"Here comes another brand new musical disc called Rockers!" A few days ago I introduced a for me new way of recording a mix: spin tunes and record it live, straight from the line-out of my mixing panel. The first trial set was with some modern roots tunes. Enjoyed it and liked the response of listeners, so wanted to try a next, more serious thing to accompany that one: a one hour set of 70s roots 45s. Picked a heavy selection and gave it a try and this is it! Heavy and wild. Most interesting challenge was the playing of the A and B side of the same 45 and in the transition (flipping the 45) play a soundsample from a next 45. Mostly worked out quite well I think, for a first attempt, so I at least am satisfied and like to share with you. Above all, the music, it's wicked and it's ROOTS!
Play, like, share! Make the people hear the roots!
Now for something completely different. Instead of mixing a set of pre-recorded tunes on the computer, as I did with all my previous mixes, I decided to just spin some tunes and record straight from the line-out of my mixing panel. No fancy riddim-transitions, no cutting parts out of tunes for the nicest flow, no effects, just the vibe of the moment: turntables turning, tunes at hand and see where it goes. I always loved the way I made my mixes, but it is very very time-consuming and, as expressed, didn't feel like worth all the effort anymore. This could be a way in which I might still drop some mixes every now and then, since the time it costs is basically the actual recording time and I can still play some tunes I rate for the interested listeners. Might be less appealing to some, others might in fact enjoy the idea. Whatever it is, this is it for now. I did a trial-run with some modern roots 45s, little over 35 minutes for now and got enough encouragement from the people to go ahead and upload it, so here it is: hear me Jam For A While. If this goes down well, I will over time try to record more in various styles of JA music.
Tracks passing by: Beres Hammond & Jah Youth - Good Old Dancehall Vibes Richie Stephens & Cocoa Tea - Where Is The Love Peter Tosh & Buju Banton - Must Get A Beaten Capleton & Junior Reid - Forgive Them Yami Bolo & Chuck Fenda - Acting Unruly Luciano & Joseph Israel - Ruff Times Anthony B - Lock It Dung Doniki - Life Of The People Freddie McGregor - Lock It Down Glen Washington - Good Vibe Morgan Heritage & L.M.S. - Saddle Up Luciano & Buju Banton - We'll Be Alright Marlon Asher - Ganja Farmer Lloyd Brown - Got To Be Free Junior Kelly - Jam For A While
That time of the year again, lists! Always enjoy looking back on the year and see what I enjoyed most (focussing on new releases, not reissues). It's usually a reggae list with an additional few non-reggae albums. 2015 showed a major change in that: bought much more new non-reggae than reggae. So the list is an 'overall' list, with a few reggae titles in it. Only albums I actually bought on CD or LP are included. The picture shows my top 10 albums for the year 2015, the list goes further to 20 and 30. :-)
BMC's 2015 End of the Year list – top 20 (all styles – new recordings only, format I bought the album on in brackets)
1. Leon Bridges - Coming Home (LP)
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (CD)
3. Saun & Starr - Look Closer (LP)
4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (LP)
5. Lianne La Havas - Blood (CD)
6. Son Little - Son Little (LP)
7. Pauw - Macrocosm Microcosm (LP)
8. Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos - Beware (LP)
9. Kamasi Washington - The Epic (3-CD)
10. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2-LP)
11. Micah Shemaiah - Original Dread (LP)
12. Adele - 25 (LP)
13. Pokey LaFarge - Something In The Water (LP)
14. Protoje - Ancient Future (2-LP)
15. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (LP)
Yes people, BMC Taking Over one more time! Here's the third and final volume of my short but sweet series of rub-a-dub mixes called "Posse, Are You Ready?". Got strictly positive responses on these from a number of the loyal followers of my mixes, which is much much appreciated, as always. It's a well known fact most however just take without any comments or thank you's, that's just the way things go on the net, so not complaining, just stating the obvious. I have noticed though that it is continuously less motivating for me to put the effort into making a next one again due to this (amongst others, like people offering mixes on ebay). I don't care much for how often a mix is played, but instead get most enjoyment out of comments from listeners, exactly what is lacking. Really wanted to make this third volume for "Posse, Are You Ready?" as I had the tunes already recorded and liked making it a trilogy, but for those that care, I for now honoustly don't know if there'll be more new mixes (in whatever style) from me online anymore. No sad affair or anything, noone's fault, just a feeling that I think those that have been checking my mixes out all these years deserve to know. This one will be Mixcloud only (for reasons I wont bother mentioning) and perfectly suits the summer months ahead of us, together with Vol. I and II, also still available from my Mixcloud page. If you want more, take Johnny Osbourne's advise on the last track of this mix: if you happy and you love it, rewind! :-)
Same recipe as Vol. I & II: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples. Feel good music. Enjoy!
Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. III
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)
01) Frankie Paul - Taking Over (Showdown 6 LP - Channel One)
02) Barrington Levy - Jah Life (Bounty Hunter LP - Jah Life)
03) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life In Dub LP - Jah Life)
04) Wayne Smith - Live Honestly (Youthman Skanking LP - Black Joy)
05) Purpleman - We're Badder Than Them (Confessions LP - Vista)
06) Sugar Minott - Jailhouse (Power House 7)
07) Little John - Better Yu Gwan (Power House 7)
08) Bunny Wailer - Conqueror (Solomonic 12)
09) Carlton Livingston - Feel The Vibes (Satta Rock 12)
10) Lone Ranger - Dance Have Fe Cork (Satta Rock 12)
11) Ini Kamoze - Wings With Me (Ini Kamoze LP - Island)
12) Michael Palmer - Youth-Man Take It Easy (Show-Down Vol 4 LP - Empire)
Late august this year I dropped my first rub-a-dub mix in a long time: "Posse, Are You Ready? Vol. I". As promised, when there would be enough interest, I'd drop a Vol. II soon. Well, here it is! Got great response to Vol. I that even went to the negative side with someone selling CD's of it on ebay (!!!, and ebay did nothing with my claims to remove it, ahhh, frustrating) and people requesting me to upload the tunes seperately for them to download (forget it, that is so not my intention with these mixes!!!!). Luckily, most response was just positivity on the vibes and the selection.
Vol. II has the exact same recipe as Vol. I: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples.
Tracks in order of appearance: Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. II (in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes) 01) Sugar Minott - All Kind Of People (Black & White 7)
02) Fathead - It's Me (Greensleeves 12)
03) Johnny Osbourne - Yo Yo (Black Zodiac 7)
04) Little Danny Dread - Spar With Us (Black Zodiac 7)
05) U Brown - Stop Your Bouncing (Jam It Tonight LP - CSA)
That time of the year again: the end-of-the-year lists! And no, those just looking for downloads: this is not a download!!!! Do not ask for copies either, this is just my list of my picks of the year, nothing more, nothing less. Curious about 'm, go check 'm out! Reggae albums new 10: 1) Chronixx - Dread & Terrible (Chronixx Music) 2) Alpheus - Good Prevails (Liquidator) 3) Addis Pablo - In My Fathers House (Jah Solid Rock/Only Roots) 4) Reality Souljahs Meets Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 1 (Blackboard Jungle) 5) Roberto Sanchez & Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 2 (Blackboard Jungle) 6) Earl Sixteen - Natty Farming Showcase (A Lone Productions) 7) Lee Scratch Perry - Back On The Controls (Upsetter) 8) Tuff Scout - Inna London Dub (Tuff Scout) 9) Tarrus Riley - Love Situation (ZWW) 10) I Octane - My Journey (Tad's) Reggae albums reissues 10: 1) Dennis Brown - Deep Down (Observer/Iroko) 2) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life) 3) Michael Prophet - Serious Reasoning (Island) 4) Frankie Jones & Midnight Riders - Showdown Vol 9 (Tasha/Digikiller) 5) U Black - Westbound Thing A Swing (Third World) 6) Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Sunspot Records) 7) Yabby You & The Prophets - Deeper Roots Part 2 (Pressure Sounds) 8) Yabby U - Jah Jah Way (Island) 9) Scientist - The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear (Dub Irator) 10) Various Artists - Studio One Dancehall - Sir Coxsone In The Dance: The Foundation Sound (3-LP) (Soul Jazz) Reggae vinyl singles new 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release): 1) The Breadwinners - Mr Landlord feat. Stevie (Horus 12", b-side to Far As I Can See) [the absolute best tune of the year!!!] 2) Cornel Campbell - Hypocrites (Tuff Scout 7") 3) Skarra Mucci - Empress Reggae (Irie Ites 7", Soulful Spirit riddim) 4) Chronixx & Protoje - Who Knows (Overstand Entertainment 7") 5) Beenie Man - Survivor / Randy Valentine - Lock Me Up (Jugglerz Records 7", Penthouse riddim) 6) Dubkasm Meets Luciano & Turbulence - Jah Victory / Right There (Dubkasm 12") 7) Dre Island - Let Jah Love Shine Down / Jesse Royal - Raising Your Voices For Freedom (Maximum Sound 7", Imperial Crown riddim) 8) Jah Cure - Save My Soul / Loyal Flames - Go