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.
General Smiley, half of the successful deejay duo Papa Michigan & General Smiley, a duo that recorded the excellent album Rub a Dub Style for Coxsone Dodd and the immensely popular Diseases for Henry “Junjo” Lawes, has teamed up with U.S. producer McPullish for his new album.
General Smiley Meets McPullish at Dub Cove – released in December last year – is a completely different story compared to the bubbling grooves General Smiley recorded in the 70’s and 80’s.
This is a modern roots and dub album with sparse arrangements and heavy bass lines. And mean heavy as in ultra-heavy. These thunderous bass lines could probably be of service if you’d like to try and force the doors to Fort Knox.
The eight vocal cuts – where of one is a combination with Sylford Walker – come with their dub counterpart. General Smiley’s voice has changed during the years and he doesn’t sound as vital as he did back when. It’s deeper and darker and not as melodic as it used to be. It might also have something to do with the style, since he on this set sometimes rather speaks than sings or deejays.
McPullish and General Smiley have created an uncompromising and hypnotic reggae album that doesn’t make an effort to please radio dj’s around the world. However, it might just blow a fuse or two when sound systems set tunes such I Wish or Natty Natty on heavy rotation.