“Cassava Piece” Riddim Mix (A Midnight Raver Mix)

The most familiar riddim in reggae, with a sound and vibe that defined the Rockers era, Augustus Pablo’s “Cassava Piece” is a flawless musical arrangement.  Pablo’s mentor Herman Chin-Loy of Aquarius Records was the first to cut Pablo’s riddim, releasing it as “I-Man” and again as “Jah Jah Dub” on his 1973 Aquarius Dub LP.  Augustus Pablo released “Cassava Piece” on the singles compilation titled Original Rockers in 1979.  The tune features Pablo on keyboards, melodica, piano, organ, and clavinet, with Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Robbie Shakespeare on bass and Carlton Barrett on drums.  Carlton Barrett’s drumming on “Cassava Piece” is nothing short of astonishing, and established a drum sound that encapsulates the Rockers sound and style

Pablo used the riddim to back Jacob Miller’s “Baby I Love You So” in 1975.  King Tubby famously engineered the dub track for “Baby I Love You So,” which resulted in what many believe to be the greatest reggae/dub tune ever to be pressed to vinyl, “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.”

Pablo once again goes back to the riddim with great effect for Norris Reid’s “Black Force” in 1999.  Dubstep outfit Mooncat used the riddim for “Love Rockers,” the B-side to 2009’s “War Ina Babylon.”

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Herman Chin-Loy – “Jah Jah Dub”
Augustus Pablo – “Cassava Piece” w/ version
Rockers All-Stars – “Straight A Yard”
Jacob Miller – “Baby, I Love You So” w/ version
Augustus Pablo – “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown”
Norris Reid – “Black Force”
Big Youth – “Cassava Rock”
Joe Gibbs & the Professionals “Chapter Three”
Mooncat – “Love Rockers” (Dubstep)


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