Posts tagged "Studio One"

WATCH THIS: Chronixx “Majesty” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Chronixx "Majesty" Official Music Video

Chronixx Chooses Love Over Lust

Inspired by the Studio One Soul Selection, I’ll Be Around” by Otis Gayle as well as The Techniques“Queen Majesty,” Chronixx song “Majesty” is a beautiful love ballad from the “Roots and Chalice” mixtape, a collaboration with Federation Sound. The lyrics emphasize developing a spiritual before physical connection which opposes  the message perpetuated through  popular music today—across all genres. The emphasis of a mental and emotional bond between a man and woman, are woven intricately throughout the lyrics of the song. Messages of monogamy stand out boldly along with the paradigm that true love should emanate from a pure and humble place. Now fans have the opportunity to view the visual interpretation of this song. Video After The Jump…

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Ten Classic Rita Marley Tunes You Need To Stop Sleeping On

Ten Classic Rita Marley Tunes You Need To Stop Sleeping On

Half The Story Has Never Been Told

The whole world knows the Bob Marley legend, but how many overstand the fact that his wife Rita is an accomplished singer in her own right? Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson was born 70 years ago in Santiago, Cuba and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She first met Robert Nesta Marley in the mid 1960s, when both were teenage recording artists at Sir Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One, the “Motown Records” of Jamaica. Rita was lead vocalist for The Soulettes while Bob’s group was called The Wailing Wailers. The two would eventually get married and later tour the world, with Rita backing Bob as a member of his harmony section the I Three. Earlier this week Rita Marley was hospitalized after reportedly suffering a stroke. Our prayers go out to her family and fans around the world. In the meantime, let the music play. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Richie Stephens “Rain From The Sky” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Richie Stephens "Rain From The Sky" Official Music Video

Lost Tape From Steely & Clevie’s Studio One Sessions

This is a pretty good week for Richie Stephens. First came news that Rihanna’s producers had sampled his “Sail Away” riddim for her latest duet with Drake. (In other words Pot of Gold Productions must nyam some good food.) Now he’s seeing the release of a 14-year-old recording project—and the tune sounds nice! Stephens recorded this cover of the Studio One classic “Rolling Down” back in 1992 when ace prodcers Wycliffe “Steelie” Johnson and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne were working on the album Steelie & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage. Released on Heartbeat Records in 1992, that album would go on to score a major chart hit with Dawn Penn’s “No, No, No,” but the whole album was wicked. Somehow this recording got misplaced on one of the studio reels and was recently rediscovered while SilverHawk Sound was getting its dub collection back into order. (More on that later, but all dibby dibby soundbwoys you have been warned.) In the meantime let’s rock and groove to the voice of Mr. Richie Stephens singing a heartical Studio First selection. Cue the trombone Mr. Hornsman! Video After The Jump… Read more »

Flashback Friday: Dennis Emmanuel Brown “Here I Come (Love and Hate)”

Flashback Friday: Dennis Emmanuel Brown "Here I Come (Love and Hate)"

Timeless Words of Wisdom From Reggae’s Crown Prince

Dennis Emmanuel Brown released his debut album, No Man Is An Island, to the world in 1969. At 12 years old, the singer saw instant success, which foreshadowed his bright career of nearly 80 albums. This Flashback Friday, we musically livicate the “Crown Prince of Reggae” on his Earthstrong weekend, through the lyrics of his 1977 smash hit, “Here I Come” (Love and Hate).  More After The Jump…

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Freddie McGregor & Chino Pon Radio Lily

Freddie McGregor & Chino Pon Radio Lily

The Big Ship Family Sails Through The Strictly Boomshots Show

Last week’s show was an epic two-parter. No sooner had Mr. Easy vacated RadioLily on his way to a Brooklyn studio session than we got word that the Big Ship crew was in town. Of course Di Captain and Chino had many moves to make, but they found time to drop anchor at Houston and Sullivan for some late night reasoning and a couple of freestyles too. Listen to Chino spitting hot fire over the Duck riddim, and listen to Freddie McGregor talking about the construction of Big Ship studio and what he learned from Bob Marley at Studio One.  Audio & Video After The Jump… Read more »

