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After a subdued 2017, let's start the year sweet, slinky, and slow.

Dexta Daps, "Weak to You"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPm49fQgibk

Jahmiel on the same riddim (whose name I can't figure out): https://youtu.be/KsjUWvlsdKs

Shenseea, "Sub Rosa"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adGc1TIO84o

rob, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's a Kartel over that same riddim that's okay too. Not as good as Yabba Dabba Do, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqdqJbkbvN0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

love this steel pan in outer space Masicka that just dropped:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H0nA_iSEwc

rob, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

this dubby Kranium & Ricky Blaze is ~vibes~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzrbds2JmIw

rob, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nice!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

as impressive a demo of his range as his last comp was, I'd be pretty excited if Ricky Blaze put out a project with a consistent sound

rob, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

staying in that slow & vibey lane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDyt4tlfD4w

(Alkaline, "Mirage")

rob, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

I missed this Suku-produced Tifa track last fall:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXXWrJcVAKA

<3 Tifa but that really makes me miss Natalie Storm

rob, Friday, 26 January 2018 15:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

excited to see Shenseea making a strong crossover* move on "Love I Got For U":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URDyX3Q55c4

*don't really mean this from a business-side angle, more just adding new colors to the palette in a credible way

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm feeling better about 2018 in January than I did about 2017 in August. World Vibes riddim is sweet. I think Konshens has the best voicing I heard so far (haven't listened to Charly Black yet, but he is sooo hit or miss; frankly the Kartel is trash), but the Voicemail video is nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNrFSl0j6QQ

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

you know, I might like the Voicemail the most after all; also very pleasing to hear Alaine

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Agent Sasco with a bid to join the EU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuYK4FeEIOA

rob, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

missed the dembowish Vegas Mode riddim at the end of the year. I'm enjoying Ding Dong's version but haven't listened to all of them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15FFE0KGWXo

rob, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

fyi, the new Hollie Cook is extremely pleasant throwback UK lovers if you're into that kind of thing (dog latin?). would love to hear a time-travelling Mad Professor dub version

rob, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

I like Hollie Cook a fair bit, although I can never work out if it's a bit naff, a bit Lily Allen-goes-trad reggae or something. Lover's Rock revival should definitely be encouraged though

Badgers (dog latin), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

That about sums up my feelings on her too, though I am enjoying this one (that said, I need to make a reminder to listen to it again outdoors in the June sunshine). I think it might be more appealing right now as the JA roots scene has quieted down quite a bit since I last checked her out, so there's not nearly as much out there to scratch my very infrequent itch for this kind of thing.

Or this one might just be better! I'm about halfway through and it's hewed quite closely to the cooing & sighing Bovell-produced lovers template without stepping into dodgier territory

rob, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

Loving the World Vibes riddim, and while he’s (quite) far from being the best on it Kartel is NEVER trash, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

XD

rob, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

a few more goodies with that slow, mellow vibey sound mentioned upthread. at some point we might need to theorize on this--afrobeats influence? fucking Drake/OVO?

Popcaan "Bullet Proof":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0SPp7ApMIk

Alkaline "Load Up":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3c9jzUg824

rob, Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'll admit that Kartel on the Giggi Riddim (Ring A Rozy) is kinda weak. But this new one from him and Mixpak is pretty spectacular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnERiIgDJQ0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 16 February 2018 21:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah that's nice! funny how throwback it sounds in 2018 (tho I guess that pinch of Pumpkin Belly Kartel drops in makes it deliberate)

getting pleasing album-coming-soon vibes from this new Poppy video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CJ1LGcsdYs

Shenseea seems to be on a "look how versatile I can be" campaign right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7cPiV4uVng

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

pretty bold sample on this new Kranium:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQfGecwBmeE

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Kranium also has a very good voicing on the Break Through riddim that that Popcaan "Bullet Proof" is on

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

longneck, have I lost my mind or is this Sean Paul x Mavado track actually fantastic? halp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mj3aLcT7Qw

rob, Friday, 16 February 2018 23:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

and while I'm both skimming links off robbo ranx and marvelling at Sean Paul-related tunes, this Dutty Rock produced Rope riddim is sweet: https://youtu.be/xiVSz_afpvM

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

and one more, Busy Signal's "Dawg" is fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr70YG9m_bc

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Mavado and Sean Paul is pretty dope! Is Sean Paul the most underrated of them all? I sometimes think he might be.

