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- 07/13/13--11:06: _Yung Jr.'s "Raggamu...
- 07/21/13--21:50: _New Junior Reid Tra...
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- 08/01/13--16:38: _Kabaka Pyramid Inna...
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- 06/03/13--18:53: Gaudi: Dub Traveler
- 06/06/13--14:46: Leontre Shines in Reggae Video
- 06/06/13--18:00: Yellowman Anthology: Compiler Chris O'Brien Talks
- 06/10/13--23:18: 70s & 80s Ladies Get the Gibbs Touch
- 06/11/13--22:48: Ghetto Youths: New Tunes & Tour
- 06/18/13--11:51: Reggae Updates From Around the Web
- 06/18/13--18:07: Free Conscious Track: Plant Some Trees
- 06/18/13--22:28: Congo Natty: Revolution
- 06/24/13--23:13: 20th Annual SNWMF In Photos
- 06/30/13--00:00: Reggae History: Burning Spear "The Wilderness"
- 07/13/13--11:06: Yung Jr.'s "Raggamuffin" Video – A Natty Anthem
- 07/21/13--21:50: New Junior Reid Track – Out Deh
- 07/21/13--22:12: Rough Road: A Groundbreaking Green Lion Riddim
- 07/28/13--22:36: Syleena & Musiq: A Soul Reggae Preview
- 08/01/13--16:38: Kabaka Pyramid Inna Cali
- 08/12/13--22:38: Dub Club: Shaking The Foundation Part 1
- 08/15/13--13:52: Dub Club: Shaking The Foundation Part 2
- Read the full article on United Reggae.
- + Check ForwardEver's previous post for interview outtakes and audio clips!
- Dub Club: Shaking The Foundation: Part 1
- 09/10/13--22:15: Chuck Fenda Releases Jah Element
- 10/02/13--21:50: Tel Aviv Producers Find The Congo Beat in JA
- 10/07/13--09:29: Club Dread Soundclash In Oakland Oct 19
Gaudi for the music site Bandcamp. Gaudi's new album In Between Times is out now on Six Degrees Records and he'll be playing at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival later in June.
Read a snippet below, and see the whole article at Bandcamp.
Newcomer Leontre sounds great on her confident new one-drop reggae song "Jail House Rock." Her delivery is reminiscent of fellow female roots vocalists Etana or Jah9, and the production is crisp, classic reggae with all-star musicians Robbie Lyn an Kirkledove adding their chops. Watch the video below, and enjoy the song here.
United Reggae magazine for publishing my piece with Yellowman anthology compiler Chris O'Brien from VP Records. In this interview we cover the motivation behind assembling the 40-track album and DVD project, and discus dancehall King Yellowman's lasting legacy.
Read an excerpt below, and the full piece over at United Reggae.
Young Gifted & Yellow: An Interview with Yellowman Anthology Compiler Chris O'Brien
That spirit continues with VP's latest release, The Ladies at Joe Gibbs, featuring the beloved Althea & Donna ("Uptown Top Ranking") at their height, and rare cuts from JC Lodge, Hortense Ellis, Marcia Aitken and others. Again, 70s disco and soul influences loom large on these productions, while each artists gives voice to romantic odes and corking the dance alike. Read a synopsis below and check a preview video too.
The legendary productions of Joe Gibbs have generated many of the reggae genre's biggest hits. The producer/label operated predominately between 1972 and 1984.The Ladies at Joe Gibbs brings together the classic hits from the female artists Gibbs recorded. The songs and riddims are most familiar and underscore why Joe Gibbs productions were at the top of the genre during these prime years. Judy Mowatt and June 'JC' Lodge went on to have major careers in reggae while other names have faded. Some of the re-mastered tracks include previously unreleased extended mixes. Featured tracks include Marcia Aitken "My Man' and 'I'm Still In Love With You' (which scored # 1 Pop in England), June 'JC' Lodge "Someone Loves You Honey" and a special extended version of Althea & Donna's classic rocker 'Uptown Top Ranking'.
Ghetto Youths International is the Marley sons' outlet for independent projects and musical releases. TheSet Up Shop album and single are both ou now worldwide on GYI.
Along for the tour are special guests Christopher Ellis, son of rocksteady legend Alton Ellis, established dancehall and reggae vocalist Wayne Marshall and newcomers Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I. We have a few tracks to get you warmed up to the vibe–and both are boom shots for real!
