Sunday, September 30, 2012

Acoustic Sesh: Groundation


Check out Harrison Stafford & Marcus Urani of Groundation laying down some solid acoustic tracks at a studio in France off the bands most recent album Building An Ark! Shout out to my good friend Phil Acuna over at Perceptionspress.com for showing me this video, which in his words is "The Prophet at his finest"  Couldn't agree more! 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


WHOOOOO-WEEE! What. a. collaboration. I don't even know where to begin with this one. Two massive reggae stars coming together to make magic over a super catchy, swingy, modern Rocksteady riddim that is impossible not to move to. Enjoy! Report back on how many times you listen to this over the next week...

[The full Gyal Season Riddim is not available for purchase to date]

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Full of Joy Riddim


THIS is reggae! Talk about "feel good" music, man. This one is brand new, brought to you by Control Tower Studio out of Sweden. There's none of your typical heavy hitters voiced on this production, but it doesn't matter. The music speaks loudly for itself - a great horn section, some stellar keys, and an uplifting rootsy tempo, guaranteed to make you move, whether its in your seat or on your feet.

One of my favorite artists, though he's not widely recognized (yet!), is Toussaint "The Liberator." Toussaint is arguably most known for his work with Soulive, and has in recent years taken a solo career  in reggae. His booming vocals and spiritual lyrics shine on everything he touches. Always love it when he finds his way on the riddim selection.
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Artists as they appear on the mix above:
Toussaint - Nothing but Yahoviah
Mysticman - Rocky and Narrow
Norrisman - These Feelings
Zafayah - Sen I Glorious Children


Purchase the Full of Joy Riddim on iTunes or Amazon

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recent Tribal Seeds Release


San Diego-based, Tribal Seeds, continues to impress with their most recent single "Night & Day".  Definitely late getting to this one, as it was released on Amazon and iTunes on August 28, but it was too good not to share.  If you have seen these guys live, you know how rowdy they can get.  I was stoked to see them mix it up and come with a low-key love jam that is unreasonably catchy.

Check out them recording the tune back in April '12:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Music Video: Morgan Heritage, "The Return"


Check out the new music video for Morgan Heritage, "The Return." Can't wait for the group to hit the road in the US again soon!

Introducing: Spred The Dub


South Florida is one of the last places I think of when I think "Reggae," for whatever reason. But I think it's about time I start giving this area some credit. More and more, reggae music from South Florida is finding its way into my inbox, and it seems to be getting better all the time - like these guys! Introducing, Spred The Dub, who play what they refer to as "Feel Good Reggae." As far as today's reggae-rock goes, these guys know what's up!

I'd describe their style of reggae as a mix between Sublime and Slightly Stoopid. But, that's not to say they're unoriginal. Don't get me wrong.You can tell the band comes from a wide array of musical background and interests - it shines through in their music. Taking a listen through their album, which was released this Spring, you can find hints of rock, jazz, funk and blues, all mixed with heavy basslines, twangy guitar riffs and some serious reverb and dubby breaks.

You can purchase their self titled album, "Spred The Dub," on iTunes or Amazon now!


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Introducing: ARTIKaL Sound System

Pacific Pulse: Fat Freddy's Drop


Easily one of my favorite bands coming out of the Pacific, I would like to give a long awaited introduction on this site to Fat Freddy's Drop hailing from Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand). The seven piece band with strong elements of jazz, soul, and electronica was formed in the late 1990's and are highly regarded for their outstanding live improvisational performances (which I can personally vouch for), much of which were the influence for the recordings on their two studio albums.

Their first album, Based On A True Story, was the highest selling independently released album by any national artist in NZ's history, and still is to this day. Their second album, Dr Boondigga and the Big BW, was released in 2009 and refers to "the Big Brain-Wash and Dr. Boondigga, who is some evil creature who’s trying to sign us to a major label." according to percussionist Chris Faiumu. Since then, the band has been touring Europe and parts of the US as well as NZ, HI, and other areas in the Pacific. The bands website also stated that FFD is currently in the works of recording a new album titled "Blackbird" slated to release in early 2013.

Fat Freddy's Drop's music is inspired by Māori and Pacific Islander culture, even though they are a group of mixed ethnic backgrounds, and produces sounds that transcend through not only race, but also other musical genres. As you can see, I can't say enough about this band so be sure to check out their music for yourself on ITUNES or AMAZON and for those of you already familiar with FFD, check out an older track by lead singer Joe Dukie I recently discovered titled "Better Than Change." Kia ora!
   

Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Video: Protoje ft. Wiz Khalifa


Dope music video for the remix of Protoje's "This is Not a Marijuana Song" featuring Wiz Khalifa.  The remix was done by Yaadcore, and is certainly solid, but I really enjoyed the video shot in Venice Beach, CA.  This looks like another solid example set for the Hip-Hop/Reggae genre, and maintains the recent rise in the quality of Reggae music videos that we've been seeing.

Download the remix HERE.

While you're at it, check out the original music video for the tune.

Busy Signal Receives 6-Mo. Sentence

Glendale Gordon, or as he's better known, Busy Signal, was sentenced to 6-months imprisonment for his failure to show up for trial - a pretty good deal considering the cocaine-related charges he initially evaded in Minnesota (2002) typically receive a minimum sentence of 15 years. And, if that wasn't good enough for Busy, he's already served 4 months in lock-up (unsure of these details), which is considered time-served, so really he'll only serve another 2 months in prison before he's back home in Jamaica sometime in November. Pretty good deal, I'd say. Gotta respect the hustle!

Free Up Busy!

Busy Signal ft. Romain Virgo & Exco Levi | Running From The Law (2012)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Moving Riddim


Hot, hot, hot off the press! This one coming to you from the great dancehall producer, Stephen McGregor, aka, Di Genius. Every now and then McGregor will delve into the roots production, and when he does, it's gold - like this! This uppity roots riddim features some great artists, including Stephen's father, the great, Freddie McGregor. There are a ton of good tracks off of this album - be sure to look out for J Boog, Chino, Anthony B, Luciano and Jah Cure as some of my favorites.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuff Love Riddim


The talented, DJ Frass, just released this dancehall/modern-roots fusion riddim, The Tuff Love Riddim.  The production voices a handful of today's great modern-roots artists, such as I-Octane, Jah Vinci, Tarrus Riley and Romain Virgo, who appear in that order on the mix above.

I don't think there's anything overly-special about this riddim. It's good, for sure, but doesn't blow me away. However, I would say it's one of the best riddims we've heard in the last couple months, as far as this style of reggae/dancehall goes.
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Tracks as the appear on the mix above:
I-Octane - Wine Pon Mi
Jah Vinci - Love A Boil Up
Tarrus Riley - Love Up Mi Woman
Romain Virgo - Mi A Wait


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Focus Riddim



The Focus Riddim, compliments of Vikings Production, is one of the first nice riddims of the Fall. It's a cool, low-key rhythm with a surprisingly heavy bass line, which plays a nice undertone to some of the great vocals on here. My overall favorite track goes to Exco Levi, but hands down the most catchy chorus comes from Teflon-sound-alike, Loyal Flames, with his single, "Keep Focus".
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Tracks in the order they appear on the mix above:
Exco Levi - Save The Music
Loyal Flames - Keep Focus
R.C. - Holding Firm
Tidal - Tell Dem Fi Farm

Official Video: "Make It Bun Dem," Skrillex & Damian Marley


Skrillex is known for dropping some of the craziest music videos in the game.  They never feature the artists and always have a crazy story line which matches the beat drops perfectly.  This one for "Make it Bun Dem" does not let his fans down.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chronixx #Talks

One of Jamaica's fastest rising reggae stars, Chronixx, speaks with French film co., AllEyesOnIt, in part 1 of 4 of the new Chronixx #Talks series. In this short monologue, Chronixx talks about reggae music and how it is meant to unite the people - how it acts as the glue between uptown and downtown. Stay tuned for the next 3 segments of the series. Enjoy.


