The Xterminator (originally Exterminator) label is run by Philip "Fatis" Burrell (b. Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies). Burrell spent some of his early years in England before returning to Jamaica as a teenager. In 1984 he set up his Kings & Lions label. His first production, Sugar Minott's "More Dogs To The Bone", was released after encouragement from George Phang and Robbie Shakespeare. King Tubby's Firehouse Crew performed on most of his recordings at either Dynamics or Music Works but Sly And Robbie played on The Summit, an early dub album. Burrell founded the Vena label in 1986. Sanchez, Pinchers and Thriller U all recorded some of their earliest works on it. Sampler albums from 1988 featured well-known artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Charlie Chaplin and General Trees alongside Burrell's new artists, Quench Aid, Lukie D, Conrad Crystal and Daddy Freddie, who released his debut, Cater Fi She, in 1989. Frankie Paul and Red Dragon also released hit tracks in that year, benefitting from the aggressive marketing of Burrell's new Exterminator imprint. Burrell's high-calibre roster in 1990/1 included artists such as Ninjaman, Ini Kamoze ("Hot Stepper"), Cocoa Tea, Admiral Tibet, Tony Rebel ("Real Rough"), Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond ("Emptiness Inside"), Johnny Osbourne and Tiger. Capleton's "Armshouse" (which spawned two version albums) marked the beginning of a run of exceptional releases during the next two years which ended with albums by Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Pinchers, Sanchez, Luciano and Beres Hammond, whose Full Attention symbolized the pinnacle of a very creative period for Burrell. Between 1993 and 1994, Dennis Brown, Yammie Bolo, Nadine Sutherland, Cocoa Tea, Buju Banton, General Degree, Chaka Demus And Pliers, Singing Sweet, Marcia Griffiths and Brian And Tony Gold recorded fine material for Xterminator. The quality of Burrell's work remains immaculate, whether he is innovating with new hardcore beats or using classic rhythms.
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