Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reggae album top 10 2017 (LP/CD only)

It has been a while since we had a year this good for full length reggae releases. So good that I bought enough albums (physical copies that is) to make a reggae top 10 for the year. Here we go:

1.         Samory I – Black Gold
2.         Damian Marley – Stony Hill
3.         Courtney John – Ecosystem 
4.         Junior Natural feat. Sly & Robbie – Militant 
5.         Frightnrs – More To Say Versions 
6.         Jesse Royal – Lily of Da Valley 
7.         Chronixx – Chronology 
8.         Ghetto Priest – Every Man For Every Man 
9.         Spiritual – Awakening 
10.     Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns to Conquer

Special mention for this digital only release: Randy Valentine – New Narrative. Love it.

Didn’t get that many singles this year, but do want to make special mention of the return of Roots Tribe / Slimmah Sound to the recording scene with two wicked, brand new 45s by Mark Wonder and Danny Red. Here's hoping for more in 2018. :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Impressions - The Jamaican Connection - Pt. II

After Part I below, here is Part II of my Impressions - The Jamaican Connection showcase (Impressions songs covered in Jamaica)

Part II
01 Impressions ft Bob Marley & Big Youth - I Gotta Keep On Moving
02 Impressions ft Jamaicans - Dedicate My Song To You
03 Impressions ft Cornell Campbell - I'm The One Who Loves You
04 Impressions ft Derrick Morgan - It's All Right
05 Impressions ft Heptones - I've Been Trying
06 Impressions ft Mad Lads - Ten To One
07 Impressions (Jerry Butler) ft Delroy Wilson - Find Another Girl
08 Impressions ft Milton Henry & Marcia Griffiths - Gypsy Woman
09 Impressions ft Joe White - I'm So Proud
10 Impressions ft Uniques - My Woman's Love
11 Impressions ft Wailers - I Made A Mistake
12 Impressions ft Mighty Diamonds - I Want To Be With You
13 Impressions ft Delroy Wilson - You Must Believe Me
14 Impressions ft Pat Kelly - Soulful Love
15 Impressions ft Techniques & Dennis Alcapone - You'll Want Me Back
16 Impressions ft Heptones & Prince Jazzbo - Choice Of Colors

Listen here:
Part II

Enjoy and thanks for all the kind words on this project!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Impressions - The Jamaican Connection - Pt. I

BMC presents The Impressions - The Jamaican Connection
(Impressions songs covered in Jamaica)

Superb singer, musician and songwriter Curtis Mayfield and his group the Impressions, in early stages featuring Jerry Butler, had a big influence on the Jamaican music scene. Many of their recordings in the 60s have been covered countless times on the island. In this set of 2 mixes, of which this is part I, I like to bring awareness of this fact to listeners who might not realize how often they are actually enjoying a Curtis Mayfield penned song and at the same time I want to show the absolute brilliance of Curtis' Impressions and former Impression Jerry Butler of the 60s. In this mix I've joined the original Impressions song with one or two cover versions out of Jamaica, in some cases featuring an instrumental or deejay version. Of some of these there are many more cover versions available, but I've picked one or two that bring an overall diverse selection of Jamaican artists in the mix. There's also many other Impressions songs that were covered, so this is not meant as the definite selection, but it is a showcase of the influence and brilliance of Curtis Mayfield's Impressions on the Jamaican music scene: The Jamaican Connection. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Little over 60 minutes for each part, so overall 2 hours of pure beauty and for some possibly a musical lesson. Enjoy!

Part I
01 Impressions ft Delroy Wilson - Can't Work No Longer
02 Impressions ft Wailers - Just Another Dance
03 Impressions ft Slim Smith - I've Found Out That I've Lost
04 Impressions ft Mighty Diamonds - Aware Of Love
05 Impressions ft Gaylads - That's What Love Will Do
06 Impressions ft Techniques & Dennis Alcapone - Minstrel And Queen
07 Impressions ft Cornell Campbell - Talking About My Baby
08 Impressions ft Noel Brown - Man's Temptation
09 Impressions ft Johnny Osbourne & Wailers - People Get Ready
10 Impressions ft Uniques - You Always Hurt Me
11 Impressions ft Pat Kelly - Little Boy Blue
12 Impressions ft Junior Murvin & Slim Smith - Grow Closer Together
13 Impressions ft Sensations - Right On Time
14 Impressions (Jerry Butler) ft Silvertones - He Will Break Your Heart
15 Impressions ft Bob Marley - Long Long Winter
16 Impressions ft Lloyd & Glen - Keep On Pushing

Listen here:

Part II:
Soon come!

Enjoy and bless!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10 Outta 10 - a 2017 Jamaican Dancehall mix by BMC - Pure Summer Vibes

When, after a long time of not doing so, I recently checked out some modern Jamaican dancehall riddims I realized it has been 5 years since I last made a mix of modern dancehall music. I liked some of the riddims and tunes I heard and since summer is here, the vibe was right for a new mix full of summer dancehall vibes. Not one for my usual listeners that are strictly into roots reggae, but I love this. Turned out as 60 minutes of feel good, sunny, party music that *will* make you dance around. Together with my latest modern roots mix 'Hold The Faith' this will be my soundtrack for this summer! Maybe yours too!? Mainly 2017 tunes, variety of artists and producers. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only. 

10 Outta 10 - a 2017 Jamaican Dancehall mix - Pure Summer Vibes

Selection & Mix by: BMC

1) GC feat. Shaggy - Nah Nah Who (Crazy Glue Riddim)
2) Mavado - Touch & Leggo (Crazy Glue Riddim)
3) Alkaline & Sean Paul - Gyalis Pro (Crazy Glue Riddim)
4) Shenseea - Nothing Dem Nuh Have Ova Me (Crazy Glue Riddim)
5) Beenie Man - Astronaut (Dream Team Riddim)
6) Popcaan - Up Forever (Dream Team Riddim)
7) RDX - Traffic (Dream Team Riddim)
8) I-Octane & Ding Dong - Stop Wild Up (Money Mix riddim)
9) Tifa - Chicken Head (Money Mix riddim)
10) Masicka - 10 Outta 10 (Money Mix riddim)
11) Mavado - Fresh Cash (Money Mix riddim)
12) Shenseea & Boom Boom - Wine (Money Mix riddim)
13) Spice & D Angel - No Worries (Money Mix riddim)
14) I-Octane - Find It (Well Wild Riddim)
15) Gyptian - She Make Me Want It (Well Wild Riddim)
16) Chronixx - Likes
17) Razor B - Don't Stop It (Bad & Sexy Riddim)
18) Timeka Marhall - Bend Mi Ova (Bad & Sexy Riddim)
19) Rane Son - Dream Weekend (Bad & Sexy Riddim)
20) Tifa - Hype Dont Pay My Bills (Humbug Riddim)
21) Chris Martin & Lia Caribe - Show Them You No Lazy (Humbug Riddim)
22) Mavado - Carless Gal (Humbug Riddim)
23) Gyptian - Wine Pann It (Pina Colada Riddim)
24) Jah Vinci - Dont Let Me Go (Pina Colada Riddim)
25) Chi Ching - Black Peppa (Black Peppa Riddim)
26) Vybz Kartel - Portmore City To Uptown (Black Peppa Riddim)
27) I-Octane - Transaction (Black Peppa Riddim)
28) Busy Signal - Play The Horns (47th Floor Riddim)
29) Mavado - Way We Roll (47th Floor Riddim)
30) Demarco - Badman Thing Dawg (47th Floor Riddim)
31) Chris Martin - Stop (47th Floor Riddim)
32) I-Octane - Nuff Nuff Gyal (47th Floor Riddim)
33) Shaggy - Fat Piece (Chicken And Dumplin Riddim)
34) Leftside - Party Time (Chicken And Dumplin Riddim)
35) Sean Paul - Lock N Key (Chicken And Dumplin Riddim)
36) Bunji Garlin - Chicken and Dumplin (Chicken And Dumplin Riddim)
37) Jahmiel - Strongest Soldier (Money House Riddim)
38) Mavado - Belt Buckle (Money House Riddim)
39) Konshens - Do Di Work (Money House Riddim)
40) Kabaka Pyramid - Nuh Hype (Morals Riddim)
41) Bugle - Morals (Morals Riddim)
42) Tommy Lee Sparta - Grim Rim Rave (Rave Riddim)
43) Gyptian - That Ting (Rave Riddim)
44) Bugle - Karma (Obsession Riddim)
45) Chino - Get Money (Jigglewine Riddim)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Papa Tullo Rides The Rhythm (A BMC Mix - 2007 - re-up)

Last week the sad news reached us that Papa Tullo aka Papa Tollo aka Tulloch T passed away. 10 years ago I made this short mix of vocal cuts combined with Tullo's toasts and some dubs. Time to re-up this to pay tribute to the man's work. May he rest in peace.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hold The Faith - A Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

Hold The Faith - A Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

Two months and no less than a 1000 plays (thank you all!) since uploading my latest modern mix ('Brotherly Love') of tunes with a traditonal touch, I've now created my first true contemporary modern roots mix in years. All tunes of the last few years, some very recent, variety of artists and modern in style and sound. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only.

