Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rough Road: A Groundbreaking Green Lion Riddim

Green Lion Crew, an international sound system, radio and production collective have been causing a stir lately with their latest riddim release titled "Rough Road." The set features contributions from a who's-who of modern roots and conscious Jamaican artists including Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jahdan Blakkamore and Dre Island.

The unconventional riddim has elements of hip-hop and dubstep underlying it's minor key melodic riff. The bass is a punchy (and slightly wobbly) low-end rumble, while crisp piano and sharp drums drive the beat. It's further evidence of the expansion of the reggae blueprint, as illustrated by artists such as The Courtney John Project or even Stephen Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Spragga Benz's recent "Bongo Nyah." Reggae production is now embracing electronic music on its own terms, while sacrificing none of the upfull messages or cultural foundations.

Listen to David Rodigan on BBC 1-XTRA introduce Chronixx's track on "Rough Road."