Friday, March 30, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Finally got around to mixing this riddim, which continues to grow exponentially in greatness every time I listen to it -- The Chill Spot Riddim. I don't even know where to start with this one, so I'm just going to let the music do the speaking for itself. But,  I guess for the sake that this is a music blog, I suppose I should give some sort of opinion, so here it is, short and sweet:

Riddim itself is technically flawless and sets the mood just right. Movado's chorus on "Like Me" kills it, but thats it. The rest of his single sucks. I-Octane does a great job all around on his track, and if it weren't for Tarrus Riley, overshadowing everything in his way on this production, I would have to say I-Octane takes the cake on this one. Unfortunately for him, you cannot touch Tarrus on this!

Big Up to Chimney Records on this one! Wow!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Movement Release New Album "One More Night"


Let me start by saying that The Movement's second album, Set Sail, is one of the best summer albums of all time.  Each song flows together from start to finish and provides the perfect vibes to enjoy the warm sunshine.  I remember in the summer of 2009, it was playing every single day in Vermont.  If you're unfamiliar with The Movement, I strongly suggest checking out that album to hear them at their best.  Having said that, the recently released, One More Night, had some big shoes to fill.  Along with the fact that one of their lead vocalists and songwriters, Josh Swain, left the band, The Movement had a lot to prove with this new album.

After a bunch of listens through, I am happy to say that it really grew on me.  I wouldn't call it an instant classic like their second album, but it's solid for sure.  Their sound has changed some, but they still bring the classic vibes that I loved from Set Sail.  The song "Something to Say" is very similar to their old jam, "Set Sail".  And they still like to slow it down with some tunes like, "I'm Gone" and "Lonely At The Top".  One thing I noticed that differs from their old stuff is that they have begun to sound more like Pepper in some songs ("Across the Bridge", in particular).  This comparison isn't meant as a slight, because Pepper is one of the best in this Rock-Reggae genre, but it is important to me that they maintain their unique sound.  And I would say they certainly managed to do that throughout the album. 

So what are you waiting for?  Go check out the full album on iTunes HERE.  I would definitely recommend the purchase, and let The Movement carry you into the Spring and Summer, wherever you may be... (Sorry to those in the Southern Hemisphere! Ha)

Monday, March 26, 2012

J Boog Takes the Stage at Nectar's

 
Burlington Massive got quite the treat last night at Nectar's, Mi Yard, when rising reggae sensation, J Boog took the stage for a guest performance. I think this has to be the most jealous I've ever been to have missed out on any show of any genre. The vibes at Mi Yard are always nice, and it's always a great experience when artists swing through to bless the stage 'long side resident DJs, Big Dog and Demus.

The videos above highlight a sneak peak of what looked to be a great performance from J Boog. The guy's typically on the West Coast so what a special treat it was in deed that he made it all the way up and over to Vermont. If you get a chance at any point this Spring or Summer, absolutely be sure to go see the man live! He's got an amazing voice, a great message and seems to always find good roots production to complete the trifecta.

Big Up J Boog for making it such a special night last night. Please find your way back soon, and bring friends!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: NEW TARRUS RILEY ALBUM - "MECOUSTIC"



Can you believe that rumors of a Tarrus Riley acoustic album had started almost a full year ago at this point?  A month ago, United Reggae finally broke the news that this album, Mecoustic, would drop April 17th.  But when my all-time favorite artist decides to release an album, I trust it will be worth it and am perfectly content to wait.

I almost can't believe it myself, but after all this time, I finally got my hands on the album and couldn't be happier with the outcome!  Whereas most acoustic Reggae albums get boring after a few solid listens through, it's been playing nonstop for the last three days, and has grown on me more with each listen.  However, what was I to expect when two legends, Tarrus Riley and (producer) Dean Frasier, link up for an acoustic album?

The 15-track album is almost entirely (all but one) acoustic remakes of previously released songs.  There are five tracks from his debut album, Parables, five tracks from Challenges, one track from Contagious, and three singles (one is a Jimmy Riley original featuring the man himself, one is from the Shine Riddim, and one was unfamiliar to me).  There is a quick interlude track, as well.

The thing that separates this album from other acoustic Reggae albums (obviously Tarrus' unique and amazing voice helps) is the production from Dean Frasier.  I would imagine when recording an album of acoustic remakes, it is easiest to stick to an acoustic guitar and djembe, such as Stephen Marley's, Mind Control (Acoustic).  This album is totally different.  Each track is produced with such attention to detail they are beautiful and unique from one to another; as well as from the original recording.  The first tune I heard off the album was "Africa Awaits," and was immediately thrilled to hear Dean Frasier's signature saxophone.  His presence was further heard through the use of piano, harmonica, strings, drums, and backup vocals.  This production is what elevates the album to be the makings of a classic.

