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Two great mixes from Safari Sound

Sweden-based Safari Sound has been working hard lately. Last week they presented a mix done for Din Gata on Swedish national radio. The mix consists of 89 tunes, mainly the latest dancehall sounds from around the globe. You’ll find Mykal Rose, Baby Cham and Bounty Killer on the latest Dave Kelly riddim as well as hit songs Straight Jeans & Fitted and Clarks.

Apart from working with radio shows, they’ve managed to produce a tribute mix to the late Gregory Isaacs. This mix blends old school Gregory with some newer material. Many favorites can be found here. You can’t go wrong with Universal Tribulation, Mr. Cop and Soon Forward along with dancehall monsters such as Rumours and Mind Yu Dis.

Listen and/or download both mixes here.

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Wax Poetics inna reggae style

The well written U.S music magazine Wax Poetics dedicates the latest issue to reggae and it includes articles on melodica pioneer and producer Augustus Pablo, music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell – most known for making Bob Marley world famous – and legendary singer Gregory Isaacs.

Wax Poetics is usually concerned with jazz and soul, but has sometimes included reggae related articles. For example a great piece on Winston Riley by journalist and photographer David Katz, responsible for the acclaimed People Funny Boy, a biography of Lee Perry.

Thanks to Jahkob for sharing this on the Blood and Fire forum.


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Pressure Sounds drops six slices of the Rumours rhythm

The great re-issue label Pressure Sounds drops six cuts of the classic 80’s rhythm Rumours by Bunny “Striker” Lee. This outstanding digital rhythm was originally produced by Augustus “Gussie” Clarke and gave Gregory Isaacs a massive hit.

The tunes will be put out on three seven inch 45’s with picture sleeve, available from October 18. The vocal cuts are by Cornell Campbell and Delroy Wilson, each accompanied by a version. Instrumental versions are provided by veteran trombonist Vin Gordon and Toney Asha.

As usual with Pressure Sounds, these tunes haven’t been available for a long time. Some of the cuts were originally on the LP More Ideas released in 1988. The Cornell Campbell cut was however only ever available on a single and the dub versions were only featured on the seven inch releases from Delroy Wilson and Cornell Campbell.

The Rumours rhythm has been versioned many times. Recently by UK-based producer Curtis Lynch, who dropped some heavy as lead cuts with Chyna Soulstar & Demolition Man and Blackout JA & Michie One.

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Stephen Marley tog hem sin andra Grammy

Bob Marley-sonen Stephen kammade i går kväll hem sin andra Grammy för plattan Mind Control. Det rapporterar bland annat Dancehall Mobi. Sin första Grammy fick han för originalversionen av Mind Control 2008, och sin andra för den akustiska versionen av samma platta.

Konkurrensen bestod av Rasta Got Soul från Buju Banton, Awake med Julian Marley, Brand New Me med veteranen Gregory Isaacs och Imperial Blaze med Sean Paul.

Hade jag enhälligt valt vinnare bland de nominerade hade det blivit Rasta Got Soul med Buju Banton, även om den plattan hamnade utanför mina personliga favoriter från förra året.

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Nominerade för Reggae Grammy 2010 har tillkännagetts

Flera sajter rapporterar om de fem finalister som nominerats för en reggae grammy nästa år. Totalt var 39 artister nominerade, men den listan har alltså kokats ner till fem.

De nominerade plattorna har släppts mellan den 1 oktober 2008 och den 31 augusti 2009, vilket diskvalificerar personliga favoriter som Omar Perrys Can’t Stop Us Now och Chezideks I Grade.

De nominerade plattorna är:

Buju Banton – Rasta Got Soul
Gregory Isaacs – Brand New Me
Julian Marley – Awake
Stephen Marley – Mind Control
Sean Paul – Imperial Blaze

Har inte hört vare sig Julian eller Stephen Marleys plattor, men det känns typiskt att två Marleys är nominerade.

En personlig lista på nominerade hade sett en smula annorlunda ut och exempelvis innehållit Sojahs Modern Revolution och Takana Zions Rappel à l’Ordre.

Grammy-utdelningen äger rum i Los Angeles den 31 januari nästa år.


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