Saturday, December 29, 2012

J Boog Takes Home Big Honors


Flaming hot J Boog took home the honor of Best New Entertainer at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Thursday night - a huge accomplishment for the Hawaiian/Californian reggae artist of Wash House Music. By this point we all know Boog. For many, it's due to the popularity of his smash hit, "Let's Do It Again," but there's so much more to this guy that everyone should be exposed to. Above are some of our favorite tracks from J Boog over the years - enjoy!

Big up to Boog and to the whole Wash House crew on this great accomplishment!




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Friday, December 28, 2012

DJ Big Dog: Save The Music

This year, Burlington, Vermont's uber-popular Reggae Night, Mi Yard, is celebrating its 6th anniversary in a big way - in a rub-a-dub stylee on New Year's Eve at Club Metronome. And in preparation for the big night, resident selector, DJ Big Dog, has put together this smooth culture mix to help spread some excitement leading up to the big night. "Save The Music" is a nice collection of some of 2012's best releases, with a blend of upbeat and slow tempo'ed culture tunes, and lots of heavy bass to get the dance started. Technically, the mix is solid and seemless, and makes for easy listening and good cruisin' music. Big Dog does a nice job on this one - two thumbs up for sure!





Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pacific Pulse: Mike Love - The Change I'm Seeking



****Purchase on ITUNES or AMAZON****

It is an absolute pleasure to share the music of Mike Love, one of the hidden gems of the Hawaiian reggae scene, who is also known for his roles with the prominent Hawaiian roots bands Dubkonscious and Father Psalms. After watching his live sets over the past 6 years, which are an unparalleled musical experience, I am stoked to finally hear recorded music from one of the most talented musicians in the region on his debut album The Change I'm Seeking. While reggae is certainly the foundation of his sound, the album draws influences from a diverse range of sources, all of which are harmoniously blended together alongside his powerful lyrics to bring music that could only be his own. Check out my favorite tracks off the album and if your ever in Hawaii I highly recommend catching a live performance from him (dates found at mikelovemusic.com), although I like the ring of a Mike Love 2013 World Tour! 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Angel Wings Riddim


This rhythm selection was quite a surprise. It came through my inbox from Sam Diggy Music a few weeks back, and I didn't get around to listening through it until now. The Angel Wings Riddim is a nice, slow, lovers' rhythm with some big vocals from Natural Black, Ginjah, and Jerry Star (who comes in hot and heavy in the second position on the mix above) that mesh well with the simplicity of this riddim. Pressure and Junior Kelly also voice on this riddim, though I wasn't overly impressed with their tracks, so I didn't include them above.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cris Cab ft. The Green - Fire



New track "The Fire" hot off the press from Cris Cab ft. The Green! Sick new single. Couldn't be more stoked to see these artists linking up to produce some music. Do I hear a new radio hit? 

Itation Records: The Trippin Riddim


One of my favorite production groups, the US-based Itation Records - an extension of the former Itation Sound from my hometown of Burlington, VT - is back with another rhythm selection. The production label recently released it's seventh (I believe) riddim, The Trippin Riddim, featuring the talents of legendary Dean Fraser on saxophone. In terms of sound and production quality, the riddim is fantastic - I'd say it's right up there with this year's best. However, the lyrical talent on here does the riddim no justice. Even some bigger names like Luciano, Turbulence, Sizzla and Fantan Mojah didn't show up on this one. I think Kali Blaxx does his thing on here - an artist who has consistantly performed well on Itation's riddims. And Delly Ranx did a nice job as well - a guy who has been a pivotal player for Itation throughout the label's young career.


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Major Lazer - Jah No Partial Music Video



Major Lazer just dropped the music video for "Jah No Partial" and it's certainly an entertaining three minutes.  I liked how he shouted out Johnny Osbourne in the beginning because I'm sure not a lot of people knew who that voice was.  And that concert looks unreal!  I'm also really loving the fact that Major Lazer is into Reggae, because he's got the huge platform to spread some of these lesser known artists — ie. Busy Signal, Chronnix, Jah Dan and Gyptian — and the outcome is always dope.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Queen of Queens Riddim


US record label, Larger Than Life, who was founded by a few members originally of Itation Records, has just released their sophomore rhythm selection, The Queen of Queen Riddim. A very rootsy, upbeat riddim with nice vibes this one is - overall much better quality than the group's first release, the Larger Than Lifetime Riddim. Gappy Ranks and Bobby Hustle have stand out tracks on here, though I gotta give it up to Chronixx, once again, with his single, "See Her Face." The man just can't be stopped right now!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK



 The High Grade Selection Riddim is an old classic coming from Green Lion Crew.  Featuring Spectacular, Lutan Fyah, Jah Mason, and others - you really can't go wrong putting this on for a crowd.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Update: Cris Cab

Speaking of Major Lazer check out this cover of "Get Free" by Cris Cab. Also figured id post some other media of what the 19yr old has been up to as of recent including a highlight of his Rise Tour and a remake of his hit track "Good Girls."  Working with some big artists and making a name for himself on the scene! Definitely hear his sound moving toward the mainstream feel but gotta let the kid go.. as Major Lazer says.. Get Free! 





Jr.Blender & Major Lazer Meet Bruno Mars




Cant get enough of these mixes. Check out the newest release of Bruno Mars hit track "Locked Out Of Heaven" remixed by the masters Jr. Blender and Major Lazer that featured on Bruno Mars recent album Unorthodox Jukebox. Stoked to see pop artists throwing on a reggae track to their albums! And who said reggae wasn't blowin up?

P.S. Check Bruno's original reggae track "Show Me" also included on the album!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snoop Lion, "Lighters Up"


Dropping just a week or so after his last reggae single did, Snoop Lion and Major Lazer leak a third single off of the rap-star-turned-reggae-artist's upcoming reggae album. This third single, "Lighters Up," is the first collaboration we've seen from The Lion as Dancehall stars, Movado and Popcaan take their turns on this track. Unlike the first two singles we've heard from Snoop Lion, Lighters Up takes us back to Snoop's roots as it's much more of a hip-hop vibe than it is anything reggae.

So what do you think - which Snoop Lion single is best so far?

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mavrick Records: The Karukera Riddim


The Karukera Riddim was released by Mavrick Records a month or so back, featuring the likings of some typically under-appreciated artists such as Lutan Fyah, Spectacular, Turbulence, Hyah Slyce and Gyptian. Unfortunately, many of the artists on here prove just why they're under-appreciated, with the exception of Lutan Fyah and Hyah Slyce who bring some serious passion with their  'Sufferah' style verses. It's a pretty melancholy modern roots riddim, but I could listen to it all day.


Music Video: Protoje, "Kingston Be Wise"


Sick tune and nice video.  Look out for some other artist cameos in there.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Jr. Blender Mixes


Mixmaster Jr.Blender has recently remixed two songs from Hawaiian reggae bands. The first track is Jay Keyz "Come And Get Some Loving" for purchase on ITUNES and the other is "Decisions" by The Green which they have offered for free download off SoundCloud. Check the songs for yourself and you can download more of his mixes featuring artists like Bruno Mars & Rihanna on his site http://jrblender.com/promo/

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Josh Heinrichs Covers Adele



Another tune I had been meaning to share for a while now.  When Josh Heinrichs was with Jah Roots he was definitely one of my favorite vocalists around.  For some reason, it seems I've listened to him less with his solo career and have almost been taking his voice for granted.  Well it's good to be reminded of just how good he is — and this cover of Adele's hit, "Set Fire To the Rain", produced by none other than Stick Figure, is perfect.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Snoop Lion, "Here Comes the King"


As with his first reggae single, "La La La," I'm just not sold on Snoop Lion's second single, "Here Comes the King," off of his upcoming all reggae album. I'll continue to say what I've said all along: I think the production by Major Lazer is super good, but I just can't get with Snoop's voice on this sound.

What do you guys think of Snoop Lion? Let us know in the Comments field below.


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Chimney Records: The Tropical Escape Riddim


From the production masterminds that brought you The Island Vibe and The Chill Spot Riddims, Chimney Records now presents their Tropical Escape Riddim, available for digital download tomorrow, December 4, 2012. The vocal talents on this modern roots reggae production are top-notch, featuring both massive reggae and dancehall artists such as Tarrus Riley, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, and so forth.

The riddim is not as high energy as we saw in the aforementioned riddims from Chimney, but honestly, it's just because they're different styles completely. The Tropial Escape Riddim is a bit more light and airy - a bit slower, which makes a great vibe for some of the love ballads we see on here. Overall, solid production from Chimney, with a wicked artists line-up. A must listen, for sure. This one will be all over this winter's DJ mixes, I can already tell.

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Roots Corner: Twinkle Brothers - Enter Zion

 
The Twinkle Brothers were formed by Norman and Ralston Grant in the early 1960s.  The two brothers later linked up with Eric Barnard, Karl Hyatt, and Albert Green to create one of the longest lasting reggae bands to date (several members of the group still perform together in the UK).  The album Enter Zion was recorded in 1984 on the Twinkle Music record label and contains some of the group's best hidden gems.  With a raw roots style, the Twinkle Brothers truly stand out from the rest of the pack.  The songs “Your Oil Runs Out” and “No Loving Tonight” are perfect examples of why the Twinkle Brothers' music has withstood the test of time.  The group's unique blend of conscious lyrics and heavy drum and bass provides for some pretty catchy tunes.  Check out the rest of the album on itunes.
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