Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Steely & Clevie

Album Stream: Freddie McGregor’s “Di Captain”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Freddie McGregor

This year marks Freddie McGregor’s 50th in the music business, but don’t jump to any conclusions: he got his start at age seven, singing with vocal group The Clarendonians, back when he was known as “Little Freddie.”

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Mixtape Mondays: Rampage Global, Silverhawk Sound, DJ Green B

Words by DJ Theory—

Another big week on hand here at Mixtape Mondays. A seldom heard moment in soundsystem culture is accompanied by a modern roots premiere and uncut dancehall bizness, as we fix up  your Monday and your speakers straight away.

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Video: Maffew Ragazino feat. The Mad Stuntman x Rockie Evans, “City of God”

Words by Nico Simino

Brownsville MC Maffew Ragazino today debuted a new video for “City of God,” a track from his new Rhyme Pays LP which features the Mad Stuntman and Rockie Evans over a re-lick of the classic Steely & Clevie dancehall riddim, Rumours. The vid is a big up to the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn which seems to get bad press every year for related violence. As the video acknowledges, this year was no different but Ragazino also shows us the sights and people of the parade, who all look to be trying to have a good time even among the heavy police presence. (As you may have heard, this year even the police were having a ball.)  While the song touches upon violence and inner-city life, the video features shots of Brownsville, Ragazino’s peeps, and the Parade as well as J’Ouvert, as it passes through his Brooklyn hood. Everyone seems to be having fun, even while police march on horseback.

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Digital Dramatics: Soul Jazz Records Goes ’3-D’

Words by Jesse Serwer

It’s been a while since a compilation has caught our attention but leave it up to the folks at Soul Jazz Records to do it.  The offshoot of London’s Sounds of the Universe record shop was behind some of the best Jamaican music compilations of the last decade or so, from their broader-than-Broadway Dynamite series to more specialized releases like Studio One Women and Hustle! Reggae Disco. Throughout, they’ve always taken efforts to connect the dots, whether that means throwing a newer dancehall version onto a comp made primarily of classic foundation cuts, or using a whole disc to illustrate how jungle developed from dancehall. For the double-disc set Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-D, producer Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug) and Soul Jazz founder Stuart Baker collected dub versions of digital rhythms (3-D in this case means “Dancehall Digital Dub”) from King Jammy and Sly Dunbar to Steely & Clevie (whose Streetwseeper riddim starts off the set) and Dave Kelly, as well as newer fare in that vein from Diplo, Roots Manuva and more. Our dude Max Glazer even gets some love with a dub version of his recent Flatlands riddim.

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