Hard (Maximum Sound 7", Jah Blessing riddim) 9) Iba Mahr & Notis - Diamond Sox (Notis Production 7") 10) Jah Cure - Territory / Jesse Royal - Preying On The Weak (Overstand Entertainment 7", Militancy riddim) Reggae vinyl singles reissues 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release): 1) Upsetter Revue Feat. Heptones, Congoes & Junior Murvin - Play On Mr Music / King Scratch (Lee Perry) - Dread Lion (Emidisc/Rock A Shacka 10") 2) Jah Joe - Love On The Seen/78 Style / Boom B - Jah Power/Version (Lovepower/Pressure Sounds 10") 3) Slickers - St. Jago De La Vega / Slickers - Version (Afrik 7") 4) Norris Regal/Manicus & Steppa - Struggle/Dis Ya / Dub Struggle (Reel Heavy Music 12") 5) Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Know It All / Ossie Hibbert & THe Revolutionaries - War Of The Stars (Blood & Fire 12") 6) Devon Russell - Come A Me Girl / Gully Ranking (Archive 12") 7) Flick Wilson (Aka Dandy Lion) - The Vives (The Vibes) / Flick Wilson - Version (Things I've Been Through/Digikiller 7") 8) Carltons - Better Days / Upsetters - Tight Spot (Underground/Digikiller 7") 9) Blue Bells - Call Me Teacher / Blue Bells - Part Two Dub (Premier/Reggae Fever 7") 10) Bobby Melody - Channa Channa / Bobby Melody - Version (Amussu Music 7") Non-reggae albums 5: 1) Run The Jewels - 2 2) Sharon Jones - Give The People What They Want 3) Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography 4) Seun Kuti - A Long Way To The Beginning 5) Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Been over 3 years since my last mix on 70s/80s reggae, so about time to drop something new again! Here is:
Posse, Are You Ready? A mix focussing on what is probably my favourite era of Jamaican music: 1979 - 1985. One hour of pure rub-a-dub niceness. In this first volume (hopefully more to follow!) there's tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice. All tracks are taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples, sources of each track given. Check it out and try not to move to this, it wont work!
Drop me a comment if you enjoy the works. If there's enough interest, I'll probably drop a Vol. II and maybe even III soon.
Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. I (in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)
01) Toyan - Every Posse Want Toyan (DJ Daddy LP - Upfront) 02) Josey Wales - Asking For Love (The Outlaw LP - Greensleeves) 03) Yellowman - Crying For Love (Bad Boy Skanking LP - Greensleeves) 04) Buro - Modulla (Buro LP - CSA) 05) Bobby Culture & Nicodemus - Going Home (Tidal Wave LP - Unicorn) 06) Black Crucial - Mr Vincent (Fatman 10) 07) Leroy Smart - See Them Go (Fatman 10) 08) Johnny Osbourne - Fire Down Below (Water Pumping LP - Greensleeves) 09) Devon Russell - Gully Banking (Archive 12) 10) Little John - English Woman (English Woman LP - Rusty International) 11) Jah Thomas - Cool Profile (Dancehall Connection LP - Silver Camel) 12) Gladiators - Can't Stop Righteousness (When The Dances Were Changing LP - Pressure Sounds) 13) Patrick Andy - Smiling (Hitbound 7) 14) Horace Andy - Why Oh Why (Channel 1/DKR 10) 15) Pat Kelly - One Night Stand (The Best Of LP - Vista Sounds) 16) Ranking Dread - Time Get So Hard (Unity Is Strength LP - Park Heights) 17) Freddie McGregor- Peaceful Man (Big Ship LP - Greensleeves) 18) Barrington Levy - She Is The Best Girl (Poor Man Style LP - Trojan) 19) Bobby Melody - Live Stock (Rosie Uprising 7) 20) Early B - Four Wheel No Real (Four Wheel No Real LP - Midnight Rock) 21) Singie Singie - Respect The Elder (Two Uprising Stars LP - Midnight Rock) 22) Gregory Isaacs - Musical Murder (Blue Mountain 12) 23) Rappa Robert - Fame (Come In A Dis LP - Ethnic) 24) Junior Reid - Mirror (Firehouse Clash LP - Live & Learn) 25) Frankie Jones - Stay On Your Corner (Hell In The Dance LP - Live & Learn) 26) Winston Hussey - Pocket Full Of Corn (Ghettoman Problem LP - Live & Learn) 27) Pad Anthony - Champion Bubbler (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone) 28) Tonto Irie - As You Were (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone) 29) Natural Vibes - Dreadlocks Time (Life Hard A Yard LP - Starlight) 30) Delroy Wilson - Golden Touch (Go Away Dream LP - Black Music) 31) Dennis Brown - Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10) 32) U Brown - Can't Take The Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10) 33) Barry Brown - Lady With The Hairstyle (Masterpiece LP - D Music)
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Again, for those that missed it back then here's another re-upload (next to my Purpleman mix) of one of my foundation mixes from 7 years ago (2007) based around a great deejay album from the golden rub-a-dub days. The album in question is ***How The West Was Won*** by (Ranking) Toyan, released in 1981 on the great Greensleeves label. It's a Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production with Soljie Hamilton & Scientist at the controls. Add to that the fabulous Roots Radics for the riddims and you have all ingredients for a wicked album from start to finish. Toyan is one of my favourite deejays of those days and this album is one of the reasons why. What I love especially is the use of riddims from a whole heap of other killer tunes from the era by artists like the Wailing Souls, Michael Prophet, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and Hugh Mundell. For this mix I selected the vocal companions to the tracks Toyan is toasting over on How The West Was Won and mixed them together in album order. No dub-sides were added in this mix, just the vocal and Toyan's deejay version. I have slightly updated the 2007 version on transitions and volume, but it's mostly unchanged. As with all my mixes, no full tunes are used, shorter pieces mixed together, resulting in a lifely mix of 28 minutes of early dancehall niceness. Most, if not all, of these tracks have been repressed on their albums or as singles in recent years, so if you like what you hear, the vinyl shouldn't be too hard to get hold of! All from the incredible Greensleeves catalogue. As always, I've added the source of each track below the tracklist. Go get 'm, nothing beats putting the needle on a nice shiny piece of black vinyl to listen to these tunes. Perfect vibe for these summer months, check it out if you haven't already and enjoy!
1a. Michael Prophet - Gunman (2) 1b. Toyan - How The West Was Won (1) 2a. Hugh Mundell - Jacqueline (3) 2b. Toyan African Ting (1) 3a. Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock (4) 3b. Toyan - Big Showdown (1) 4a. Johnny Osbourne - Baccara (5) 4b. Toyan - Toyan On The Go (1) 5a. Michael Prophet - Never Leave Me Lonely (2) 5b. Toyan - Lover Man Style (1) 6a. Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love (6) 6b. Toyan - Children Children (1) 7a. Wailing Souls - Bandits Taking Over (4) 7b. Toyan - Capital Offence (1) 8a. Wailing Souls - Act Of Affection (4) 8b. Toyan - Pope In A Di Corner (1) 9a. Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen (7) 9b. Toyan - Tribute To Entertainer (1) 10a. Wailing Souls - A Fool Will Fall (4) 10b. Toyan - Reggae Gone International (1)
Source of tunes (albums, unless stated otherwise): (1) Toyan - How The West Was Won (Greensleeves) (2) Michael Prophet - Gunman (Greensleeves) (3) Hugh Mundell - Mundell (Greensleeves) (4) Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock (Greensleeves) (5) Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves) (6) Johnny Osbourne - Fally Lover (Greensleeves) (7) Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen (Greensleeves 12" single)
Since it takes me more and more time to bring new mixes these days and I've had several requests for re-uploads of some of my older ones, I figured lets start with that. First one is a mix I did 5 years ago (2009) and one I'm still very pleased with! It's focussing on the works of none other than Purpleman! Purpleman recently joined Facebook and is doing good by the looks of it, find him there. This mix was/is called Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area with Purpleman alongside singers like Don Carlos and Barry Brown on the same riddims. I've slightly updated the mix on some transitions and effects volume (lowered) and for this occassion added two additional tracks that were not in the original 2009 edition since I got the Purpleman 45 in question after making the mix at the