Monthly archive January, 2012

Tune In To Radio Lily

Webcasting Live From NYC 2 The World

Tune In To Radio Lily, broadcasting live for the first time today. Read more »

DOWNLOAD: Cris Cab ft. Wyclef & Mavado “Rihanna’s Gun”

Brand New Musical Shot From The Big Bad Echo Boom Mixtape

Cris Cab is a Cuban youth from Miami who’s been driving girls wild with his easy breezy sun-kissed love songs. He showed his versatility with a reggae-flavored acoustic version of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” His talent eventually caught the attention of bigger heads like Pharrell and Wyclef, and now he’s just blessed us with a next-level tune called “Rihanna’s Gun” featuring Clef and the Gully Gaad. Musical shot called “Rihanna’s Gun.” Ready. Aim.

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WATCH THIS: Knockings Riddim Medley Video

Knock Knock—Who’s There? Serani, Di Genius & Chino Connect

The video for Daseca’s Knockings riddim brings together Serani’s “Evil Heart” and Stephen McGregor and Chino doing “Lowe Wi.” As the Big Ship brothers say, “This bag ah loose man inna the link cyan work.” But the track sure does. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Live From The Turntable Club

Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson & Big Youth With The Soul Syndicate In 1974

What we’re about to do right now is go back. Waaay back. The year is 1974. The place, Kingston Jamaica’s fabulous Turntable Club. Chinna Smith and the Soul Syndicate band are rocking live on the bandstand with King Tubby’s and Errol T on the mix and Niney the Observer in the building. Man like D.Brown, Delroy Wilson, and Big Youth round the microphone stand—alongside the big bad hornsman Mr. Alexander Portious doing the best Gregory Isaacs cover version ever. Are you ready for some real live reggae music? Read more »

The Techniques Top 21

21 Reasons Why The Late Great Winston Riley’s Music Can’t Stop Play

(Photo By Luca D’Agostino – Rototom Sunsplash)

Late last night came the grim news that Winston Riley—one of the last true living legends in the reggae industry—has died. Riley made musical history both as a singer and a producer over a half-century span. Starting as a founding member of the vocal group The Techniques, he went on to establish the prolific and pioneering Techniques label, which released the instrumental hit “Double Barrel” that went on to top the UK charts. He created the immortal Stalag riddim, a strong contender for the greatest reggae instrumental of all time. He produced breakthrough hits by artists as diverse as General Echo, Tenor Saw, Super Cat, Sanchez, Red Dragon, Buju Banton, and Spragga Benz, just to name a few. He had been attacked at home last November, suffering gunshot wounds in the head and arm from which he never fully recovered. “Turning into a producer is a very good ting,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner in 2008. “Yuh achieve a great goal, but is not an easy road.”
In recent years he’d been working on refurbishing the Techniques headquarters on Kingston’s Orange Street into a museum commemorating the music to which he devoted his life. His efforts were rewarded with senseless violence. Upon hearing the news, the only thing that came to mind was one of the less famous cuts from Mr. Riley’s classic Stalag 17 album:

Brigadier Jerry “What Kind Of World” (1985)

“What type of world are we living in?” Briggy asks, his voice filled with righteous indignation. “Jah know it is a sin…”
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David Rodigan Receives Royal Honor

Reggae Radio Legend To Join “Most Excellent Order Of British Empire”

Congratulations to David Rodigan, the legendary UK radio personality who will receive a royal order of chivalry, becoming a member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” for his contributions to broadcasting. Rodigan has represented all forms of reggae music on British airwaves and beyond for over 30 years—from programs on BBC Radio and on KISS FM to countless sound clashes all over the world. No word yet whether Mr. Ram Jam will receive his honor personally from the Queen, but he’s sure to think of her next time he dips in the box and draws for this one. Dub it with your majesty… Ya know? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Popcaan “Only Man She Want” Video

Him Cuss Her & Call Her Whore… Friends Say The Relationship Poor

Here it is at last—the official music video for the hottest dancehall tune in the world, “Only Man She Want”. Popcaan tells the tale of a wifey who turns trifey. What this girl thinking? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Popcaan “Clean” Video

Poppi Shows How He Gets It Poppin’ For 2012

Ever fresh, ever hot, Popcaan’s really got it poppin’ this year. He’s making music for everybody, representing for the thugs on “Gangsta City,” making big party tunes like “Raving” and taking care of the ladies with the big bad tunes like “Only Man She Want.” And just in case you missed his latest video from T.J. Productions, get familiar. As the man wake, him clean. Read more »