And even Westwood has been playing the Rope riddim lately, actually. It has a nice groove that will work in most settings.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

And No Odda... that’s probably the purest r&b song I’ve heard in a good while.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was too distracted by the No Letting Go sample at first, but "No Odda" is really good! Maybe there's another Kranium album in the works? Rumors faded for me pretty quickly, but I just put it on and it's already better than I remembered.

tbf it's Mavado's "I'm blessed/ I'm sanctify" hook that makes that song for me (the song structure is also more interesting than I would expect), but surprisingly SP is pretty credible in spiritual mode. I am not and have never been a DJ but I could see Rope being fun as hell to play out.

rob, Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

I really like the new heatwave mix - https://soundcloud.com/theheatwavemixes/now-thats-what-i-call-shelling-vol-1 - but I'm going mad because I can't seem to identify the song that starts at 00.11.50, between RDX - Bang and Aidonia - Bruki. The one with the Ben ova hook. Does anyone on here know what it is?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 February 2018 18:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Russian's Bashment Time Riddim is a blast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LJafguTSyc

The Konshens version was released as early as in 2016 though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 18 February 2018 23:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh that works way better in full riddim mix form than it does individually

rob, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

saw this sweet and breezy tune on the fader:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00JRRATURY

(Amindi K. Fro$t, "Pine and Ginger")

rob, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

been way out of the loop for months, but this sounded like the best of the three (!) videos Konshens dropped for his new album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqDwdT0_DrA

rob, Saturday, 7 April 2018 21:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I just wanted to pop in here and say that Popcaan's been on fire this year. Bulletproof is still my favourite, but these other ones are really nice also.

Inviolable:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbPyFvAl4w4

My Type:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68LZ5utJVr8

Weed Stettingz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1DCZ2cfNYU

The latest one, Steamy with Jah Vinci, is not quite on the level of the other ones, but still pretty good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPjxy8QlaPE

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 7 April 2018 23:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Bulletproof is so great, definitely my favorite 2018 JA track so far
but you're otm, he's hit such a level of consistency, I really hope the new album rumor is true

Masicka has really clicked for me this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSVbK9cg-hs

rob, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:33 (six months ago) Permalink

the riddim on Busy Signal's "Cut Off" is pretty wild with a real use-every ingredient-in-the-fridge ragga feel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2rD1Hhe0k

rob, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:37 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

airhorn.wav
https://pitchfork.com/news/rihanna-is-making-a-reggae-album/

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 17:42 (five months ago) Permalink

while we're waiting, here is an excellent new Spice tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJacsbqYFE0

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Under Water / Under Fire also sounding pretty great, especially since I've been rinsing Ramping Shop lately

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Under Water / Under Fire also sounding pretty great, especially since I've been rinsing Ramping Shop lately


Ah, that charming celebration of toxic heteronormative fucking!
(“Under Water” is very enjoyable though)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:27 (five months ago) Permalink

haha yeah it's probably the number one song I can think of that I would never play for anybody else

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I mean "heteronormative" doesn't even really do it (in)justice!

on a less problematic front, I'm about to start a thread for Jada Kingdom who I only just listened to for the first time today and I am immensely excited about

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:31 (five months ago) Permalink

I mean "heteronormative" doesn't even really do it (in)justice!


Well, to be fair, I added “toxic”. It’a basically about homophobia as an aphrodisiac.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:37 (five months ago) Permalink

Will check out Jada Kingdom though.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:40 (five months ago) Permalink

that's interesting. I've tended to think of the homophobic bookends as more like disconnected ad libs--meme-like, throat-clearing asides that were de rigueur at the time--but obvs the rest of the track's pornographic performance of the wonders of hetero sex *is* the other side of the coin

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:44 (five months ago) Permalink

When you listen to the supposed “clean” version, most of the lewdness is scrambled, but those “bookends” are left proudly intact - leaving the listener (me anyway) with an extra dirty taste in their mouth. Talking about rinsing...

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:05 (five months ago) Permalink

ugh, I have not heard that version, and that definitely positions those lines as integral

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:17 (five months ago) Permalink

in fresher news, this piece is worth a look: http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/women-are-keeping-dancehall-fresh.html. I would like to think we no longer need to mention "Bam Bam" in these kinds of pieces, but I get it.