time: Level Vibes Pumping. So worth checking even if you already heard the 2009 edition. Original artwork above and adapted write up from 2009 and updated track- and sourcelist as follows: Purpleman is sometimes confused with Yellowman due to their looks, but also because Purpleman even released an album under the name Yellowman (Confessions, Vista, 1983). He also recorded under the name Peter Yellow, but that period isn't covered here cause I don't own those records myself. Wicked deejay, clearly different from Yellowman (which makes it easy to hear that that Confessions album certainly isn't thé Yellowman) and had most of his recordings in the early 80s. I don't own many singles by Purpleman, but I do however have a few albums by him, which are the main source for the tracks here (see credits below). His discography isn't very big, but overall quality very good. It was fun finding out how many tunes he toasts on that were voiced by Don Carlos! Already 7 in this mix alone! Also a couple of Barry Brown tunes appear, from Hitbound releases - the Show Down series. Wicked music, hope you'll enjoy and if you don't know the man I hope that you'll hear and get to know him through this mix and start appreciate the works of the one PURPLEMAN as much as I do!
Purpleman A Go Nice Up The Area - A BMC Mix (Number in brackets refers to source listed below the tracklist)
1) Purpleman - Get Ready (1) 2) Don Carlos - Praise Jah With Love & Affection (2) 3) Purpleman - Me A Go Nice Up The Area (3) 4) Purpleman - Jah My Guiding Master (4) 5) Barry Brown - Dance And Sing (5) 6) Purpleman - My Girl Friend (6) 7) Don Carlos - Just Groove With Me (2) 8) Purpleman & Papa Tollo - The Chemist And Apprentice (3) 9) King Tubby - Wiseman Dub Stylee (7) 10) Mother Liza - Joy To Your Soul (8) 11) Sister Candy - Devon (9) 12) Purpleman - Paulette (4) 13) Barry Brown - Come We Dub Tonight (5) 14) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (10) 15) Version (10) 16) Purpleman - No Luck In Trafficating (4) 17) Don Carlos - My Brethren Party (2) 18) Purpleman - Coming On Strong (11) 19) Purpleman - A Murder We Charge For (6) 20) Purpleman - Can't Tell Mi Bossman (4) 21) Don Carlos - Ababa John I (2) 22) Purpleman - Sandra Lee Buy Big House For Me (11) 23) Mother Liza - Love Plan On Now A Days Man (8) 24) King Tubby - Real Dub Stylee (7) 25) Don Carlos - Booming Ball (2) 26) Purpleman - Trod Along (11) 27) Purpleman - Westmoreland Skank (1) 28) Purpleman - Session Inna Westmoreland (4) 29) Barry Brown - My Woman (5) 30) Purpleman - Every Man Do A Thing (6) 31) Don Carlos - Spread Out (2) 32) Purpleman - Purpleman A Go Boom It Up (3) 33) Purpleman - Feeling Irie (1) 34) Don Carlos - Late Night Blues (12) 35) Version (12) 36) Purpleman - King On The Way (11) 37) Purpleman - Fiscal Fitness (4) 38) Purpleman - Nothing Is Impossible (11) 39) Purpleman - Out Of Hand (1) 40) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (13) 41) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (14) 42) Prince Jammys - Version (14) 43) Purpleman - Thirteen Women To A Man (6)
Sources: (1) The Yellow The Purple and The Nancy (Greensleeves LP) (2) Don Carlos - Spread Out (Burning Sounds LP) (3) Sly & Robbie + The Taxi Gang v Purpleman & Friends (Vista LP) (4) Yellowman - Confessions (Vista LP, miscredited to Yellowman) (5) Barry Brown & Little John - Showdown Vol. 1 (6) Yellowman & Purpleman - Showdown Vol. 5 (Hitbound LP) (7) King Tubby - King Tubby The Dubmaster With The Waterhouse Posse (Vista LP) (8) Mother Liza with Kojak - Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon LP - CD-R) (9) Sister Candy - Black Culture (Vista LP) (10) Purpleman - Get Me Mad (Hitbound 7") (11) Purpleman Saves Pappa Tollo in a Dancehall Style (Vista LP) (12) V. A. - Haul & Pull Up Selekta (Trojan CD) (13) Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping (Jammy$ 7") (14) Purpleman - Level Vibes Pumping (Jammy$ 7")
Mix and artwork by BMC First release 2009 - New updated release with two extra tracks 2014 Drop me a comment if you rate the works. Listen:
