I-Plant aka producer and multi-instrumentalist Tooney Roots – responsible for the much overlooked General Jah Mikey album Jah Mission is Timeless – is back with a killer new project. Blacksoulremix Vol. 3 is a remix set in a showcase style and follows volume one and two which were released already in 2007.
The album – which is available for free download over at Bandcamp – features six stone-cold soul and disco classics re-recorded with a heavy 80s sounding reggae backing featuring live horns. Each cut is also followed by a huge dub version.
I-Plant has chosen to take on massive classics, including Edwin Starr’s War and Carl Douglas’ bouncy Kung Fu Fighting.
Crucial doesn’t half describe this release. I’ve actually had it on repeat for four consecutive hours.
Crowd-rocking and genre-switching DJ and remix wizard Jstar has shook up dance floors worldwide for the past ten years. For his new compilation Licensed Plates he has selected 14 favorites of his more than 60 official remixes dating between 2005 and 2012.
Jstar is probably most well-known for his tasty, clever and border-crossing mash-ups mixing reggae and dancehall with hip-hop, soul and R&B. Some of his finest moments are the acclaimed No Diggity where Black Street’s No Diggity rides the immortal Real Rock riddim or Regulate Rock where Jennier Lara’s reggae version of soul singer Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto, Studio One’s ill Rockfort Rock riddim and the late Nate Dogg’s Regulate are mashed to perfection.
None of these are however included on the bass heavy and wobbling Licensed Plates. Included are instead reggae-infused re-workings of cuts from Madness, DJ Vadim, The Black Seeds, Resonators and Dub Terminator among many more. The brightest light is however Ten Feet Tall by Mr Dero & Jstar featuring Farina Miss, where the youthful and sassy Farina Miss rides a bouncy 80’s styled riddim.
Jstar has deconstructed and restructured, reshaped and built up again. He has treated the material with a sonic fusion of drum and bass, dubstep, dancehall, reggae and dub and flavored the music with audio effects, samples and a whole lot of nuances. Every time you listen back to a track you notice something new.
Licensed Plates is re-mastered from tape and the collage on the cover sleeve is made by Jstar himself. It’s currently available on CD, digital platforms or as limited double gatefold LP.
Swedish producer Jonahgold has done a dancehall remix of Dödens Portar by Houman Sebghati and Mary N’diaye.
The catchy remix is based on Augustus “Gussie” Clarke’s Rumours riddim, and is pretty far away from the original hip-hop version.
“I received an a cappella and just let it roll until my body chose the beat,” says Jonahgold.
Listen below and download it for free on Soundcloud.