Archiv für März, 2011

London-based Dancehall-Blog Shimmy Shimmy did an excellent Interview with the great Beth Lesser, known for her essential books King Jammy’s and Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture.

You went out to Jamaica in the early 80s with the purpose of researching reggae – how did you manage to get in with the scene?

We had some help. we knew somebody up here who had some contacts with Jamaican people and some producers. There were a lot of records being produced in both places, so when we first went down to Jamaica he gave us some errands to do, like go see Tuff Gong, and he also introduced us to somebody who worked with Augustus Pablo, who was married to a woman who lived in Toronto. So we met with them before we went down. Originally we [Beth and her husband, Dave] went down there with the intention of doing some kind of fan club for Augustus Pablo. That was the springboard, not only did we really apprecaite his music, but we knew sombeody, so there was actually a possibility of going down there and meeting him, and starting a fan club or whatever, something to publicise him, his artists and his productions.

Read the whole Interview over at Shimmy Shimmy.

Large Up did an exclusive Interview with Richie Spice about his brandnew album Book of Job.

Q: What has been going on in your life, either with music, or beyond the music, that has made you feel a connection to the trials of Job?

A: It would be like a reminder. Everybody know it. But you need to have reminders to remain conscious. In my career, there’s a lot of temptation and need for perseverance. That is the reason. Not just me alone, because I don’t play the music for me myself alone. This is for other people. The masses of the people, whenever you write, you write to uplift them and give them confidence in their day to day.

Read more via Large Up.

Reggae-inspired Sneakers

Veröffentlicht: 31 März, 2011 in 4. Miscellaneous
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Large Up’s Top 10 of reggae-inspired Sneakers.

Spring is here! Which means Summer will be hotstepping around the corner any minute. While we here at LargeUp have kept our Clarks on for what seems like all winter, we don’t mind diversifying our portfolios when the weather nices up. These trainers manage to pull off top-ranking status from the sidelines by putting an international spotlight on the marginalized world of reggae and dancehall culture. Paying homage to the iconic Red, Gold & Green color combination didn’t necessarily qualify items to appear on this list. Don’t get us wrong–it didn’t hurt. Together those colors symbolize a deeper meaning, which many of the cut/paste/iron-on-patch sneakers simply can’t live up to. But it was meaningful and creative executions which truly qualified these kicks for thanks and praise.  LargeUp and enjoy.

See them all via Large Up

David Rodigan back 2 back with Toddla T at the Red Bull Music Acadamy.

Check it via RBMA

At 15 David Rodigan started DJing at school dances and youth clubs, and more than 40 years later he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Whether it’s collecting soundboy scalps on the clash circuit, juggling dubplates other selectors would sell their grandmas for, or edutaining entire generations of dancehall revellers worldwide with his legendary sets and speeches, the „Gentleman Rudeboy“ is a true reggae rocker for life. Even when he started studying economics and drama, and went on to pursue a serious acting career in the 70s, Roddy always kept his passion for music alive as a record salesman and, of course, DJ. And when he finally obtained a resident slot on Capitol Radio in 1979, the fiyah was fully ignited: since then Rodigan has become a true legend in the reggae world, a respected father figure to many an aspiring soundboy, and a dreaded dominator in countless dubplate battles. He still hosts a Monday night slot on Kiss FM, while constantly touring the globe without even a suggestion of fatigue. This back-to-back set sees him cut the plates alongside Sheffield Steel City boy Toddla T. Weaned on the teat of bashment from a young age Toddla T rolled through his early years with ears glued to the speakers of his folks‘ hi-fi. Making beats, bass, blunts, and girls filled his adolescence until he was crowned as inhouse studio boff at Sheffield’s Kenwood Studios at the grand old age of 19. Working on material for DJ Cash Money, Roots Manuva and Steve Edwards, amongst others, let him polish his craft until the studio shut, and he dived headfirst into distilling his own bass heavy wonk until it was ripe for dissemination. One half of digi duo Small Arms Fiya (along with fellow beat doctor/loafer Monkz), Toddla is contantly bringing the ruckus to the deadly dancehall table with a series of killer plates demolishing dimly lit basement boogies.

Twin of Twins animated series!

Veröffentlicht: 28 März, 2011 in 4. Miscellaneous
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Popular dancehall artistes and satirical comedy duo Twin of Twins might be on the verge of a major international breaktrough with the upcoming animated (cartoon) format of their latest effert, Stir it Up Vol.9, which is being spearheaded by the US-based Platinum Camp Productions.

Read more via Jamaica Star.


From what I’ve read it was a landslide victory, LP won every round. No Dub Fi Dub needed.

This is already the rcording of the Live-Stream.

[Download] Binyo! – Springtime Mix 2011

Veröffentlicht: 26 März, 2011 in 2. Downloads
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This is another nonReggae/Dancehall-Mix I want to promote to you guys.

Like I said a few days ago, I want you to give other musical genres besides Reggae and Dancehall also a shot. So here’s a wonderful Dubstep Mix, which is, in my book, the perfect soundtrack for an awakening urban environment, mixed by Binyo! from Essen, who’s ,by the way, the evil twin/companion/partner in crime of last week featured DJ Joe Coseness.

Chilled Dubstep Mix with a little reggae touch in the beginning, getting funkier at the end.

Make sure to check Binyo!s other mixes on Soundcloud too.