Monday, December 05, 2011

Newsflash: Dragon Mix And Production Icon Passes

The good folks at Deadly Dragon Sound have an excellent NY dancehall mix out now.

The mix, Deadly Dragon Sound, NYC Vibes Vol 1: The Bad Bwoy Years, was debuted on Large Up for their Mixtape Mondays series. The mix focuses on New York's fertile late-80s/ early 90s period that boasted respected labels like Witty, Gyasi, Shelly Power. Check the miniplayer below to listen right now.

ForwardEver DJ'ed recently at Dragon's weekly radio program on East Village Radio and the vibes of course were niiiice!
Singer Wayne Wonder is back in true form on the lush, modern lovers rock tune "Love Gets Sweeter." Wayne sounds poised to re-live his "No Letting Go" period with strong tunes like this. 

Although released without much fanfare on August 16, 2011, Israel Vibration's new album Reggae Knights has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the Reggae category. As the video for "My Master's Will" illustrates, this is more meaningful, rootsy music from Cecil "Skelly" Spence and Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin -- two-thirds of the original IV trio, and reggae royalty in their own right.

A great Jamaican producer has left us. Philip "Fattis" Burrell, the founder of the Xterminator label and the man behind some of the biggest hits by Sizzla, Berres Hammond, Luciano, Capleton, has died in hospital after suffering a stroke. It was only a few months ago -- after a hiatus from music -- that new Xterminator material by Sizzla and Jesse Royal started to surface -- great music. His sound and technique will be missed. Read Howard Campbell from the Jamaica Observer's reflection, New York Times profile and Billboard's very thorough remembrance.