After a months worth of couch surfing and a New York chill that felt near to death, I’ve made it back to home base. Lots of good things going on right now for dancehall in New York with Federation Sound’s night at Santo’s, Rice and Peas at Sway and Queen Majesty about all over the place, felt like I was never missing out. BUT I’m back to Kingston and I’ve missed it more then expected: sunny days, easy vibes, good peeps. Don’t feel like leaving for a long time. Back to dancehall…. Aidonia just released a new single with reggae artist Aisha Davis and it’s slooowwww. Actually, I’m not sure how Aidonia slowed himself down to what feels like Massive Attack pace. Must have been strenuous for him to make something so RnB. I gotta say, Equiknoxx almost had me until I got to the end and donia basically drops his own tune by saying,”this song is too dead, it needs more life.” Big Seller.
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 […]