Seems unfair to talk about “mid-to-slow tempos, plus some kind of broody, mopish vibe”—as Burton did yesterday—without tipping to ’70s dub and/or roots grooves from Jamaica. The recommended portion-control: Build the base with King Tubby and Lee Perry (with Scientist, the Roots Radics and the Upsetters in there, of course); spice the middle with Heart of the Congos and some early Burning Spear; and top things off with Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner by Black Uhuru. That’ll do ya.

(Endless reading at the conveniently titled—and lovingly compiled—Reggae Reviews. More database-y stuff at Roots Archives.)