Reasoning With Peckings “Old School, New Blood”

Reshma B Chops It Up With The Peckings Family
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Reshma B dropped by the legendary Peckings Studio 1 in Shepherd’s Bush, West London to chat with Chris Peckings about carrying on his family’s musical legacy. Chris tells how his father George Price aka Peckings grew up with the founding fathers of Jamaica’s reggae industry before moving to London in 1960, establishing what would become a UK reggae institution. Since then his sons have released a string of crucial tunes blending new talent like Bitty McLean, Gappy Ranks, and Christopher Ellis with vintage riddims—winning awards and mad respect along the way. Reshma B even got the scoop on how the link between Peckings and producers like Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, and Prince Buster became so strong. Listen up as Duke and Chris Peckings break it all down for the ReggaeGirlAboutTown. Video After The Jump… Read more »

DOWNLOAD: Al Fingers Refix Mix

Mavado Meets Wailing Souls, Cher Meets The Abyssinians & Smokey Robinson Inna Studio One Style…WaDemADoBoomshots This dude Al Fingers is well versatile. Not only is he the author of crucial books like Clarks In Jamaica (which was recently excerpted on Boomshots) and Greensleeves: The First 100 Covers, he’s also nifty with a remix. (Guess they don’t call hin Fingers for nothing.) So we were delighted to get the link to this mixtape collecting some of his best refixes, many of which were previously available only in strictly limited 45 pressings. A word to the wise: You’d better get ready for something completely differet. Audio & Download Link After The Jump… Read more »

Johnny Osbourne “We Need Love” Live

Reggae Legend Rocks Out In Harlem Backed By The Full Watts Band
Photograph by Paul Holgerson

Ten-thirty p.m., Saturday, May 19, in Harlem. I’m sitting at a table in Ginny’s Supper Club below the Red Rooster, 125th and Lenox. Across this art deco revival Harlem nightclub, the funky rounded edges of the window to the deejay booth frames esteemed reggae producer Clive Chin and his operator Fidel ‘Twice’ Luna. My friend Sam leans to me and says, “Can you believe we’re sitting in a place like this, listening to music like this?” Ginny’s stands in obvious contrast to the Brooklyn basements and warehouses and lofts with bare walls and bare lightbulbs where we usually have to stay up until 3 a.m. to hear reggae from the vinyl deep. Twice drops the needle into a Clive Chin-produced cover of “Mission Impossible,” the right track played at the right time. The pot is bubbling… Read more »

R.I.P. King Stitt

No Matter What The People Say, King Stitt Led The Way

Order of merit to the foundation of the music. Yesterday the pioneering DJ King Stitt passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gappy Ranks “Put The Stereo On”

Big Bad UK Deejay Takes It Back To The Foundation

Gappy Ranks has been making waves since his song on the Soul Rebel riddim, “Heaven In Your Eyes,”
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Better Days: Reasoning With Steely & Clevie

Remembering Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson Aug. 18, 1962 – Sep. 1, 2009

Two The Hard Way: Steely & Clevie did it real big during dancehall’s digital era.

Even after reading the sobering words of his musical sparring partner Cleveland “Clevie” Browne in this Sunday’s Jamaica Observer, the untimely death of ace Roots Radics keyboardist and pioneering dancehall producer Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson still comes as a terrible shock. The 47-year-old musician, composer, and groovemaster has played such a vital role on so many classic reggae recordings—from Gregory Isaacs’ immortal “Night Nurse” to the ubiqitous Punany riddim to “Sorry” (by “the other Foxy Brown”) to dancehall blasters like Tiger’s “When” and Shabba Ranks’s “Ting a Ling” even soulful cuts like Beres Hammond’s “Double Trouble” and the hit remake of Dawn Penn’s “No No No”—that it’s hard to imagine Jamaican music without him. [UPDATE: V.P.’s new Reggae Anthology pays tribute to Steelie & Clevie] Read more »