Riddim & News

Very excited to have written the story above for the new issue of Wax Poetics. It’s been years in the making and seeing it in print finalized an incredibly long process of emails, cold calls, miscommunications, and a lot of waiting around. But it ended well, standing as one of the few long, in-depth pieces ever done on the Cool Ruler himself, Gregory Isaacs.

This is the 43th issue of Wax Poetics and is dedicated solely to Reggae. I also added to the Re:Discovery section, writing about one of my favorite 45s, The Gaylettes’ cover of ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’.

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I posted about The Gaylettes days ago and am still obsessed with hearing all their songs. Their records can be hard to pinpoint because—like lots of Jamaican releases—the information is wildly varied (spellings of their name include: Gayletts, Gayletts, and Gaylets). Just when I thought I’ve heard it all, I found this amazing 45 they put out on Hot Disk (the b-side also kills!). I should really update this post with the b-side too, but for now, here’s “Don’t Believe Her”, another ridiculously sweet song by my favorite Jamaican ladies, The Gaylettes.