Black Seeds Reeeeemix!

Black Seeds inna ones and zeros. What more ya needta knows? If u haz been following moy posts diligently since Jan 1, 2009 (and why wouldn’t you) then you know I love me some Black Seeds reggae outta New Zealand. So here’s anudder. Enjoy.

The Black Seeds
“Slingshot (Truth Remix)” (download mp3)
from “Specials: Remixes And Versions From Solid Ground”
“Slingshot (Truth Remix)” (play)
(Easy Star Records)
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Black Seeds feat. MC Ishu, remixed by JStar!

The reggaephonic vibes, as told by The Black Seeds and MC Ishu. Old skool dance hall riddims back up smart lyrical stylings with that certain bold positive flavor that is so right in this genre. Niceness!

The Black Seeds
“Come to Me (JStar Remix feat. MC Ishu)” (download mp3)
from “Specials: Remixes And Versions From Solid Ground”
(Easy Star Records)
Come to Me (JStar Remix feat. MC Ishu) (play)
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John Brown’s Body goes for “The Gold” in DUB!

John Brown’s Body – “The Gold (Dubmatix Runnin Remix)” mp3

JBB inna house! With a smashin’ remix by the gr8 Dubmatix crew. I love the horn section work on this – classic dub reggae stylings, with a blend so tight it almost sounds like a melodica or accordion. I first discovered John Brown’s Body last year and posted their gorgeous “Give Yourself Over” which I am revisiting now as I put these mptrees together with some other dubby treats for a rockin’ midsummer trail mix. Go deh!

John Brown’s Body
“The Gold (Dubmatix Runnin’ Remix)” (mp3)
from “Re-Amplify”
(Easy Star Records)

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Tommy T issues “The Call”

Tommy T – “The Call” mp3

Little roots reggae to warm ya on this cold wet winter day. Gogol Bordello’s bass player Tommy T steps out and lays it down heavy on this bubblin’ bit of dubweiser. Downtempo but upliftin, just what I needed to find to get through this here typhoon. Ok, well, it’s not a typhoon. But in Oakland it’ll pass for one. Not complaining really, we need the water. Just like we need the music! So bring it. Check out this track, and the exciting and eclectic release it is from, on Easy Star Records.

Tommy T
“The Call” (mp3)
from “The Prester John Sessions”
(Easy Star Records)

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Ticklah Not, Want Not

Ticklah – “Want Not” mp3

Here’s a tasty little reggae number with lush vocal harmonies and dubby, Sly and Robbie style percussion tracks. The plaintiff lyrics toy with scriptural references, but it’s really an unrequited love song. Dub out.

Ticklah
“Want Not” (mp3)
from “Ticklah Vs. Axelrod”
(Easy Star Records)

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The Black Seeds use a “Slingshot”

The Black Seeds – “Slingshot”

Why, it seems everyone and their cousin has a reggae band these days. Coming from the jazzy swingy new skool funky side is a band from Wellington City, New zealand called The Black Seeds. Boasting monster horn players, sophisticated arrangements and a scary solid rhythm section, they are not a simple reggae knock off, as they have been proving to a growing international following. “Slingshot” is their latest and gr8est, a powerful single with lyrics that work a karmic angle somewhat reminiscent of Peter Tosh’s “Downpressor Man” or The Heptones’ “Hypocrite.” Nice one.

The Black Seeds
“Slingshot” (mp3)
from “Solid Ground”
(Easy Star Records)

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Johnny Osbourne at Night Fall

Johnny Osbourne – “Night Fall”

Classic reggae in the lovers rock stylee. I love openness of the groove, like fresh air on a cool summer night.

Johnny Osbourne
“Night Fall” (mp3)
from “Can’t Stop Us Now”
(Easy Star Records)

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JBB’s Reggae Jam Band love affair

John Brown’s Body – “Give Yourself Over”

Rooted in classic reggae, yet crackling with contemporary sounds from top to bottom, this uplifting track by John Brown’s Body is a joyous outcry of defiance against inertia and apathy. There is little doubt where these Ithaca, NY gentlemen are coming from: they LOVE reggae, serving up their modernized version with reverence and an exuberance that can’t be denied. They can really play their instruments too – refreshing in a genre largely given to pure digital productions of late. The rhythm section is tight behind the vocals, the horn parts are dub glorious, and a jazzy guitar solo near the end tips their hand as equal part jam band. Good summertime music if I ever heard any.

John Brown’s Body
“Give Yourself Over” (mp3)
from “Amplify”
(Easy Star Records)

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