Last weekend, on my way to Puerto Rico, I met Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel at the security checkpoint in Miami. As is the case with most Jamaicans, it’s easy to get to talking about anything and I ended up chatting with Queen Ifrica about Jamaica’s natural resources and you could see something just light up in her eyes. Too often you find yourself crossing from point A to B in Kingston, feeling worn down by the traffic, the cat calling, the aggression. Yesterday, I was walking through Half Way Tree with my friend’s eight year old daughter and a man grabbed me away from her, another man had to step in and say, that not right. My point being that the “country” consuls people from the city’s rougher, faster, more exhausting ways and any time you get a chance to make it to the “country,” life seems a little less troublesome. Today I stopped by the Bob Marley museum to get my little brother a Christmas present and the complex felt like a small sanctuary of what I imagine Bob Marley envisioned as his relief island within the city limits. Spotted with old Rastas and blasting Bob Marley, I sat by a tree and remembered why reggae is so damn good.
So… *half smiles, stretches fingers*… back to hybrid sounds, bastardized tracks, dancehall soundsystems and the depths of Adele’s despair. The Heatwave crew has been stirring their summer coals over there in farin ‘ol merry England, dropping a refix on the remix of the soul lounge sound of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Heatwave calls it […]
Despite Max Glazer’s exclamation that if all dancehall sounded like Spragga Benz’s ‘Duppy Nuh Frighten Vampire’ he’d “be a happy man”, he also understands the importance of the dapper snap of a good dancehall riddim. Glazer’s newest Flatlands riddim is being featured over on the Federation Sound blog and mingles with a few of Glazer’s […]
When a riddim gets dropped with big dancehall names like Demarco, Mr. Lexx, Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man, such as the Exit 21 riddim, it usually gets at least an extended rotation from local Selectors. These days turn over seems quicker then ever. Watching this riddim be pushed to the sidelines has invoked the dancehall […]