires. Andy has a voice that seems to not fully belong to a human body. Instead, it manifests between the elements of an environment, which is why he was perfect for Bullwackie. The rhythm tracks portray the expatriate’s lonely cityscape: cold New York City, worlds away from sunny Jamaica. In the songs’ scenarios, Andy isn’t so much a vocalist as he is the steam a voice creates when breathed into icy night air.


Born: 19 February 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of Jamaica's most distinguished and beloved vocalists, Horace Andy is blessed with one of the most distinctive voices on the island and his emotive delivery just adds further weight to his reputation. His classic recordings from the '70s remain crucial listening, while his more recent work with trip-hop heroes Massive Attack has introduced the singer to an entire new generation of devoted fans. Indeed, Andy's work has been of such consistently high caliber over the years that there's never been...
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