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As many have already pointed out, Bandcamp has increasingly become a destination for seeking out new music. A cursory glance at the audio player’s homepage this morning led me to a gem: an early cut by the late, great reggae singer Junior Murvin. While he’s perhaps most famous for Police & Thieves, his album-length collaboration with Lee “Scratch” Perry that also produced the title track famously covered by the Clash, Murvin had a small-stakes music career for a few years before that. Japanese record store Dub Store Records now has a reissue label, and they’ve made “Rescue the Children” (in standard and dub versions, of course) available for sale and streaming on Bandcamp. It’s an early single recorded in 1974, and it’s attributed to “Junior Soul,” presumably an alias Murvin might have believed would make him stand out. The song is today’s 12 O’Clock Track, and you can listen to it below. And be sure to check out all the other mesmerizing lost reggae music available on Dub Store Records’s page.