Love Is All I Bring - Another 2013 Roots & Culture Mix by BMC After my well-received Step Out And Dance mix from early this year, I felt like making a next 2013 mix to close the year with. Lots of great music has been released this year again that many don't seem aware of, next to the usual larger pile of low-quality crap ofcourse. I hope this mix will introduce some of this lovely music to people out there, so they can check out the artists and labels further, you wont be sorry!! The so called 'revival' of more positive, conscious music by artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid clearly made its impact this year on the reggae scene and on me same way. So no surprise to find quite a few tracks by especially Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid in this one. Besides them, a whole variety of artists and producers recorded and released very worthwhile tunes this year and this mix showcases a whole heap of different names and styles to proof that. Especially nice this year has been the increasing number of tunes that get pressed on vinyl again, love that, bought quite a bunch of 'm! Mix is in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, some but not too many sound samples, one continuous cd-length mix in the old-school mixtape tradition. If you like what you hear, go check out the full tunes in good quality to get the real deal. I just love this music, Love Is All I Bring! Selection & Mix by: BMC Website: http://bettermustcome.blogspot.com Facebook: Bmc Better Must Come / BMC's Reggae Mixes (page) Twitter: BMCsReggaeBlog
Riddims & tracks in order of appearance (tracks with * have, to my knowledge, been released on 45s):
1) Chronixx - Thanks And Praise (Lifeline Music) * 2) Fight This Feeling Riddim (Ranch Entertainment) Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond - Fight This Feeling * Maxi Priest ft. Assassin - Bubble My Way Tessanne Chin - If You Love Me 3) Going Home Riddim (Larger Than Life) Busy Signal & Exco Levy - Wicked Evil Man Chino - Larger Than Life Gappy Ranks - Free My Chains 4) Jah Sun ft. Kabaka Pyramid - Foundation (Bizzarri) 5) Poison Arrow Riddim (Dynasty) Alaine - Love Is All I Bring Jah Vinci - Lock Me With Love I Octane - Island Breeze [Jamaica] 6) Dancing Machine Riddim (Evidence) Brother Culture - Life Skarra Mucci - Confusion Version 7) Chino & Di Genius - Roots Sound (Di Genius) 8) Inna Rub A Dub Style Riddim (John John) * Chronixx - Alpha & Omega Jah Cure & Bounty Killer - A Murdah Sizzla - Big Surpirse Tarrus Riley - Money Cry Chronixx - Alpha & Omega (pt. 2) 9) Micah Shemaiah ft TJ, Hempress Sativa, Jahkime & Infinite - Dread At The Control (EDB Entertainment) * 10) Militancy Riddim (Overstand Entertainment) Kabaka Pyramid - The Revival Jah Cure - Territory Dre Island - Uptown Downtown Protoje - Resist Not Evil Chezidek - Damage 11) Selassie Souljahz Riddim (Royal Order) * Addis Pablo & The Suns Of Dub - Selassie Souljahz - Melodica Version Chronixx, Sizzla, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid - Selassie Souljahz Addis Pablo & The Suns Of Dub - Selassie Souljahz - Dub 12) Mavado - Soldiers (Tribute To Roach) (JA Productions) 13) Chronixx - World Under Seige (Roots Tribulation) * 14) Milk & Honey Riddim (Reggae Fever / iMusician Digital) * Turbulence - Righteousness Jah Mali - Stop Self Destruct Jah Mason - My God & King Version 15) Honey Pot Riddim (Silly Walks Discotheque) * Chronixx - Smile Jamaica Lutan Fyah - Lonesome Soldier Daville - One In A Million 16) Just Say When Riddim (Heavy Beats) Glen Washington - Put Away Your Guns Lloyd Brown - Blessed Love 17) Sellassie I Way Riddim (Israel Records) Tarrus Riley & Kabaka Pyramid - Fly Di Gate Chronixx - Prayer Pressure - One Way Lutan Fyah - Jah Na Sleep Instrumental 18) Richie Campbell - What A Day (Don Corleon) 19) Tin Mackerel Riddim (Maximum Sound Bwoy Killers) * Konshens & Romain Virgo - We No Worry 'Bout Them Burro Banton - Can't Get Me Out Mr. Vegas, Natel & Major Mackerel - Flash Up Unu Lighta 20) Take My Hand Riddim (Redemtion's Sound) Luciano - Take My Hand Oh Jah Kabaka Pyramid - Sun Rising David Kennedy - Take My Dub 21) Rising Sun Riddim (Chimney Records) * Chronixx & Kabaka Pyramid - Mi Alright Tarrus Riley - My Day Demarco - It's Not Right Version Enjoy and happy new year people, thanks for another year of support for the efforts I put into these mixes! Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/dghr48rrv73user/LoveIsAllIbring_BMCs2013Roots%26CultureMix.mp3
