After mashing up this year’s Notting Hill Carnival and taking a crazy road trip to Croatia, UK bashment sound The Heatwave will be releasing a brand new remix today. (RDX & Friends ”Jump”.) We reckoned this would be a great time to catch up with Gabriel—one of the DJ collective’s top selectors—to find out which songs and artists are ramming their Hot Wuk and Madd Raff sessions right about now. He chats with ReggaeGirlAboutTown about the influence of Jamaican music on the UK underground, and explains why he doesn’t do the Dutty Wine. Interview After The Jump
Top Shotta Ternt Singa
Most reggae fans already know Martei Korley. If you haven’t clicked on his website LargeUp then you’ve surely seen his photography, for Korley is one of the premiere image-makers focusing his lens on Jamaican livity. As if the man didn’t have enough on his plate, he also makes music. He first hipped me to this fact one evening not so long ago at Miss Lily’s and now the light & breezy tune he played for me that night is out on the internets. “Concrete Flower” tells the story of a “nice girl” living in the city who works hard and manages to stay soft & serene even when she’s mistreated. It turns out he dropped another tune called “Take Time” back in 2010. Looks like this whole music thing is more than a hobby for MK. Let’s just hope he doesn’t put his camera down.
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Coming off almost an 11 year hiatus Pop/Rock sensation No Doubt dropped their 6th studio album entitled “Push And Shove” (available on iTunes) today and along with the release their official video to their title track. Even though featured on the track both Major Lazer (for obvious reasons) and Busy Signal aren’t in the video – Busy as we all know is currently serving a short prison sentence and is expected to be released soon. Peep the vid below after the jump. Read more »
She’s Been Waiting So Long
Anybody can have sex with their heels on, but it’s the First Lady of Dancehall who can show you exactly how to tan tuddy on big man buddy. Boom—on the slow-burning first single off her new album (produced by Diva Records and mixed by Teetimus and the Truckback team) big mamma ain’t holding back. It starts out sounding all sweet and innocent but don’t sleep. Boys you’re in trouble tonight, cause we’re not talking “grind like you working for tips” we’re talking a shag like you’ve been owed. Leopard print underwear (of course), shaved chow-cha, and a whole heap of muscle control—”it full of function”—basically everyTING! Guys: set the clock and hang up the Do Not Disturb Sign. Girls: you don’t want to get those pretty pumps dirty, so resume the favourite position “Balance pon your head like a Dumpa Truck.” (Time to hit the gym!) And when it’s over Long C*cky Fren can Dweet again #FlipItAndReverseIt
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The Roots Reggae Rulers Are Back
It’s been a long time—four years to be exact—since we heard new music from Morgan Heritage. During that time reggae has been going through some serious changes, some have even used the word crisis. Not to lay the blame at the feet of Denroy Morgan‘s musical offspring, but perhaps they can share some of the credit for putting things back on track. Contrary to popular belief they never really broke up, but Peetah, Gramps, Una, Lukes & Mr. Mojo have all been pursuing personal projects. Now they’re back with a brand new video to kick off their EP The Return. Video After The Jump
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The Yummy Mummy Is Back on the Badgyal Flex With Added Oomfff
It’s been great to hear Ce’Cile show off her singing voice in recent times. Her track “When Love Is Right” proves that even Badgyals can get swept off their feet. But I’m not madd at hearing more of Ce’Cile’s signature stuff. “Weh dem a say? Weh dem a say?” Read more »
Who Should Win Best Reggae Act for 2012? Don’t Just Sit There—Vote!
It’s super A-nnoying when award shows get it wrong. Most times the nominees are naff AND then the wrong person wins! Especially in a specialized category like Reggae where you’ve got to know your stuff. But the Music of British Origin Awards does better than most. They’ve announced their shortlist for Best Reggae Act and I’m not mad at their picks (listed in alphabetical order): Damian Marley, Konshens, Mr. Vegas, Popcaan, Sean Paul. So who should win? You know what’s good so Do Sumn! Register here and vote. Voting Link After The Jump.
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Cham & The Madhouse Family Drop A Wicked New Badman Tune
Ya dun know Cham’s got the girls locked with “Backshot” and “Tun Up” and “Vitamin S” and all those type of tunes. But please don’t sleep on Cham like he’s some kinda soft-soft lover boy who can’t handle his biz outta road. Seriously—did you forgot about “Ghetto Story” already? Well in case you need a reminder, Cham just let off some wicked new shotta lyrics, shouting out certain areas where they make Kalashnikov sing like guitar. Da one yah ah murder. Audio After The Jump Read more »
Since stepping on the scene, Tommy Lee has being flying his banner high for the Gaza. Bringing his unique style and voice as well as his many personalities Tommy has amassed a devout following. Known for his fascination with the occult the Gaza Sparta draws inspiration for his latest visual from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video and adds that unmistakable Tommy Lee touch by using the burnt out ruins of old Port Royal as props to illustrate Uncle Demon’s vision – This will definitely leave a few bwoys shook. Read more »
A Dub Legend Speaks on King Tubby, The Roots of Dub, & The Vampire-Killing Power of Drum & Bass
History will be made tonight at B.B. King’s in New York City when the Dub Champions Festival presents Scientist and the Roots Radics band performing their legendary 1981 album Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires live in its entirety for the first time ever. The Radics’s sessions for Henry “Junjo” Lawes at Channel One Studio became the stuff of legend, largely because the brilliant young engineer Scientist was at the controls. Born Overton Brown in Kingston, Jamaica, Scientist was just a teenager when he first began working with King Tubby’s, the originator of dub music. He managed to win Tubby’s confidence and the student soon became a master, the most in-demand studio engineer in Jamaica. With a big assist from Emch of Subatomic Sounds we caught up with Scientist for this rare in-depth interview and he had so much things to say. Suffice it to say that half the story has never been told. Q&A after the jump. Read more »