Another in the series of masterclasses hosted by Richie Stevens at The London Centre of Contemporary Music, this time with Nick Menasseh.
Music by Richie Stevens, Nick Menasseh and the students at LCCM.
Nick Manasseh formed Manasseh Sound System in 1985. With Big dances from around '87 and soundclash with sounds like Jah Shaka, Jah Warrior, Volcano, Abbashanti, Jah Observer and Jah Tubby's.
Manasseh on Kiss FM began in 87 on return from a stay in Jamaica, Manasseh occupied the late night saturday night /sunday morning slot for the next 12 years until 99. It is fair to say that the show was something of an institution, and along with Joey Jay's sunday show, helped to revive Roots and Dub Reggae music in England and Europe. Manasseh production started around the same time as the sound, the first act Nick was involved with was "Sound Iration" along with Steve 'Scruff' Guilder (ex Night Doctor). The first Sound Iration single - 'Seventh Seal' issued in '88 on Rae Cheddie's Mystic Red label is widely regarded as the first "new wave dub" track - what is now called "UK Steppers", although the "Disciples" amongst others were definitely on the same track.
Riz records was founded in 1990 with Nick, Gil Cang, Eddie Joseph and Sis Mak. First release was Orville Smith's "Leaving Rome", followed by Bob Skeng's "Education". First big hit was Earl 16's "Natural Roots" on a Riz 12" which was also one of the first 'Manasseh meets the Equalizer' co productions. (The Equalizer is the artist name of Jeremy Armstrong). Other notable releases were Admiral Tibet's "Permission" produced by Nick and Gil Cang (sometimes known as 'Boombastic Crew', sometimes known as 'Riz All Stars'), Willi Williams's "Saints", Johnny Osbourne's "Rise Up", Devon Russell's "Underground" as well as the first 'Manasseh meets the Equalizer' dub album - "Dub The Millennium" in 1993, subsequently licensed by Acid Jazz and released on CD.. Riz label lasted for some 8 years until unrelated non musical events made it impossible to continue.
There is a good selection of Riz Tracks, some unreleased, available for download on 'Dance Trax Digital' out of NYC. Other productions and co-productions from the 90s were Danny Red's "Riddimwise" album for Sony/Columbia(feat. the big roots hit "Be Grateful"), the first three tracks on Conscious Sounds label, including Tena Stelin's "Can't Touch Jah" (big tune - Shaka killed Fatman with it in a famous clash!!). 'Spectre'-"The Missing Two Weeks" a very out there dub album for RCA/BMG through the Stereo MC's 'Natural Response' label, another Manasseh meets The Equalizer album "Shining" for Acid Jazz, tracks on Earl 16's "Stepping Out" album for WEA, and a co-production with Rollo - "Honestly OK" on Dido's first album.
And of course, lots and lots of remixes, too many to mention here.