Thought I'd go for something different this week - digital roots from 1986. This record is http://www.mediafire.com/?tnovzljn2na 'Satan Soldiers On The Run' by Carl McDonald, it was quite hard to find at the end of the eighties when I picked up my copy, but thanks to the miracle of ebay you can now own it instantly for anywhere between 20 and 130 quid (seriously, £130 for a record?).
So what's so great about it? You'll know when you listen - huge bass, horns, really top-class singing (both lead and the backing vocals) and a far better dub than you'd expect from a digital tune. It starts strong and fast and never lets up. The b-side is heavy and mellow with a really, really beautiful dub.
I've not heard much of Carl McDonald's stuff, just this, another self-produced 12" called 'Star', and some stuff he's put up on the web, but I've liked it all. Jamaican born, UK schooled, US-based; he's an original, and what he does he does very well. He's now living in Florida. and has a CD that he's selling through his website.The CD features these tracks, 'Star', and some others which sound pretty good as well.