First and foremost ‘FREE UP HOTHEAD’.
For the past three or four years Busy Signal has been releasing big dancehall tunes one after another and for this the sound is better off. Busy has cemented himself as one of dancehalls superstars, up there with the likes of Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Serani and Gyptian. When choosing new riddims I will always pick a riddim if Busy has a vocal on it or is even featuring. He is a true genius.
His latest album ‘Reggae Come Again’ has had an amazingly positive response and shows more of this great mans conscious side. The acoustic remix of Comfort Zone is a beautiful, touching refix of an earlier released Busy tune on the Big Stage riddim from June of 2010. (more…)
Where: The New Zealand Film Archive – 84 Taranaki Street
When: Thursday 6:00pm 13th Sep 2012 – 8:00pm
Price: $6 unwaged, $8 waged
Come to this NZ premier screening- the story of a Ska music pioneer in the UK. (more…)
Album: Major Lazer Frees The Universe
Label: Mad Decent 2012
‘Get Free’ is the recently released single from the new Major Lazer LP, ‘Major Lazer Frees The Universe’. After bringing some serious dancehall heat with their debut, Major Lazer returns with their unique brand of reggae fusion, and if this cut is an example of what to expect from their new release, then we can expect a few more suprises to come.
The tune I have selected for my Track of the Week is one that has been growing on me for a while now. It is Yami Bolo’s ‘No One’s Gonna Get It’, produced by the great Bobby Digital and released on his Digital B label in 1996 on the ‘Give I Strength’ rhythm. This is a record I acquired some years back but only recently started to play regularly at home, then at my sessions. Its steady rhythm and sweet vocals go together to make a well-rounded tune for both reggae lovers and non-reggae lovers alike. (more…)
Sleng Teng is often cited as the riddim that defines reggae’s early digital era. But for me, the Tempo riddim is boss. The first incarnation of this riddim was crafted by King Asher at King Tubby’s Firehouse studio with Anthony Red Rose providing vocals. It was a seminal cut featuring psychedelic synths, cracking snares and use of an idiosyncratic ‘echo chamber’ effect. But my personal favourite cut of the Tempo riddim, is King Jammy’s take on it, ‘Hog Inna Minty’ with one of my all time favourite dancehall sing-jays, Nitty Gritty.
For me, this track really is the definition of cool and deadly. The Firehouse version of Tempo was already pretty minimalist, but the team at Jammys stripped it back even further to the absolute bare bones. A four-note bass line, simple two-chord keyboard skank and a preset drum beat – all produced straight off the classic tool of digital reggae, the Casio MT-40.
DJ Ja first fell in love with music in his youth, becoming obsessed with his Dad’s varied record collection, and later Hip Hop in the very early 1980s. He always aspired to be a DJ and was heavily influenced by local DJs, TP, Rhys B and Mighty Mic C from the Uncut Funk Show on Radio Active FM. (more…)