AFREQUES – COOL IT BROTHERS

afreques - cool it brothers

A: The Afreques – Cool it brothers

B: Mighty Two – Zion Gates

 

I don’t know much about the Afreques apart from the fact that they used to be Winston McAnuff’s backing singers while he was in Black Kush. They can be seen in the legendary Deep Roots documentary in which Black Kush performes “Fear.” As a duo they recorded the immortal “Cool it brothers” for Joe Gibbs. A song that begins with a typical Professionals drumroll before taking off in the typical style of the day. A style originated and dominated by a only few  studios at the time, among which Joe Gibbs’s. Although a great many dread tunes came out in this era, telling people to cool down and ease off, this one here is one of the best out there, in my opinion.  Sure, the vocals are typical late 70’s harmony style, also utilized by other great artists from that era such as the Mighty Diamonds and The Chantells, and the steppers riddim ain’t that original either. But still, the magic is there. The riddim, by the way, is derived from Nana Mclean’s 1970 Studio One cut ‘Til I Kissed You‘ (which itself is based upon the Everly Brothers’ original). This riddim was given an update in the late 70’s by Tappa Zukie after he got it from Ossie Hibbert. Tappa recorded Gregory Isaacs and a slew of dj’s over his cut and Ossie almost surely had a hand in those as well as in this pure and sincere anthem by the Afreques. It really baffles me to see so few compilations out there with this track included. Get on it, I’d say..

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Label: Belmont (ja)
Matrix: DSR 3122 A / 3123 B  (k.u)
Release date: 197x
Riddim: Everly Brothers / Nana McLean – Till I kissed you
Special thanks to DWick & MattP over at Roots Archives forum for solving the riddim puzzle!

(originally posted on 09-12-07)

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1 Comment on AFREQUES – COOL IT BROTHERS

  • pressurebeat says:
    17 October 2014 at 22:05

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    2 comments:

    the_voice_of_reason said…

    Is the riddim here not a slowed down steppers version of Ken Parker’s “I Can’t Hide”?
    9/19/2011

    Pressure Beat said…

    They’re alike but not the same. To these ears anyway..
    9/20/2011

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