I'm curious what ILM makes of Bad Gyal...not sure I've seen her mentioned despite topping FACT's tracks list last year. I was underwhelmed by whichever song that was, but "Candela" bangs and I just put Worldwide Angel on and it's dope so far

rob, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Wait... has Spice jumped on the Zinc Roof riddim? Or am I reading that wrong?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 May 2018 21:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Yessss to Jada Kingdom! Unwanted” and “Love Situations” are great.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:00 (five months ago) Permalink

So is “Better Than That” with Govana. I trust you’ll be posting them on that dedicated thread!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:02 (five months ago) Permalink

longneck: no, that's right! it's a direct answer to Under Water (she even mentions Kartel at one point)

breastcrawl: "Better Than That" is the one I heard first and I was like, who is this female singer I've never clocked before? and then I watched her videos, which are pretty bananas.
also, Govana has a handful of good recent tracks; "Baked Bean" stood out but I need to revisit a few others

I will start a Jada Kingdom thread when I get a longer moment (maybe a Bad Gyal one too? idk, every now and then I remember we don't have a thread for Alkaline, but the board is pretty anemic these days)

rob, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:21 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh, NICE! Haven’t seen it at my usual outlets but I’m guessing it will be on Robbo Ranx today at the very least.

And yeah, Jada Kingdom is pretty great. Will be checking for her.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 May 2018 06:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Sat on the bus yesterday in front of a lady who was complaining that her kids overrate Alkaline to the detriment of "real legends" like Vybz Kartel.

Felt a million years old.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 4 May 2018 09:59 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

nice of them to drop this right when I've been keenly missing J Capri:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtzSFztgzsg

new solo Shenseea is nice too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn8KVlJgCaw

rob, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:08 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Shenseea is delightful also I’m late to the party but RDX is deeply my shit and they make me smile so hard

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 21 July 2018 03:34 (two months ago) Permalink

I don’t know what RDXs profile is like in the grand scheme of dancehall but I look forward to each single. The squeaky bed springs of “Grab” are my favorite sound of ‘18.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Saturday, 21 July 2018 04:44 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

💀💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/PLLaVnIe1t

— NewBalance🤘🏾 (@tahjxxn) June 7, 2018

rob, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 03:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Lol!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 04:18 (two months ago) Permalink

oh man... they need to keep that in

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 07:33 (two months ago) Permalink

busy's sense of melody is peerless. I'm kind of surprised more JA videos don't pull this rewind trick but he earns it here ("one way"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-cK7VZ3Bmo

rob, Monday, 13 August 2018 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

love this new Jada Kingdom/"Banana" after having second thoughts about my initial burst of enthusiasm for her:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WrPfTzWzoQ

rob, Monday, 13 August 2018 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

while I'm in a posting mood, how did I miss this Mavado on the Levels riddim?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZpg3D2NddM

rob, Monday, 13 August 2018 23:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Rygin King seems to be blowing up a bit; I quite like "Tuff"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XvJYYE2ePM

rob, Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

This (oldish) rolling stone piece on Rihanna's supposedly in-progress dancehall album is super interesting: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/inside-rihannas-upcoming-dancehall-album-700930/#!

rob, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

signs of life from Alkaline (and Lee Milla w/ a great riddim):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdmj4Qw3rc

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 00:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds promising on first listen.

“Yaadie Fiesta” was never posted, was it? Not exactly peak Alkaline, but I like it just the same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaU9z3jt2CM

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 02:23 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that's a good one. I also like "Mirage," "Load Up" (both posted upthread I think) and "Juggernaut" wasn't bad iirc, so tbf 2018 hasn't been a total washout for him or anything--I just miss the feeling of 2016/17 when he was releasing good to great tunes at a steady clip. I expect he'll regroup though

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 13:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I actually think he's been consistently very good this year. Fine whine is dope,and Perfect is good too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh-3-h3wPtQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaXsnHxoYgo

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 31 August 2018 13:39 (one month ago) Permalink

oh yeah I had "Fine Whine" on my shortlist too but I hadn't heard "Perfect"--it's nice! I should probably check out that whole DJ Frass project

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 13:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Well I'm jumping around, but so far this is way better than a producer showcase has any right to be. I might add "Mamacita" to the Alkaline list, Shenseea's "Instruction" is good if not exactly lyrically groundbreaking for her, and I'd missed this electric Mavado track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjPg4305aNc

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 14:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I can tell I haven't listened to Robbo Ranx in a long while because I've never heard this fired up Shaggy track

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 14:09 (one month ago) Permalink

okay this turned to mostly mediocre sap after the Jahmiel track ("Perfect" should be on the first half)

rob, Friday, 31 August 2018 14:19 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I don't really know where else to post Karol Conka, who's still preparing her new album 5 years after Batuk Freak, but what's for sure is that the delay is not for absence of talent : everything I've heard (Maracutaia, Lala etc) is just as good (if not better-sounding) than her debut, which is very high praise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPvEAU8U-I8
(clip intro lasts 1 min)

Nabozo, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 13:27 (one week ago) Permalink


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