Monthly archive June, 2012

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Back To Life”

A Jail Record So Real, You’d Swear It Was Recorded Behind Bars

VYBZ KARTEL HAS NOT BEEN RECORDING MUSIC IN JAIL read the official statement from Kartel’s record label: “Adidjaheim Records would like to make it clear, that Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has not recorded any material since his arrest in 2011. Any songs containing material from Vybz Kartel that were released after his arrest, were recorded by the artist in previous years.” The reason for the press release? U.I.M. Records’ latest boomshell “Back To Life,” whose compellingly raw details about life behind bars have sparked rumors that Kartel has been recording at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. Check out the audio after the jump…
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WATCH THIS: Reasoning With Ed Sheeran

Reshma B Interviews The UK Phenom Who’s Redder Than Red
Ed Sheeran played a little gig today at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Playing 300 gigs a year is nothing unusual for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Suffolk, England first whose single “The A-Team” lodged in the UK Top 10 for three months in 2011. His follow-up tune, “You Need Me I Don’t Need You” reached No. 3 on the British pop charts. Now signed to Atlantic, Sheeran has a dozen or so EPs under his belt, including Slumdon Bridge with Yelawolf, whose rapid-fire flow Ed likens to UK Grime artists. “I don’t think anyone has a specific sound anymore,” says Sheeran, whose music draws on a plethora of sounds and styles. He spent years gigging with his cousin’s reggae band Laid Blak, and often interpolates their ganja tune “Red” into his live set, as well as snatches of Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” Sheeran’s debut album, titled simply +, is already a hit in England, and will be released in America one week from today on June 12. After blazing a solo acoustic version of “You Need Me I Don’t Need You,” Ed sat down with the Reggae Girl About Town…
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HEAR THIS: Rayvon “Selecta”

As Shaggy Launches His Ranch Entertainment Label, Rayvon’s Shooting A Video For This Tune Tonight

Remember Rayvon? Of course you do. He’s the ackee to Shaggy’s saltfish, the smooth crooner heard alongside Shagsman on certified Boomshots like “Big Up” and the #1 Pop smash “Angel.” Rayvon’s got a bad new solo tune on the Kingston 13 Riddim, released by Shaggy’s record label Ranch Entertainment. Audio after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Jasmin Karma “Brand New Second Hand”

Stephen Marley’s Lovely Protégée Re-Interprets A Peter Tosh Classic

There’s something undeniably erotic about hearing a Peter Tosh classic sung over by a sexy Costa Rican girl. Miss Karma’s breathy coo meshes perfectly with Stephen Marley’s typically flawless production. The Lion Roars again. Keep clicking to listen for yourself…
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HEAR THIS: Junior Demus “Talk Too Much”

The Original Ruffneck Chicken Is Back With A Vengeance

Junior Demus is one of dancehall’s greatest larger-than-life characters. Both menacing and hilarious, with a voice like a gravel-crusher, he can mash up a stage show without uttering a word—all he needs to do is strike one of his patented poses in front of the right crowd and the whole place will erupt. By his name you can tell he’s a student of Nicodemus, and while his flows might be similar but his dress code and vocal syle are way more raw. Junior Demus is a master of the “talk and stop” flow, which he employs to perfection on his signature track “Ruffneck Chicken.” He goes even harder on the classic Jammy’s cut “Bank Haffi Lick” and the Phillip  Smart-produced “Shot Make You Wiggle.” His records may not always be lyrically profound, but they are never boring. Just last night we got hold of a new Jr. Demus track on the “Rock & Stop” riddim released by the Belgian label, Big Bout Ya Records. Check it out after the jump…
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WATCH THIS: Pinchers “Ancients Of Days” Video

The Bandelero Takes Up His Bible And Chants Down Babylon

Island Rock productions just dropped a brand new Pinchers video. But this ain’t no Bandelero business. Over an easy-skanking riddim laid down by legendary session players Sly & Robbie, Chinna Smith, Christopher Meredith—plus  Nambo & David Madden on horns—the legendary dancehall singer delivers perhaps the rootsiest tune of his career. And just in case you didn’t get the point, video director Stereo Belly even dressed him in white robes with a Bible in hand. Is this gonna end up like that scene with Preacher in Pulp Fiction?

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HEAR THIS: Protoje ft. Romain Virgo “Reggae Revival”

Corleon, Diggy & Virgo Connect For A Rebirth, Not  Funeral

Protoje always comes fresh, and when he joins forces with a vocalist like Romain Virgo it’s a reggae rebirth—not a funeral. Diggy bigs up Coxsone Dodd, Winston Riley, & Junjo Lawes while Don Corleon keeps the vibes alive. “How dem fi say reggae dead, when we ah carry on?” Read more »