Monday, August 22, 2005

Reggae Clipz & Bits

(Roots singer I-Wayne)

ForwardEver fans, here's some news and views from the world 'a reggae music on yah.

Thanks to whomever forwarded the link of the incredible (free streaming) reggae video portal Muzik Media. If you haven't seen the video for Kiprich's "Telephone Ting" or Jr. Gong's "Welcome To Jamrock" then this is the spot to check.

Hit the comment board below if you've heard the new album, Lava Ground, by I-Wayne. I think it’s a decent debut. Mostly recorded at Anchor Studios and produced by Loyal Soldiers label’s Patrick Henry and Nigel Burrell, it features all his hit songs ("Living In Love", Can't Satisfy Her" and "Lava Ground)" plus quality new tracks such as “Bleachers” and Conquer,” featuring a new youth called Fire Star.

Also new and notable is Jet Star’s’s second installment of Young Lions 2—a new roots dancehall comp that, like the previous volume, features recent hits plus some great exclusives. If artists like Fantan Mojah, Jah Mason, Bascom X and Turbulence are you’re thing, then check it.

Second survey question for comment: Tami Chynn--is she reggae’s Jessica Simpson? Will she become a years-to-years sprinter-stayer, or just a flash in the curry goat pan?


If you’ve listened to 1Xtra lately, you’ll know that Robbo is caning the new lick of the Cuss Cuss riddim. Cobra’s track “Madable” is, well, sick! As is the equally intense “Mad Again” by veteran Ninjaman on the revive of Sleng Teng. Champion DJs and riddims both.

And in the veteran DJ department, Peter Metro resurfaces on “Sweet Jamaica”, on a new lick of Golden Hen (different arrangement from Downsound’s recent “Dutty Rub”) on the label Logon Street Vibes. Powerman, Flourgon and Johnny P can all be found riding this version.

Briefly: Fantan Mojah and Mr. Flash’s “Rastafari Is The Ruler” (Lion vibes) is a on a fresh roots riddim called Jah Glory. Manila Jeepney’s Dark Skin Girls riddim (with cuts by Luciano, Frankie Paul, Carlton Livingstone and more) is a must buy.

Dream Entertainment's lick of D. Brown’s “Revolution” with singles by Natty King, Capleton and Jah Mason among others is OK, but I’ll stick to playing Dennis’s original, and matching it with Barrington Levy’s “Black Roses.” What’s your take on this digital riddim remake?

And finally, I’ll be in the mix on KUSF this Saturday August 27 11PM-12:30 PST playing the best in roots, dancehall and classics.

KUSF 90.3 FM for Bay Area listeners, and livecast on iTunes> Radio> Public> KUSF stream.

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