Words by Kali Madden
Things are feeling extra festive this 4/20 eve. Worldwide reggae fans had all the reasons to celebrate this past week as Capleton and Sizzla celebrated their earthstrongs on April 13 and 17, respectively. Today, we celebrate the birth of original foundation deejay, Big Youth. If more life for the veteran artists we love is not enough reason to keep the fire blazing, this week’s edition of #MixtapeMondays keeps things lit with three fire mixes. Bless up your 4/20 holiday with music for the brain.
Shashamane Intl – Tribute to the Legend Jah Bunny Wailer R.I.P
In a fitting tribute to the legendary Bunny “Jah B” Wailer, Shashamane Intl — otherwise known as the Afrikan Zulu Warriors Sound — brings us over two hours of Wailer’s greatest hits. The mix takes us down memory lane with foundation tunes such as “Rockers,” “Anti-Apartheid,” “Rootsman Skanking” “Carry This Reggae Burden,” dub specials such as “Ballroom Floor,” and more gems. This is a tribute not only to Wailer as one of reggae’s most prolific personalities, but also the golden years of roots reggae music as it made its way around the globe. Stream some Bunny Wailer, courtesy of Shashamane Intl. here:
Krossfayah Sound x Skillibeng – “The Eastsyde Mixtape” 2021
Krossfayah Sound bring us way up to di time with the latest from Skillibeng. Skillibeng has quickly become one of dancehall’s household names with top hits such as “Crocodile Teeth” and his breakthrough single, “Brik Pan Brik.” LA-based Krossfayah Sound bring us Skillibeng’s works in full bashment style, featuring ‘Beng tunes such as “Mr. Universe,” “Weed Brain,” and “Bad Everyday”( feat. Prince Swanny). Who knew Skillibeng had compiled such a vast catalog of works in such a short time? Get familiar with nearly all his tunes, in one dancehall style here:
With over 60 tracks of the latest dancehall hits, this mix will start the party, keep it going, and give you party favors to go while you’re at it. The mix opens with Romain Virgo feat. Busy Signal’s “Pray” and goes right in with big tunes such as Nation Boss’ “Humans,” Yaksta’s “Ambition,” most of Popcaan’s latest including “Relevant,” “Win,” “Here to Stay,” “Memory” and “God is Love” with Beres Hammond. Mixed live by Italy’s DJ Sensilover, stream Relevant Dancehall Live Mixtape 2021 here:
Yaadcore – Vibration Therapy, Vol. 2
If you’re not already in the mood for tomorrow’s smokers holiday, Vibration Therapy, Vol. 2 from Yaadcore will get you there. The selector-turned-vocalist, who premiered his video for “The Calling” with us on LargeUp this month, returns to the turntables for this three-hour mix filled to the brim with dub vibrations. Stream Vibration Therapy, Vol. 2, and let the meditations begin.