Sep 17, 2014
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Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: Square One’s “Top Class Bubbler”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Crop Over is just about to kick into full swing, so it only makes sense to take our weekly journey into Caribbean music (video) history down to Barbados.

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Throwback Thursdays: Jillionaire on Machel Montano’s “Come Dig It”

Words by Jillionaire—


Have you noticed how soca is sounding more and more like U.K. dance music these days? Well, the king of soca, Machel Montano, was about 18 years ahead of his time. A youthful Machel was scooped up by LA-based Delicious Vinyl (the label behind Tone Loc, Young MC and the Pharcyde) in the mid ’90s, resulting in the mostly forgotten ragga-house banger”Come Dig It.” Trini music scholar Jillionaire of Major Lazer remembers the phenomenon.

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Throwback Thursdays: Byron Lee & the Dragonaires’ “Tiny Winey” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

The late Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee, who was born this day (June 27) in 1935, is said to have formed the first incarnation of his band The Dragonaires all the way back in 1950. Beginning as a mento band during that genre’s heyday, the Dragonaires would leave their mark with signature ska songs like “Jamaica Ska,” and move into reggae and soca as the years went on, while always preserving earlier Jamaican musical traditions. Arguably JA’s most durable band, the Dragonaires have even withstood Lee’s passing five years ago, and continue to perform to this day.

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Throwback Thursdays: Augustus Pablo at Japansplash 1986

Words by Kieran Meadows—


Friday marks what would have been the late Horace Swaby’s 59th birthday. Swaby — better known as Augustus Pablo – was the legendary Jamaican reggae keyboardist and dub producer whose name is practically synonymous with the instrument he popularized the use of in reggae music in the 1970s: the melodica.

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Throwback Thursdays: Spragga Benz, “A1 Lover”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Today is the 44th birthday of one Spragga Benz. It’s also the 20th anniversary of Spragga’s career in the music business (We’ve seen records by him credited to earlier years, but 1993 was the year Spragga really broke out with tunes like “Mark Death” on the Answer riddim). It’s also Throwback Thursday— so who better to spotlight than one of dancehall’s most underrated and versatile deejays?

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Throwback Thursdays: Red Fox on Red Fox’s “Born Again Black Man”

Words by Red Fox—


Earlier this week we premiered “Soulja,” the new video from NYC dancehall legend Red Fox. Seeing as its also the 20th anniversary of Red’s As A Matter of Fox LP, we asked him to remember/introduce the video for “Born Again Black Man,” off of that album.

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