Nov 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jackie Mittoo

Jackie Me Too: Japanese Organist Mi3 Hypes Up a Studio One Classic

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Best known today as the riddim on Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No No No),” Jackie Mittoo’s Studio One classic “Ghetto Organ” is one of reggae’s all-time great instrumentals. We’ve heard covers of “Ghetto Organ” before but none as exuberant or energetic as this one our Japanese connects at Extra Classic Mag just put us on to from Japanese keyboardist Mi3. Whether rocking a keytar in his bedroom or taking his Hammond Xb-1 to the streets, Mi attacks the keys in his “Ghetto Organ” video with an energy that oddly reminds us of Mad Lion. Studio One gone crunk! Watch the video below, and check out some behind-the-scenes footage of mostly indifferent (and occasionally perplexed) Japanese subway commuters taking in the shoot here.

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Steppin’ Out: Inner Circle’s Jackie Mittoo x Dubstep Project

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Inner Circle have been a reggae band for over 40 years but, in the midst of touring the world repping Jamaica in its 50th year, they’ve taken an unexpected excursion into dubstep. They debuted their take on the sound live in Hawaii recently and now they’ve passed us the first track from their upcoming Dubshot Records LP, Dub Planet X. “Steppin’ Dub,” a version of the late Jackie Mittoo classic “Drum Song.”

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Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans

Words by LargeUp Crew—


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LargeUp Interview: Chatting Nirvana with Little Roy

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Steve Gullick—

Little Roy has a soothing manner of speaking that makes one feel as if you’ve been sitting on his porch reasoning all night—even when you’re speaking with him by phone from across the Atlantic for a few minutes in the morning. A pioneering reggae artist who cut his first single at Studio One with Jackie Mittoo at the age of 12, Roy is perhaps best known for “Bongo Nyah,” the first reggae hit to introduce the soon-to-be-ubiquitous themes of Rastafarianism. More than four decades later, Roy is enjoying a new wave of attention and recognition thanks to Battle for Seattle, a 2011 album of Nirvana covers produced by Prince Fatty (known for his work with Mutant Hi-Fi and Hollie Cook).

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