January 27, 2010

My New Reggae 45s Mix by smartin

Today I got a bunch of new reggae 45s, from old ska to 80s digital to new roots. We love Jamaican Music!

Lloyd Clarke – Summertime (Hi Tone)
The Ethiopian – You a Pirate (Techniques)
Blacka & Sekle - Countryman (Techniques)
Little John – Say What You’re Saying (Midnight Rock)
Sugar Minott – Upon The Level (Midnight Rock)
Frankie Paul – Tidal Wave (Powerhouse)
Dennis Brown – The Exit (Jammys)
Little John – No Give Me No Bun (Jammys)
Penny Irie & Pinchers - Release (Jammys)
Half Pint – Romeo & Juliet (Scorpio)
Tony Tuff – Dancehall Style (Scorpio 1999)
Admiral Tibet - Informer (Techniques)
Daddy Screw – Love Yuh Till Me Fool (Digital B 1993)
Pinchers – Bandelero (Necessary Mayhem)
Anthony B – Territory (King of Kings)
Mykal Rose – Fight I Down (Bassrunner 2010)
Million Styles - Born in the System (Bassrunner 2010)
Konshens – Insanity (No Doubt 2005)

New Mixes by DJ Tommi

Our local balkan/mestizo/latino hero DJ Tommi made two more mixtapes available for your listening pleasure. The first one is Balkan Beats Classix mixtape, containing lots of classic balkan party floorfillers like Shantel, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Amsterdam Klezmer Band. (tracklist here)

The second one is the Weird Latin & Carribean mixtape, including cuts of: major lazer, frikstailers, justice, jay-z, rye rye, defalla, busy signal, JUF, vampire weekend, schlachthofbronx, sabo, diplo, i.m.s., uzul y loads more! (no tracklist & download))

4 Hour Steve Barrow Interview on Big Mikey Dread show

Steve Barrow has been pushing Jamaican music since 1962, check out this very interesting interview on the Big Mikey Dread radioblog. His writings and compilation work always have been an inspiration to us.  Steve talks about his passion, the music business, the labels and the artists in his home, while he puts on 45s from his own collection. Check Part 1 here and Part 2 over here.

From Mikey's blog: Over the years Steve's interest in Jamaican music has developed from collecting through to writing for Black Echoes, running his own record stores, compiling records for Island, Trojan, and his own label Blood and Fire records. He co-wrote the Rough Guide To Reggae, a bible for all Jamaican music fans. Amongst his close friends are people like Bunny Lee, Dennis Alcapone, Glen Brown, Lopez Walker, U-Roy and Trinity. He's even recorded a toilet for Lee 'Scratch' Perry! He's currently writing sleeve notes for Soul Jazz records and an upcoming release of some Dancehall Reggae music, related to Beth Kingston's book 'Dancehall' that Soul Jazz brought out last year.
Big Up Big Mikey D. for making this show!

January 19, 2010

Reggae on the Uncarved Blog

Our friend Mr T pointed me to the excellent Uncarved blog some years ago, and I've always had great pleasure and fun reading (lots of reggae!) John Eden's virtual infotainment. Last week, some interesting posts dropped: The 20 Best Reggae 45s of the Noughties Part 1 & Part 2 and the hilarious 10 Worst Things about Reggae in The Noughties. Check out the blog!

January 18, 2010

R.I.P. Vivian Jackson aka Yabby You

Last tuesday, january 12, one of the most important artist in the history of reggae passed away. Vivian Jackson, better know as Yabby You, created some of the heaviest roots around, filled with spirituality, creating a massive following among reggae lovers. His masterpiece Conquering Lion (released in 1976 on the Prophet label) is a must-have, just like King Tubby's Prophecy of Dub and the Jesus Dread compilation on the Blood & Fire label. Big up Mr Jackson, may YOU rest in peace....................
Check the obituary on the exclaim website here.

January 03, 2010

the 2010 LOVE mix: Happy New Year!

Looks like this year’s gonna be soulfull & funky! Sultry grooves and pleading voices, all inspired by that one thing which keeps this world going: LOVE. Kicking off with two funky tunes by the Black Moses, also Smooth Soul by Terry & Marvin, lots of Sister Funk and a couple of genuine southern soul ballads. Happy new year and may the LOVE be with you.

Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Mood
Isaac Hayes – Hung up on my baby
John Lucien – Do You Believe in Me
Terry Callier – I Just Cant help myself
Marvin Gaye – I want you
Sisters love – Gimme Your Love
Althea Spencer – Take Me Baby
Wendy Rene – After Laughter
Aretha Franklin – I never loved a man
Otis Redding – You Made a Man out of me
Mary Jane Hooper – I’m in a loving groove
Gloria Williams - Sister funk
Irma Thomas – Ruler of My Heart
Elsie Mae - Do you really wanna rescue me
Patti & Jo - You keep me hanging on
Fontella Bass – Hold on
Inell young – What do you see in her
Betty Barney – Momma Momma
Betty Davis – Anti lovesong
Barry White – Love theme
James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet