Archive for the ‘reggae’ tag
VP Records has been putting out their double volume compilation, Strictly The Best, since 1990. That’s a long time for a compilation series. I’ve been a fan of the series as far back as I can remember listening to reggae, but this is the first time I’ve seen VP promote it with accompanying mixes. No complaints here. Volume 46 is all lover’s rock and roots and 47 is dancehall. Walshy Fire must be a very busy man.
I’m a sucker for Christmas reggae tunes. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine that comes to light every holiday season. I’m glad to see that our favorite Swedish soundsystem, Safari Sound, has no shame in the Christmas reggae game too. Merry Christmas, y’all!
This a cool, slightly surprising collaboration I stumbled upon last night. Toddla T and Skream, a couple of youngbloods outta the UK, cranked out a smooth and bass-heavy riddim (good speakers, please) and managed to get the legendary singjay Wayne Marshall to speak his mind on it. Riding the bassline and using the beat as his pulpit, Marshall soulfully denounces the senseless violence, corrupt police and crooked politicians that have taken over his native Jamaica to the point that they have “become the norm.” It’s a powerful track.
What strikes me most is that the lyrics could apply just as easily to the US, considering how police brutality and impunity have increasingly become the norm throughout the country in our post-9/11 world. And with all the controversy surrounding the Troy Davis execution recently, the lyrics couldn’t reflect the current state of things in the US any clearer. “Who is to be trusted, the witness or the sarge?” I think anybody who follows the news, and most people who have heard about the Davis case are probably asking themselves the same thing.
Ironically, the album that the single is from, Watch Me Dance, came out while the London riots were going on a few weeks back, which makes the lyrics poignant on so many other levels.
My question: if you live in a city that gets almost eighteen hours of sun every day at the height of the summer, does it feel like summer never ends? I’m okay with that.
It’s about time that I hit y’all with a proper dancehall – in this case, bashment – mix. So, since I’m on this British radio kick as of late, I figure why not go straight to the toppa top source of quality bashment in the UK, Gabriel Heatwave.
Expect to hear some new riddims, exclusive material and a few soon-to-be Spring/Summer anthems. We also get a little sneak preview of the upcoming Energy Bashment Mix, which
should be out any day now is out now (download via thehypelifemag).
Download the whole damn thing here Check out the massive playlist after the jump
it has been too long since i checked in on john eden’s magnificent blog, uncarved. you might remember his digi-dancehall, et al. podcast that i posted awhile back. i still regularly listen to that in spite of the terrible bitrate, cut-off songs, and eden himself. well, rejoice, because this mix is high quality, all vinyl, and dialogue free. eden wrote a really nice write-up about these tracks that i’d encourage you to read. this mix is a nice companion to that gigantic greensleeves mixtape that tang recently posted.
lovers rock, volume one – download
PS: eden also just posted a new volume of rsi radio, “a round up of reggae and dancehall infused grime from 2010″ that’s worth your time as well. if you like this song, you’ll probably like the whole thing.
Our very own Wordlush recently contributed a dancehall top ten list for LargeUp, one of my favorite (should be your favorite too) Caribbean culture and music blogs out there. It’s a great list, and I suggest that you check it out. I even got my two cents in there, as the homie consulted with me on some of his choices. But, don’t get it twisted, this list is all Wordlush’s doing. And, in fact, he’s been trying to get me to post my own top ten dancehall/reggae list here on LxNxM for several days now. So, I know that this is a few days into to 2011 already, but after much deliberation, here’s my top ten for 2010 (in no particular order). For a truly exhaustive run-down of dancehall music and culture in 2010, you should go over to Kiss my Teeth/Imagelala. Our homegirl Erin Hansen absolutely killed the year-end round up.
Vybz Kartel ft. Russian – “Straight Jeans and Fitted”
Any song that makes t-shirts and jeans sound fashionable is a good one in my book. It also makes me feel a lot better about the way I dress. What can I say? I’m lazy.
Brooklyn Selector Iron Lyon put together this hour-long mix of classic and contemporary dancehall jams about a month ago, but it seems to just now be making it’s rounds on the internets. I found it over at artist/director/designer Va$htie’s blog while Googling around for a recently-dropped mixtape to satiate my dancehall craving, which has been pretty strong as of late.
You see, a couple of weeks ago, just before a DJ set, I dropped and broke a portable hard drive that contained damn near my entire reggae collection. I was still able to play a short set from the few songs I had on my laptop’s hard drive, but it was not the set I had planned for that night. After taking it to a couple of data recovery places, it became apparent that my reggae (and all the other beautiful music I had amassed over the years onto that drive) was unrecoverable and gone forever. Hence, I’ve been missing my music. A lot.
Thankfully, Iron Lyon and I have similar taste in dancehall. It’s a small consolation, but it makes me feel a little better to at least hear someone else mix this music.
Download Inna Dancehall Stylee here. Tracklist after the jump.
Craig Parks, a.k.a. Leftside, a.k.a. Dr. Evil is coming through Seatown on his Left Coast Tour with The Federation Sound‘s own Max Glazer this Thursday night. The split personality Jamaican deejay and his Brooklyn-based selector, best known as Rihanna’s DJ, will be blessing the crowd at Aura with some of the nastiest dancehall riddims that Seattle has ever witnessed. I’ll be honest with y’all – I don’t usually fuck with Pioneer Square. But that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna sleep on this show. Bona fide dancehall artistes are, after all, a rare commodity in this part of the country. Plus, remember Wicked and Wild Thursdays at the now defunct War Room? Yup, this show is brought to you by the same dudes that used to bring the dancehall heat to Capitol Hill every week. Apparently, the homies Soul One and dem officially moved Wicked and Wild to Aura months ago, and it still goes down every Thursday. Shit, now that I know that Seattle’s only real dancehall night is still crackin and it’s in Pioneer Square, I might not be able to say “I don’t usually fuck with Pioneer Square” much longer.
Peep some Leftside and Max Glazer tunes, visuals and links after the jump.