rolling dancehall & reggae 2017

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I haven't heard anything amazing from the past seven days yet, so here's Spice's "Siddung" from last fall instead, which was never posted in the last thread:

rob, Saturday, 7 January 2017 21:32 (six months ago) Permalink

couple of late-ish additions to good riddims that I liked:

Jahmiel on 47th Floor:

Vershon on Yard Man:

rob, Saturday, 7 January 2017 21:45 (six months ago) Permalink

this Jahmiel x Shenseea is pretty nice. not sure how Shenseea suddenly became so ubiquitous, but I suppose there is plenty of room for new female talent right now

good riddim on Blak Ryno's "One Inna Dem Head":

rob, Saturday, 21 January 2017 16:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Popcaan, Jafrass, Quada / "Unruly Camp":

quite like Popcaan in a group setting

rob, Saturday, 28 January 2017 22:06 (five months ago) Permalink

this Vershon "All Fi Dem" is quite lovely:

Popcaan not bad on that riddim (Kingston City) too

rob, Saturday, 28 January 2017 22:20 (five months ago) Permalink

search is down so I can't bump her own thread, but Cherine Anderson is still charming as hell:

rob, Saturday, 28 January 2017 22:34 (five months ago) Permalink

The Caliente riddim is excellent--best thing I've heard so far this year. Everyone is good on it, but Shenseea has turned out to be a legit threat:

rob, Sunday, 5 February 2017 16:39 (five months ago) Permalink

I finally had a chance to check the Claiente Riddim, and yes, it's good, and yes, the Shensea is a gem.

Vybz has had a good 2017 so far. His Alkaline diss, Closed Casket, stands out but I'm also enjoying From Portmore City To Uptown, Hold It, his Feel Good riddim entry It Nuh Hard, and even the popdroppy Wine To Di Top. Also, November's What NEX goes hard, especially if you pitch it up a bit to about 104 bpm - the same goes for Portmore City and quite a lot of ca 98 bpm dancehall tbh.

Closed Casket

From Portmore City To Uptown:

Hold It:

Wine To Di Top:

What Nex:

It Nuh Hard:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 09:29 (five months ago) Permalink

absolutely no way whatsoever that 'portmore city' isnt a 2003 acappella that baby g found on a usb key in the pocket of some too-tight white jeans he was throwing out

r|t|c, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 09:46 (five months ago) Permalink

I have entertained the thought, yes, but at the same time, there is also the line "me deh behind bars inna di General Pen" - which seems pretty 2017. He's got access to a proper studio now, obviously.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 09:51 (five months ago) Permalink SATURDAY, MAR 13, 2004 08:52 PM +0000
In real life, both have indeed served prison time; Kartel’s December arrest on weapons and assault charges was reggae’s talk of the town for weeks.

r|t|c, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 09:59 (five months ago) Permalink

victoria's secret fixation is what rly gave it away tbh

r|t|c, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 10:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Well, it's hardly impossible. I'm still on the fence though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 10:05 (five months ago) Permalink

It is definitely the one vocal track that does sound closer to "young" kartel than to present day Vybz, I'll give you that.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 10:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Christ that Salon article is quite a document...sob

The vocal melody and voice on Portmore City definitely sound like old Kartel to me. I've been ignoring the latest war since I found "Microwave" to be the least interesting track Alkaline has put out in a while, but I love the riddim on "Closed Casket"--so many movements (produced by Daseca?).

While we're on the subject:

Good to hear Rvssian not resting on his dembow laurels.