But like I said:  What was I to expect when two legends, Tarrus Riley and Dean Frasier, link up for an acoustic album?

Check out these four favorite tunes of mine.  But obviously, buy the album when it drops on April 17th!!  It's a must for any reggae lover.

Purchase Mecoustic on Amazon or iTunes.


Related Links:

Tarrus Riley, "Dream Woman" Music Video
Tarrus Riley, "I'm Not Missing You" Single
Tarrus Riley, "Don't Fight Me Down" Single
Tarrus Riley: Tiny Desk Concert
Tarrus Riley Releases Third Album, "Contagious."

Chronixx

Get up close and personal with Chronixx. This guy soon buss, so be sure to keep a close eye on him!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Simple Simon Drops Missile 51


Simple Simon, of Supremacy Sounds is back at it again with his recent mix, Missile 51.  I finally got around to featuring the Kenya-based Supremacy Sounds back in February, and I hope some viewers took the opportunity to check out a few Simple Simon mixes.  He's the real deal.  As I said before, he features both high quality mixing (except for a skip technique he has been recently attempting more frequently) and impressive song choice.  This mix is simpler than his past bunch, featuring just eight recent riddim mixes and three singles, but it is still a good review of culture reggae from the past few months.  The Faithful Riddim, Antique Riddim, Kush Morning Riddim, Ghetto Lifestyle Riddim, and Heart & Soul Riddim are all featured.  Most importantly, whenever Simple Simon lays down a mix, I listen.

Download Missile 51 HERE.

Friday, March 23, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Chimney!

Another solid riddim from Chimney Records was just released, the Chill Spot Riddim. The official riddim mix from Rudeboy will be coming soon, but in the meantime check out the two best singles off of the collection -- I-Octane, with "Keep Me Up," and the King of Modern Roots, Tarrus Riley with, "Dream Woman." BOOM!

For some reason this riddim reminds me a bit of Young Veterans', Jah Protect Riddim...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Throwback Series: John Browns Body


One of the original American Reggae pioneers, John Browns Body has over 15 years of playing what they dubbed "Future Roots Music." Formed by musicians in Boston, MA & Ithaca, NY, the band continues to tour and record music under Easy-Star Records. Although they have been under the radar in recent times, these guys haven't stopped producing phenomenal reggae with their last album Amplify having some solid tracks like "Push Some Air" and "So Aware". Heres a throwback to the days with Kevin Kinsella. Old School!

Monday, March 19, 2012

'Set Up Shop,' Sneak Peak


While we're on the topic of the Marley family, check out a behind the scenes, sneak peak look at Damian's latest video for his hit single, Set Up Shop. Full video to be released soon!


Ziggy Marley Wild and Free Tour coming to Aloha Stadium!



Rudeboy Reggae proudly sponsors the Ziggy Marley Wild & Free Tour at Aloha Stadium this Saturday, March 24th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The international tour comes after the release of his 4th solo and grammy nominated album Wild & Free, which producer Don Way has called
"his quest to find his own voice within the framework of tradition". That tradition stems from one of the strongest lineages of music the world has ever known.

Ziggy is a prominent humanitarian and social activist. Many of his musical performances are dedicated to charitable causes both locally and globally. A portion of the proceeds from the events in Hawaii will be donated to the Aloha United Way to help fight against homelessness in the islands.

The tour kicks off on the Big Island on March 23rd and will be accompanied by the legendary "bad boys" crew of Inner Circle. Check out one of my favorite tracks off the new album Personal Revolution and don't miss your opportunity to hear him in person and support the cause! Tickets can be purchased online here through Ticketmaster.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Interview: Jah Sun

