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Hearing "Toast" booming out of a house in Tobago on christmas day was a highlight of my 2018, so I'm excited to start off with a new Koffee tune. She looks likely to have an eventful 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HSO9YtEAyA

"Raggamuffin"

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:13 (six months ago) link

That's actually her first 2018 single, but since I love it let's pretend it's from this year.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:47 (six months ago) link

Here's a brand new Aidonia, Dom Perignon, to set things off for the new year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i715zMjJbys&frags=pl%2Cwn

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 20:49 (six months ago) link

xp oh really? I was fooled by youtube's upload date. Actually I'm glad that's not new, Toast is doing well and wouldn't it be amazing for a JA artist to slowly release a series of great tracks :)

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:01 (six months ago) link

Aidonia has hit a great groove lately

I like this new Jada Kingdom that kinda doesn't belong on this thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hq7FhNaJeI

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:05 (six months ago) link

Alkaline with another solid tune that I am currently not blown away by but could grow on me over the year like most of his '18 releases did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f1AlRFrqpM

I posted this at the end of the last thread, but in case you missed it, here is Rygin King's sweet Powerful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OrpJCditas

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:13 (six months ago) link

That's a great Alka jam, yet for some reason he keeps choosing beats that will never give him a huge hit in JA or make him... big like Jesus. It's pretty fascinating, actually. I keep wondering about what he's thinking. In a way I´m happy that he's doing something else. But he's still nowhere near the stature he should have had by now.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 22:05 (six months ago) link

Yes, I love “Black Heart” too, has to be my favourite of his since “Yaadie Fiesta”.
But now you have to explain to me exactly how big Alkaline is in Jamaica. I always assumed he was huge there (but then I don’t follow dancehall closer than through this thread) but you’re telling me he doesn’t really have big hits?

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:48 (six months ago) link

(Luckily though, he’s big enough at least to have been asked for this enjoyable latin/island-flavoured hodgepodge from Keith Sweat’s latest album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c-JIM1k6ZM

Keith Sweat ft. Akon, Alkaline & RayFade • Fuego)

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:49 (six months ago) link

(at least outside Jamaica, that should say)

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 January 2019 08:51 (six months ago) link

Well I'm not sure just how big he is in Jamaica, but a couple of years ago it seemed as though he might be the next Kartel and I don't hear many people saying that anymore. Whenever he's on a big riddim like the Netflixxx or Levels he tends to shine but he mostly seems to be releasing a string of singles that, while good, don't really go anywhere. I'm sure they're played but they don't seem ubiquitous. I'm not saying he's a minor figure, just that he should be bigger and that his choice of production seems to be at least part of the reason why he isn't. Maybe he's just taking his time and carving out his own niche, idk.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 09:16 (six months ago) link

To longneck's point, I don't think Alka had a "hit" (even in Jamaica) all last year, which given the head of steam he had years previously is remarkable. Actually, I'm not sure he had one in 2017 either?? I mean, I love "Fast" but I'm not sure it was a hit. 2016 was a *massive* year for him though. That was also the last year he put out a tape/album.

I think part of why the "Alkaline slipping" narrative has emerged is that his last big media splash was his clash with Popcaan. My sense of things was that at the time most people thought Alkaline had "won." But in the time since, Poppy has become the biggest dancehall star of his generation--possibly in part by realizing that shit like clashing doesn't matter to the larger pool of potential dancehall fans out in the world. OTOH, "Stray Dog" (go suck yuh muuuuudda) is the only song from the clash that has stuck around, so maybe Poppy "won" in both ways.

I'm sympathetic to longneck's production point, though mostly due to my already stated concern about current dancehall production in general. I'd be curious if there was a riddim from last year that you'd have liked to hear Alka on but didn't? Now that I'm thinking about it: I think he could have killed whatever riddim "Better Than That" is on plus I'd be curious to hear him on one of the slower, trap-like ones. My secret hope is that he's on this mythical forthcoming Rihanna album.

rob, Friday, 4 January 2019 14:48 (six months ago) link

Well put, rob.

I think part of his "slipping" has to do with the fact that he is not jumping on too many hot riddims - it's as if what's hot barely interests him at the moment. Whereas, you know, other major players will inevitably try to hijack or in some way exploit a certain moment - Spice making Under Fire to counter Kartel's Under Water on the Zinc Roof riddim would be a perfect example, and while Kartel has been relatively quiet this year, he used to do stuff like that all the time, even from jail. Alkaline, on the other hand, seems to have gone for a lot of one off singles with mostly low profile producers (Perfect was the only song he did with Frass, right?). . Whenever he did a riddim - LEVELS, Rice Grain, Money Order and Netflixxx, he was usually the best thing on it, but strangely it still feels as if he's not really out there competing. Which is... weird.

On the other hand, I guess 2018 wasn't that great a year for riddims? There were some good ones - but on the whole I have could have used a few more of those zinc roof moments.

At the same time... lesser artists like Rygin, Govana and Shane O - heck, even Ding Dong had a great 2018, so I don't really know what's going on here. Maybe Alka just needs the right song.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 15:28 (six months ago) link

That makes sense, and there is a feeling of isolation around Alka right now.

But yeah I'd have a hard time making a list of best riddims for the year. Even the best ones didn't quite transcend their biggest versions. Zinc Roof was fun but I'm not sure that made much of a splash--certainly nothing like Bruk Off or the dozens of riddims I could cite if we went back to like 2011-14.

Alkaline's woes aside, I feel like the riddim ecosystem is crumbling. Probably too early to make any big conclusions, but Alka is certainly not the only artist putting out mostly one-off singles, and nearly all riddims seem to get no more than four versions max now. I'm not sure what the culprit is: boredom with the tedium of version dumps? economic pressure? streaming? maybe a lack of social connection among artists and producers?

Another thing I've been wondering about: Now that Popcaan's signed to OVO, I wonder if Mixpak will just move on from (Jamaican) dancehall or will they look to sign someone else up?

rob, Friday, 4 January 2019 16:29 (six months ago) link

Good questions. The thing is... the riddim ecosystem must have been crucial in establishing a market for so many talented artists out of such a small population. Riddims are great if a competent dj is mixing one version into another (and such fun for the dj too!), but obviously less suited for the streaming era where you have to listen to the whole thing from start to finish. Not sure what could replace it though - it's not as if minor dancehall artists are particularly visible on a global scale. If they had been, Tuff would have been on a whole lot more year end lists.

Also, one of my favourite musical moments of 2018 is still Shenseea making her presence known on the intro to the Flairy Riddim. First there's the subtle "heh... quenga quenga/ some gyal just a merma-merma (?)"just testing the waters like, followed by the playful "Talk 'bout say dem a no real genna-genna / stick 'pon him like tattoo with you hena-hena", then the brash "OH GOSH!"as if there's no turning back and she's preparing to go all in, followed by the quick rehersal of the song's theme with "Boy good, body clean / Body good, face cute and your body clean / Me no watch man, man fi watch me, how you meeeeean!?" before she finally drops the mandatory "Woi! a-Shenseea!" then a short full stop - and the song can start for real. It's such a quintessential riddim transition moment and I love it more than 90% of the music I listened to in 2018. I hope we're not losing that with the onslaught of streaming.

(The rest of the song is quite good too.)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 16:51 (six months ago) link

Wow, thanks, guys. You sure did answer my question, and then some! Very interesting and illuminating.

(I guess this is what happens when you don’t follow a scene closely: I mean, of course I noticed that his singles have become less striking/immediate over the past 1-2 years, but you sort of assume that an artist’s status is a given.)

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 January 2019 17:20 (six months ago) link

I suppose the most pertinent question re riddims is: what's happening in the dance? Which I have no insight into. And tbc I'm def not in favor of the riddim system going away (by "tedium of version dumps" I meant the unavoidable quality dip when you have like 15 versions--there's only so many Diwalis--or, a diff problem, if the riddim isn't that special) as I completely agree that it's instrumental for trying out new artists with minimal investment.

In that sense, I can't see it going away entirely (it's worth noting that soca has embraced it), but as you said streaming does seem like a legit threat to its enjoyability for casual listeners, and a shift to a more artist-focused feels inevitable to me. Hell even on streaming: a few years ago I heard new tunes always via Dancehall Dopeboi or Akam or some other promo YT channel, and now it's almost always the artist's own account and unofficial streams seem to get shut down pretty quick.

