To be honest, I’m pretty disillusioned by the current state of Jamaican music. I don’t claim to have a particularly innate knowledge of modern bashment. However, from my perspective – as a lover of the roots-reggae – the digitalised riddims of today lack the musical depth and quality of the original roots sound. Even the ‘new roots’ sound that is emerging doesn’t really do it for me. I try and enjoy the tracks, but at the end I can’t help but feel short-changed. To me it seems that they are really just gimmicky, watered-down versions of the original sound. I don’t wish to offend anyone who does enjoy that sound – those are just my views. With this in mind, when I discovered that the Roots Radics band were still jamming together I was more than a little stoked. (more…)
This July, a landmark documentary about reggae sound-system culture was released. ‘Musically Mad’, a film directed and produced by Kalle Folke and Andreas Weslien, dedicates itself to shining light on UK sound-system culture by taking the massive into the heads and hearts of the singers and sound-men, the backbone of the UK roots reggae scene. (more…)
Horace Martin came to prominence in Kingston in 1979 when he finished third in the Tastee Talent Series behind a young Nadine Sutherland and Paul Blake of the Blood Fire Posse. He recorded many top ten hits and four albums in Jamaica, but then like so many other artists of his generation fled the violence to Canada. Since his move he has received the Canadian Reggae Music Award twice and set up his own Shockout Martin Label. His vocal style is reminiscent of Dennis Brown, Cornell Campbell & the other Horace.
This album was released in 2005 and features tracks from 1983-85. All of the tracks were recorded on the Negus Roots Label and produced by Robert ‘Flako’ Palmer who worked a lot with Sly & Robbie, Mad Professor & Lacksley Castell in the Early 80’s. (more…)
I realised after reading through a recent post on the NiceUp forum how lucky I was to attend the Eurockeennes festival a week ago in Belfort, France. This is one of Frances’ oldest and biggest festivals, and despite the initial focus on rock it now includes a lot of other types of music, ranging from electro to French hip-hop and reggae dancehall.
This year the festival was celebrating its 20th anniversary and the line-up lived up to the occasion. Amongst acts such as Massive Attack, the Offspring and Moby, were Alborosie and Lady Saw. (more…)
The first thing I noticed when I picked up this album was the A-list selection of some of the worlds most prominent and dopest hip-hop, reggae artists. For the hip-hop heads there is Papoose, Dead Prez, Young Buck (glad he isn’t in G-Unit anymore), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples, Zulu Nation, Rock Steady) and one of my favourite rappers, Talib Kweli. For the reggae heads you’ve got Capleton, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Anthony B and Kardinal Offishall, so as you can image I was hyped to bump it as soon as I got it!
I was expecting big things from this album and I wasn’t disappointed, right from the word go you are hit with mean production of the highest quality. K-Salaam and Beatnick are at the top of their game, and with K-Sal doing all the scratching on the album, he gets extra points in my book. The cuts are very clean and funky! (more…)
Deli hails from Auckland and through his love and appreciation of good music, particularly reggae and reggae-influenced beats, joined with fellow DJs, Undercover Brother, Ed G, Pauly Who, Piet, Dylian, Siz and Bobby Brazuka and formed The Sandy Bay Social Club. The crew also work closely with MC Arme and sax player, Ash. (more…)