Check these new tunes!(Click link to download)
Stephen "Ragga" Marley "Bongo Nyah" ft. Spragga Benz & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Wayne Marshal "I Know"
Catch up with the latest reggae news via Clash Magazine's monthly update. The latest edition brings us up to date on Vybz Kartel's criminal cases, Toots's bottling incident, and goes backstage with Lee Scratch Perry and Clive Chin (see below) discussing memories of Randy's Studio in Jamaica.
And if it's purely dancehall news you're craving, Dancehall USA does a nice job with their up-to-the-minute entertainment updates – Popcaan's new video, Bounty Killer's latest track, and other labrish. The site, however, is heavily ad-supported, so be prepared to navigate around them.
Urban Islands has a nice report on the new Morgan Heritage album, including a link to Winford Williams' On Stage video interview.
Mackie Conscious is back with a new free track that promotes environmental, well, consciousness. You can grab "Plant Some Trees" via Soundcloud.
The song features an original one-drop riddim with full instrumentation and layered vocals–in other words, quality modern roots!
Mackie Conscious is a great example of a hard-working artist who is active both on-stage and in the studio, as well as keeping up on his social media outlets.
Mackie released the following statement along with the track:
Congo Natty is back. Headed by the enigmatic and spiritually motivated Mikail Tafari (a.k.a. Rebel MC), Jungle Revolution (out July 9 on Big Dada) will be Congo Natty's highest profile release in years.
Congo Natty is one of the foremost innovators of "ragga jungle," a sample-heavy and reggae-influenced strain of drum & bass. The new album features guests spots from Tackhead member Skip McDonald and MC Lady Chann plus production assistance from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and drum & bass architect Benny Page.
"Revolution" starts with a flowing, reggae-dubstep hybrid rhythm, before changing into a drum & bass beat. It's a mission statement of sorts from one of the most influential UK producers of the '90s and '00s.
|Downbeat The Ruler|
|Keith & Tex|
|MC Junior Francis|
|Prince Fatty Soundsystem|
|Protoje & The Indignation Band|
Biblical references in reggae songs are nothing new. They appear as a apart of the patchwork of African and spiritual traditions that run through Jamaica.
Always a spiritually-inspired singer, Burning Spear's track "The Wilderness" included on the 1977 Island album Dry & Heavy features the lyric "Birds have their nest, foxes have their hole, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest," a reference to the New Testament (Luke 9:58) parable about the exacting cost of faith. The same topic and parable are also mentioned in a brilliant Delroy Williams track "Foxhole," produced by Augustus Pablo. Meanwhile the title "The Wilderness" refers to Jesus' 40 days and nights journey into the wilderness where he was tempted.
One of the definitive live versions of Burning Spear's "The Wilderness" comes from his 1988 concert in Paris. See a clip below. The band includes his all-female incarnation of the Ras Brass horn ensemble, and don't miss the conch shell solo starting around 5:09.
Produced by Bassick Records, the same crew that gave us Ding Dong, Konshens, I-Octane & Christopher Martin's pop hit "It's a Celebration," the song features clean, modern instrumentation.
The video's narrative depicts "ragga" cultural youths in a positive light. Watch the video below, and look out for Yung Jr., who like G-Whizz and Romain Virgo represents a positive future for Jamaican music.
Junior Reid seems ready to reclaim his roots. Of course prior to his breakthrough as a member of Black Uhuru (after Michael Rose departed), Reid was a stalwart recording artist for none other than Prince Jammy (later to be musicially crowned King Jammy$). Junior Reid's early roots reggae hits included "Boom Shock A Lock," "Poor Man Transportation," Concrete Castle King, and "Jail House," among many others.
Reid has had his own production company (JR Records) for several years. He's released dancehall and cross-over tracks and produced for other artists, including his two sons Andrew & Wada Blood.
JR's latest track is a solid return to his roots. "Out Deh" features live band instrumentation and thought-provoking lyrics. The track comes close to the intensity of his most known international hit, "One Blood."
You can grab it for free right here. Watch the video below.
Green Lion Crew, an international sound system, radio and production collective have been causing a stir lately with their latest riddim release titled "Rough Road." The set features contributions from a who's-who of modern roots and conscious Jamaican artists including Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jahdan Blakkamore and Dre Island.
The unconventional riddim has elements of hip-hop and dubstep underlying it's minor key melodic riff. The bass is a punchy (and slightly wobbly) low-end rumble, while crisp piano and sharp drums drive the beat. It's further evidence of the expansion of the reggae blueprint, as illustrated by artists such as The Courtney John Project or even Stephen Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Spragga Benz's recent "Bongo Nyah." Reggae production is now embracing electronic music on its own terms, while sacrificing none of the upfull messages or cultural foundations.