Related links:
Chronixx - "Plant It"
Chronixx - "They Don't Know"
Chronixx - "Start A Fire"
Introducing: Chronixx



Official Music Video: "Cool & Humble," Ziggi Recardo & Taranchyla

Prod. by Special Delivery
KYJ Productions

Roots Corner: Brimstone - Jah See and Know

Brimstone was a UK based roots band formed in 1977.  The album Jah See and Know was recorded in 1981 on the Lark label and was the only album Brimstone recorded during their short stint together.  After the group broke up, Tony "Gad" Robinson went on to join another band that was slowly becoming a hit on the UK reggae scene - the famous Aswad band.  This album features a wide variety of musical styles.  The tracks "Meditational Heights" and "Eyes Tune" are both instrumentals, while the tracks "Jah See and Know," "Judgment Day," and "Don't Go" have a heavier roots vibe.  One of my favorite songs on this album is actually the track "Craven," which is a cover of the classic tune by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Brimstone's beautiful three-part harmonines in this song remind me of The Expanders, an up and coming reggae group out of southern California. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Introducing: Kimie

  PLAYOcean | Kimie

Rudeboy Reggae is happy to introduce yet another rising female artist coming from the Hawaiian reggae scene, Kimie' (Pronounced "Kimi A"). The singer/songwriter from the Big Island of Hawai'i has loved and played music since she was little but didn't get her musical career rolling until college at The University of San Diego with a little help from Reggae Heavyweight Barrington Levy who assisted in getting her first tastes of performing live on stage. 

Kimie's beauty and soulfulness leave plenty of potential that will more than likely be fulfilled in the years to come.  She has just released a new single titled "Shame On You" off her upcoming album that is currently in the works and has also announced plans on releasing at least a five song EP of music from the album sometime before Christmas. Check out her captivating voice in the acoustic video of "Distant Traveler" and learn more about Kimie in the interview with Shaka Shakedown. You can also purchase her music on Itunes or Amazon, and help support her new album by making a donation on Kickstarter! Aloha. 




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Pacific Pulse: Anuhea & Irie Love


Friday, September 14, 2012

Tarrus Riley: "Sorry is a Sorry Word" Music Video



Tarrus Riley just released the music video for "Sorry is a Sorry Word" on the Live in Love Riddim.  Being one of his biggest tunes in the last year, it's no surprise that he decided to make a music video.  And as we've seen from Tarrus' most recent videos, he does them right.  This video is of no exception and really puts these lyrics to life.  Make sure to check out his Youtube Channel for more behind the scenes videos.


Related Links:

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

It's Friday. Feelin' Irie?

PLAYIrie Vibe | Raging Fyah 

For those of you looking to find that irie vibe tonight and hit the dance, this one's for you. Happy Friday.

"It's a long I nah dance like this. It's a long time I nah groove like this"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Single From The Green: "Liar"


Check out The Green's new single, "Liar,"  released in light of their upcoming Liars & Lovers tour this Fall!  Another absolutely solid track from the band who just cant seem to stop pushing the envelope on their music. Enjoy the badass artwork from Kamea Hadar featured in the video and get the song for yourself on iTunes or AMAZON.  Careful though.. this one BUMPS! 


Related Links:
Rudeboy Reggae Interviews Zion of The Green
The Green Releases Second Album, "Ways & Means." Download here.
Easy Star All-Stars Release "Thriller" Tribute Album

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tribute to Tosh


It was 25 years ago today that we lost one of the all-time greats in reggae music when Peter Tosh was brutally and unjustly murdered at his home in Jamaica. To pay homage to his legacy, here's a number of his greatest hits. Enjoy!

RIP, Stepping Razor!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Snoop Lion "Reincarnated" Press Conference


Great interview with Snoop Lion after the release of his new documentary Reincarnated at the Toronto International Film Festival. For those of you wondering about the transformation from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion, this has some solid content.

I want the people who listen to my new music to go back and pay homage and to get an understanding of reggae music and where it came from and what it was started and built on and know that im not what reggae music is, Im just a piece of it. Im an extension of where its going to go because I believe it was a seed that was made to grow and to go across the whole world for people to enjoy it and love it and make it a part of their lives and thats what Im doin. It reached me all the way in Long Beach California and Im bringing it back around to the world again so that people can love and respect reggae music.  

~ Snoop Lion 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pacific Pulse: Chris Boomer "Leave The Light On" ft. J-Boog


New tune from Chris Boomer featuring J-Boog remixing the song "Leave The Light On" off Boomer's debut EP I Am Who I Am. Boomer's EP, produced by Jacob Hemphill of SOJA, was the first release of his solo music after the highly popular collaboration "You and Me" on SOJA's Born in Babylon album back in '09.

I dig the remix and hope to see more collaborations between the two Pacific Island Artists in the future. For those of you unfamiliar with Chris Boomer, he is from Guam, the southernmost island in the Marianas Archipelago in the Pacific. Check out the new track on Amazon or Itunes & help support Island Music!

Friday, September 7, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Easy Star Album Release and Ticket Giveaway



Back on July 16, we broke the news of an upcoming Easy Star All-Stars' album, Thrillah.  Well the album has been fully released as of August 28 on both iTunes and Amazon and I assume everyone has gotten a copy of this classic album for yourself!  If more convincing is needed here are two more jams off the album to get a taste of what you're missing out on.

I am also stoked to see that they are on a US and UK tour through the Fall.  Check the dates and make sure to show support if they're in your area.  Luckily for Rudeboy followers in the Boulder, CO area, we have some tickets to give away for the September 13 show at the legendary Fox Theatre.  'Like' Rudeboy Reggae's Facebook Page and share a link to the page on your wall.  Be the first to send us (rudeboyvt@gmail.com) a screen shot of the link on your wall and the ticket is all yours.

For another shot at free tickets, check the Rudeboy Reggae Radio Show on Radio 1190 KVCU Boulder on Sunday Nights, 9-11EST.  Stream the show through Radio 1190's website and remember to have the number (303) 492-1190 on speed dial.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Roots Corner: Bingy Bunny - Me and Jane


As I mentioned in my last post, the Roots Radics were the most in-demand session band of the early 1980s.  The Radics were built around Errol “Flabba” Holt (bass), Lincoln Valentine “Style” Scott (drums), and Eric “Bingy Bunny” Lamont (rhythm guitar).  In my opinion, Bingy Bunny falls into the narrow category of reggae artists whose vocal abilities were overshadowed by their musical achievements.  Although Bingy Bunny was a well respected guitar player for the Roots Radics, he was actually a very talented singer as well.  In 1982, Bingy Bunny proved this point by producing the album Me and Jane.  This album was released on the Cha Cha label and was mixed at Channel One studio in Kingston, Jamaica.  If you enjoy heavy basslines, this album is an absolute must for the collection.  The title track “Me and Jane” is just about as hard as they come. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Introduction: Seeed

             PLAYShe Got Me Twisted | Seeed 
PLAYRise & Shine | Seeed

Purchase Seeed's music on iTunes or Amazon.

One of my all time favorite acts, coming out of Berlin Germany, Seeed is releasing a new, self-titled album Sept 28th! Although this band is by no means new on the international reggae scene, it is the first coverage through Rudeboy Reggae. The 11 piece band has been absolutely HUGE in Europe and has left lasting vibrations in the rest of the world with their bass heavy fusion of reggae, hip hop, and dancehall.  

Today Seeed dropped their single titled,"Beautiful," off the new album set to release at the end of September. For those of you unfamiliar with the band, I highly, HIGHLY recommend checking out their previous albums Music Monks (2003) and New Dubby Conquerors (2001). And for those of you you already fans of the German reggae superstars, I know you share my enthusiasm for some fresh tunes from the group! Be sure to check out their dope music video of the new single below. After watching some live footage of their show with 15,000 people + (which I decided to post as well), Im crossing my fingers we will see a world tour sometime soon! 


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