Great to see more and more modern JA music getting pressed on good old 45s again, particularly by the good people of buyreggae.com! Here's a pic of the Chronixx, who I rate very very high, 45s I've found and bought so far: Chronixx - Ain't No Giving In (Chimney) Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble (Overstand) Chronixx ft. Sizzla, Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid - Selassie Souljahz (Royal Order) Chronixx - Smile Jamaica (Silly Walks) Chronixx - Thanks And Praise (Lifeline Music) Tunes definitely worthy to be praised for quality and so worthy to be pressed! Keep 'm coming! (some tuff tunes on the same riddims available as these by Chronixx and definitely worth picking up the 10" of Addis Pablo (son of) with melodica and dub versions to Selassie Souljahz in lovely picture sleeve)
Sizzla Kalonji & Bredren - The Early Years In Roots (1995 - 2002)
The first time I got introduced to the works of a, at the time, young singer calling himself 'Sizzla Kalonji' was when I heard the album Black Woman & Child somewhere in the mid to late 90s. I was very impressed with what I heard and ever since started following the musical output of this man from August Town, Jamaica. Lots can be said about his varying output from his debut Burning Up (1995) 'til his latest The Messiah (2013), but here I'd like to focus on the years that I and many with me consider his best: 1995 - 2002. He truly made classic tunes and albums in those years, mainly but not solely for producers Philip "Fatis" Burrell and Bobby "Digital B" Dixon. In this set of 2 mixes I like to showcase the early works in roots of Sizzla Kalonji & Bredren. It started off as a single-mix-effort, but after reaching the 80 min mark on the first, I had too many superb tunes left that had to be included, so a 2nd mix was born. I still had to leave out many killer tunes I highly rate, but felt 2 was enough for now. It does say something about the quality of his output of those days! The choice of tracks is based on my personal preference, diversity in the mix and the vibe of the moment. I'm not a fan of Sizzla in his falsetto style, so left tunes with that out. A tracklist like this is surely debatable, but for now it all lead to this and good music it is! Finding next tracks on riddims or even some dubs has been very time consuming, but very enjoyable to do: hadn't focussed this much on that time period in a while and man, what a pleasure it was to delve into it. Very hard to mix right at points too, due to the included tunes from other artists on the same riddims being mixed totally different (especially with Xterminator, love that attention they gave to every single tune in those days!) or coming from different albums with a different final mixing. I decided to strictly use tunes I have on original format (so no downloads), be it CD, LP or 45s and combined some with other tracks and/or dubs on the same riddims for a diverse, quality journey through the works of Sizzla Kalonji and with that through JA music of 1995 - 2002. Next artists include Luciano, Cocoa Tea, Anthony B, Admiral Tibet, Capleton, Jah Cure, Prince Malachi, Morgan Heritage and more. Mixes are in the usual BMC-style: no full tunes, one continuous 80 minute mix each with soundsamples here and there and with sources given for each track. Big up to my mate Andre who helped in the riddimspotting and provided a couple of original CD's for use in the process!
Enjoy reggae music as good as it gets. Tell 'm, Kalonji!
Tracks (in brackets is the name of the album or label of the single the tune came from, V.A. means the album is a compilation)
Sizzla Kalonji & Bredren - The Early Years In Roots - 1995 - 2002 - Part 1
01) Half That Has Never Been Told (Good Ways)
02) Juvenile (Blaze Up The Chalwa)
w/ Jah Cure - Dance Vibes (Free Jah's Cure)
03) Lift Mine Eyes (Words Of Truth)
04) Dem A Try A Ting (Freedom Cry / Kalonji)
w/ Luciano - Ulterior Motive (Jet Star Reggae Max)
w/ Ulterior Motive Dub (MLK Dub)
w/ Prince Malachi - Love Jah (The World Shall See - V.A.)
