Nov 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Delly Ranx

LargeUp Audio: Stream Delly Ranx’s “Sweet Reggae” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer


Delly Ranx has been a major factor in dancehall music for years. Though he may be best known for his production work, which includes the groundbreaking Redbull & Guinness riddim (the basis for tracks such as Mavado’s “Weh Dem Ah Do”) with Stephen McGregor, he’s been a consistent factor as a deejay for years. Sweet Reggae is Delly’s fifth album and, while much of the LP follows with vintage reggae throwbacks, the album also mixes in a healthy dose of dancehall as well, rounding up all of Delly’s recent appearances, including “Juggle Me A Juggle” (on Mr. Vegas’ Protector riddim) and “Silly Billy” (on ZJ Liquid’s Good Book riddim).

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Audio: Bounty Killer’s “No Long Talking” + Jah Snowcone’s Antibiotic Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall and Federation Sound

Bounty Killer’s new one “No Long Talking” is one of our favorite tunes of the past month, and our pick for best Bounty song in at least a few years—it’s the Warlord back in top form. We can’t say for sure if it was recorded before or after his recent dust-up with Tommy Lee Sparta, but if that’s what it took to get him back on the level, than bring on the clash!

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Mixtape Mondays: Tribe Of Kings, DJ Stakz Hi-Profyle, Zulu

Words by DJ Theory

Alright, I’m back on land and back to work here, ready to drop on you another breezy chapter of Mixtape Mondays. This week we have some big mixes and global heat from San Diego, London and back to NYC. Gear up.

Tribe Of Kings x Delly Ranx, Toppa Top:  San Diego’s undisputed champion sound Tribe Of Kings (Dash Eye, Peril, Jester, Unite & Rashi) are back with another big win, this time in combo with SD medical marijuana dispensary the Firehouse Collective and one of the fiercest artists in reggae and dancehall today, Mr. Delly Ranx.  Responsible for a slew of heavyweight mixes over the years including 2010’s Got To Be Strong with J Boog, Tribe Of Kings are always lookin’ out for the people, and are back to share this new mix showcasing some of singer/producer Ranx’s diverse catalog. Mixed in fine style by selecta Dash Eye, Toppa Top features a cool 50 tracks from Delly and a handful of his JA compadres like Chino, Buju, Sizzla, Wayne Marshall, his new tune ‘longside Collie Buddz, Gappy Ranks and Russian and a bag of other big tunes and riddims.  Download here, more info here.

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Mixtape Mondays: Cool Hand Luke, Zions Gate, Castaparia Sound

Words by DJ Theory

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Cool Hand Luke, Dancehall Document Vol. 1 (via Shimmy Shimmy): London’s Cool Hand Luke comes nice and easy on Dancehall Document, a cool 45 mins of 80’s and 90’s hits and rarities appropriately picked from 100% vinyl. Classic artists like Pliers, Courtney Melody, Sanchez and Super Cat are featured, as well as some lesser known singers we’re not even familiar with. Lucky for us, Luke went ahead and listed the label and format for each tune. Life sweet. Download and tracklist here.

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Mixtape Mondays: Wildlife!, Prince Zimboo, Delly Ranx, Close Connections

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer

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Blondtron f. Prince Zimboo, Bouncin’ Bush Stew (via Mad Decent): If you’ve heard Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do, you’ve already been tickled–or offended–by “African” deejay Prince Zimboo. One of several comical alter egos of Jamaican producer Asani Morris, Zimboo has turned up more frequently lately, even voicing a tune on Federation Sound’s brand-new Flatlands riddim. Our Mad Decent connect Jillionaire alerted us to Bouncin’ Bush Stew, a collaboration between Morris and Canadian DJ Blondtron. Mostly, the tape showcases Blondtron’s eclectic tastes: She blends Ace of Base’s “All that She Wants” and “Teach Me How to Dougie,” and makes several pitstops in Africa (Spoek Mathambo, Dr Alban’s “Hello Afrika”). Zimboo serves primarily as host, offering absurd commentary (“Heh, Blondtron, you run naked with me in the bush in a porcupine quill thong, heh—it is a security feature, that way you will be not attacked by any wild creature”). Listen to the end, though, for a handful of original tunes, like the hilarious faux-culture tune “Manners” (“You used to live in the country mining bauxite/Then you come to di town, and sell your backside…It’s not right”). Get the tracklisting here, read Jillionaire’s commentary here, and download at either.

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Thanks & Praise: Gappy Ranks’ ‘Coulda Runaway’ Video + Japan Travelogue

Words by Jesse Serwer

Thanks & Praise is not just the title of Gappy Ranks‘ upcoming LP for VP/Greensleeves: It’s what the U.K. singjay is giving after experiencing the calamitous earthquake that has left large portions of Japan devastated and on the brink of nuclear fallout. According to his Twitter and Facebook, and an e-mail rundown Gappy just CC’ed us on, England’s current top ranking reggae ambassador arrived in Yokohama, Japan, for the start of a Japanese tour just two hours before the earthquake hit. Amazingly, Ranks’ show in Osaka the following night went on as planned (“It was a very emotional show,” Ranks says), though later dates in Tokyo and Northern Japan, site of the greatest damage, were canceled.

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