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Reggae according to Assassin

unnamedLast week rockstone-voiced dancehall deejay Assassin aka Agent Sasco dropped his first studio album in almost a decade, and Theory of Reggaeativity marks a departure from most of his previous releases.

Theory of Reggaeativity is his third album and it’s a pivotal one in his career since it’s almost exclusively dedicated to reggae, sometimes leaning towards hip-hop, with a few amendments and detours. Assassin has aimed to expand and improve the sound of reggae creating his own take on the genre.

The set boasts an incredible and interesting roster of artists, producers and musicians. Raging Fyah provides instrumentation on the powerful Stronger, Chronixx lends his smooth voice to the upbeat Slave no More and Protoje aka Diggy British showcases his production skills on the pulsating Feeling Highrie and Reggae Origin. The brightest shining highlight is however Health & Wealth, on which Assassin spits lyrics over a monstrous version of the mighty Cuss Cuss riddim.

Theory of Reggaeativity is a stellar album and a landmark in Assassin’s career. It’s a reflective and conscious set painting a vivid portrait of reggae and its diverse set of sounds, styles and themes.

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Romain Virgo’s Lifted bodes well for new album in 2016

unnamed25-year old Jamaican singing sensation Romain Virgo won popular Jamaican TV show Rising Stars in 2007 and he has since been taken under super producer Donovan Germain’s wings. He has put out two albums – one self-titled in 2010 and The System in 2012 – as well as winning numerous awards within the Caribbean community, including Entertainer of the Year by The Jamaica Recording Industry Association and the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in his native country.

Now Romain Virgo returns with the eight track EP Lifted, an effort setting high expectations on his upcoming third album Love Sick, slated for release in 2016.

The set opens with Lifted, a song with sparse arrangements custom-made for auditioning for any talent show since it shows his strengths as a vocalist. But things get rougher and tougher on the three following cuts – the poignant God Inna Mi Corner, the massive Assassin combination Fade Away and the dubstep-influenced Badda Man with slightly too gritty guitars.

But there is no Romain Virgo set without romance and Lifted collects three smooth bedroom teasers and heart pleasers – Stars Across the Sky, Stay With Me and Soul Provider.

Lifted blends consciousness and social commentaries with love songs and intoxicating rhythms and it bodes well for his new album.

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Assassin is Most Wanted

Greensleeves’ Most Wanted compilations have up to now often been awarded to artists with a rather long career behind them, such as Johnny Osbourne, Chukki Starr and Bushman.

Now things have changed since hardcore dancehall deejay Assassin aka Agent Sasco has a Most Wanted compilation to put in his shelf.

This rough and angry deejay has made some very worthwhile efforts. A great number of them are collected on this 12 track compilation that spans over his ten years of recording for producers such as Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Shane C. Brown and Steven “Lenky” Marsden.

Both the anthemic Hand inna di Air and Ruffest and Toughest are great examples of the new dancehall and contemporary Jamaican deejays.

As usual with compilations there are tracks that I would have selected. In this case I really miss the raw Child Molester on Birchill’s Baddaz riddim.

Assassin has proven himself during the past ten years, just check out the massive mixtape produced by DJ Waxfiend. His great flow and thoughtful lyrics will hopefully be heard for many years to come.

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Rihannas Rude Boy – fyra versioner du inte får missa

Ingen har väl undgått blott 21-åriga Rihannas monsterhit Rude Boy från hennes fjärde platta Rated R. Låten ligger för närvarande på plats nio på Billboard Hot 100 och på plats 20 på svenska DigiListan.

Rated R bygger enligt recensionerna inte särskilt mycket på hennes västindiska rötter. Istället är det amerikansk rnb för hela slanten. Nåja, nästan i alla fall. För Rude Boy har helt klart gliringar till dancehall.

Rude Boy är explosiv. Texten är barnförbjuden – “…come here rude boy, can you get it up, come here rude boy, is you big enough…” – något som säkert bidragit till försäljningssiffrorna.

Precis som många andra hitlåtar så har Rude Boy get upphov till en drös remixar. Jag har fastnat för fyra versioner av olika karaktär:

Rihanna & Assassin aka Agent Sasco – Rude Boy
Serengeti
Soundboy
Rihanna featuring SadikiRude Boy
Rihanna (Blenda Sound Remix) – Rude Boy

Alla fyra versioner sätter garanterat fart på ett dansgolv nära dig. Oavsett om det är hångelfest till Kemal ”Flava” McGregors mysversion eller händerna i luften till Rihanna & Assassin.

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45an är död. Leve 45an.

För många – även för mig själv – har tyvärr den så kallade sjutummarn ”45an, eller sjuan” förpassats till en tynande tillvaro. Personligen älskar jag vinylskivor, men har aldrig fastat för singelformatet. Det har stundtals varit en smula problematiskt, eftersom reggae till stor till är, och har alltid varit, en genre som bygger på singlar. Lösningen har ofta blivit samlingsplattor.

bmcFör många är dock sjuan fortfarande kung i skivbackarna. Exempelvis för BMC, som satt ihop en podcast med namnet Nothing can touch the 45.

Den nya podcasten inleds ståndsmässigt med Ray Darwins Nothing can touch my 45. Inledningsspåret sätter ribban högt, men i vanlig ordning lever BMC upp till de högt ställda förväntningarna. Det finns otroligt många starka spår i den här mixen. Ska jag välja några som sticker ut lite extra får det bli Jah dawta med Queen Omega, Serious med Jahmali och Child molester med Assassin. Utöver dessa relativt nya namn, så väver BMC in gamla rävar som Big Youth, John Holt och The Ethiopians.

Ladda ner podcasten redan i dag så är helgen räddad.

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