Something was afoot in Jamaican music in the mid-’60s. Maybe it was the lingering thrill of the island gaining independence in 1962; maybe it was that the generation who’d grown up with ska needed a new musical thrill; or maybe it was just an unseasonably hot Summer in 1965. Whatever it was, the conditions were ripe for a new style to come through and usurp ska’s crown. That style was Rocksteady, a slower, more sensual style and one of the most important musics of the 20th Century. To celebrate a half-decade of Jamaican independence, Kingston Sounds are issuing a series of Listen Up! compilations that chart the evolution of sound in this most important of musical lands. The Rocksteady edition features Delroy Wilson, The Sensations, Dawn Penn and many more.