Thursday, September 24, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - WWW, September 2009 - It's just a piece of niceness from this UK based Dub Collective: a virtual 7" with a couple of vocal samples, a synth bass, a cool riddim section and some Ire Dub mixing on top of it.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - When the Skatalites recorded their tunes for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One in the 1960's, they were already veteran musicians in the Jamaican Music scene and have been ever since, even though they've split up for a while.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
NAFTA might not be a good idea, but this collaboration between the Canadian Dub engineer and producer with the US based Band just screams for more. More DUB, for starters!
Although he is known world-wide for his world hit "Cokane In My Brain", this did not represent the Roots Rockers material this heavy DJ would usually chant over. Tunes like "Marijuana In My Brain", for example, which gave him a number one hit in the Netherlands.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
WWW, September 17 2009 - This one might not be as well-known as Gregory's classic "Night Nurse", but "I Care" surely will bring up memories for one and vibes to the other. Gregory Isaacs as the Cool Ruler of Lover's Rock fe true!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - This surprisingly creative album by the Brazilian Buguinha Dub is filled with intermezzo's, sound clips and effects. All of that on top of some very interesting drum and basslines.
Drum and Basslines, plus all kinds of instruments. From saxophone solo's to violins, just think of it and it's used somewhere in this joyful Dub album, of which many -not all- of the riddims are played in traditional Roots Reggae style.
The South American vibe is present from the top to the very last drop, where the remarkably creativeness of the Dub Engineer comes to view in every moment of the album as well. Buguinha Dub is a Dub Engineer in his daily life, where he doesn't mind working live or in the studio.
For this album, he gathered some of the best musicians around to play a variety of beats of which, as said, many are played in Roots Reggae style. The vibe in the studio was set to have the musicians improvise as much as they could, after which the recordings were transformed to this surprisingly interesting DUB Album.
Friday, September 11, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - With tracks like "Kum Out", several mixes of "Welcome To Canada", Lady Shelly's free MP3 Album gives a good representation of her past and presence as more-than-conscious Dancehall vocalist.
Lady Shelly's story is more than interesting: after moving to Montreal (Quebec) from Jamaica, she became a signed recording artist for a number of Dance labels, scored several hits and even received a golden plaque. A few years followed wherein she traveled to and from Jamaica, bringing her to the decision that she now was going to use her talents to spread Consciousness in the Dance.
In Montreal, she recorded "Welcome In Canada" (track 14). It's a Rub a Dub tune, which drew the attention of Dean Fraser. He made her decide to permanently move back to Jamaica and work on building her Dancehall career.
And she did.
KARAMANTI MIX VOLUME ONE _ RESURRECTION is an 18 track presentation of some really hard hitting Dancehall music. Ten tracks are new, by the way. Lady Shelly shows her talents on several styles, but they all have that militant and conscious element lacking in so many other Dancehall productions.
She addresses current situations in Jamaica (Bruce Golding, No Gully No Gaza), domestic violence (Kum Out) and the way Jamaicans are treated in Canada (Welcome In Canada). Her faith in Jah keeps her going on and she will not go astray from Him (Naa Do It), but she also sings about good vibes (Party Tonight).
Lady Shelly's message is clear, and it gets even more clear on her website where we can find the story behind most of the tracks and herself. She is a hard working, even struggling artist whose refusal to walk in the ways of the wicked doesn't make things easier.
How easy is it, to be a female vocalist and you find out that one producer is more interested in punany than in the musical talents? How hard is it, to know that this producer is no exception? We feel it directly in the music and lyrics of this more-than-conscious Dancehall artist.
Download the album, check out her website for remixes and some instrumentals or even a capella recordings, read up her poetry and news items and know why Dancehall Music would not survive without sistren like Lady Shelly.
The mainstream might choose to ignore her, but the conscious online massive will not.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - Fresh Poulp Records' first attempt at an all-Dub compilation surely came up with some really crucial Dub Steppers among some weaker choices.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - Dancehall avant la lettre: hip hop style and slackness galore, with vocalists like Damien and Stephen Marley, Buju Banton and Sean Paul all riding over labels released by the Germaica label.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - From Shaggy and Elephant Man to Mykal Rose and Collie Budz, they've all voiced dub plates and other mixes for the Scandinavian Raggabalder Riddim Rebels. Heavy Dancehall that you don't want to miss out.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - In about 80 minutes, the Germaica Label and Upliftment Sound System introduce us to the person and style of Jamaican Dancehall vocalist Alley Cat.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - Morgan Heritage, George Nooks, Capleton, Luciano, Queen Ifrica: "just" a few names of crucial vocalists riding riddims produced by the Upliftment International Sound System, in a mega mix released by the Germaica Label.
Friday, September 4, 2009
WWW, September 2009 - In 1 hour and 20 minutes, we're introduced to a number of riddims by the German Upliftment Sound System, voiced and mixed in fine style to give pure niceness to the worldwide Roots and Dancehall Massive.