I spent a huge chunk of my early teens listening to Bob Marley. On my 17th birthday Marley’s box set, Songs of Freedom was in my gift pile. The last song on disk 1 is “Mr. Brown,” and this was the first time I ever heard it. Darker and maybe the only song in Marley’s catalog that can be described as “moody,” to this day it remains one of my favorite songs. In 2007 Dj Spooky, an artist I spent the majority of my early twenties listening to, turns out this moody, dance-y, funky remix.
“Mr. Brown (Remix)“ (play/download mp3)
California reggae group Rebelution’s dreamy and catchy productions have been turning the ears of many Bay Area producers, including the ever prolific board master of Zion I, Amp Live. The marriage of Zion I and Rebelution makes for some of the freshest and most infectious hip-hop I’ve listened to in a long time. Commercial “urban” radio programming may be dominated with songs that feature the audio tune more heavily then the rapping, but Zion I shows true hip-hop fans that they can get down with many styles.
Zion I, “Many Styles (feat.Rebelution)” (play/download mp3)
Visit Rebelution’s website for all the intel.
This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.
”Solar Disco Ball” (download mp3)
from “East Bay Orbits”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
“Solar Disco Ball” (play)
Here’s a straight across horn-driven instrumental dub from Hi-Fi Killers. Old school Jamaican dubstyle meets late 90′s niteclubbin’ vibes. I like.
Hi Fi Killers – “Evil Dub” (play/download)
The bass music culture in the UK has given new life to the archetype of the entire bass music umbrella – Jamaican dub. Bristol producer Jinx In Dub has taken a cue from the pushers of future bass, and faultlessly juxtaposed his dubby rhythms with Rider Shafique’s Jamaican-accented vocals. “Meditate & Relate” will prove to be a smoker’s delight, while fans of dubstep will give it “2 lighters in the air.” And after you listen to “Meditate & Relate,” do yourself a favor and don’t fight any compulsion to pull out your 70s Jamaican dub albums.
Jinx In Dub (feat Rider Shafique) – “Meditate & Relate“ (play/download)
Visit Jinx in Dub’s myspace page.
B Real – “Fire (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)”
B Real and Damian Marley drop the flavor that made them superstars in their respective genres on “Fire.” After one listen, you may find yourself praying to the reggae/hip-hop gods to send us two more artists like this to save these two genres that were once the creative spring-boards of popular culture.
Visit B Real’s official website.
Burning Man Mix 2010 - by Barisone
Just because you didn’t go to Burning Man this year, and you didn’t get to hang out with Portland’s DJ Barisone, and he didn’t give you a copy of this mix, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the body-rocking beats inside Barisone’s BM 2010 mix. I had one car load of serotonin depleted friends tell me if it wasn’t for this mix they would have never made the traffic congested drive back to San Francisco. (download hint: click the small black arrow on the right of the player)
Become a fan of Barisone. Visit his Facebook page.
Major Lazer-”Hold The Line (Tommie Sunshine Reggacid Mix)” (play/download)
Tommie Sunshine may look like you could buy weed and mushrooms from him on the corner of Haight and Asbury but don’t get it twisted. He’s one of the most prolific DJs/producers/remixers on the circuit right now. Releasing remixes from a wide selection of artist, his talents are sought from bands across all genres. Major Lazer’s 2009 hit “Hold The Line” has seen its fare share of knob tweekers, and Tommie adds his own voice in the form of the mighty 808.
Visit Tommie Sunshine on Myspace.
“Dog With a Rope” is the title track from Quantic’s second album and showcases sounds found during his record hunting and recording expedition in the Southern hemisphere. Combining reggae inspired bass lines and tropical-oriented percussion, “Dog With a Rope” is one more shining example of why Quantic is at the apex of left-field music production.
Quantic Presenta: Flowering Inferno “Dog With a Rope“ (play/download mp3)
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Dog With a Rope” (play/download)
“Dog With a Rope” is the title track from Quantic’s second album that showcases sounds found during his record hunting and recording expedition in the southern hemisphere. Combining reggae inspired bass lines and tropical-oriented percussion, “Dog With a Rope” is one more shining example of why Quantic is at the apex of left-field music production.