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Laden’s R&B Hustle

25 May

For a while now Di Genius has been strengthening his roots in the R&B genre, utilizing his innate attraction to elongated synths and languid melodies to interlock them with the “oh oh oh” choruses of singjays like Mavado and Nicky B. Two new releases from the young producer prove his adoration for the genre with continued musical collaborations from close friend Laden. The two singles, “Come Mek Me Touch You” and “She’s Getting Drunk (Moet)” offer Laden in the best light of his talents, the realm of the singjay.

It’s no mystery that Laden as a singjay has become a darling of sorts for the crossover of dancehall/R&B and he may continue to stay up top in this genre (see the most recent Mavado exploration). Laden, who has lingered on the periphery for a great while, despite the strength of singles like “Really Like You” and “My Love”, is expounding on Di Genius’ R&B explorations with these tracks and solidifying his footing as a Jamaican R&B singjay to be dealt with.

Laden, “Come Mek Me Touch You”
Laden – Come Mek Me Touch You

Laden, “She’s Getting Drunk (Moet)”
Laden – She’s Getting Drunk [Moet]

MP3: Adele & Jamie XX vs. Cecile, Mr. Lexx, Timberlee, “Rolling in the Heat” (Heatwave Refix)

9 May

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 “Rolling in the Heat”, a double edged word play on the HEATwave and Summer HEAT, maybe?? I’m assuming. But it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think “Rolling in the Heat” is the club crew’s sly little way of saying they’re bringing on the Heat with their heavy bass yard version.

Talk about evolution of a song, the track has had multiple makeovers, beginning originally, of course, with Adele before taking a little dubstep detour with a remix from The XX producer, Jamie XX, and then being remolded dancehall-version style by The Heatwave. Topping off the track with dub overs from Cecile, Mr. Lexx, Timberlee and squeezing in a tidbit of Dixie Cups, “Iko. Iko”, Heatwave make themselves a hefty club track with a little fire under its ass (maybe that’s why it’s called “Rolling in the Heat”)

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Adele & Jamie XX vs. Cecile, Mr. Lexx & Timberlee, “Rolling in the Heat”:

Jahdan Blakkamoore, “All Comes Back to One”

22 Nov

Jahdan Blakkamoore captures the element of community in his new video for the single “All Comes Back to One”, a mellow track from his new album Babylon Nightmare coming out December 7th. It’s is a feel good moment: summer time in Brooklyn, a bunch of homies hanging out (aka Matt Shadetek of Dutty Artz, 77 Klash) and kids vibing in a playground with the brightly clad Blakkamoore. Summer should last forever (which is why I’ll probably never leave the Caribbean.)
Freeload: “All Comes Back to One” (via Soul of the Lion)

NYC-2-Africa Riddim

12 Nov

In a transnational collaboration of African, Jamaican and New York artistes, a riddim from NYC label Subatomic Sound, Peoples Records and African Hip Hop label Nomadic Wax called NYC-2-AFRICA dropped digitally earlier this week.

The riddim features tracks from Anthony B, Jahdan Blakkamoore and Bajah of Dry Eye Crew out of Sierra Leone, Africa. NYC-2-AFRICA, which was released just before the irruption into Tivoli Gardens last May, has a hollow drumming of a beat with a dubstep throwback and a political theme that exercises the rowdy lyricism of the triad. Hear the full riddim below or on the label’s Soundcloud (which includes a free download) and purchase it over at Itunes or Amazon.


Vybz Kartel Counters with “Cake Soap”

11 Oct

Slight criticism came down on Vybz Kartel after he mentioned washing his face with cake soap– a detergent soap that contains bleach– in his “Straight Jeans and Fitted” song a few months back. Now Kartel has fired back with a followup track, remixing the verse, and like he does so well, confronting the conflict with… skin care remedies?? In “Cake Soap” he argues for cake soap’s soothing qualities (among other things):

“Hear me now, gyal from every area,
me a waan fi clear it up, how deh gyal love me so,
inna my, inna my, inna my skin,
deh girl dem a say dey have dem ice cream,
straight jeans and fitted in white t’s,
she say teacha ya skin feel nice eeeh”

Tell me if I’m wrong on that translation. And yes, “eeeh” is a word.

On another note, I like this riddim. It has an epic ‘charging bull’ quality to it.

Vybz Kartel, “Cake Soap” (Blue Bamma Riddim)

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Busy Signal/Dj Khaled “My Way” Mixtape

1 Oct

Thought it was curious to see a tweet from DJ Karim today that Busy Signal was releasing a mixtape with DJ Khaled. Especially after the release of D.O.B. in June through VP was met with low record sales. Then I popped over to the Rhona Fox site and signed up to get the mixtape, listened to all thirty tracks and realized it’s a complete pop mixtape. Check it out:

Track 9

Track 20

Aidonia, “Head A Buss”

30 Sep

All has been quite as of late on the Aidonia front– to much dismay– until recently when he dropped anchor with this Gerusalem produced “Head A Buss” track. Not sure who’s got Aidonia so irate, but if it brings the sleeping giant out of his slumber and manifests an onslaught of filthy lyricism and heavy thunder bass, further agitation should be required.

“Head A Buss”

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