The second installment of the Duke Bloggin reggae compilation series for Passion Of The Weiss. This one had no specific theme or aesthetic inspiration in mind. Instead it’s an eclectic collection of new or newly discovered songs I have recently enjoyed, mixed in with a few old favorites that I’ve been saving for this occasion. My only (very loose) criteria for selections, aside from them being good, was to include certain touches of weirdness, some slight esoteric qualities that make my picks stand out from the vast multitude of other good reggae and dub songs. And so the end product is a mishmash of 70s and 80s synthy dub oddities, drum machine experiments, covers, nostalgic roots throwbacks, screwed versions of classics, modern and older dub bearing some attractive passing resemblance to early dubstep, and a few ‘regular’ steppers thrown in to keep things balanced. An hour’s worth of veterans, rookies, murky depths, congenial strangeness, homages, unexpected collaborations and a few surprises. Enjoy!
1.Paul St. Hilaire – Nah Ina It
2.Henry & Louis Meet Blue & Red – Jah Jan Never Fail I (Featuring Shalom)
3.Wareika Hill Sounds – Free The People
4.Jackie Mittoo – Ayatollah
5.Aston Barrett – Work
6.Bullwackies All Stars – Space Age
7.Kalbata & Mixmonster – Prisoner in Love feat. Little John
8.Sam Bramwell – It A Go Dread Ina Babylon
9.Sheriff Lindo And The Hammer – Eastern Bloc
10.Wareika Hill Sounds – Universe In Crisis
11.Steel Pulse – Roller Skates (Chopped & Screwed By DJ Screw)
12.Kalbata & Mixmonster – Same Thing Every Day feat. Mutabaruka
13.Shinehead – Billie Jean
14.Lee “Scratch” Perry – Jesus Is A Soul Man (Prod. By Clams Casino)
The post on Passion Weiss has annotations for every track, in case you want to know more. There are also a few bonus tracks included in the download, in case you really like this thing.
Fuck a Shmurda, sign this dude.
Too Short back (again… dude keeps coming back like Jason). Clearly he still has it.
s/o to ANU for the heads up
This will be the intro on Maxo’s upcoming Maxo 187
A DJ Burn One double feature:
First up, the first single from Burn One’s next instrumental album. Ashtray (his last one) still holds as one of my favorites from the last few years, so I’m very much anticipating the follow up.
Next, a new video from Burn One’s psychedelic funk/R&B/rap/whateverthefuck band iNDEED. The song itself is a few months old, but the video makes a big conceptual production out of it involving some murder and some strippers, so it’s definitely worth a look.
A druggy-sounding song about being on drugs.
I’m having a hard time writing this thought out coherently, so the following might not make total sense, but it feels like Eck$ has unlocked some kind of next step in the evolution of weird tumblr/cl–d rap that (almost) everybody else collectively stopped looking for sometime around early 2011-ish.
Premiered via Complex
Back in 2010 Skipp Coon put out a great EP with Mr. Nick, which managed the very rare feat of simultaneously having something smart to say and being aesthetically entertaining (the gawd Thun wrote about it far more eloquently for The T.R.O.Y. Blog.) I haven’t heard anything from the elusive rapper since then, but now a new single has surfaced, again produced by Mr. Nick (I think) bearing the same traits that made Independents Day EP a strong standout.