A YARD SOUND FROM PERIVALE - The UK reggae studio and label that has emerged as one of the leaders in the music field since it was founded in 1994 is the Mcleod brothers' STINGRAY RECORDS. Based in the West London suburb of Perivale, where they have their own 24-track Big House studio, Carlton "Dillie" Mcleod and sibling Raymond "Sting" Mcleod have steadily built a reputation for Stingray as possessing the most Yard sounding vibe of all the UK outfits. They have produced both the best local performers (including Peter Hunnigale, Sylvia Tella, Lloyd Brown etc) and those with higher profiles from Jamaica (Dennis Brown, Luciano, Freddie Mcgregor, Bushman, Tony Curtis, Lukie D etc).
With a background that included stints as a social worker and both a sound system (Lord Koos, Savannah, Love Injection) and radio deejay (Time Radio, WLR) as well as drumming with the I-lects band, Dillie has also contributed to the recent success of Saxon Records, where he worked closely with the renowned Musclehead to record gems like Peter Hunnigale's Genuine album. On Stingray itself his production, with Don Campbell, of the I-lects guitarist & lead singer's Never Burn Your Bridges set particularly stands out.
The characteristic sound of tunes on Stingray is fairly traditional, certainly informed by the values of classic 1970s reggae, but built with all the advantages of modern studio technology. Besides the production and engineering talents of Dillie, their crisp and clean vibe depends on musicians of the calibre of Computor Paul, Firehouse Crew, Jazzwad, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie (another former member of the I-lects band), Ernie Wilks, Daltone Browne, Winston Rose and Tan Tan. The expert mixing from Dillie himself provides the very important finishing touches. Reggae experts often ignore tunes made outside Jamaica, but there's no excuse for overlooking the consistently arresting production style of Stingray - unless it's the criminal underexposure it receives on the radio.
Dillie recalls he was into music "from as young as six years old, in the days when the Blue Spot gram used to run t'ings. My mum used to have difficulty keeping me from her records and she always knew that I would end up in music, she bought me a drum kit by the age of 15. In school we formed a group called Ilects along with Don Campbell (Guitarist & Vocalist), Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie and Kenneth Mckenzie."
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