Island 12”, 1977
It was with great sadness that I read of Junior Murvin’s passing today. It seems only fitting to feature one of his tunes this week.
‘Tedious’ is one of his tracks from the classic ‘Police and Theives’ set, co-written and produced with Lee Scratch Perry. Murvin’s unique falsetto voice sets him apart from the crowd. (more…)
Dre represents the new wave of conscious artists currently emerging from Jamaica. Other artists from the said wave also
feature on cuts to this riddim. (more…)
Jason McDermott AKA Stylo G has has been called reggae’s man of the moment, but Stylo has been in the game for a while now.
This Jamaican-born 28-year old has been stamping his mark on the British urban music scene, first breaking through on the grime banger ‘My Yout’ back in 2004. Check it out, Stylo on the hook with the 14-year old Sickman and IceKid on the verse, a catchy wee number. (more…)
(Forward Records, USA)
When I first began collecting reggae music, I didn’t have the advantage of having any knowledgeable friends on the subject, so my initial record buying experiences were all based on self-schooling. This involved hearing a song in a session and then pursuing it. Luckily, most song titles are easy to pick up from listening to the songs, including this tune. And after hearing it time after time, I knew I had to track it down. (more…)
For a seasoned reggae selector, requests for Bob Marley tunes can be very painful. Generally, while they are often massive fans of such commercially popular artists, selectors can wince at requests for tunes by artists like Bob Marley or UB40. In fact, many selectors strive to share roots reggae beyond it’s more well known facets and would prefer to spin tunes undiscovered by mainstream ears.
Selectors often get around these requests by dropping a rare Marley tune, a dub or a remix. This too can rock the boat as many folks believe that such iconic music is sacred and should not be altered to suit modern tastes. It is also worth noting that there have been some decidedly average offerings in the reggae remix dept, especially concerning Uncle Bob, although some have been spectacular. (more…)
Vinyl Boom-Shots mixed live and direct for NiceUp, by Deadly Dragon’s Scratch Famous, outta New York City! (more…)
On the rare occasion I get a moment to do a mixtape, I generally try and give it a theme, and my latest is no exception.
Spurned on by a summer of speeding tickets, passport issues, and a never ending workload thanks to my own stupid idea of setting up a record label when I already have untold projects on the boil, I’ve selected some of my favourite paranoid, emotive or downright moody dancehall and deejay records for those of you who don’t need your reggae to uplift or soundtrack a BBQ. (more…)
5-Star General, DJ Art, out of Newtown, Aotearoa, brings a mix focusing on killa Digital Reggae music from the past, the present, and the future.
Featuring: Dub Terminator, Unitone Hi Fi, Tapes, Newtown Sound, Wrongtom and Roots Manuva, RSD, Disrupt and Mikey Murka, Scotch Bonnet, Afrikan Simba and T-Woc, King Jammy, Spliffy Dan, Augustus Pablo, Sizzla, Xterminator, Luciano, Jr Reid, Dennis Brown, Yami Bolo, Youth Promotion, Super Cat, Frankie Paul, Professor Grizzly, Clement Irie, Jimmy Riley, Tenor Saw, Wailing Souls, Chaka Demus, and Wayne Junior. (more…)
Treasure Isle (1970)
A little over a week ago, Nottinghill Carnival, the biggest reggae party on the planet, was in full swing. The sun was shining, I’d got my fill of jerk chicken and I was heading from one side of the carnival to the other to finish the day. I headed round the corner of Goldbourne Road onto Portobello and heard the intro and Gladdy dropping Ali Baba. Hand in the air, bigger smile on my face, out booms one of my favourite tunes from the mighty Gladdy Wax sound in full glory. (more…)