I only just realized Shenseea is on VP which explains the size of her push. Fully sold on her now too: Jiggle Jiggle is great, Reverse is pretty good, collab with Jahmiel upthread is nice, and I even dug her freestyle over "oouuu".

rob, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:14 (five months ago) Permalink

maybe it's because I was listening to Chrome riddim after reading that Salon piece, but the minimalist groove on this Busy Signal "Company" suddenly seemed really fresh:

rob, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah I heard Company on a mixshow recently after quickly dismissing it in the context of the EP and was surprised by how fresh it sounded.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:30 (five months ago) Permalink

ha exactly, robbo ranx led off with it and it sounded so big--I might have heard a bass-less youtube the first time. Beenie Man's version on that Black Peppa riddim w/ the dubious Kartel voicing currently sounding great in that context too. I am v ready for the post-47th Floor brasswave

rob, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 16:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, that was it, lol. And yeah, Beenie Man's version is easily the only other version I'm keeping - but mostly because of the brass. If Portmore is indeed a cut n paste it's crazy that Kartel still manages to interact with the beat musically in ways that no one else can, apparently.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 17:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Disappointed that the announced Kartel & Wizkid collabo turned out to be Wizkid adding some adlibs, a hook and a short verse to a song that wasn't in need of his input.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 February 2017 08:21 (five months ago) Permalink

hi! i don't usually post in these threads but i've been dipping into 1Xtra's jamaica trip and it's fun. i have learned one thing: I love the Crown Love riddim!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 February 2017 09:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Crown Love is great! very hard to pick a favorite: Tarrus Riley's and Vybz Kartel's are great, but I think I most like Christopher Martin's "My Love" (which is on his new quite good album btw) for the way he sings "sweet coconut r-r-r-rum" plus he tells the girl he wants her to be his Guantanamo lol

rob, Monday, 13 February 2017 15:37 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, those three are my favorites too. Great riddim that somehow got slept on a little?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 13 February 2017 15:40 (five months ago) Permalink

maybe a little as a riddim qua riddim. I feel like the Riley track especially broke through though? Idk I guess it depends on what context we're talking about

speaking of that Martin album, this collab with Busy Signal was the stand-out among the new tracks for me:

rob, Monday, 13 February 2017 16:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Steppin was from last year, actually. I always liked it, though! And yeah, there's a certain sweetness to Martin's approach that sets him apart imo. I loved his two versions on 47th Floor as well.

Slept on is relative, of course. I just remember thinking it would totally rule the summer but then Moskato turned up and kind of took over everything.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 13 February 2017 16:41 (five months ago) Permalink

ha I seem to have slipped into constantly posting older tracks on the rolling threads. I really like Martin too and the album is strong if maybe a little exhausting as a single listen, but it would serve as a great intro for anyone not too familiar with him.

ok yeah that's true about the summer/Moskato. I wonder if Rvssian being in Miami (iirc) rather than JA has anything to do with it? that said he seems well poised to take advantage of the massive lane opened up to south america by "Party Animal". the intl audience for dancehall is super interesting right now--I just looked up the video for the Riley track and all the commenters are Kenyans!

rob, Monday, 13 February 2017 16:50 (five months ago) Permalink

lol yeah. The good thing about Justin going dembow and this major lazeresque pop era is that you can mix in just about everything. The lanes are open.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 13 February 2017 17:52 (five months ago) Permalink

production on this new Chronixx dancehall track is p incredible:

Reggaeville claims it's self-produced too. I suppose there's no chance that all of Chronology will sound like this

rob, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 21:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Just came here to say I've been enjoying the hell out of the Vybz x Wizkid. Wizzy adds so many extra happy vibes to it.

Well, also to post two hot new tracks by Busy Signal:

"Dangerous Bam Bam" (the hottest)

"Wifey vs. Matie" (also-hot)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 19:03 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Vybz & Wiz has grown on me. I do wish it had sounded a bit more... organic, but Wizkid does soften it in the right places.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 25 February 2017 23:02 (five months ago) Permalink

To me it sounds organic enough, but then, you knew the original already and I only heard it afterwards, so matter of perception perhaps?

