Monthly Archives: August 2008

Reggae Gold 2008

Reggae GoldNow in its sixteenth edition, the Reggae Gold Series from VP records aims to serve up the biggest reggae and dancehall tunes of the past year, and while the 2008 compilation does feature some popular songs, it is a mixed bag.
It opens strongly with Damien and Stephen Marley’s The Mission, on one of 2008s biggest riddims, of the same title, produced by Baby G. This tune topped the Jamaican charts, with Movado’s cut on the riddim at number two, for two consecutive weeks. Another chart topper from Movado is selected, Money Changer, on Final Warning riddim. Making money is a popular theme in modern bashment, and here Movado explores that theme by extolling the virtues of hard work and staying true to oneself.

The Blackseeds – Solid Ground

Solid Ground coverIt may be hard to believe, but it is now ten years since The Black Seeds first graced the Capital with their unique party sound. With four albums under their belt now, and a serious legion of fans in both Aotearoa and Europe, its been a pretty remarkable journey for this eight-piece band. To celebrate reaching double figures, they have release their new album – Solid Ground.

My first impressions of the album are very positive. However, before I get my review underway, I should probably say that I wasn’t really expecting this to be all that good. (more…)

The Best Of Edi Fitzroy

The Best of Edi FitzroyWith the rain never seeming to stop at the moment and winter dragging on it’s a welcome relief to distract myself with some true roots reggae and think of summer coming around the corner.

With a career spanning over thirty years, Edi Fitzroy is a prominent figure in the roots reggae scene. With his clean lyrics and distinctive vocals, Fitzroy is one of Jamaica’s most socially conscious singers. He first rose to prominence in the early 80s with his hit, ‘Missy Molly Colley’, produced and collaborated on by Mikey Dread. A tour to the UK then followed for both artists, supporting The Clash. 

In 1981 Fitzroy released his debut album, ‘Check For You Once’, which featured the almighty Roots Radics band and was partly recorded at Channel One Studios. The album was described by many as the best record of the time to come out of Jamaica.  (more…)

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Skitz Top Ten – August 2008

SkitzSkitz is a producer and DJ who has helped to revolutionise the sound of UK hip-hop and spread it world-wide.

After discovering a love for hip-hop in the mid-80s, in 1996 Skitz released his debut 12″, ‘Skitz alongside Roots Manuva’. He went on to release the classic and critically acclaimed album, ‘Countryman’, and work with artists such as Roni Size, Sain Supa Crew, Million Dan, DJ Die, Kardinal Offishal and Deadly Hunta and in 2003 he launched his own label, ‘Titan Sounds’.  (more…)

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