rob, Friday, 4 January 2019 17:34 (six months ago) link

I think the Alkaline hype cycle kind of breaks down like this:
*2016--the next Kartel, a massive star who will break far beyond dancehall
*2017--the next, let's say, Aidonia, i.e., a major artist for those in the know but not making big waves outside of the genre
*2018--the next, uhhh, Gyptian? some big early tunes but not a career artist

all of which is pretty premature, considering he just turned 25

rob, Friday, 4 January 2019 17:48 (six months ago) link

lol yeah, let's hope he figures it all out. Part of it must be that he is indeed trying to find new markets outside of JA, but for the moment at least Stefflon Don is a far more credible second coming of Sean Paul than Alka is.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 18:35 (six months ago) link

Between Stay So, One Way and Hold A Medi, Busy Signal had a really good 2018, btw.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:12 (six months ago) link

Man I have just not been able to get on board with Stefflon Don (though I dig Pretty Girl's chirpy male singer/gruff female deejay combination). See also Hood Celebrity/"Walking Trophy": I do not get why that one caught on, especially when Alicai Harley seems to be continually ignored (I feel bad pitting women against each other, but I think it's fair to say she's doing something similar but, imo, superior).

Busy is in a wonderful class of his own these days. The whole Dolla Van EP is also good, speaking of versions & riddims. I saw you nominated Stay So in the eoy poll--pretty torn on that as I'm almost certain I nommed it last year and definitely would have voted for it. If I can convince myself it's a 2018 track, it'll be very high on my ballot.

rob, Friday, 4 January 2019 19:22 (six months ago) link

YouTube says 20 December 2017 for Stay So, so maybe you did. It didn’t really register with me until a few months later I think but it has stuck with me throughout the year.

As for Stefflon, I like her. But I think the point is that it’s a lot easier for a Londoner with a Jamaican accent to become the hot dancehall crossover artist than it is for someone like Alka or Shenseea, and mainly because she’s not Jamaican. I’m guessing it’s mostly a cultural literacy thing. Western audiences want something that registers as caribbean but not necessarily the real thing. What comes across as pure and raw about Jamaican culture is often also what seems most insular and resistant to translation. And someone like Stefflon has grown up with all these different cultural impulses and knows how to translate them from one sphere to another. It’s not that she’s faking it - she comes across as steeped in a variety O f musical cultures.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 January 2019 22:11 (six months ago) link

I guess this is NYC/flex/FDM but I heard this on an Equinoxx NTS show and I love it:

https://soundcloud.com/immortal-instruments/magazine-riddim
https://soundcloud.com/immortal-instruments/magazine-ft-kiyano

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:07 (six months ago) link

The vocal version is dope. I have no idea what flex or FDM are though?

rob, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:13 (six months ago) link

Afaik it's an NYC regional thing based around the contortion-heavy dance style w/dancehall-ish beats around 100 bpm?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRBJv1bdAFk

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:21 (six months ago) link

very cool. I guess it's been around for quite a while: https://pitchfork.com/features/article/9864-flex-tunes-brooklyns-own-dance-music/

rob, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:52 (six months ago) link

Er*n MacLeod voted Protoje album A Matter of Time” as her #1 album in the Uproxx poll of 200 writers. Her #1 song was Soca Kingdom by Machel Montano and Superblue

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:19 (six months ago) link

I should go back and listen to that one again. I recently put on Chronology and it was waaay better than I thought at the time, I think my expectations were too high

rob, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:40 (six months ago) link

she also voted for Popcaan's album

https://uproxx.com/critics/erin-macleod/

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:35 (six months ago) link

Oh, onetime Ilxor Alex M voted for Spice - Captured.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 04:48 (six months ago) link

New Dexta, “Dash It Out”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXGfm53KOgc

(It’s good. He’s had sex again)

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 09:33 (six months ago) link

It's very good, yes.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 09:51 (six months ago) link

Weak To You was one of 2018's very best songs, btw.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 09:52 (six months ago) link

Yeah, “Weak To You” is fantastic.

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 10:45 (six months ago) link

I have a very high tolerance for slackness, but I wonder if Dexta wouldn't be bigger if he embraced a more accessible approach? I still remember being surprised when I heard the raw version of 7Eleven after only hearing the clean for a while. Maybe I was misled by that experience, but I feel like he's got a natural pop presence and the explicitness undermines it.

Anyway, despite opening last year's thread with it, I'd kind of forgotten about Weak to You until recently--it is really good!

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 14:57 (six months ago) link

Absolutely agree w regards to Dexta's slackness.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:07 (six months ago) link

Same here, hence my sort-of trigger warning.

