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Who Can Feel Must Hear Mixtape - Heavy Roots 2014
November 01, 2014 10:41 AM PDT
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Who Can Feel Must Hear Mixtape. Heavy roots selections 2014.

Starts with Iba Mahr's Glory Of The King on a wicked Channel One style rhythm (Royal Order) then a Bushman classic 'Knowledge' on the Trying To Conquer Me (Ruff Cut 2001). Island Life records come with yet another roots scorcher, the Who Can't Hear Must Feel, an update of Santic's Problems/Lovers Mood with cuts by Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah, Everton Blender, Luciano, and the brilliant 'So Hard' by Adventurous. Killer dub version also. Ffrenchie's Imperial Crown (Maximum Sound) is a rootsdub style keyboard-driven rhythm featuring uplifting melodica from Addis Pablo and some conscious vocal cuts. King Tubbys Dub Plate Style (also Maximum Sound) is another updated classic, this time Striker Lee's Ali Baba. 'Trials & Tribulation' by Ras Demo is classic roots. Bury the barber...! Stingray bring back the Brentford Road vibes with Freddie McGregor for a fresh relick of the Bobby Babylon/Hi Fashion riddim. Another Studio One veteran Johnny Osbourne makes a welcome reappearance with reality tune 'Why' on the Way Back (Akom) alongside Lutan Fyah, Million Stylez and Lukie D. NYC band Morning Sun & The Essentials stay with the reality on High Rise inna extended discomix style (End Of Era). Hear the Love Agenda EP on their soundcloud page. Mykal Rose & Treson combine for Life On The Rocks (Pha Real). Good to hear Natural Black back on form on 'If You Did Know' for Jammys. Pressure, Tarrus & Junior Gong blaze it up on 'Mental Disturbance' taken from Busspipe's Africa Redemption LP for Yard Vibes.

Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014 - Featuring A Tribute To Bunny Rugs
August 18, 2014 02:19 AM PDT
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Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014. Celebrate life! More positive music come around this year and some rocking riddim like the Ba Ba Bum (Mr G Music), Muddy Road (Natural High), a remix of Tarrus Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop on Burning Spear's Slavery Days (Chimney), a wicked, raw update of the Drum Song (Ghetto Youths Int.), Zion Train (Livity) and the mighty Rise Up (Oneness). Chronixx utilises a fine update of the Heavenless for Capture Land (Overstand). We also revisit Overstand's Rootsman riddim with Damian Marley's ruff Gunman World featuring Ini Kamoze, a natural progression from Jamrock. Capleton has made a real and very welcome return to form this year and features throughout. Several Buju B tunes also. Chronixx freestyles on the original I Love King Selassie (Prince Jammy).

A Tribute To Bunny Rugs. We were especially sad to hear about Bunny Rugs' passing early this year. While often straying far from the grassroots reggae scene musically Third World have raised Jamaican music up to a higher level and always brought an undiluted Message to the widest possible audience. True reggae ambassadors. Nothing compares to seeing them live on a big stage - just amazing! - and Bunny played a pivotal role in all that as well as continuing his solo work. He is gladly remembered. Third World lead the celebration with Livication To Bunny Rugs together with a relick of 96 Degrees taken from their great new album Under The Magic Sun - Preview it on Bandcamp - the story's still being told.... Capleton teams up with the band for the iley resonant Good Hearted People from 2010 and Lloyd Brown does a brilliant rendition of Prisoner In The Street (Cave). Mystikal Revolution and Tarrus team up with the man himself for the inspired Reggae Skanking while there's an excursion on the ragga infused Now That We Found Love from 1995 featuring Sean Paul & Papa San (Black Scorpio). TOK pay their respects with a brand new cut for Bombrush records. Nuff respect.

SiamRootsical Roots N Culture Mix 2013
January 04, 2014 02:40 AM PST
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Roots N Culture Mix 2013. Looking back on a great year for roots reggae as the excitement builds around a new generation of conscious artists. Jah9's New Name album is a modern classic while Chronixx visited the UK to wide acclaim alongside deejay Dre Island who broke through this year with some tuff sides like Find Dem Flaw and What Is Mine Is Mine. Check his Rastafari Way Mixtape by king I-Vier. Kabaka Pyramid keeps dropping tune after essential tune (like Liberal Opposer & Worldwide Love featured here). Check his new EP, Lead The Way, on Soundcloud. Lutan Fyah's new album Life Of A King is perhaps his best LP to date, thanks in part to some cutting edge production from Grillaras. See the release material on Reggaeville. Deejay Chuck Fenda makes a long overdue return with a new LP, Jah Element, for John John. Preview two tracks on the mixtape, combinations with longtime spar Junior Reid and Johnny Clarke. Lloyd Brown keeps the revival vibes flowing throughout his excellent Rootical LP, an earthy collaboration with producers Zion High. Vocalist Sara Lugo continues to impress with her Smile of a Child for Flash Hit Records.

