Jul 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Sancho

Duppies and Vampires: A Haunted Reggae Top 10 For Halloween


Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer—

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Pull Up, Selector!: Stream Busy Signal’s New Single “Come Shock Out”

Words by Sherman Escoffery—

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Less than ten days after being released from prison in the US, dancehall star Busy Signal has returned to Jamaica and asserted his presence with “Come Shock Out,” a real uptempo feelgood song that pays tribute to 80’s sound system deejays, and a time when it was just one turntable playing in the dance. Shouting out his peers and his elders alike, Busy channels the sound of some of dancehall’s greatest rhythm riders from the 80’s, including the late Early B, Lord Sassafrass, Burru Banton, General Trees and even Sancho, as producer Shane Brown plays bits and pieces of Dennis Brown’s “Revolution” bass line—and which Busy Signal rides like a professional disc jockey in the Jamaican sense of the word.

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Toppa Top 10: Spooky Reggae!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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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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Dread & Alive: Every Hero Needs His Theme Music

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Not content to be the only Rastas in the comic book universe (has there been another? feel free to put us up) Dread & Alive–recently available in newsletter form now that comics (like everything else) have been freed from their physical bodies by the cybernet–has gone the next step and become the first comic with a reggae soundtrack (that we know of. Again, we’ll be happy to be proved wrong). The Lost Tapes will be released digitally on September 14th and features stalwarts of the modern one drop movement like Anthony B, Lutan Fyah and former Soulive front man Toussaint, not to mention guitar-work from Jamaican studio legend Earl “Chinna” Smith. Listen to a preview here–mostly the songs are straight ahead non-superhero-related roots music but I-Octane represents the comic’s supernatural themes (and does the NY dancehall classic by Sancho one better) on “Stab Vampire.” Scientist would be proud.

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