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Blazing mixtape from Chronixx and Federation Sound

chronixx-Roots-and-Chalice-CoverAfter a successful 2015 – performing with Major Lazer, Inner Circle, Joey Badass etc – Chronixx releases a killer mixtape in collaboration with Brooklyn’s own Federation Sound. This set follows Chronixx Start a Fire mixtape, produced by Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire and put out in 2012.

Roots & Chalice – which is available for free download – is slightly less eclectic and more vintage flavoured compared to Start a Fire and Chronixx voices a number of immortal riddims, including Prison Oval Rock, Cuss Cuss and I’ll Be Around. The mixtape also features several exclusive new cuts, such as Majesty, Spanish Town Rockin’ and Sell My Gun, along with guest appearances by contemporaries like Dre Island, Kelissa and Kabaka Pyramid.

Chronixx debut album is expected in the third quarter this year and judging by this excellent mixtape it might be a landmark set.

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Shanty drops first single off new EP for free download

clip_image001London-based reggae/soul/hip-hop collective Shanty has announced their debut EP Leave Me Out, due for release on September 22. And the soulful title track is already now available for free download.

Shanty recorded the EP at Sawmills studio in Cornwall, UK, a studio where pop giants like Oasis, The Verve, Supergrass and The Stone Roses have previously recorded some of their material.

They may not share the same sound as those bands, and instead they are heavily influenced by The Police and Jamaican dub wizard King Tubby. Listen and download the stomping and uplifting title track over at Soundcloud.

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Check out Kabaka Pyramid’s debut EP

Jamaican singjay, rapper and producer Kabaka Pyramid has recently put out his debut EP Rebel Music through the label Bebble Rock. And it’s for free download over at Bandcamp.

Rebel Music is a conscious effort and contains ten tracks that fusion roots reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. According to the press release Kabaka Pyramid wants to spread positive messages of spirituality and conscious evolution.

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Sevdee reaches for a new Bob Marley audience

Sevdee is a Canadian hip-hop DJ that has embarked on a reggae journey with the recent Bob Marley & The Wailers remix set Mr Musick, available for free download.

Sevdee started as a hip-hop DJ back in 1994 with a few friends and DJing has since been his foundation. But his love for reggae started earlier.

At the age of eleven he recognized the music of Bob Marley when he heard Iron Lion Zion.

“I vividly remember the overwhelming feeling that came upon me when hearing the song. My mother, who enjoyed Bob’s music as well, purchased the Legend tape. The message behind Bob’s music reached me, and is still very much present to this day,” Sevdee writes in an e-mail to Reggaemani.

Sevdee’s most recent venture is a Bob Marley & The Wailers’ remix album entitled Mr Musick, a project that took him about 40 days to complete.

Tough task
Remixing this legend’s music has proved to be a tough task, something that Stephen Marley experienced when he did the Chant Down Babylon remix album that included hip-hop and rock artists covering songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Sevdee writes that he is very critical when he hears a Bob Marley remix and expects other Bob Marley enthusiasts to be critical as well.

“Within hip-hop, sampling plays an important role. A lot of people have used samples from The Wailers’ music. I have personally refrained from doing so, because I hold his music in high esteem,” Sevdee writes, and continues:

“The sole reason I did it this time was first to celebrate Bob Marley’s work, as well as to bring awareness to his message. And there was no question of me making a cent with this project, which is why I give it out for free.”

Songs fit the message
According to Sevdee the choice of songs came naturally.
 
“Ultimately, there is a message within the music that I wanted to be conveyed, and the choice of songs fit that message,” he explains, and expands:

“Originally, the album was entitled Movement of Jah People, since the theme of the album is Exodus. Is one able to take up and leave, physically and spiritually? Music will move us. So I was inspired to go with the title Mr Musick.”

Hopes to reach new audience
The 15 songs on Mr Musick have all been updated in a 21st century style with rougher and tougher beats. The sound is funky, modern and will probably appeal to a newer and younger audience.

“I think a younger audience has the opportunity to discover Bob’s work with this remix album. Then if they listen to the originals, they won’t feel a large gap between the originals and the remixes. It is a fine line I have walked with this project, and I wanted to keep the musical essence for the most part of the album. It’s a lot more electronic and noisy, and that was on purpose,” he explains, and adds:

“At no point in time was I sitting around listening to The Wailers thinking ‘I can do better than this.’ I was inspired to do it because I think people are sleeping, and the message contained in Bob’s music can start waking them up.”

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U.S. singer Mighty Mystic drops free single

Releasing singles as free download is a popular way of marketing these days. A couple of weeks ago hip-hop giant Kanye West announced plans to release one new song each week until Christmas.

U.S singer Mighty Mystic does the same, or not exactly the same, when he releases his second single I Alone from upcoming album Wake Up the World as a free download.

Mighty Mystic was born in Jamaica, but relocated to Boston where he got involved in the 90’s hip-hop scene, according to the press material.

He has apparently had some popular tunes and released a combination with dancehall duo Tanto Metro & Devonte in 2003. He has also appeared on some rhythm compilations.

The first single of the upcoming album was a duet with Energy God Elephant Man. I Alone is a solo effort, and a pretty decent one.

It’s up tempo and has some kind of rock feeling to it. Mighty Mystic is a singjay, but with more emphasis on the singing. And he’s obviously heavily influenced by Bob Marley.

Download the single for free below (right click, save as) and judge for yourself.

Mighty Mystic I Alone

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