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:33 (six months ago) link

I honestly feel kind of bad about holding him to a double standard. The dirtier songs on Forever don't bother me at all; last night I was unselfconsciously blasting Alkaline's "Fine Whine"; "Banana" is one of my '18 faves; etc. Maybe there's something specific about Dexta's voice/vibe that makes it less agreeable? The heavy-breathing intensity of it? In contrast, there's a casualness to all the counter examples I cited. Exception that proves the rule might be Popcaan's My Type which sounds gorgeous but I couldn't play very often.

That said, the clean version of Weak To You works fine, but the radio edit of Dash It Out has that curiously hollow quality of bad/lazy censoring.

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:55 (six months ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:51 (six months ago) link

Koffee - Throne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQJZ9NIRKSo

Her style + rootsy.

Nabozo, Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:37 (six months ago) link

Wow that's awesome, very excited for the EP to drop

rob, Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:02 (six months ago) link

yeah, that's great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:59 (six months ago) link

I'm really enjoying the Peppa Mint riddim these days:

Busy Signal - Know You Good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT8QUDcIYDg&frags=pl%2Cwn

Konshens - Set It Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txqRj9AMz8&frags=pl%2Cwn

A riddim mix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMgCuSnvM_M&frags=pl%2Cwn

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 19 January 2019 13:23 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V4ZDNV4si0
Throne repost with the video

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:22 (five months ago) link

I love the rootsy "unsexiness" of all her outfits in those clips, looks very deliberate (coupled with the raw camera quality / 80s worship)

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:26 (five months ago) link

same tbh. she's definitely one to watch; all the singles are great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:34 (five months ago) link

Her gender presentation is definitely interesting, but she's like 16...not that 16-year old female musicians aren't routinely sexualized. But yeah so far she effortlessly splits the difference between roots revival and crossover-appealing dancehall in a hugely exciting way

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:41 (five months ago) link

Great song, great video.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:48 (five months ago) link

Ah, nice, I knew what age she was, but good that you made me check. Koffee was born on the same day as me (!), which means she'll turn 19 on the 16th.
That said, I thought the same as you from seeing the clips, but check the video where she's live in the studio doing Ragamuffin, she's a woman alright and... err very cute imo.

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:23 (five months ago) link

ah ok, that's good to know really--I was mildly worried about her blowing up before she'd graduated high school (possibly metaphorically speaking, idk). I wonder if what I heard was she was 16 when she started

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:42 (five months ago) link

I was gonna wait for the EP, but fuck it: gratitude is a must: the Koffee thread

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

this takes about a minute to achieve lift-off, but then damn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M9HoNHdwj8

Tee-Jay, "Owna Lane"

I was kind of vaguely aware that Tee-Jay was getting popular last year, but never really clicked with anything I listened to--I expect this will be huge (the view count is already impressive on that video).

rob, Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:02 (five months ago) link

lol sorry it's just TeeJay, no hyphen needed

rob, Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:03 (five months ago) link

Speaking of lanes, Masicka isn't exactly swerving out of his usual zone here, but "Darkest Times" is nice:

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

I'm not sure the lyrics video approach does Quada's "Celebration" any favors but the mood is sweet (I really like that brief instrumental break at the end):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-r9EwdxJYs

The Supreme riddim has a few good voicings. Dexta's songs are always so dense, I'm never quite sure what I think on first contact, but "Squeeze" is excellent?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krNN2z-Bigs

Masicka's "Headshot" is more immediately accessible--the contrast really shows what's unique, possibly to a fault!, about Dexta:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwZjy-y5JKc

Did we ever post Shenseea's rather good "Trending Gyal"? There's a mediocre video now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kou6dgRQY64

On that topic: A/C COOL TURN UP DI TEMPERATURE WITH A PRETTY GYAL WEH FAVOR SHENSEEA is in my head like 60% of the time these days

rob, Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:43 (five months ago) link

This Stefflon & Sean Paul tune isn't particularly outstanding but should be noted in support of longneck's thesis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO4Zrf2o92Q

rob, Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:58 (five months ago) link

Dexta Daps' "No Underwear" does exactly what it says on the tin, but I'm on board:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAj7CP6yTfM

rob, Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:02 (five months ago) link

should i assume this was posted last year? love this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7agMxttD7A
squash - money fever

We are kings music channel
5 months ago (edited)
Bloodclat dem feel like ..dancehall trap all day.
6 out here .
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ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:12 (four months ago) link

that one's new to me but I like it. I was checking this Squash tune the other day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNtrZW3CC1g

I'm curious what rap fans think of "dancehall trap." Some earlier attempts were p derivative and uninspired, but I feel like it's stepped up in the past year or so.

