Aug 27, 2014
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Hotel Microphonia: Irie Life x New Era

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


When you were a kid did you ever imagine living in your own dream-hotel? You know kind of like The Shining, except instead of being almost empty (except for weird twins, Scatman Carrothers and elevatorfuls of blood) it would be populated with all your favorite reggae singers, deejays and studio musicians? And maybe 1970s Pam Grier? (Just because). Oh, stop lying. You know you did.

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Bunny Rock: Behind the Scenes of “Duracell Plus” with Skinny Fabulous and Machel Montano

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” Reinterpreted by Eastland High School

Words by DJ Gravy

OK, if you have a twisted sense of humor like I do, you may agree that this is one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen. Gotta give it up To Diplo, Switch, and of course the “Pon De Floor” music video‘s star, Major Lazer front man Skerrit Bwoy, who turns the volume up to “eleven” at their live performances around the world. This song has really reached… um, somewhere far from its origin, and I don’t think even a great satire could have achieved this deep level of organic irony.

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Toppa Top 10: Spooky Reggae!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


This year Halloween fell on a weekend (sorry, it had to be said) and Subatomic Sound and J. Rockaz have inspired me to compile this top 10 list of spooky reggae jams to drop between “Thriller” and Fela’s “Zombie” at your haunted houseparty. Anything related to duppies, ghosts, vampires, zombies and other undead creatures is fair game and the truly scary thing is how many classic reggae tunes there are that fall into this ghoulish category once you start um, digging. Maybe there are heaps of spooky soca and merengue jams I just don’t know about but it certainly seems like the supernatural is a recurring theme in Kingston, a town that has produced crews called Monster Shack and Scare Dem–not to mention Ghost! Whatever the reason, there are way more than 10 so let’s get started. Grab that flashlight and follow me, kids!

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Oh My: Vampires, Informers and Elephant Man

Words by J. Rockaz


Boogidy boogidy BOO! It’s Thriller time once again my friends and that means you got to get your “Boogie On” on the dancefloor and elsewhere, ’cause otherwise …BOO! (got you again). Let’s face it, there will always be a soundtrack for the shadows and darkness of a truly foggy All Hallows Eve. Those of us who appreciate this spooky time of year also love a song that slaps the fangs out of Dracula’s mouth and sends Jason and Freddie running through the streets crying for their mamas. Enter the rudeboys of Subatomic Sound (NYC) and People‚Äôs Records (JA) with a fresh musical mix.

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Mas Appeal: Dalton Narine Puts Carnival on the Silver Screen

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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If you weren’t checking for the New York International Film Festival this summer, you probably haven’t seen Mas Man, Dalton Narine’s documentary on award-winning designer of mas paraphernalia Peter Minshall, much less heard the news that it took the title of Best Short Documentary when the NYIFF awards were announced just a few weeks ago. We only got put up when we paid a visit to Harlem’s best haberdasher, who happens to be a proud Trini named Bun (more on him soon). If you haven’t seen the doc, you probably don’t know that Trinidadian-born and bred Minshall has been the artistic director for three Olympic games running–even winning an Emmy for his work in Salt Lake City–bringing to the international stage the unmatched flare for color and spectacle he still nurtures every year with the creation of mas costumes and set-pieces for Trinidad carnival.

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