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Jamaican 50th Independence Musical Countdown!

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2009

In JA the depressing and deadly turf war based on Gaza (Portmore) v Gully (Cassava Piece) was the latest drama, in part fuelled by Vybz Kartel and Movado irresponsibly talking the whole thing up to a sometimes fatal level. The combination of certain dancehall acts taking cashing in on feuding, sex and violence to new levels, along with a poor year for roots releases gave many a reason to worry for the state of JA music, and so we’ll stick with some excellent EU productions for this year, some live, some digital:

The big stand out for me came from Switzerland – wonderful back-to-the-hills reflective meditation vibes on this one:
Jah Bast & The Shades Jah Irror

Repping the sound of Southall
Ackboo – Bangladesh Dub

Another strong UK cut
King General – Broke Again

Thanks to Ringo for drawing my attention to this one
Battle Of Adwa - Barry Issac

…and finally, throwing in a French production for good measure
Don Carlos & Million Stylez - World Crisis
 

ringo

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2009

The big stand out for me came from Switzerland – wonderful back-to-the-hills reflective meditation vibes on this one:
Jah Bast & The Shades Jah Irror
Nice tune ska, never heard this one before :cool:


Repping the sound of Southall
Ackboo – Bangladesh Dub

Great tune, forgot this was 2009. I still play it a lot and Shaka's dropped it every time I've seen him since (only annually these days tbh, but I've also noticed it on playlists made by people who still follow him).
 

ska invita

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Nice tune ska, never heard this one before :cool:
glad you like that one - one of the mixes im posting next week is very much in this vein (and includes this cut)...

they also put out this in 2009

and theres about 4 new releases this year from them (not as good as these imo, but still worth checking)
http://www.bloodandfire.co.uk/db/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=40448&start=0

Their crew was at Jah Observer at carnival last year - selecting and singing!
 

scalyboy

Left them to time
2009 was also the year Wycliffe ' Steely' Johnson died (of Steely and Cleevie).

In a tribute to him Boops riddim 2009 was released featuring a massive version by Romain Virgo.

This is top class, nice one. Can't beat the 'Boops'. I just recently discovered Romain V via 'Can't Sleep' - love his voice. Didn't he get his start via some JA reality music show? Anyone got any other recommendations of his stuff?
 

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This is top class, nice one. Can't beat the 'Boops'. I just recently discovered Romain V via 'Can't Sleep' - love his voice. Didn't he get his start via some JA reality music show? Anyone got any other recommendations of his stuff?
:cool:
Romain Virgo, 2007 Digicel Rising Stars winner, is the newest kid on the block. He made history in September 2007, when at aged 17, he became the youngest contestant ever to win the competition.

This is his debut single following his win.

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Set List:
"Wanna Go Home"
"Love Doctor"
"Taking You Home"

"Dark Skin Girl"
"Altons Medley"
"Watch Over Me"
"Murderer"
 

scalyboy

Left them to time
Thanks ska - will have a listen. So is the Beres ''Feels good" the original riddim which is then re-used by Romain V and others? I first came across it via Antony Cruz "Block di Road" and IIRC there are others still...General Degree "Jah will Provide", any more for any more?!
 

scalyboy

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Unrelated to the previous post, but how fantastic is this Peter Tosh voiced early Wailers tune? Righteous defiance wrapped up in Biblical knowledge, a winning combination!
 

ska invita

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Thanks ska - will have a listen. So is the Beres ''Feels good" the original riddim which is then re-used by Romain V and others? I first came across it via Antony Cruz "Block di Road" and IIRC there are others still...General Degree "Jah will Provide", any more for any more?!
looks like includes:
01 Beres Hammond - I Feel Good
02 General Degree - Jah Will Provide
03 Anthony Cruz - Dem Block De Road
04 Lukie D - Save Me
05 Romain Virgo - Mi Caan Sleep
06 I Feel Good Riddim - Version

right on time for 2009 :cool:
mix has Romain Virgo - Mi Caan Sleep
Anthony Cruz - Dem Block Di Road
Lukie D - Save Me
General Degree - Jah Will Provide
and as Beres is missing off there


...agree, Romains voice is magic - his cut is the one on this i think
 

scalyboy

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Yes, something bit different to what I normally listen to but must say I am liking that Ras Ico/Shades one, bit of a mystic feel to it.
 

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Just remembered Tarrus Riley, not my favourite singer, but his She's Royal tune was enormous, and a very sweet sentiment, and a welcome antidote to some of the messages out there... 5 miilion youtube views :eek: ....I think it came out in 2007, but to tie it in with 2009 I read that: Tarrus is the holder of Jamaica's CVM TV's 15th Anniversary Award, held in February 2009, for the ‘Most Admired Song in the Past 15 Years’ for the hit, "She’s Royal".
 

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2010

As the quality of new releases from JA continues to falter somewhat, one option is to look back, and credit to Alborosie for his tradition-revival approach to trying to bring back the sounds of classic King Tubby with his album Dub Clash – building up a studio based on vintage kit as would have featured in Tubby’s studio, and laying down some instrumentals with top musicians – the overall effect a success I think…this my favourite off the set
Alborosie Dub Clash - Marcus Dub

In a modern JA roots style there was the odd nice riddim…here’s one from Lutan Fyah…
Lutan Fyah - Broke Loose Again

Certainly by now it was re-presses/revives that are selling the best in the UK, but there’s also more and more new material from France doing it for me, such as this sweet set of vocals from French label Irie Ites
Take a lick riddim Irie Ites Records
or sticking with France but in a different mood is this future-thinking, foundation-shaker in an Iration Steppers style
I-Tist & Dub Machinist – Flatron
The other side of this is great too, and that’s coming up on a mix I’ve just done called Joyfull Noise – will post that in a few days time.
 

scalyboy

Left them to time
Just remembered Tarrus Riley, not my favourite singer, but his She's Royal tune was enormous, and a very sweet sentiment, and a welcome antidote to some of the messages out there... 5 miilion youtube views :eek: ....I think it came out in 2007, but to tie it in with 2009 I read that: Tarrus is the holder of Jamaica's CVM TV's 15th Anniversary Award, held in February 2009, for the ‘Most Admired Song in the Past 15 Years’ for the hit, "She’s Royal".
Oh yes that is a good 'un. It is a nice sentiment, along the lines of how Bobo women are regarded/addressed as Queens. I'm pleased to be able to finally put a name to it, as hitherto I only knew it as a Foundation dubplate, "I ain't afraid of no guy..." Ta!

I see there's more:
 

ringo

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Mention for Curtis Lynch's Necessary Mayhem label. First one came out earlier but was pressed on another side in 2010.

Mr Williamz smashes it with an awesome update of Police In Helicopter. I love playing this one out, straight after the original

Mr Williamz - "Babylon In Helicopter"








Pinchers comes again with an old favourite

Pinchers - "Bandelero"

 

ringo

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Reality SoulJahs - "Jah Pon Mi Mind" ~ Nice update of Bunny Wailer's immortal Rise & Shine rhythm

 

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Sister Aisha comes with the tune of the year for me, best thing I've heard in years. Still a massive play on my system, all time top ten business

Do You Know - Sister Aisha

 

ringo

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Some fear the UK Dub scene is stagnating with the rise of UK producers with little Jamaican sound system heritage, churning out 4 to the floor steppers by numbers, but in amongst the flood of self produced good roots music still prevails.

Jacin - "Hard Like Stone"

 

porno thieving gypsy

Bustin' out
R.I.P.
That Tarrus Riley song is one of my faves - worth checking his album Parables for anyone looking to hear more of him. I reckon that's his best album although there are more recent ones.

Also for more Mr Williamz check out the free "We Run England" mix tape.

For me the biggest riddim this year was "One Day" and its a perfect example of new Island Pop sound that was dominating Dancehall. Whilst this shift isn't to everyone's tastes the cut from Khago was still a fave of mine.

 

ska invita

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2011

We come near to the end of the countdown, and although a few nice tunes coming out of JA sadly still not very much doing it for me – I’m sure a temporary blip (fingers crossed). A couple of big tunes here from the UK then, this first one out of Mad Professor’s Ariwa studio, and a real pleasure to again hear uplifting lyrics being sung by the falsetto tones of Cedric Myton – squint and this could be a Black Ark cut – what’s not to like:

The Congos Strength To Strength


And Bush Chemist Chazbo has been coming with some big tunes around these times – theres another killer of his from 2012 featured in my forthcoming Joyfull Noise mix – but here’s this 2011 one with Empress Shema called Warrior Spirit.

Chazbo Meets Empress Shema – Warrior Spirit


…and one more Chazbo - Chazbo meets Makiko - Kizuna + Dub

…just how I like it :)
 

ringo

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Big fan of Chazbo, been buying most of his stuff since the Bush Chemists days.

Didn't buy that much from JA last year but this one drops large

Rebel - Tarrus Riley

 
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