Jul 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Sly Dunbar

Throwback Thursdays: David Morales + The Bad Yard Club

Words by DJ Autograph
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In the early 90s dancehall and hip-hop artists were collaborating on a regular basis. Lt Stitchie, Super Cat, Mad Cobra and Spragga Benz amongst others had major label record deals and tunes with major hip-hop acts at the time. I knew a lot of R&B (what Jamaican didn’t), a decent amount about hip-hop (thanks to selectors like Delano, Collin Hines and Alric & Boyd) but not a lot about house music, which was also starting to fuse with reggae and dancehall in various ways.

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AUDIO: No-Maddz Meet Sly & Robbie on “Romance”

Words by Deejay Theory —

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The “World’s Fastest Band” take a moment to slow things down with the legendary Taxi gang Sly & Robbie at the boards lacing their signature sweet chops on the track. A melodic and singy number from the group, any lovers rock reggae fan will be immediately drawn to this one for the summertime slow wines at hand. Even though they cool down the pace here No-Maddz show no signs of slowing down — check our full webisode with the crew here. Recruiting our top ranking drummer + the mighty Robbie Shakespeare on bass never hurts the momentum.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Ten Greatest Drummers


Words by Kieran Meadows—

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Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its late founder Philip “Fattis” Burrell (buy here), Jesse teamed with three of reggae’s greatest musicians: Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

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LargeUp Premiere: Lee “Scratch” Perry — “Stand In Love”

Words by Jesse Serwer–
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Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with dancehall knows the name XTerminator. The record label and production house of the late Philip “Fattis” Burrell played a pivotal role in the careers of Capleton, Luciano, Beres Hammond and Buju Banton, and introduced the world to Sizzla.

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Visual Culture: The Photographs of Pogus Caesar


Words and Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Pogus Caesar—
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