Words by Jesse Serwer—
We’ve been running Orange Hill Productions‘ Electro Bashy: Welcome to Our Sound mix non stop since it made its debut on Mixtape Mondays a few weeks back. As the title of their mix indicates, the duo of Ras Kwame (of BBC1xtra fame) and Jnr. Tubby (King Tubby’s nephew) are pushing forth a brand-new hybrid electro-meets-dancehall sound, one perhaps best exemplified by their Vybz Kartel feature “Pon Time.” While other producers are coming out with recycled verses and seemingly unfinished mixes under the guise of “new Kartel,” “Pon Time” is one of the freshest Kartel tunes we’ve heard since last year’s Kingston Story, with the Werl’ Boss dropping a brand-new flows over a punk-y, guitar-driven dancehall riddim.
For the remix, the Orange Hill guys got one of Britain’s hottest MCs of the moment, Sneakbo, on board to round things out. Stream the original and the remix below, and cop both on iTunes and other outlets on Aug. 13. And look out for a lot more from Orange Hill on LargeUp as the summer gets hotter.