Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Keznamdi - Grade [music video]

One of the new youths bringing the new generation of reggae to the forefront, Keznamdi presents his ode to the plant found on King Solomon's grave by way of a Don Corleon production. Bounce this one, la la la la la la! Keep an eye on this guy.



Available to purchase here

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ce'cile - "(Under One To Get) Over One"

Dancehall singjaystress, Ce'cile, drops one for the feminist ladies. Pretty much what my title says (better than the actual title, a lie?), Ce'cile takes break-up recovery into her own hands (or should that be in the hands of another one?) on the Poison Arrow riddim. I like the video. Pretty cool. Watch below.



Not sure how old she is now but she's still got it.

Can purchase it here

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Heatwave Valentine's Day lovers reggae/bashment mix

Hold tight the lovers on this one. Just a little something to play while you indulge in your candlelit takeaway, before and after your NetFlix session. It's not harsh intercourse commentary or dash out your 'naany songs so don't fear.



Tracklist

1. I Octane - We Found Love
2. Konshens - To Her With Love
3. Busy Signal - Night Shift
4. I Octane - Pretty Little Flower
5. Mavado - Always On My Mind
6. Busy Signal - One More Night
7. Tarrus Riley - Dem A Watch
8. Christopher Ellis - Better Than Love
9. Tanya Stephens - It's A Pity
10. Sizzla - Just One Of Those Days
11. Jah 9 - Avocado
12. Jah Cure - That Girl
13. Chronixx - Somewhere
14. I Octane - Love You Like I Do
15. Christopher Martin - Paper Loving
16. Rihanna - No Love Allowed (Jr Blender Remix)
17. Bitty McLean - Walk Away From Love
18. Mr Vegas - Do You Know
19. Junior Kelly - Love So Nice
20. Kashief Lindo - First Cut Is The Deepest
21. Wayne Wade - Love You Too Much
22. Queen Ifrica - Below The Waist
23. Jah Cure - Only You
24. Gappy Ranks - Heaven In Her Eyes
25. Foxy Brown - Sorry
26. Gyptian - Beautiful Lady
27. Tarrus Riley - She's Royal
28. Pressure - Love & Affection
29. Jah Mason - My Princess Gone

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Stylo G - Move Back [Music Video]

The best thing about UK bashment heads back home for the first time since departing in, like, the early 2000s for the video soundtracked by his latest single "Move Back". This moombahton-y, Answer-riddim sampling, carnival-ready single is a peak of the commercial party type song to me. Expect this as a response to "Got any bashment, mate?" questions in commercial/West End clubs after Serani "No Games", Gyptian "Hold You" and Vybz Kartel & Spice "Ramping Shop".

Directed by leading Jamaican director Ras Kassa, the visuals are basically a tribute to the 90s dancehall fashion. Bit like Watch Out Fi Dis… Hold tight Toddla T on the cameo.

Big up Ill Blu on the production. They were wicked in UK Funky times. 


The Friction d&b remix is playlisted on Radio 1 at the moment.

Same video with a different version. Genius.


Check out what happened when Stylo G plays it on Jamaican radio and gets the seal of approval from the self-proclaimed "King of the Dancehall" Beenie Man. Jamaican people have such a vibes.




Yaadcore live inna Italy [Roots Reggae mix]


Yaadcore DJ's in Bergamo, Italy before Protoje takes to the stage. Sourced from WorldAReggae.com

Enjoy some good old blessed reggae and dub vibrations



Tracklist

Jah Shaka - Giver of Life
Jah Shaka - Giver of Life [dub]
Hugh Mundell - Oh, How I Love HIM
Black Slate - Amigo
Bob Marley - Roots Rock Reggae
Dennis Brown - Wolves & Leopards
Dennis Brown - Wolves & Leopards [dub]
Max Romeo - Chase the Devil [dub plate]
Daweh Congo - Herb Tree
Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi
Tristan Palmer - Joker Smoker
Ini Kamozi - World A Reggae
Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
Micah Shemiah ft. Infite, Hempress Sativa, Jahkeem, TJ - Dread At The Control [dubplate]
Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble
Jesse Royal - Modern Day Judas [dubplate]
Iba Mahr - Great is H.I.M. [dubplate]
Chronixx - Start a Fyah [dubplate]
Junior Dread - Til A Morning

Friday, 7 February 2014

Queen Ifrica - "Tyad Ah Da Sumn Yah" [Music Video]

Please note: "Tyad ah da supm yah" directly translates as "tired of the something here". We in England would say I can no longer tolerate this behaviour. "Tyad ah da sumn ya"works a lot better though, a lie?

Loved this song from the moment I heard it. Was the first song released on Notice production's Digital Love riddim which became one of my favourite riddims in 2012. The set produced a lovers in way of Chronixx's "Access Granted" and Iba Mahr's rebellious yet spiritual "Let Jah Lead The Way". In fact, "Tyad Ah Da Sumn Yah" served as the first song Ifrica released after her hiatus following bringing forth her fourth (I believe) child for fellow reggae artist Tony Rebel.

Fiyah Mumma is one of the most powerful artists in Jamaica. Really kept hold of the order when many reggae artists veered hard right to lovers songs. She never fails to deliver a message and this is no different.

Licking out against all the ills and false promises ministers deliver year-on-year, the video follows the same thread. Now I think back to when I first heard it, this was a welcomed relief too because there were loads of nice reggae songs at the time. Protest songs are needed in reggae.

Check out Queen Ifrica's open letter to the bigger heads



Coulda given more attitude to get the point across more I reckon. Alas, still a great song.

Buy the song here

Iba Mahr - Let Jah Lead The Way

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Danny Pepperseed interviews Donovan Germain [Video]

I've never, ever, ever even read an interview let alone watched the great Donovan Germain speak. This man helped soundtrack so many highlights of my youth at christenings and weddings. The rumbling bass line with the soft synth chords blazing out them big box speakers after I'd finished my curry goat and rice. Round about the time I'd be hitting balloons in the sky. From Beres, to Sanchez, to Garnett Silk, Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton… list goes on. Perfect blend of reggae, dancehall and middle of the road ballads.

In this he speaks of his beginnings, first hit song Freddie McGregor "Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely", acquiring the Penthouse studio (which I hear was funded by his sales over here in the UK - just say'n') and more (but I haven't finished watching yet).



For more info and links to buy, check Reggaeville

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Kabaka Pyramid - Never Gonna Be A Slave [audio]

Another banger from the reggae rebirth crew. Kabaka Pyramid is such a tuff artist, lyrically, flows, voice and ever on point with the militancy. This new one, "Never Gonna Be A Slave" is no different to usual. Songs about what it says on the tin.



Kabaka P rejects the idea of formal education, promotes working a job that benefits the people instead of the corporate system that "bankrupts Jamaica" and fights against the discrimination of Rasta's. Hotta fire bu'n modern day slavery. "Nah stoop low fi see no wrist bling!"

I'd just like to go off on a tangent momentarily; I understand peoples annoyance at the "reggae revival" thing cos reggae never died, especially not like what these ignorant writers who say reggae disappeared when Bob died claim anyway.

What I will say is, it's definitely a revival of the rebellious/revolutionary reggae. Reggae got too tame and monotonous. Jamaican reggae turned like every Don Corleon one drop riddim (like the riddim above) as well as too cliché rebel or focused on lovers. Kabaka takes the riddim somewhere others don't. These man speak unapologetically for the new generation of youths.

Also, I'm sighting some division where people are trying to sideline or play down the new reggae movement. Trust me, Jamaica will live to regret it when they don't own it.

You can check my post on reggae revival here