1) Jah Cure - Corruption
2) Bushman - How You Living
3) Jesse Royal - Roots And Culture
4) Mark Wonder - Buzzrock Soldiers
5) Alborosie - Cry
6) Beenie Man - Survivor
7) Randy Valentine - Lock Me Up
8) Christopher Martin - My Love
9) Chronixx - Majesty
10) Ce'Cile - Somebody Man
11) Tarrus Riley - Just The Way You Are
12) Jesse Royal - Hold The Faith
13) I-Octane - Thank You Father
14) Skarra Mucci - Number One
15) Million Stylez - The Youths of Today
16) Horseman - Computer
17) Romain Virgo & Agent Sasco - Fade Away
18) Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla - Rock Stone
19) Protoje & Chronixx - Who Knows
20) Blackout JA - No Spread No Rumours
21) Carl Meeks - Nuh Dat Easy
22) Damian Marley & Stephen Marley - Medication
23) Raging Fyah - Dash Wata
24) Tarrus Riley - There Is A Way
25) Romain Virgo & Bugle - No Problem
26) Agent Sasco - Stronger
27) I Octane & Gentleman - It's Alright
28) Morgan Heritage - Why Dem Come Around
29) Pressure - Goodness
30) Lady G - Me Bad
31) Naytian - Love Of A Father



Monday, February 20, 2017

Brotherly Love - An Old School New Style Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

About 4 years after my latest full modern roots mix and with an increasing amount of released modern roots with a traditional touch I decided to go into it again and make this type of releases the focus of a new mix. Love those sounds, that need to be heard, so here it is. 79 minutes, modern roots releases but with a more traditional sound and instrumentation. Sometimes recycled old riddims, sometimes newly played riddims. Clear influences of 60s (rocksteady), 70s (roots, instrumentals, dub) and early 80s (rub-a-dub) Jamaican music. Tunes included date from roughly the last decade, but the majority from the last 5 years. Those claiming to not like contemporary reggae, think again after hearing this! :) Old School New Style!
Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only. With Brotherly Love!

Brotherly Love - An Old School New Style Modern Roots Mix by BMC
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Bob & Gene ft Inversions - I Can't Stand These Lonely Nights (Daptone 7)
02) Jah Faith - No Bother Grumble (Jandisc 7)
03) Breadwinners ft Stevie - Mr Landlord (Breadwinners 12)
04) Clive Hylton - Mr Bossman (Upstir 7 promo)
05) Earl Sixteen ft Addis Pablo - Evolution (In My Fathers House LP)
06) Alpheus - Reach For The Top (Good Prevails LP)
07) Tarrus Riley - Cry No More (Love Situation CD)
08) Shaka Black - Pick Myself Up (LoFi Showcase Part 3 LP)
09) Pura Vida ft Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Brotherly Love (Seasons Of Life LP)
10) Big Youth - Eat Bread (By The Sweat Of Your Brow LP)
11) Jah Bami & Suns Of Dub - Unconditional Love (Far East Dub LP)
12) Spiritual - Stand Up To Rasta (Awakenings LP)
13) Shades - Before The Sun (Darker Shade Of Roots 7)
14) Randy Valentine, George Nooks & Tarrus Riley ft Ras Demo - Since I Found You (Peckings 7)
15) Alpheus - Call It A Day (From Creation LP)
16) Junior Thomas & The Volcanos - Beware (Beware LP)
17) Micah Shemaiah - Dread On Yah (Original Dread LP)
18) Singing Cologne - Row Mr Fisherman (Iroko 7)
19) Milton Henry - Rastafari Cannot Die (Branches And Leaves LP)
20) Frightnrs - Gotta Find A Way (Nothing More To Say LP)
21) Sir Scorcher & The Black Emeralds - Record Breaker (Jandisc 7)
22) Vin Gordon & The Real Rock Band - Outta Jungle (Heavenless LP)
23) Cornell Campbell ft Little Roy - Hypocrites - The Right Way (Tuff Scout 7)
24) Max Romeo ft Lee Perry - Give Thanks To Jehovah (Horror Zone LP)
25) Roberto Sanchez & The Rockers Disciples - Tell The Children (Showcase Vol.2 LP)
26) Reality Souljahz & The Rockers Disciples - Give Jah The Glory (Showcase Vol.1 LP)
27) Chronixx - Wheel Out (Dread & Terrible LP)
28) Josey Wales - Roll Like Lion (Roots Garden 7)
29) Bitty McLean & Josey Wales - Running Over (Taxi 12)

Listen here exclusively on my Mixcloud page: