Words by DJ Arems
It’s Labor Day which means you should be relaxing, enjoying the last moments of Summer. It also means, if you live in New York, that Carnival festivities are beginning to come to a close and you may be in rough shape from all the celebrating. Thankfully we’ve found just the right blend of mixtapes to keep your Summer steady blazing, while you step into Fall.
Faction Sound, Dancehall Saturday Night on Sirius XM, August 2017: For all the different kinds of music you can hear on Sirius XM, dancehall is not really one of them. There is talk of dancehall playing a bigger role in their satellite radio lineup but, for now, you can only hear dancehall for one hour, once a week on Saturday nights on their Channel 42, The Joint. A couple of weeks ago, Faction Sound took over the air waves for Dancehall Saturday night with Deejay Theory, Tanner, Iron Lyon and myself combining to drop 60 minutes of pure fire. This episode contains brand-new dancehall, exclusive remixes and dubplates including juggling of what are sure to be some of the top 10 riddims of 2017. Essential listening for all dancehall heads. Stream below:
DJ Roy, Savage Lifestyle: Jamaica’s DJ Roy stays consistently putting out solid mixtapes and Savage Lifestyle is another banger to add to his repertoire. This one sums up all of the big chunes that hit the streets in the month of August and includes the new Busta Rhymes track “Girlfriend” featuring Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez that’s been creating a heavy buzz even since it dropped last week. If you haven’t been keeping up on all the latest dancehall badness, this one is a must. Stream below: