Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snoop Lion ft Mavado and Popcaan – Lighters Up

Lighters UpA lot has been said about the ‘reincarnation’ of Snoop Dogg into Snoop Lion and his teaming up with Major Lazer. Some has been positive but a lot has been negative.

Firstly lets address this from a strictly musical perspective. Snoop, while being an amazing MC, doesn’t really have a great singing voice. It is somewhat gimmicky and even more so with the addition of his average attempt at Patois. But personally, I feel that Diplo should be given an MBE/knighthood for his work on the tunes that have been released. He has arranged the few tunes that I have heard amazingly. To some extent he has actually put Snoop in the background and relied heavily on the back-up singers and featuring artists. (more…)

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Gappy Ranks – So Lost / Max Edwards – Inner City Blues

So LostSo Lost – Gappy Ranks

Fari Riddim (Peckings 10″)

This is more goodness coming out of the Peckings camp. The Pecking’s brothers, Chris and Duke, have built a solid reputation for their relicks of Treasure Isle and Studio One classics, combined with fresh vocals by a mixture of established and up and coming vocal talent. Think Bitty Mclean’s classic album ‘On Bond Street’ or Gappy Ranks’ huge ‘Put the Stereo On’. They have now branched out a little with their first 10″ releases, all three of which have a distinctly roots flava.


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Jah Stitch – Give Jah The Glory / The Aggrovators – A Glorious Version

Give Jah The Glory(Jackpot 7)

The explosion of deejay tracks in the mid to late 70s has often been overlooked or not given the credit it is due. Too many weak, rushed-sounding deejay versions of great tunes mean that the quality tunes do not get the recognition they deserve. This track is one of the good ones.

Jah Stitch has never been one of my favourite deejays. He has a style that is more suited to a live sound system then a recorded voice, but this tune is a great exception. Jah Stitch really goes to town over the Jackie Edwards version of Burning Spears massive ‘Invasion’ tune.

As with all Bunny Lee productions, you know you are going to get good sound, and although the cover version is not really that different to the original, you get that with this tune. Jah Stitch’s ‘chanting’ style is perfect on this strong riddim. (more…)

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Riddim Tuffa – January 2013

Riddim TuffaRiddim Tuffa are an Edinburgh-based DJ and producer duo, and with their heavy digital releases are now a crucial part in contemporary digital dancehall and reggae.

They say – ‘2012 has been an amazing year for us with some great new vinyl on our own Tuffa Dubs label, as well as working with various producers worldwide. We have also been fortunate to get bookings around Europe and also have a fantastic tour of Mexico. (more…)