Top Shotta Band are a 10-piece instrumental Rockers & Dub group based in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing their sound from vintage Jamaican reggae bands such as The Upsetters, The Aggrovators and The Revolutionaires, the band brings a slick and authentic sounding roots reggae vibe which is heavy on the bass, horns and percussion.
The band is led by trumpeter/producer djMush1 (formerly of the seminal NY bands Slackers & Murphy’s Law and currently of Tunnel One Radio [WNYU 89.1fm NYC], Al Paragus HQ Studios/When Dance Was Nice, and Hungry March Band) who lends his spicy jazz-like horn techniques to most tracks on the LP. All up, the band is comprised of a 4-piece horn section, organ, guitar, percussion, drums, bass and vocals which gives them everything they need to create some high quality reggae music. (more…)
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Dancehall pioneer Wayne Smith passed away recently at age 48. Smith was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital complaining of stomach pains and despite his health briefly improving, he died shortly after noon on Monday 17 February 2014.
While he sang many great tunes, Smith is best known for his role in producing the infamous ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim, a tune which changed the face of reggae practically overnight. Smith and friend Noel Davey built the riddim using a preset function on a simple Casio MT40 keyboard. With the help of Smith’s producer, King Jammy, the first digital dancehall riddim, the ‘Sleng Teng’ was born. (more…)
‘Still Disturbed’ is the latest release from the JA based dancehall group, Ward 21. Known for their bashment reggae production skills as well as their colourful vocal performances, this group has been active since the late nineties and were originally mentored by JA super producer and sound system veteran, Prince Jammy. (more…)
The Rock-a-matik family hail from Annecy, France. The core crew is comprised of producer, Yannis RockRadioHermes, promoter and founder of Reggaematik Sounds, Guedz Reggaematik, and DJ/graphic and clothing designer, Wince Hostage.
Production-wise, they draw from the vintage Jamaican riddim traditions to produce original riddims, while remaining open to modern influences and styles. (more…)
Cubiculo Records 7002 – 7″
European Dancehalls will be ablaze as soon as this third release from Cubiculo Records drops. In a wicked comeback tune, Jah Screechy is back on the case with ‘Think Me Did Gone’, on this tuff digi killer riddim called ‘Tortuga’.
Currently part of the hugely talented camp of MCs attached with Kris Kemist and Reality Shock Records, Screechy is most well known for his smash hit in the mid-80s, ‘Walk and Skank’. (more…)
Irie analogue reggae music is coming to you by way of Dorset and Hampshire, England. Horus Records are in their own words, two guys who are “enthusiastic listeners and performers of music” who are now stepping up with their first release.
This double A-Side beauty straight from Stockport’s Bakery Studio has already been embraced by the outer-national reggae DJ community and is now available to the public in both digital and 7″ format. (more…)
A brand new 7″ out of the A-Lone Ark Studio in the north of Spain, this tune rocked the opening night of the recent Rototom Dubstation. The moment the drum lick begins you will know why.
The story of both the group and the song are a lovely one. The band behind this heavy-hitting roots tune is The Producers. They are made up of several top roots, steppas, digital, and dub producers from around Europe, and they recently launched with a successful Milton Henry show in Spain. (more…)
Lester Sterling and The Skatalites, photo by Alan Fairless
For many reasons, this eight-day festival is a must for reggae enthusiasts. It showcases the best in emerging and established artists over several stages, has daily reggae universities, a film festival, book launches, great food, and an ‘off’ party on a packed Mediterranean coast.
This all happens under the Spanish mid-summer sun with a fantastic, family-friendly vibe and a lot of extra-curricular activities. It’s neigh on impossible to see even half of what is going on, and hopefully this stage by stage report will show why. (more…)
Producer Wrongtom teams up with Mark Professor on his new reggae/dancehall label Rongorock. Oyster Card may sound a bit odd to those who have not used London public transport in the past ten years, as the tune pays homage to the smart card to get you round on London’s tube’s, trains and buses.
Self confessed music lover Wrongtom has had a varied career in the music business, from his time with rock outfit Hard Fi, to the reggae dub crew Stoneleigh Mountain Rockers. His DJ sets can crossover reggae, dancehall, dub, rockabilly, indie pop, hip hop to jazz and funk. (more…)
Getting right into the swing of things, stand out riddim for the month has to be Inna Rub a Dub Style, coming out of John John and the Jammy’s camp. A driving throwback to the best of Sly and Robbie’s heyday, the lineup is star studded with man of the moment Chronixx, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure and Mykal Roze featuring among others. This is superb juggling roots out of yard. (more…)