Listen to David Rodigan on BBC 1-XTRA introduce Chronixx's track on "Rough Road."
Syleena Johnson (daughter of legend Syl Johnson) and Musiq Soulchild have teamed up with Jamaican producer Kemar "Flava" McGregor for their own authentic reggae collaboration. The new album titled 9ine is out September 10 on Shanachie Entertainment.
Watch Syleena & Musiq discus the project in the studio.
Reggae R&B covers and remixes are nothing new. Think Singing Melody's Mario remake, or Alicia Key's "You Don't Know My Name" remix.
Of course Jamaican artists have been influenced by American R&B going back decades, from the first Jamaican recordings' New Orleans boogie shuffle influence, through early Bob Marley & the Wailers covers of the Impressions. More rare are American R&B artists adopting the reggae format for their own original music. That's what Syleena and Musiq have done, and judging by the strong first single, it might be a trend worth repeating.
Kabaka Pyramid passed through the San Francisco Bay Area this week doing a series of sound system track shows that proved why he's such an in-demand roots revival artist now.
In 2011 Kingston-based Kabaka burst on the scene with theRebel Music album, which he offered for free via Bandcamp. The recording was more than enough to get him noticed.
These days he's turned up on a number of high profile singles and riddims, including Green Lion Crew's new Rough Road riddim set, Silly Walks' Honey Pot Riddim, and Royal Order Music's hit "Selassie I Soldiers." Check the clips from his recent shows below.
"Free From Chains" at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz
"Selassie I Lead The Way" at Milk SF
Tom Chasteen from Los Angeles' Dub Club crew along with Stones Throw records have released Foundation Come Again, a 20-track compilation of classic Jamaican DJs on heavyweight rub-a-dub riddims.
We interviewed Chasteen recently for United Reggae Magazine– that piece will be published soon. In the meantime, check this preview and out takes from the interview!
Dub Club: Shake The Foundation (excerpt)
"In music, time doesn’t really exist. If it sounds good, it sounds good. If humans could dance to this music at one point in time, they can dance to it at another point in time." -Tom Chasteen
|(L-R) Trinity, Chasteen, Ranking Joe|
full article about Dub Club and Foundation Come Again over at United Reggae!
Here's an excerpt to get you started!
Chuck Fenda, known as the "Living Fire" for his often pointed political rhetoric, is back with one of his most solid albums in a while.
Jah Elements (John John Records, distributed by Zojak, available at iTunes and Google Play) was produced at the legendary King Jammy$ studio in Jamaica as well as TruckBack studio and others, by a stellar cast including Jammy$' sons John John and Baby G, Wayne "Unga" Thompson of Notice Productions, and Steve "Truckback" Locke.
The album is a real Waterhouse affair with stellar guest appearances from Leroy Smart, Junior Reid and even the "warlord" Bounty Killer. "Spiritual Warfare" (produced by Locke) featuring the aforementioned Mr. Reid is a particular highlight with it's re-licked vintage steppers roots riddim and vibrant combination lyrics. Listen below.
The album features a holistic balance of studio and live instrumentation, traditional and moderns roots style rhythms and Fenda's militant "Can't Cool, Can't Quench" vocal delivery.
we blogged about recently, the Dub Club's Foundation Come Again album, Tel Aviv, Israel producers Kalbata & Mixmonster have produced a set of original analog backing tracks and recorded some of Jamaica's greatest original DJs on their versions.
Watch a video of their journey below, and look for the new album, Congo Beat The Drum out soon on Freestyle Records.
The Venue in Oakland, CA. and features three sound crews going head-to-head with musical selections.
Hosted by LA sound master DJ JFX and local radio favorite Robert Rankin from KKUP's Solid Foundation program, the clash features Bay Area stalwart TNT Sound Station with selector Dougie, a veteran of local clashes whose sound box contains many dubplates featuring artists that are either no longer recording or no longer with us.
Also on the bill are Super Gold Sound (Jamaica/Atlanta/Texas) and King Shiloh (New York). At stake are a trophy, cash and bragging rights – the crowd will determine the winner. Expect big tunes and big chat from these experienced sound vets.
For more on sound clas and sound system culture and history, visit Irish & Chin's Sound Chat Radio, a great resource for all things sound clash!
Vinyl @ The Venue, 420 14th Street, Oakland, CA