This tune from Bristol producers Kahn & Neek first reared its head over a year ago, making the rare appearance in sets here and there and then disappearing from soundcloud. It’s now turned up on YouTube with a label in tow – Hotline Recordings – so watch out for it dropping soon. Taking its . . . → Read More: Kahn & Neek // Backchat
It was Machel Montano himself who reminded me of this Tony Kelly gem while I was interviewing him for Mixpak recently. Another hit riddim from one of the best dancehall years, 1999, Unda Wata has 9 cuts on a signature Kelly bassline, the biggest from Mr Vegas (nodding to Eek-A-Mouse), Beenie Man, Buju Banton, . . . → Read More: My Favourite Riddims: Unda Wata
It’s almost a year on since Kingston Story dropped, and dancehall has seen a lot happen in the interim. Thankfully, though, Dre Skull is still blazing the trail – his newest riddim release the Loudspeaker Riddim, which drops on Mixpak on 22nd May, covers all corners of dancehall: Popcaan’s ghetto tale, Beenie Man’s ladies . . . → Read More: Loudspeaker Riddim
Spliffington drew our attention to this short documentary made by a Canadian channel, a great 9 minutes of footage from Jamaican festivals Sumfest, Sunsplash & World Music festival between ’82 and ’97, featuring snippets of Rita Marley, The English Beat and The Grateful Dead but more importantly Ninjaman, Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Beenie Man . . . → Read More: Jamaican Festivals on Film
The man Seanizzle is back with a big new riddim, Wet Up, a heavy synth driven riddim that comes in around 115bpm. The vocal line-up is large, with some of the toughest from Aidonia, Beenie, Khago, Potential Kidd, and one from the producer himself too. We previewed this the other night on our NTS . . . → Read More: New Seanizzle // Wet Up Riddim
Last month an interesting rumour emerged that Beenie Man was close to inking a deal with Young Money recordings, the powerhouse US label run by rappers Lil Wayne and Mack Maine.
A performance of Beenie’s new collaboration with Nicki Minaj, ‘Gunshot’ which would have given some credence to the rumour was due to be . . . → Read More: Beenie Man going to Young Money?
While most dancehall artists seem to be sporting Ed Hardy these days, there have been some brilliant Jamaican tee creations across the years. The closest I came to getting anything like this is an original tour t-shirt from this Stir It Up event with Super Cat & Tiger (it looks like it might be . . . → Read More: Big 5 // Most Wanted Archive Tees
Last year D&H Subkonshus productions dropped the G-Shock riddim, a nice uplifting throwback featuring some great cuts from Konshens (above), Darrio and Future Fambo. Now they bring a very similar, equally strong riddim, the Tekk On, with many of the same vocalists but with the great additions of Beenie Man, Leftside, Tarrus Riley. Here . . . → Read More: Tekk On Riddim