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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

(at least outside Jamaica, that should say)

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

she also voted for Popcaan's album

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

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

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

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

It's very good, yes.

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

Yeah, “Weak To You” is fantastic.

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

Absolutely agree w regards to Dexta's slackness.

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

Same here, hence my sort-of trigger warning.

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

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

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

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

Her style + rootsy.

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

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

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

yeah, that's great

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

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

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

Great song, great video.

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

oooooh, busy!

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

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

vcrash, Thursday, 20 June 2019 18:45 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Whoa, that Lifestyle Riddim is burning flames!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:33 (two months ago) link

Yeah that's sick

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:51 (two months ago) link

TeeJay’s version is awesome too.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:55 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:02 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

I really like the Demarco version too.

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

four weeks pass...

more signs of life in the riddim ecosystem: One Don with Kartel, Popcaan, Masicka, TeeJay, Ishawna, and Shawn Storm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG8QkBdjl84

rob, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:35 (one month ago) link

I feel like it's been a while since we had a shameless play for summer anthem, so this Konshens & Jahvillani tune ("Every Gyal Vibe") is actually kind of refreshing (esp compared to some of the rote trap riddims I skipped through before it):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTUx5fVvqK4

[video is pretty NSFW]

rob, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:49 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD8PMg5D21I
Bush Tea - Wiyah Waist

vcrash, Friday, 9 August 2019 21:07 (one month ago) link

NY Times dancehall photo essay mentions Spice , Shenseea, Ishiwana, Jada Kingdom

curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 August 2019 14:48 (one month ago) link

Love that Bush Tea track!

I’m reposting it here: where's d'scene? rolling soca, chutney, jab & other caribbean pop, because that thread could do with some love, and because it might fit even better there.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 10 August 2019 17:12 (one month ago) link

where I'm coming from by lila ike is hot

just sayin, Monday, 19 August 2019 01:26 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7o64Mc6Ids

just sayin, Monday, 19 August 2019 02:42 (four weeks ago) link

yeah that's dope, the video is fun too.

my favorite Alkaline track this year--the MJ-esque "With the Thing"--has a moody, cinematic video now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T63F7KgF16g

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:05 (four weeks ago) link

kind of shocked to be the one posting this /bordering on parody, but somehow making it work/ Dexta song "Strangers":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsfnrliX8e4

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:16 (four weeks ago) link

Busy, I love you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hywcq4KTJAQ
Busy Signal • Balloon

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 August 2019 23:33 (three weeks ago) link

Balloons 🎈need threads.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 09:57 (three weeks ago) link

It's pretty exciting that all the already released tracks on the Busy album are excellent

more good Alkaline:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5dLPb8YFCM

"Depend Pan Nobody"

rob, Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:42 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, “Depend Pan Nobody” is nice.

What are the other tracks that you know will be on this new Busy album? I feel with dancehall artists it can be hard to get the full picture on Spotify. A lot of tracks never appear there, or only belatedly. Also, the label situation often seems complicated.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:23 (three weeks ago) link

the album is called Parts of the Puzzle; tracklist is up on itunes

"Stay So" and "One Way" are the first two songs and would be my picks for his best recent tracks

"Dolla Van" is on there and that's a jam

"Got To Tell You" is more recent and has an irresistible hook (thanks to Cutty Ranks, but still):

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

the last track is called "Jah Know Dawg" which I'm kinda hoping is this, though might not be:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJCl2HXq8hI

rob, Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:52 (three weeks ago) link

so that’s 3/5 on Spotify then, seems about the going rate

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:59 (three weeks ago) link

yeah part of why I'm wondering about that "Dawg" track is it was never officially released anywhere iirc despite there being artwork
I'm surprised "Dolla Van" isn't on spotify though, that's at least on Apple

rob, Saturday, 24 August 2019 19:05 (three weeks ago) link

When I played his recent stuff earlier today I also liked “Furnace Flow” with G3n3xgy, of which there’s only this video-wise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HEhUeNn9K4

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 19:26 (three weeks ago) link

i had been digging 'it ruff', 'know you good' and 'great man' all of which i guess aren't on the lp?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSMdCn1dbRs

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 25 August 2019 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

(would also spare some 2019 busy love for 'set it good', 'perfect spot' plus the duets of 'go dance' with afro b, , 'nuh weh nuh safe' with bounty killer and - of course - 'celebrating life' with davo)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 25 August 2019 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

((busy is also headlining a show in BK this upcoming Friday with Afro B, Shenseea, Spragga Benz an a bunch more: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/1D0056DCD56143BA))

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 25 August 2019 20:12 (three weeks ago) link

Fader feature on Squash: https://www.thefader.com/2019/09/04/squash-mek-it-shake-6ix-interview

I saw this on LargeUp and really like it; Jaz Elise "Fresh & Clean":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaZ6t2IKAmo

Her older "For You" is lots of fun too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzd2mrkzpoY

rob, Thursday, 5 September 2019 12:46 (one week ago) link

She's great!

Love to the Solomon Islands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXNrSp6zcEY
Jaro Local - "Dakini Tangarareh"

Dunno if ILM's ever had a track from there, but this one was a hit in the south Pacific, and won the international award at the New Zealand Pacific Music Awards.
- https://www.chmsupersound.com/jaro-local-makes-history-pmas

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 08:37 (six days ago) link

yeah, this is great!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:44 (five days ago) link


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