rolling dancehall & reggae 2018

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After a subdued 2017, let's start the year sweet, slinky, and slow.

Dexta Daps, "Weak to You"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPm49fQgibk

Jahmiel on the same riddim (whose name I can't figure out): https://youtu.be/KsjUWvlsdKs

Shenseea, "Sub Rosa"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adGc1TIO84o

rob, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:33 (three months ago) Permalink

There's a Kartel over that same riddim that's okay too. Not as good as Yabba Dabba Do, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqdqJbkbvN0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:07 (three months ago) Permalink

love this steel pan in outer space Masicka that just dropped:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H0nA_iSEwc

rob, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:00 (three months ago) Permalink

this dubby Kranium & Ricky Blaze is ~vibes~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzrbds2JmIw

rob, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Nice!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:36 (three months ago) Permalink

as impressive a demo of his range as his last comp was, I'd be pretty excited if Ricky Blaze put out a project with a consistent sound

rob, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:47 (three months ago) Permalink

staying in that slow & vibey lane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDyt4tlfD4w

(Alkaline, "Mirage")

rob, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I missed this Suku-produced Tifa track last fall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXXWrJcVAKA

<3 Tifa but that really makes me miss Natalie Storm

rob, Friday, 26 January 2018 15:06 (two months ago) Permalink

excited to see Shenseea making a strong crossover* move on "Love I Got For U":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URDyX3Q55c4

*don't really mean this from a business-side angle, more just adding new colors to the palette in a credible way

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm feeling better about 2018 in January than I did about 2017 in August. World Vibes riddim is sweet. I think Konshens has the best voicing I heard so far (haven't listened to Charly Black yet, but he is sooo hit or miss; frankly the Kartel is trash), but the Voicemail video is nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNrFSl0j6QQ

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

you know, I might like the Voicemail the most after all; also very pleasing to hear Alaine

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Agent Sasco with a bid to join the EU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuYK4FeEIOA

rob, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

missed the dembowish Vegas Mode riddim at the end of the year. I'm enjoying Ding Dong's version but haven't listened to all of them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15FFE0KGWXo

rob, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

fyi, the new Hollie Cook is extremely pleasant throwback UK lovers if you're into that kind of thing (dog latin?). would love to hear a time-travelling Mad Professor dub version

rob, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

I like Hollie Cook a fair bit, although I can never work out if it's a bit naff, a bit Lily Allen-goes-trad reggae or something. Lover's Rock revival should definitely be encouraged though

Badgers (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

That about sums up my feelings on her too, though I am enjoying this one (that said, I need to make a reminder to listen to it again outdoors in the June sunshine). I think it might be more appealing right now as the JA roots scene has quieted down quite a bit since I last checked her out, so there's not nearly as much out there to scratch my very infrequent itch for this kind of thing.

Or this one might just be better! I'm about halfway through and it's hewed quite closely to the cooing & sighing Bovell-produced lovers template without stepping into dodgier territory

rob, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Loving the World Vibes riddim, and while he’s (quite) far from being the best on it Kartel is NEVER trash, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:36 (two months ago) Permalink

XD

rob, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

a few more goodies with that slow, mellow vibey sound mentioned upthread. at some point we might need to theorize on this--afrobeats influence? fucking Drake/OVO?

Popcaan "Bullet Proof":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0SPp7ApMIk

Alkaline "Load Up":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3c9jzUg824

rob, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll admit that Kartel on the Giggi Riddim (Ring A Rozy) is kinda weak. But this new one from him and Mixpak is pretty spectacular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnERiIgDJQ0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 16 February 2018 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah that's nice! funny how throwback it sounds in 2018 (tho I guess that pinch of Pumpkin Belly Kartel drops in makes it deliberate)

getting pleasing album-coming-soon vibes from this new Poppy video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CJ1LGcsdYs

Shenseea seems to be on a "look how versatile I can be" campaign right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7cPiV4uVng

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:04 (two months ago) Permalink

pretty bold sample on this new Kranium:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQfGecwBmeE

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Kranium also has a very good voicing on the Break Through riddim that that Popcaan "Bullet Proof" is on

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink

longneck, have I lost my mind or is this Sean Paul x Mavado track actually fantastic? halp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mj3aLcT7Qw

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:53 (two months ago) Permalink

and while I'm both skimming links off robbo ranx and marvelling at Sean Paul-related tunes, this Dutty Rock produced Rope riddim is sweet: https://youtu.be/xiVSz_afpvM

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:11 (two months ago) Permalink

and one more, Busy Signal's "Dawg" is fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr70YG9m_bc

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:39 (two months ago) Permalink

The Mavado and Sean Paul is pretty dope! Is Sean Paul the most underrated of them all? I sometimes think he might be.

And even Westwood has been playing the Rope riddim lately, actually. It has a nice groove that will work in most settings.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:35 (two months ago) Permalink

And No Odda... that’s probably the purest r&b song I’ve heard in a good while.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I was too distracted by the No Letting Go sample at first, but "No Odda" is really good! Maybe there's another Kranium album in the works? Rumors faded for me pretty quickly, but I just put it on and it's already better than I remembered.

tbf it's Mavado's "I'm blessed/ I'm sanctify" hook that makes that song for me (the song structure is also more interesting than I would expect), but surprisingly SP is pretty credible in spiritual mode. I am not and have never been a DJ but I could see Rope being fun as hell to play out.

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like the new heatwave mix - https://soundcloud.com/theheatwavemixes/now-thats-what-i-call-shelling-vol-1 - but I'm going mad because I can't seem to identify the song that starts at 00.11.50, between RDX - Bang and Aidonia - Bruki. The one with the Ben ova hook. Does anyone on here know what it is?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Russian's Bashment Time Riddim is a blast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LJafguTSyc

The Konshens version was released as early as in 2016 though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:41 (two months ago) Permalink

oh that works way better in full riddim mix form than it does individually

rob, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

saw this sweet and breezy tune on the fader:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00JRRATURY

(Amindi K. Fro$t, "Pine and Ginger")

rob, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

been way out of the loop for months, but this sounded like the best of the three (!) videos Konshens dropped for his new album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqDwdT0_DrA

rob, Saturday, 7 April 2018 21:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I just wanted to pop in here and say that Popcaan's been on fire this year. Bulletproof is still my favourite, but these other ones are really nice also.

Inviolable:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbPyFvAl4w4

My Type:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68LZ5utJVr8

Weed Stettingz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1DCZ2cfNYU

The latest one, Steamy with Jah Vinci, is not quite on the level of the other ones, but still pretty good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPjxy8QlaPE

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 7 April 2018 23:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Bulletproof is so great, definitely my favorite 2018 JA track so far
but you're otm, he's hit such a level of consistency, I really hope the new album rumor is true

Masicka has really clicked for me this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSVbK9cg-hs

rob, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

the riddim on Busy Signal's "Cut Off" is pretty wild with a real use-every ingredient-in-the-fridge ragga feel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2rD1Hhe0k

rob, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink


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