05) Live Yu Live (2 Strong)
w/ Anthony B - Watch Out (2 Strong)
06) More Guidance (Black Woman & Child)
w/ Yami Bolo - Chill I Soul (Flag Flown High - V.A.)
07) Do You Ever? (The Story Unfolds)
08) Hale The Woman (Zulu 45)
w/ Version (Zulu 45)
09) Catch The Place A Fire (Reggae Central 45 / Hosanna)
w/ Luciano - Should I Slumber (Reggae Central 45)
w/ Jah Mason - High Grade (Reggae Central 45)
10) Ripe Leaf (Royal Son Of Ethiopia)
11) Go Round Them (Harmony House 45)
w/ Version (Harmony House 45)
w/ Jah Cure - Western Region (Harmony House 45)
12) Praise Ye Jah (Praise Ye Jah)
13) Bless The Youth (Good Ways)
w/ Morgan Heritage - Send Us Your Love (Don't Haffi Dread)
14) Kings Of The Earth (The Story Unfolds)
w/ Luciano - Gunzalis (Rough Inna Town - V.A.)
w/ Weaponist dub (MLK Dub)
w/ Cocoa Tea - The Weed (The Herbalist - V.A.)
w/ Kings Of The Earth Dub (MLK Dub)
15) Solid As A Rock (Da Real Thing)
16) Greedy Joe (Praise Ye Jah)
w/ Cocoa Tea - Repatriation (Israel's King)
w/ Repatriation Dub (MLK Dub)
17) Do Some Good (2 Strong)
w/ Anthony B - (Al) low The Herb (So Many Things)
18) Merciful Father ft. Causion (3 Wise Men - V.A.)
19) Give Them A Ride (Black Woman & Child)
w/ Instrumental (Digital B 12")
w/ Admiral Tibet - Babylon Brutality (Try To Reach The Top)
w/ Tanya Stephens - Handle The Ride (Digital B 45)
w/ Version ft. Cocoa Tea (Digital B 45)
20) Ghetto Youth (Liberate Yourself)
21) Done Nothing For Us (Harmony House 45)
22) I'm Not Sure (Jet Star Reggae Max)
w/ Cocoa Tea - Hurry Up & Come (Israel's King)
w/ Sanchez - Never Dis Di Man (Forever)
w/ Luciano, Louie Culture & Terror Fabulous - In This Together (Jet Star Reggae Max)
23) Purified Woman (Serious Reggae - V.A.)
24) Rastafari Teach I Everything (Rastafari Teach I Everything)
25) Azanido (Good Ways)
w/ Garnett Silk, Cocoa Tea & Charlie Chaplin - Every Knee Shall Bow (Flag Flown High - V.A.)
Welcome to my blog! I'm BMC, a music lover and preferably play the good old wax: vinyl 4 life! I use this blog primarily to post my latest reggae mixes, as an archive for tracklists of mixes I did in the past and occassionally for further reggae related topics like reviews, videos, information on releases, live shows and more. Mixes will be available for a short period of time only, after which there'll only be the tracklists that can be used as a reference guide to tunes I rate and recommend. Occasionally I might open the vaults and post a link for one or two of my older mixes when I feel it's an appropriate moment for it. In these mixes I never use full, separate tunes and will never offer these up for download either (so don't ask, I won't reply). It's one continuous mix with added soundeffects all in the good old mixtape tradition. What I try to achieve with these mixes is to show listeners the lovely music that is out there, to make listeners enjoy themselves through the power of the music and last but not least to hopefully introduce listeners to artists, riddims, tunes, producers and / or labels that they otherwise might not have heard of and with that possibly a bit of extra exposure maybe even leading to people buying, visiting shows or at least following those involved more closely. I'm very pleased to have had numerous compliments and comments of appreciation from people in the business (artists, producers and label-owners from JA, UK and EU) encouraging this way of using their music for more exposure and as appreciation for their works! Thanks to all listeners for your support, but also to all included artists, producers, musicians and labels for the great music!
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