ring the alarm
With a "speaker-blowing" new SFA album due in upcoming months, Trojan Records offers something for those furryiously craving anything SFA. The Furry Selection compilation, which features 16 excellent reggae cuts, was handpicked by SFA bassist Guto Pryce. The Welsh rockers' obvious reggae and dub influence is present throughout their impressive discography. The band even contributed their dub remix of "Dreamy Days" to Roots Manuva's 2003 Dub Come Save Me album. When I asked Gruff Rhys about the compilation at this year's SXSW, SFA lead/Candylion-creator said that Guto had developed the playlist and was "really into all that old dub and reggae." The compilation will be released in the UK on May 28, and will hit the US shelves a few weeks later on June 12.
Furry Selection's ninth track, "Ring the Alarm," was unfamiliar to me initially, as was its creator, Tenor Saw. A little research informed me that the Jamaican-born Clive Bright released this dancehall classic in 1985. The song became an international hit -- just three short years before his early death at the age of 22.
Tenor Saw Ring the Alarm
Here's video of Tenor Saw performing the track live in the mid-'80s: