On Flash Hit Records’ Time Machine EP they have worked with veteran artists from the early dancehall era and the digital dancehall craze. Papa Michigan, Lieutenant Stitchie, Derrick Parker and Carl Meeks all showcase their talents over explosive riddims created by the team behind Flash Hit Records along with the insanely productive Manudigital, an expert in recreating 80s digital reggae with a contemporary flavour.
This short set – four vocal tracks and two instrumentals – is boiling with energy and Lieutenant Stitchie spits lyrics over a crazy, pulsating beat, while Carl Meeks’ dramatic singing bounces over a lively riddim.
An excellent introduction to the Flash Hit sound.
After working with France’s Flash Hit Records on We Kill Sound and Cool It Down, veteran Jamaican singer Derrick Parker returns with an eight track EP working with the same team.
Returns Pon Top features seven previously unreleased cuts and Derrick Parker is in a murderous mode delivering only digital scorching clash tunes.
It kicks off in fine style with the short and sing-a-long friendly Intro Champion, a sweet, yet seductively lethal, chant – “we are the champion in the dance tonight, we are the champion taking all sound boy life, you won’t forget this night when we lock your sound up, we are the champion, and we rule dancehall”. Boom. Straight to sound boys chest.
And from there and then the war is on leaving sound boys and rude boys wishing Derrick Parker was on their side.
A deadly new EP from Michigan, aka Papa Michigan, has recently been released and produced by a joint between Flash Hit Records, Rashanco Music and producer and mixing engineer Manu Digital.
Papa Michigan was previously part of ground-breaking deejay duo Michigan & Smiley, a duo that paved the way for several other successful double acts, including Yellowman & Fathead, Peter Ranking & General Lucky and Clint Eastwood & General Saint.
Flash Hit Records has continually been dropping high-quality material and DJ Legend is no exception. It might just be their best release yet. It’s pure vintage dancehall in a contemporary style with loads of musical references to Jamaica in the early 80s. And you can be sure to hear versions of riddims like Pretty Looks (Isn’t All) and Joyride.
Papa Michigan mixes cultural and radical material – the excellent Yami Bolo combination People Rise – with the biographical tongue twisting masterpiece Wa Mi Come From and the boastful Dance Nice, something of a follow up to his and Smiley’s legendary hit songs Nice up the Dance and Rub a Dub Style.
This year has presented several strong EP’s from Clay, Righteous Child and Randy Valentine. But DJ Legend outshines them all.
The legendary Papa Michigan – of Michigan & Smiley fame – has teamed up with Flash Hit Records and producer and mixing engineer Manudigital for a new EP titled DJ Legend.
Michigan & Smiley were among the first deejay duos and begun their career in the late 70s, and soon scored two hit songs with Rub a Dub Style and Nice Up the Dance for producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. But their biggest hit was probably Diseases, which appeared on their successful album Downpression, produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes.
Michigan’s new set collects six brand new tracks, from rub a dub to digital, and drops in September.