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Jah Vinci drops debut album in July

disc-3231-jah-vinci-ghetto-bornReggae and dancehall singer and former Portmore Empire associate Jah Vinci drops his debut album Ghetto Born on July 22nd, a collaboration with Khabir Bonner of Grillaras Productions known for his recent album with Lutan Fyah, Life of a King, and the Beenie Man & Ce’Cile single Thug Love.

“Working with Grillaras Productions was almost instinctual, and we have worked on many projects before and they all went well, so naturally I thought to work with him again,” says Jah Vinci in a press release.

The 13-track album features collaborations with legends such as Beenie Man and Junior Reid and is based on reggae, dancehall and crossover sounds, with Jah Vinci taking on societal issues as well as crime, violence and poverty, matters often surrounding Jamaican inner-city life.

“I know this one is going to be a hit! I will continue to raise the bar in music by putting out only quality work. Not only that but these songs are going to be a favourite with my fans,” concludes Jah Vinci.

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A rocking reggae debut from hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun

smif-n-wessun-bornandraised-EP-SNYC-based hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun has showcased Caribbean influences in their music ever since their debut album Dah Shinin’ back in 1995. Over the years Tek and Steele have sampled Johnny Osbourne and collaborated with artists such as Million Stylez, Chukki Starr, Eek-A-Mouse and Jahdan Blakkamoore, long before he wrote hit songs for Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion aka Snoopzilla.

Now the duo has presented their most reggae-oriented work yet. The six track – ten on the deluxe version – EP Born & Raised is a strong reggae meets hip-hop project. Tek and Steele boasts and brags over grim reggae riddims produced by Beatnick and K-Salaam with guest singers such as Junior Reid, Junior Kelly and Jahdan Blakkamoore.

Best of the bunch is Shots in the Dark, it’s on a hazy version of the mighty Kunta Kinte riddim. But not far after is the title track where Junior Kelly chants the chorus.

Sound Bwoy Bureill was one of the duo’s most Caribbean moments until this excellent EP, and I hope this isn’t a one-off project.

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Alborosie drops new album in June

Alborosie has a new album cooking, an album that is said to take reggae a step further.

2 Times Revolution is the name and the press release states that he doesn’t think of himself as doing reggae anymore. He says he is doing “Jahspel”, which is told to be a form of gospel music.

Last year Pupa Albo put out an essential duets compilation, an inspired dub album and the awesome Rudie Don’t Fear on John John’s Zion Gate riddim. He also had time to produce The Tamlins comeback album Re-birth.

On top of these he obviously managed to record 2 Times Revolution, an album that comprises 16 tunes and scheduled for release on June 2o in Europe and on June 21 in the U.S.

According to the press material he has played most of the instruments and produced most of the album – just like he did on last year’s dub effort.

The first promising tune of the album – Respect – features veteran waterhouse singer Junior Reid, with whom Alborosie cut the lethal Kingston Town Remix a few years back.

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Sugar Minott passes away

Sugar Minott, one of the dancehall pioneers, passed away yesterday at the away of 54 due to long-term illness, reports several internet sources.

Sugar Minott started his career in the mid 70’s as a member of the African Brothers and was a prolific singer, songwriter, producer, label owner and sound system operator.

He started his solo career at Studio One in the late 70’s where he started to record over the original cuts of some of the rhythms that were recorded in the 60’s. This proved to be the basis for the dancehall style.

Through his labels Black Roots and Youth Promotion he was a great promoter of young talents. He was early to record artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw.

From the 70’s and onward, Sugar Minott continued to record. I believe some of his earliest records are the best, among them Black Roots, Live Loving and Ghetto-Ology. Recently he did nice combinations with NiyoRah and Hollow Point. Sugar Minott managed to record more than 60 albums during the years.


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Spännande platta med Prince Jammy i mars

Den 30 mars släpper skivbolaget VP nya samlingen Jammys From the Roots. Plattan innehåller hela 32 tidiga produktioner från en av reggaens bästa och viktigaste producenter.

Jammys From the Roots innehåller både roots och dancehall, bland annat klassiker som Boom Shack A Lack med Junior Reid och Mr. Landlord med Half Pint. Men samlingen innehåller även mer okända låtar och artister. Vad sägs exempelvis om Life Hard A Yard med Natural Vibes och Natty Dread At the Controls med U Black.

Många av låtarna finns sedan tidigare på en uppsjö andra samlingar. Men Jammys From the Roots verkar ändå vara ett hyggligt försök att samla ett antal intressanta tidiga inspelningar på ett och samma ställe.

Den nya plattan ska för övrigt inte förväxlas med samlingen King Jammy in Roots från 2004 på avsomnade skivbolaget Auralux.

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Rise Up Crew mixar Junior Reid och hans vänner

Junior_Reid_48f68002c7dd2Junior Reid är för många mesta känd som killen som ersatte Michael “Mykal” Rose i Black Uhuru. Men Junior Reid hade en framgångsrik musikkarriär redan innan han klev in i Black Uhuru och spelade in Grammy-nominerade Brutal 1986.

Han blev dock inte långvarig i gruppen och lämnade efter bara två år för att fortsätta sin solokarriär.

Han lyckades bra på egen hand. Den första hitten – storslagna One Blood – nådde hitlistorna redan året efter han lämnade Black Uhuru.

Ungefär här tar Junior Reids karriär slut för mig, för att återupptas nästan 20 år senare med Kingston Town – duetten med Alborosie.

Men nu visar det sig att Junior Reid hade en ganska produktiv karriär även under 90-talet. Franska Rise Up Crew har samlat nästan 60 låtar med Junior Reid-anknytning i nya mixen J.R Productions Special – Junior Reid & Friends.

Mixen är en dansgolvsvältare som klockar in på gedigna 79 minuter och 56 sekunder. Den innehåller så klart One blood, men även Junior Reids version av Yabby Yous Jah Love (riddimen bakom bland annat Inna di Road med Chezidek) samt en schysst version av Skylarking-riddimen.

Gillar du hård, digital 90-talsreggae, så är den här mixen något för dig. Är du – precis som jag – nyfiken på vad Junior Reid hade för sig under 90-talet, så borde du också låna mixen ett öra eller två. Har du däremot svårt för Waterhouse-stilen och Junior Reids nasala sång kanske den här mixen inte är något för dig.

Vi andra klickar på den här länken och drömmer oss till dansgolven i Kingston och London på 90-talet.

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