Sunday, January 8, 2012

Swing On - a 2011 Dancehall Mix - the sequel

After Have A Good Time (a 2011 Dancehall Mix - summer edition) from late august here is a second and final mix showcasing my choice of the most interesting dancehall from 2011. The two mixes together are a pretty good summary of what I've been rating in dancehall last year, but do realize it is just that: MY choice, MY taste and no objective selection as such. These tunes just work for me, for various reasons, and contain big hits, but also less common tunes. First about an hour of nice, ruff and / or swinging riddims after which there's a 'slow it down'-break with the Rio and Danger Luv riddims, after which we step on it again with a Popcaan & Vybz Kartel segment. The end of this mix is somewhat unusual for modern dancehall mixes and is by the true King Of The Dancehall: Yellowman, giving his opinion on the music of today. Might not be my view, but when Yellow speaks, it's worth to make it heard in my book and so an interesting end of my picks of 2011 dancehall!

As said last time, I'm not a fully up-to-date, 'only-the-latest-counts' dancehall selector, so this mix has tracks from all over the year, probably heard many times in the tons of other mixes coming out almost daily. Truth is, I don't care, as I'm just making 'm for myself as (now 2x) 80 minutes of dancehall I do rate out of all the mediocre stuff out there. And since I have the mix, I might as well share it for others into it like me: not all up-to-date, just interested in hearing a nice selection of dancehall from 2011 without a loud siren or screaming every 30 seconds. That's all there is to it, just so you know, feel free to disagree. For now: check it out and Swing On!

Big up all artists and producers for yet another year with nuff music to enjoy!

Swing On - a 2011 Dancehall Mix - the sequel

Selection & Mix by: BMC
Twitter: BMCsReggaeBlog

Riddims & tracks:
01 Touch Screen riddim (Sam Diggy)
Vybz Kartel - Every Gal A My Gyal
Munga - Real Complexion
Agent Sasco - Gal A Follow Mi
02 Snap Back riddim (TJ Records)
Vybz Kartel - Put It On Hard
Popcaan - Clean
Jahmiel - Cut Dem Off
03 Timeline riddim (Yellow Moon)
Mavado - Swing On
I Octane - Life Too Hard
Khago - Bruk Bread
Stein - Haffi Get A Girl
04 Damian Marley - Set Up Shop (Ghetto Youths International)
05 Champagne Campaign riddim (Streets Amplified)
Lea-Anna - Murder
Gappy Ranks - War Ah Yuh Gate
06 Knockings riddim (Daseca)
Serani - Evil Heart
Di Genius & Chino - Lowe Wi
Laden - You & I
07 Sunrise riddim (Seanizzle / Charlie Pro)
Mavado - Stay Far
ZJ Liquid - Beat Skinz
I Octane - Di Thing Dem Loud
Beenie Man ft. Mr. G - Clean Everyday
Jah Vinci - Wine A Control Me
08 Nymphomaniac riddim (UIM Records)
Bugle - Kush
Popcaan - Nuh Box Pon Jaw
Vybz Kartel - Nymphomaniac
09 Busy Signal - Real Spenders (Truckback Records / Turf Music)
10 Jah Vinci - Wah Si Mi Dead (Touch Ah Good - Wata Pipe riddim)
11 Tenemant Yard riddim (Di Genius / Big Ship)
I Octane - Load Di Ting Dem
Mavado - Cyaa Hold Me Again
Serani - Make Me Stronger
Beenie Man - Come Outta Mi Way
Singing Sweet - Nothing Nuh Change
Di Genius - Dem Nah Nuh Girl
12 Type R riddim (Good Good)
Popcaan - Jeans So
Assassin - Nuh Loose Ting
13 Ice Cream riddim (Adde Productions)
Vybz Kartel - Bike Back
Popcaan - Back It Up
14 Overproof riddim (JA Productions)
Mavado - Settle Down
Baby Tash - Nah Settle Down
Sizzla Kalonji - Nuh Idle
Demarco - Nuff Gyal
Bounty Killer - Just A Sing Bout Gal
Gyptian - All Over
Beenie Man - Let's Go
Konshens - Bad Gal [riddim remix]
15 Rio riddim (Head Concussion)
Vybz Kartel - Warn Him
Jahmiel - Leaving You Lonely
Konshens - Gal Dem Song
16 Danger Luv riddim (Troyton Music)
Mavado - Love Me Girl
Lutan Fyah - No Wah Settle Down
Tarrus Riley - Dangerous Luv
17 Cyras - Say She Waan (Andre Solid - Kingpin riddim)
18 Smudge riddim (TJ Records)
Popcaan - Party Shot
Laden - Style Deh Shot
19 So Bad riddim (Young Vibez)
Vybz Kartel - Give Way Di Pum Pum
Popcaan - So Bad
Popcaan & Vybz Kartel - We Never Fear Dem
20 Vybz Kartel - Come Ya Nuh Mi Gal (Young Vibez - New Era riddim)
21 Yellowman - King A Talk (New Move - Locust riddim)

Listen here:


What those 'in the know' might notice is the absence of the many lyrical battles we had this year. This is no accident, personally got pretty tired of these 'lyrical wars' going on: Beenie vs Bounty, Iyara vs Deva Bratt , Kiprich vs Merciless, Tony Matterhorn vs Twin Of Twins, Chase Cross vs Bounty and more. I do like a good lyrical fued and used some in earlier mixes, but in 2011 it seemed the attention-seeker to use, loosing its appeal for me and so I just left 'm all out in this second 2011 mix of mine. Plenty good stuff (often better even) left and that's all that matters.

Those more interested in 2011 Roots & Culture style, scroll down to the False Alarm mix! :)