rolling dancehall & reggae 2020

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Feel free to post your 2019 list anyway btw

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:40 (one month ago) link

I will post the list in a minute. In the meantime, the new Kartel, "World Government," goes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q81eLhogSyg

rob, Friday, 10 January 2020 14:04 (one month ago) link

Yeah! Good way to celebrate his 44th birthday.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 14:16 (one month ago) link

Yep, though I'm sure he'd prefer to be granted his appeal which is being ruled on soonish I believe

rob, Friday, 10 January 2020 14:36 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I doubt they'll let him out though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 14:38 (one month ago) link

OK, here's that playlist. Bear in mind the main goal isn't to produce a definitive list, it's to make a mix that I like, so good tunes get dropped if they don't work as part of the flow (I almost didn't include any Koffee as a result). Also, when I started doing this in 2011 I had 17 tracks and stuck with that going forward, there's no other significance to the number. Some of this might be technically 2018.

Govana - Olé
Ding Dong - Gyalis Story
Munga Honorable - Nah Mad (Ova Nuh Gyal)
Chronic Law - Hillside
Lila Iké - Where I'm Coming From
Buju Banton - Trust
Alkaline - Depend Pan Nobody
Squash - Trending
Teejay - Owna Lane
Popcaan - Unstoppable
Koffee - Rapture
Chronic Law - Style
Aidonia - Aircraft
Alkaline - With the Thing
Popcaan - Trouble Deh Deh
Squash & Vybz Kartel - Beat Dem Bad
Busy Signal - Dolla Van

rob, Friday, 10 January 2020 14:46 (one month ago) link

xp I would for sure be surprised, though I haven't followed the case at all. The Star article I read made it seem possible, but I've no idea if there's evidentiary grounds for it and am doubtful as well

rob, Friday, 10 January 2020 14:48 (one month ago) link

btw Kartel did a dub of (the excellent) Yardman Style for Robbo Ranx on this week's show so I guess the question of whether or not he is recording is prison can be settled once and for all lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 18:12 (one month ago) link

Kartel also dropped his first album since 2016 today. I'm a few tracks in and apparently they're all sad, heartbroken songs about lost love. I can appreciate that.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:08 (one month ago) link

I guess it's his Here, My Dear?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:12 (one month ago) link

new Govana epic is pretty wild with the perfect punchline:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ihNwYz7Was

rob, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

He has an album out as well. Anyone listen to it?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link

I listened to the track ("Impossible") mentioned in "Convo"--which is kind of brilliant really, promoting a different track within another--and liked it a lot, then tried another and was bored. Frankly, it takes a lot to get me to listen to a full dancehall album these days

rob, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:30 (one month ago) link

Well, they seem to be few and far between anyway.

The H.A.M.A.N.T.S. in that Convo title also refers to the album apparently, as it’s called Humans And Monsters Are Not The Same. I’m not au courant when it comes to Govana, so I have no idea what it all means.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:37 (one month ago) link

yeah it's an intriguing title, but I have no idea what it signifies!

rob, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:45 (one month ago) link

I like Govana but for some reason he comes across as a second rate Aidonia to me a bit too often. Haven't really listened to the album yet but this tune is nice enough.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 23 January 2020 09:23 (one month ago) link

I missed that longneck post--I think "second rate Aidonia" is way too strong, though I would agree he's unlikely to rise to that level.

this Konshens goes, provided you're on board with the trap riddim:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg5IpsHbad4

rob, Friday, 31 January 2020 00:09 (three weeks ago) link

It is too strong and also unfair, lol. It's just something I notice whenever I hear the one after the other, as on the Aircraft riddim. There's something similar to Aidonia in his vocal approach but he always softens it out where 'donia goes for the bounce and the punch and the hook.

...aaand speaking of Aidonia, this one-two-punch from late December goes hard:

Peppa Sauce:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUEhQmURRs

Me Nuh Care:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKNuKmTAZl8

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 31 January 2020 10:55 (three weeks ago) link

damn those are both good, I wonder why he was absent last year?

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:07 (three weeks ago) link

a couple interesting bits in this Guardian puff piece on Shenseea: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jan/31/shenseea-i-grew-up-listening-to-rihanna-now-she-is-listening-to-me

1) she's signed to Interscope
2) Rvssian is producing her next album

I'd be especially excited about the latter, but I'm not sure what to make of the wildly overstuffed "IDKW"--I really hope Interscope don't think she's a singer, the song stops dead during that, frankly, awful chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMA4TnEyWs

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:13 (three weeks ago) link

"Limited Edition" otoh is the right kind of breezy imo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw-p3T5oh7w

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

limited edition is dope - teejay is good on it too.

The weirdest thing to me is that they didn’t get buju on IDKW instead of the americans, thug in particular refuses to shine on it for some reason and it needs a bit of rough. I do love shenseea’s short verse near the end though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:09 (three weeks ago) link

I do understand they wanted us airplay. It’s just... lacking

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:40 (three weeks ago) link

yeah Swae Lee is fine on it, but Thug is totally unnecessary. Buju would have been interesting, though I imagine there are some logistical challenges to working with him now (if nothing else I assume he can't/won't travel to the US). Here's hoping they keep it simpler

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

for sure. But seeing as he had a big hit with a version of the original song, it would have been appropriate to tag him on there in some fashion. Thug is there only in the capacity of having been on Havana, lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:14 (three weeks ago) link

Ohhh I get it now. Sorry, Delroy Wilson's classic Studio One version is a fave so I blanked on Buju & Wayne:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVIKwj6y-TU

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:46 (three weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

anyone know what the riddim is on this Sikka Rymes track "Ready"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcfFvq06ia0

(starts about 90 secs in lol)

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:17 (yesterday) link

really into this new Chronic Law "Good Name":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5LVDWWKaU

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:21 (yesterday) link

another confusingly excellent Kartel banger, ho hum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAT-7yPV5mI

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:27 (yesterday) link

hi rob, can I just say: fuck that video Sikka Rymes video.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:34 (yesterday) link

so upsetting I fucked up that sentence

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:35 (yesterday) link

oh no, I didn't actually watch it, I'm sorry. I just cue videos up and then do things on other tabs. I better check it out...

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:36 (yesterday) link

ugh, sorry about that! I would have posted a warning if I'd realized.

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:39 (yesterday) link

I do the same with videos, I often post links without actually watching them - not necessarily the smartest procedure.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:44 (yesterday) link

Yeah absolutely, I'll be more circumspect in future, not looking to ruin anyone's day here.

I'm never quite sure what I think of Jah 9, but consider this a morally astringent palate cleanser at any rate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA4abnK5VHQ

rob, Saturday, 22 February 2020 15:53 (yesterday) link

a breath of fresh air for sure

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 16:00 (yesterday) link


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