Nov 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

Mixtape Mondays: John Holt x Deadly Dragon, Silent Addy, Soldia Sound

Words by Deejay Theory

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#MixtapeMondays this week pays tribute to one of reggae’s golden voices while looking at today’s sound via a current roster of dancehall’s ruling class. Catch a vibe below.

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Selector’s Choice: Deejay Theory

Words by Deejay Theory

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Wha gwaan world, Deejay Theory here checking in from San Francisco to christen the inaugural edition of our latest music column, ting call “Selector’s Choice”. I’m looking forward to this column as a way to give the people an inside look at what some badd deejay’s are holding in their record bags and hard drives these days in the reggae/dancehall/soca/tropical/bass world. Here’s a few picks I’ve been running at Tormenta Tropical, a monthly party I host in SF w/ partner Oro11. You can always expect the unexpected at Tormenta so let’s go with a mixed bag of vibes to start the show.

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Mixtape Mondays: QQ x Wildcat Sound, Blondtron x Prince Zimboo x A Tribe Called Red, Melody Jay

Words by Deejay Theory

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Monday is here and while some of our crew is headed off to JA on the “Welcome to Jamrock” cruise (jerks) it’s music and mixes as usual here at #MixtapeMondays. Big new vibes and a few curveballs from JA, Canada, Hawaii and beyond ..

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Phone Tap: Deejay Theory Remixes Chan Dizzy’s “Calling All Girls”

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Dutty Artz, the Brooklyn-based label behind releases from Jahdan Blakkamoore, DJ/Rupture and others, dropped Chan Dizzy’s “Calling All Girls” earlier this year, as a preview of the forthcoming collaborative LP between NY producers Matt Shadetek and Robzilla. This week the label drops a full EP of remixes for the Robzilla-produced track, including a predictably fuego version from our own Deejay Theory that blends the driving arrangements of mid-aughts dancehall (dramatic synth stabs, cell phone chirps) and something more modern and moombahton-y.

Stream Theory’s remix below, and pre-order the EP (also featuring mixes from Kush Arora, Samrai and Love Taps) here via Bandcamp or iTunes.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classics Featuring Style Scott


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley

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The Chicken Gunman: Jamaica Makes Art From An Epidemic

Words by Erin MacLeod

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While the rest of the world fixates on ebola, the most popular topic of discussion in Jamaica’s route taxis and buses is chikv, or chikungunya, a mosquito-borne sickness that strikes down even the healthiest folks, causing high fever and severe joint pain. Though the government insisted until very recently that it wasn’t an epidemic, it would seem that amongst Jamaica’s population, you’ve either already been shot by the chicken gunman or you’re just waiting for the inevitable. The virus is a massive productivity suck for the country, as offices struggle to soldier on with so many people ill for days, and sometimes, weeks. But, being Jamaica—a place where even hurricanes have inspired hits—it’s been a boon for artists who have been quick to provide some musical relief… if the recommended Panadol, pawpaw leaf juice, bissy tea and plenty of water aren’t working.

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