Usual mix of updated classic riddim and originals. Selection like the Worldwide Love (Flash Hit), a thunderous update of Horace Andy's Money Money (Grillaras), Skylarking (ALTAFAAN), a heavy relick of the Police In Helicopter (Jam2), Green Lion Crew's Rough Road (Soul Of The Lion), John John James' dubby Inna Rub A Dub Style & None Shall Escape The Judgement (Johnny Clarke), Inna Mi Yard (Jamstone Digital), England Be Nice (Don Carleon) and a wicked reality song, Knowledge is the Power, on the Abyssinians' Declaration Of Rights by Bryan Art. Also featuring the Children Of The Emperor Megamix (UTH Music/Uprising) which mixes up the legendary 70's roots original by Albert Malawi with daughter Hempress Sativa's fresh update and a SiamRootsical dub special. Check the Hempress Mixtape by Yabai... Its the Weed Thing...

Many thanks to @protoje for the cover pic... NUFF RESPECT DUE

Redda Fya! - Concious Roots Mixtape 2013
August 19, 2013 07:25 AM PDT
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Redda Fya! - Concious Selections 2013. Full time wi stand up against the system. But man still haffi eat... Jamaican singjay sensation Chronixx start a fyah while rising roots artist Jah9 provides nuff serious reasoning. A pair of big Tarrus Riley hits with Gimmi Likkle One Drop & the killer Kabaka Pyramid combination Fly Di Gate. Bobby Tenna's album Words & Melody builds on his amazing debut set and marks him as an upcoming major talent in conscious roots music. Both albums are out on his own Wile Fya label, check them out. Singer/deejay Lady Flame also has some fine music out there. She forwards the positivity here on Build Up. Visit ladyflame.com. 2013 sees a welcome return to form for both Turbulence and Capleton. The Prophet blaze it up here with Meta & The Cornerstones on the Senegalese band's Ancient Power CD. Preview it on their Soundcloud page. Jahcoustix & Apple Gabriel come with a deep roots blast against the leaders on Controller, lifted from Jahcoustix's Frequency LP out on IrieVibrations.

Crucial relicks of classic riddim & some fresh originals. Featuring the very irie Tropical Escape (Chimney Records), Coronation Day (Hilltop), Selassie I Way (Israel Records), Crisis (Rawborn Product), Heartwarming (Akom), Songbird (I-Grade), Dennis Brown's Milk & Honey (Reggae Fever) and a superb remix of Garnett's Hard Nut To Crack on Wile Fya. We also revisit Junior Byles' Beat Down Babylon, this time with Morgan Heritage from their excellent new album Here Come The Kings (VP/Gedion Records).

Respect & Manners - New Roots Mixtape 2013
March 31, 2013 05:41 AM PDT
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Respect & Manners Mixtape 2013. Conscious selection of new roots songs and excursions on some rocking rhythms, old and new. Call for unity and better overstanding everywhere in this time. In the words of Jah Mali, ''live and let live...''

Starring three classic Burning Spear rhythms; He Prayed (Sajay), Creation Rebel (Maximum Sound) & Live Good (Mafia & Fluxy). The Ffrenchie relick of the Creation Rebel (2008) is based on Bunny Lee's mid-70s version (Johnny Clarke) and features a cool Johnny Clarke/Fantan Mojah combination and a crucial U-Roy/Chedidek cut as well as an original Bunny Lee dub version.

Next Generation Family's rootsy Raspect riddim is just brilliant and leads with Lutan Fyah's superb Respect & Manners. Another I-light is Reggaeland's Cultura featuring deejay legend Jah Thomas and Singer Jah's Prayer 2 Di Most High which is simply sublime. The Redeemer (OneNess) harks back to the good ole days of rub-a-dub dances with Mark Wonder. Great to hear Queen Omega once more. She really shines on the Passover (Jahlight). Another Maximum Sound rhythm, Leggo Di, has a real early reggae sound. Deejay Captain Sinbad celebrates Jamaica 50 here while singer-deejay Ras Demo (aka Demolition Man) come with a top reality tune. Glen Washington & Mikey Spice contribute two outstanding conscious songs on Cyclone's Da Drama. Joe Frasier's World Peace is similar to the Full Up and features one of Sanchez's best cultural songs.Together, taken from the latest Ras Batch LP Know Thyself, is a call for unity. A heartical U-Roy combination with Harrison Stafford (of Groundation) reminds me of vintage Eric Donaldson and is from the new U-Roy LP Pray Fi Di People.

Featuring: Lutan Fyah, Singer Jah, Turbulence, Luciano, Fyah T, Fantan Mojah, Perfect Giddimani, Everton Blender, Busy Signal, Damian Marley, Jesse Royal, Jah Cure, Jah Mali, Jah Thomas, Mark Wonder, Al Pancho, Naptali, Queen Omega, King Solomon, Roxy Singh, Zebulon, Prince Koloni, Little Guerrier, Captain Sinbad, Ras Demo, Da'ville, Ras Batch, Bunny Lee, The Agrovators, Tarrus Riley, Chezidek, U-Roy, Johnny Clarke, Gappy Ranks, Harrison Professor Stafford, Glen Washington, Mikey Spice, Sanchez and Adele Harley.