I had the pleasure of sitting down last week and catching up with California-based reggae artist, Jah Sun. Originally born Jason McCommas, Jah Sun grew up in Austin, Texas, where he was raised by his teen mother, never really having a true father figure for the first ten years of his life. Childhood was rough for Jason; it was quite the poor upbringing he says. It was at the age of ten that Jah Sun recalls his love and appreciation for music first set sail – when his mother married a black American by the name of Jack Bailey. Bailey was an Emcee and B-Boy in the Austin area during this time. It was he who Jah Sun says inspired him, and introduced him to music, through the black-American culture. “I was exposed to a lot of Soul, Gospel, Jazz and Hip-Hop through him. We had a big black-American family, a lot of aunties and cousins and such. I was exposed to a lot of dancing, expression and music this way.”
Jah Sun began his music career following in the footsteps of his stepfather, as a Hip-Hop Emcee, establishing a name for himself in the local Austin Hip-Hop scene. This was in the early ‘90s, a time when he was winning a lot of freestyle battles, which in turn opened up a lot of opportunity for him to perform with all the big Hip-Hop acts that came through the area during this time. It’s important to note here, however, that up until this time, Jah Sun wasn’t into reggae music at all. He didn’t even know who Bob Marley was – had never even heard the name before! It wasn’t until he was 22/23 years old, as he was passing a record store one afternoon, that Jah Sun heard his first taste of Bob and reggae music. He recalls passing the store as a Bob Marley video was playing. The unique sound caught his attention (and perhaps the ganja leaves dancing across the screen as well, he admits) and enticed him to enter the record shop. Within no time, Jah Sun was leaving the store with the Bob Marley video purchased and in his hand.
At this stage in his life Jason admits he was a wild youngster, out of touch with himself and with his environment, and surrounded by a lot of negativity. The decision to purchase that Bob Marley tape, though, changed the course of his life forever. The second he got home from the record shop, he popped his new tape into the VHS player. It was “instant captivation,” he says. The music, Bob’s persona, the message behind the music, etc., it was a watershed moment in his life. It was instant ideological transformation. From that moment on, he began growing his dreads and eating healthier, he started to study and learn about Africa, His majesty, The Livity and Rasta culture.  It was at this point in his career that his musical endeavors and love transcended from Hip-Hop to Reggae.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SOJA appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno!



SOJA making waves after the release of their latest album "Strength to Survive," performed yesterday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jamming one of my favorite tracks off the album, "Gone Today," the band has taken another monumental step for contemporary Reggae music. The debut was great exposure for SOJA and the national reggae community who is rapidly gaining recognition in the mainstream, not to mention a great finale to their 2012 US tour!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cris Cab


Reggae fusions are beginning to make a real presence for themselves in the music community. The minute I heard this kid sing I knew he was destined for some big things. 6 months later he's got Wyclef producing for him. Best described as reggae, pop, acoustic style, it doesn't really matter though cause this kid can sing! 17 years old and hailing Miami, Florida look for Cris Cab to be blowin up on the scene. Best of all, you can get all of his music for FREE!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ziggi Recado New EP #Liberation



Dutch sensation Ziggi released an EP today entitled #Liberation including six new tracks that will be sure to make his listeners happy. This follows the success of his latest album Ziggi Recado (2011), which in my opinion, was fantastic. I've yet to listen to the entire EP, but with production and backing from Rock n' Vibes and Special Delivery, I can gaurantee this will be one of the best EP's of the year.



Download the EP here
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Listen to the EP here

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chronixx Soon Buss!


Chronixx is an artist we've posted about in the past on Rudeboy, and he's back showing a lot of potential. Most known for his single, "Beat and a Mic," Chronixx brings a nice flow, with some conscious lyrics, a unique voice and a lot of solid production to back him up. French label, Special Delivery, does a lot of work with the up-and-comer, looking for his break, and seems to swear by him...can't say I disagree. I think there's no doubt this guy's gonna get his bust in 2012.

I'm not sure if Chronixx has put out an EP yet -- I don't think he has -- but you can find a number of recent tracks on YouTube that date back to this past December, which are all very impressive. I expect to hear much more from Chronixx in the near future, and look forward to what's gonna happen next with this guy.


Related links:
Chronixx - #Talks, Part 1
Chronixx - "Plant It"
Chronixx - "They Don't Know"
Introducing: Chronixx



Friday, March 2, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Tarrus Riley, Tired of Love?


 It’s unusual to hear an anti-love song from Tarrus.  In fact, it’s blasphemous – completely against everything we’ve come to know from the man. In his new track, "Tiad Fi Love," off of February’s Reset Riddim, Tarrus sounds like he’s given up on love. The title says it all, really. But, I think we all know better. Tarrus will be back on the scene in no time singing about how great love is...order will be restored and all will be right again in the world. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pressure, In Fair Condition After Gunshot Wound



Pressure, AKA Pressure Buss Pipe, was reportedly shot and wounded in the leg/hip area over the weekend in St. Thomas. Thankfully, the rising reggae star is in fair condition and recovering. Another man was shot as well – Shamal Smith – a 24 year old concert promoter and good friend of Pressure’s. Unfortunately, Smith was not as lucky, and passed away shortly after receiving a gunshot wound to the stomach. Not many more details have been released concerning the incident. 

Pressure was supposed to play a show in St. Thomas the following night (Saturday) at a local hotspot, Jumbies, ‘longside Lady Saw – a show that was being put on by Smith. The concert, of course, was discontinued.

Pressure has extended many thanks to his fans via Facebook and Twitter for all of their heart-felt support:

just want to let everyone know that I’m soooo thankful and greatful for all the well wishes and prays that u been sending out…one thing I can say is that Jah wasn’t ready for me yet but he took my good friends life who always looked to me for a way out of the struggle…I woke up this morning and started to cry for the first time since the incident because of the flashbacks of me and my friend running for our life.
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