I love this fantastic Govana and Tarrus Riley collab on "Unanswered":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwZlD8RToA0

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:50 (four months ago) link

feeling the bass line on this new Jada Kingdom ("Business"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4TfKrrnwk

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:53 (four months ago) link

btw Jada fans should watch this excellent, elegant & jazzy live 1Xtra set: https://youtu.be/r73MT8eSvpU

rob, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:17 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Vp_TBf9wk

Alkaline, "Eva High"

rob, Thursday, 28 February 2019 02:10 (four months ago) link

Squash with a video for "Trending":

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

I wasn't completely sold on him at first tbh, but that's vibes.

This new Stylo G knocks:

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

So far I'm pretty strongly in favor of the dialectical response to trop house eating everyone's lunch being rap

rob, Saturday, 2 March 2019 22:16 (four months ago) link

You posted Stylo G twice! This is that Squash video for real:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hplD4QyV4Q8

Great track btw. Plus it namechecks Suriname, I like that!

breastcrawl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:25 (four months ago) link

Oh, and “Whoop Whoop” is a bop of a banger!

(I don’t really get your comment about rap vs trop house?)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:38 (four months ago) link

Ah thanks for posting the right vid! The trop house comment was my obscure way of presenting an extremely undercooked thesis: after “tropical house” (i.e., watered down dancehall + soca) became mainstream global pop’s default setting, I got the sense that dancehall producers were at a loss to move to a new sound. Over the past year or so trap/rap more generally has emerged as a touch point for a bunch of the most exciting dancehall tunes. So basically I’m saying that dancehall has given up on trying to beat trop house at its own game and moved on to a new, rap influenced sound. However there are tons of exceptions to cite but I think it’s a legit trend now

rob, Sunday, 3 March 2019 02:30 (four months ago) link

idk if Jordan checks this thread, but I dig this new Epic B: https://soundcloud.com/immortal-instruments/meno-eddie-hill

I'm listening to the Little Simz album and no surprise or anything, but between this, Estelle's, and Mr Eazi's albums, Chronixx is a feature secret weapon, hope he puts out something new soon.

rob, Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:08 (four months ago) link

two excellent new Popcaan tunes

Unstoppable:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwrLF3i_cjk

Redress:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDNExKFS3iA

rob, Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:41 (four months ago) link

thanks Rob!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 March 2019 20:23 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Apologies for killing anyone's browser with this post...

I'm thrilled the "Alkaline fell off" narrative has been definitively refuted. His collab with Kranium (Just the Style) hasn't quite clicked for me yet, but "With the Thing" is dope:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-QW3JcGJi8

Good stuff on the G6ixx Riddim, including Kartel's "Any Weather"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fs5aOhyMIY

and Teejay's "Shub Out"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es9qQi_doyM

(his tune with Ding Dong, "Braff," is fun too)

Great riddim on Popcaan's "Trouble Deh Deh" (couldn't figure out if it has a name, though I didn't try too hard):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0C7nTgA9pM

Also feeling Masicka, "Heights"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9ZtAlIC_IU

and Squash, "Rifle"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REdko4dolGM

rob, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 14:35 (three months ago) link

Of the above, I’m especially liking “With The Thing”, “Braff” and “Trouble Deh Deh” so far. (Have no access to “Shub Out” and “Rifle”)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:12 (three months ago) link

I guess continuing to have multiple artists version a riddim, but then only officially releasing one lead single (at least initially, I assume "Shub Out" will show up on Spotify eventually) is how things are going to be for a while in our confusing streaming era.

and since we praised it on the afropop thread, here is Kranium's "Mind Blown"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyMn5iVAvRk

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 16:26 (three months ago) link

Caught an all-Lady Saw 'In Focus' mix in NTS this morning, made my day. I'm sure it'll be archived soon.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 April 2019 17:56 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Belated, but I'd like to express my appreciation of Kranium's (and Young John's) "Mind Blown".

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 April 2019 19:58 (two months ago) link

I wouldn't say no to a whole Drogba riddim album tbh (this version is Busy Signal):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S04ADSueF0

More brilliance from the 6ix bench, Chronic Law's "Hillside":

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

(skip to 2:00 if you're impatient)

rob, Thursday, 25 April 2019 18:32 (two months ago) link

oooooh, busy!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:01 (two months ago) link

his ad libs are pretty inspired on that. I wonder if there'll be any original afrobeats on his new album, he always sounds fantastic versioning them

rob, Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:08 (two months ago) link

speaking of Busy, this is quite good: http://www.largeup.com/2019/04/22/busy-signal-gotta-tell-ya-zum-zum/

rob, Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:17 (two months ago) link

I’m here for Busy!

I’m only aware of his Afro triptych from five (!) years ago, I think:

“Same Way” (=Sarkodie’s “You Go Kill Me”);
“Bou Yah (Vampire Teeth)” (=Mafikizolo’s “Khona”);
“Professionally” (=P-Square’s “Personally”)

Has he done any others since?

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 April 2019 05:47 (two months ago) link

In somewhat related news, Popcaan jumped on the remix of Ghanaian reggae/dancehall singer J.Derobie’s “Poverty”, one of the year’s biggest songs in Ghana so far.

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

And fusing things up even more, follow up “Irie” was produced by Juls:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbER2DByWVg

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 April 2019 06:17 (two months ago) link

hm, yeah that might be it for afro-Busy, I can't really recall--I definitely forgot those were 5 years old!

Very interesting to hear Juls do basically straight reggae like that; the tempo and empty space on it almost sounds like Rhythm & Sound. I wasn't totally wowed by "Poverty" though.

rob, Friday, 26 April 2019 15:12 (two months ago) link

new Protoje with Lila Iké, Agent Sasaco, and a very welcome melodica:

https://youtu.be/sEy-49w-BYs

rob, Saturday, 27 April 2019 21:59 (two months ago) link

Poppy is on an absolute tear this year:

"Traumatized"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF9YWPilc7g

rob, Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:22 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Doin’ it, again:

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

Vybz Kartel & Spice • Back Way

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 May 2019 20:16 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Really excited about the new Equiknoxx record (all vocal, digital release not out yet)
https://boomkat.com/products/eternal-children-6de063b0-5e0f-472a-94f9-4a399812d1a1

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 20 June 2019 18:22 (four weeks ago) link

One track has a video - Brooklyn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YVmx4TfDDk

vcrash, Thursday, 20 June 2019 18:45 (four weeks ago) link

that's great news

thread is especially underfed this year (sorry) but Shenseea's "Blessed" blowing up deserves mention:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg3myULHqiE

rob, Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:49 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, that one goes hard. And Tyga is the right choice for a guest feature.

I think maybe my favourite summery dancehall jam this year is I-Octane's Riviera / Born Gyalis::

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbfOUekJR4

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:09 (four weeks ago) link

And... Kartel's Day Rave is growing on me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCf8L43m8Q4

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:10 (four weeks ago) link

Kartel is having a pretty decent year so far, btw, but what else is new?

Kartel & Squash - Beat Them Bad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar_5tbd6LHE

Any Weather:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fs5aOhyMIY

Dem no Ready (Lifestyle Riddim):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGYfve_Kibs

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:14 (four weeks ago) link

Whoa, that Lifestyle Riddim is burning flames!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:33 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah that's sick

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:51 (four weeks ago) link

TeeJay’s version is awesome too.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:55 (four weeks ago) link

Indeed. There are a few good songs on it. I think maybe the Chronic Law one is the biggest at the moment?

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

and maybe Teejay? (edit: breastcrawl beat me to it)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKafV5hFiNY

I'm always partial to some good Sean-a Paul myself, though, lol:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTDo0ziN3vU

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:00 (four weeks ago) link

I was about to link the whole album lol, 14 different versions (including the instrumental)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:02 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, I think this will quite possibly be the big riddim this summer.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:06 (four weeks ago) link

I really like the Demarco version too.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:15 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, I think this will quite possibly be the big riddim this summer.

― human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:06 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

getting Kartel, Sean Paul, Squash, TeeJay, and Chronic Law all on it def a strong play!

rob, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:08 (four weeks ago) link

Has Kartel's voice ever sounded this worn and tired? The song is a banger, though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v_CtsI5C50&frags=pl%2Cwn

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 22 June 2019 18:06 (three weeks ago) link

Zing doesn’t show that YouTube for me, but it’s “Loving Every Minute” and it’s quite nice.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 June 2019 19:04 (three weeks ago) link


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