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Skanking in the 21st Century

In the mid 90’s I was a huge fan of Californian so called skate punk bands. I loved the melodic intensity in songs like Bad Religion’s American Jesus or Pennywise’s Bro Hymn.

But these bands weren’t only playing punk. Some of them also incorporated elements of reggae, mainly ska. Kill All the White Man by NOFX and Time Bomb from Rancid are two great examples.

Slowly I drifted away from punk and instead started to explore my favourite bands’ reggae influences. That’s when I discovered Jamaican ska pioneers The Skatalites and the UK 2 Tone sound that emerged in the late 70’s.

I abandoned punk and begun collecting ska and, a few years later, reggae. Now I mainly listen to reggae and dancehall, but occasionally a great ska tune or riddim drops in.

My new mix consists of 15 contemporary ska tunes that have made it into my record collection. The tunes ranges from Mungo’s Hi-Fi’s digitalized Belly Ska riddim to Fay-Ann Lyons’ and Mojo Morgan’s tribute to the classic Rudy, A Message to You, originally performed in the rock steady genre by Dandy Livingstone in 1967.

Skanking in the 21st Century is made after the same recipe as my previous mixes – a continuous mix with no full tracks and some added sound effects.

All tunes are easily accessible on CD or mp3. If you like what you hear, please support the artists and the labels and buy the tunes.

Download Skanking in the 21st Century here (right click, save as) or listen in the player below. You can also check it out on Soundcloud.

So put on your dancing shoes and get in a dancing mood. Because this mix will move your feet to the skanking beat.

Artist – song title (label – riddim)

1. Marina P – Divorce a L’ Italienne (Scotch Bonnet – Belly Ska)
2. Ras Daniel Ray – Olympic (Scotch Bonnet – Belly Ska)
3. Ranking Joe – I Love Jah (Scotch Bonnet – Belly Ska)
4. Mungo’s Hi-Fi – I Love Jah Dub (Scotch Bonnet – Belly Ska)
5. Anthony B – Praise the King (Rootdown – Kokoo)
6. Louie Culture – Do Something (Rootdown – Kokoo)
7. Matthew McAnuff – Memory Hills (Rootdown – Kokoo)
8. Omar Perry – Ska Ta Fright (Corner Shop)
9. Fay-Ann Lyons – Lonely Girl (Supersonic – A Message to You Rudie)
10. Mojo Morgan – Rude Bwoy (Supersonic – A Message to You Rudie)
11. Skatronics Jamaica – Yah So (Skajam)
12. Burro Banton – Run the Street Red (Irievibrations – Work Off)
13. Luciano – Feeling For Love (Irievibrations – Work Off)
14. Jah Mason – Create A System (Irievibrations – Work Off)
15. Sojah – U R the Wife (Irievibrations – Work Off)

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Reggaemani presents – A Curtis Lynch Special

If you’ve followed Reggaemani for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of UK-based producer Curtis Lynch aka Da Grynch. To promote his music I’ve decided to drop a mix consisting only of his dark and dub oriented productions.

I came across his tunes about a year ago when he dropped Young Gunz, a wicked Million Stylez and Joey Fever combination over a revitalized 80’s riddim.

From then and onwards, I’ve kept a close eye on his labels Necessary Mayhem and Maroon, the former dedicated to dancehall productions and the latter to more roots sounding stuff.

Curtis Lynch has done lots of great relicks, for example Joker Smoker and the mighty Police in Helicopter. Earlier this year he put out his first own riddim titled Jam 1, and about a month ago Jam 4 – also an own riddim – hit the streets. Both are included in the new mix. But I’ve not included the original version of Jam 1. Instead I’ve used a lethal remix that has an even heavier bass line.

An interesting thing about the productions from Curtis Lynch is that most artists he’s voicing are from Europe. Jamaican singers included on A Curtis Lynch Special are Busy Signal, Gregory Isaacs and Etana. All others are living in Europe.

This mix is done after the same recipe as my previous – a continuous mix with no full tracks and some added sound effects.

Most tunes are available on vinyl or on mp3 and easy to find. Rumours by Ziggi Recado is not released yet though. It might be released on 7” later this year.

If you like what you hear, please support the artists and the labels and buy the tunes.

Download A Curtis Lynch Special here (right click, save as) or listen below.

Artist – song title (riddim)

1. Chyna Soulstar & Demolition Man – Lord Save My Soul (Pirates)
2. Brinsley Forde & Blackout JA – United States of Africa (Pirates)
3. Da Grynch – Pirates Dub (Pirates)
4. Ziggi Recado – Ganja Smoke (In the Air) (Joker Smoker)
5. Mr. Williamz – No Cigarette (Joker Smoker)
6. Da Grynch – Joker Smoker Instrumental (Joker Smoker)
7. Etana – August Town (Inner City Lady)
8. Gregory Isaacs & Blackout JA – Inner City Lady (Inner City Lady)
9. Da Grynch – Inner City Dub (Inner City Lady)
10. Ziggi Recado – Rumours
11. Blackout JA – Heavy Weight Chanter (Jam 4/the Wobble)
12. Da Grynch – Jam 4 Instrumental (Jam 4/the Wobble)
13. Blackout JA & Chantelle Ernandez – We Are Strong (Shaolin Temple)
14. Jah Mirikle – Mystic Control (Shaolin Temple)
15. Da Grynch – Ugly Dub (Shaolin Temple)
16. Maikal X – Get Away (Police in Helicopter Reactivated)
17. Mr. Williamz – Sound Murderer (Police in Helicopter Reactivated)
18. Da Grynch – Police in Helicopter Dub (Police in Helicopter Reactivated)
19. Busy Signal, Etana & Netna – As Mi Forward Remix (Jam 1)
20. Million Stylez & Joey Fever – Young Gunz (Come Down)
21. Mr. Williamz – Real General (Come Down)
22. Da Grynch – Come Down Instrumental (Come Down)

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Reggaemani presents a new reggae mix

So far 2010 seem like a pretty decent reggae year. I collected some of my favorite tunes on a roots mix presented in April. And now it’s time to drop a new continuous mix with some wicked tunes from producers around the globe.

Starting off in the U.S. with producers Philadub and three licks of their pulsating Repeat rhythm, and then moving over the Atlantic to the UK and producer Frenchie and his skankin’ version of the Creation Rebel rhythm, this one originally recorded by Bunny “Striker” Lee.

Next is another relick. Boops rhythm was originally produced by Winston Riley and provided the backing for Supercat’s hit song with the same name. This new version is produced by Shane C. Brown and I’ve used deejay cuts from Busy Signal and Chino as well as a straight singing version from Romain Virgo.

French crew Irie Ites is represented with two rhythms – Take A Lick and Party Time. The former is a fresh original with a nice xylophone and the latter is a re-cut of the classic Party Time rhythm from Studio One.

If you’ve been following reggae this summer you’ve probably stumbled upon the Major rhythm from Jamaican producer Don Corleon. There are eleven cuts of this rhythm and nearly all of them are above par. I’ve chosen Tarrus Riley and Wayne Marshall, but thought about including J Boog and Jah Vinci as well.

A Pleasant Roots Mix Vol. 1 consists of 16 tunes and some added sound effects. Most of the tracks are available as legal download or cd. If you like what you hear, please support the artists, producers and labels and buy them. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do.

Download here (right click, save as) or below.

Reggaemani presents – A Pleasant roots mix vol 1

Artist – song title (label – rhythm)

1. Lukie D – My Type (Philadub – Repeat)
2. Spectacular – Hotter Than Lava (Philadub – Repeat)
3. Lutan Fyah – Show Me Some Dub (Philadub – Repeat)
4. Johnny Clarke & Fantan Mojah – Rebel With A Cause (Maximum Sound – Rebellion 2010)
5. Tarrus Riley – Poverty Nuh Inna Fashion (Maximum Sound – Rebellion 2010)
6. Busy Signal – Government Gone Luu (Jukeboxx – Boops)
7. Chino – Phone Gallis (Jukeboxx – Boops)
8. Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life (Jukeboxx – Boops)
9. Sena – Heavens Gate (Irie Ites – Take A Lick)
10. Lutan Fyah – Take A Lick (Irie Ites – Take A Lick)
11. Mafia & Fluxy – Take A Lick version (Irie Ites – Take A Lick)
12. Tarrus Riley – Wildfire (Don Corleon – Major)
13. Wayne Marshall – Work Hard (Don Corleon – Major)
14. Leroy Sibbles – Party Time (Irie Ites – Party Time)
15. Natty King & Spectuclar – Sweet Jamaica (Irie Ites – Party Time)
16. Mafia & Fluxy – Party time version (Irie Ites – Party Time)

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Summer Vibes – A Sunshine Reggae Mix by Reggaemani

During summertime the general public begins to take some interest in reggae. I cannot remember how many times I’ve had questions about listening to reggae music all year round.

However, there is reggae which is more summerish than other. The kind that’s maybe even better suited for sun, salt baths and lazy days on the beach. Reggaemani’s new Summer Vibes mix is the soundtrack for all those days.

There are almost only soft rhythms in the mix and it’s no coincidence that cozy producer Kemar “Flava” McGregor is responsible for five of the songs. But there are of course much more. How about three tunes on the revitalized Coming in From the Cold rhythm or the saxophone party in the dance-friendly Daddy Loves You More by Daddy G.

Summer Vibes also bring together veterans Beres Hammond and Sanchez with new talents such as Dutch singer Benaïssa and Ginjah.

Summer Vibes is a continuous mix with no full tunes and some added sound effects. Some of the tunes are from 2010, but the main part are from 2009 and 2008.

Full source information is provided. If you like what you hear please support the artists, record shops and labels and buy the music.

Download Summer Vibes here or use the link below (right click, save as). Enjoy!

Summer Vibes – A Sunshine Reggae Mix by Reggaemani

Artist – Title (label / riddim)
1. Tony Curtis – Golden Eyes (Flava McGregor / Classic)
2. Etana – Love Me For Real (Flava McGregor / Classic)
3. Kemar “Flava” McGregor – Classic riddim version (Flava McGregor / Classic)
4. Courtney John – Win Some (FiWi)
5. Anthony Cruz – Only the Father (Tads / Coming in From the Cold)
6. Mitch ft. New Kidz – Payroll (Tads / Coming in From the Cold)
7. Sanchez – That Place (Tads / Coming in From The Cold)
8. Benaïssa ft. Lloyd De Meza & Benjah – Voodoo (Dancehall Mix) (JahSolidRock)
9. Benaïssa – Voodoo Dub (JahSolidRock)
10. Peetah Morgan – Saying Goodbye (Jukeboxx / Silver Plate)
11. Raw Deal – Wasting No Time (Jukeboxx / Silver Plate)
12. Tarrus Riley – Love Created I (Joe Frasier / Jah Live)
13. Etana – Learn To Love (Joe Frasier / Jah Live)
14. Luciano – Jah Live (Joe Frasier / Jah Live)
15. Joggo – All My Life (PhatAndLazy / Love You More)
16. Daddy G – Daddy Loves You More (PhatAndLazy / Love You More)
17. Beres Hammond – Still Waiting For You (Techniques 21st / Eternity)
18. Morgan Heritage – Here To Stay (Techniques 21st / Eternity)
19. Eternity riddim instrumental (Techniques 21st / Eternity)
20. Morgan Heritage – Nothing To Smile About (Flava McGregor / Rub A Dub)
21. Ginjah – Never Lost My Way (Flava McGregor / Rub A Dub)
22. Benaïssa ft. Lloyd De Meza – Coconut Water (Dancehall Mix) (JahSolidRock)
23. Chezidek – Uplift Yourself (JahSolidRock)
24. Benaïssa – Coconut Water Dub (JahSolidRock)

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