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 23:10 (five months ago) Permalink

probably, yes. To me it sounds a bit too much like a cut and paste but i've pretty much replaced the original with the wizkid version so by now so i'm not really complaining.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 25 February 2017 23:41 (five months ago) Permalink

My favourite dancehall track this year comes from a UK rapper:

Stefflon Don - 16 Shots

gregus, Sunday, 26 February 2017 12:17 (five months ago) Permalink


(Alkaline, "Fast")

rob, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 01:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Popcaan's "Addictive" has been around for a while, is good:

rob, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:19 (four months ago) Permalink

yes, very.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 March 2017 08:02 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

oh man, best thing Tifa has done in an age and this whole riddim could really grow on me

rob, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I love the Humbug. The Chris Martin is my fave at the moment though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Ooh, haven't heard that yet, looking forward. The "Daniella Whine" remix is pretty hot--I've always loved that tune and Elephant Man sounds pretty fired up on the remix. In other good news, Alklaline just dropped this tune too:

rob, Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Actually, every version on the Humbug Riddim is a winner. The Kartel version is probably my favorite though. He's so deliciously dirty and super specific, lol.

I love what Chris Martin does with the melodies:

Also, Mavado reminding us to wear a condom:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 April 2017 00:06 (three months ago) Permalink

really like Rvssian's production on this:

pretty stunning to see that "Privado" has over 100million views

rob, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

This made the lower echelons of the 1Xtra playlist and may be my fave track of the year

Shenseea - Reverse

Mercer Finn, Thursday, 13 April 2017 22:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Alkaline's "Fast" still keeps getting better and better with each play. "Rapido, rapido, rapido, rapido, rapido, rapido, rapido..."

breastcrawl, Friday, 14 April 2017 06:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Reverse is great! I think I rated it below "Jiggle Jiggle" upthread but they're both excellent. She's inevitably put out some weak stuff, but so far Shenseea is the most exciting thing happening this (kinda slow so far?) year for me. Alkaline was in that spot last year though.

Anyone know why Chronology hasn't come out yet?

rob, Friday, 14 April 2017 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ishawna causing some consternation and wailing w/ her pro-head stance

also this new busy is too sick, him and alkaline are the best at not just riding a riddim but making their voices another instrument in the song

oiocha, Monday, 1 May 2017 18:23 (two months ago) Permalink

that was definitely the best way to end my don't-listen-to-Sheeran policy

rob, Thursday, 4 May 2017 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

anxiously waiting for this year's fever or ova dweet to emerge. this mavado tune is good though

oiocha, Sunday, 21 May 2017 01:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Crazy Glue Riddim is pretty crazy and sticks like glue. Sean Paul and Alkaline on the obvious hit:

Also, this Kartel and Masicka is hard:

And Alkaline is unstoppable:

My favorite riddim atm is the Bad & Sexy though - def here to stay for the summer:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 May 2017 07:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, so we haven't even posted these Alakalines? Slipping!

Pretty Girl Team is one of the best songs of the year, easily:

Nice and Easy:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 May 2017 07:24 (two months ago) Permalink

A few of the new Kartel releases have sounded "old" but as always, there's more than enough to go around:

Love hearing him on a soca riddim (the 6.3). Reverb & Delay:

Love It:


Highest Level (posted upthread) is the one I keep returning to though. Guessing it will stick around through the summer.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 May 2017 07:28 (two months ago) Permalink

RDX with yet another Bam Bam remake. You basically can't miss with these.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 May 2017 07:40 (two months ago) Permalink

admittedly I've been very distracted this year (though I did post "Nice and Easy" a while back; the YT got pulled), but this surprisingly strong late addition to an aging franchise caught my ear:
(Cham & Miss O, "Get Drunk")

Dave Kelly sounds absolutely and effortlessly contemporary on that (which obvs says more about the contemporary than him but still)

rob, Monday, 22 May 2017 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

seem to remember also liking a Chi Ching Ching track a bit back, Poppy's "1Guh" and Mavado's "Dirt Nap"

rob, Monday, 22 May 2017 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

new equiknoxx produccy is hard

oiocha, Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:59 (two months ago) Permalink

production-wise this should probably go on the afrobeats thread; it's warm and lovely either way:
Popcaan f. Davido, "My Story"

rob, Friday, 26 May 2017 18:02 (two months ago) Permalink

okay on subsequent listen with actual headphones ^that is a serious jam

rob, Friday, 26 May 2017 18:12 (two months ago) Permalink

and this excellent Alkaline just dropped too:

rob, Friday, 26 May 2017 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

some nice stuff from french guiana; Jahyanai King & Bamby:

rob, Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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