Sevens Clash Volume 1: The Ballad of Tommy Lee.

posted on August 30th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Artists

The Ballad of Tommy Lee

Writer Sean Stewart, photographer Alexander Richter and designer Anthony Harrisson just launched a new project going under the name »Sevens Clash«.

Sevens Clash is a series of uncompromising snapshots of a wide range of people, places and events.

Volume One is dedicated to content which they recently gathered over the course of one week in Kingston, Jamaica: »The Ballad of Tommy Lee« – a story about the dancehall artist formerly known as Uncle Demon.

With lyrics that he describes as gothic and a distinctive voice that sounds like a sharper, more melodic version of pre-motorcycle-crash Tiger (imagine Bizzy Bone singing Wanga Gut), Lee’s music trods territory previously unexplored in the genre.

Read the whole story over at the Sevens Clash website.

SEEN on Artrebels blog.

posted on August 16th, 2012 by in Article, SEEN

SEEN on Artrebels

The nice folks from Artrebels took the time to ask us some questions. Find out what we might be doing in 5 years, what the line-up of a SEEN-curated festival would look like, and much more over at the Artrebels blog.

VICE presents: Dre Skull in Kingston.

posted on June 12th, 2012 by in Article

Dre Skull in Kingston

For VICE, Mixpak Records boss Dre Skull summed up his latest recording sessions with Popcaan, Ward 21′s Suku and Beenie Man for the »Loudspeaker Riddim« and another riddim in Kingston:

When I walked into the control room, Suku was in the middle of some work, sitting in the engineer’s chair mixing a track. He was using the studio’s massive monitors and subwoofers and had the speakers turned up louder than I’ve ever heard any control room speakers turned up. It was the first time I’ve ever felt the need to use ear plugs in a studio.

Read the whole story.

LA Lewis turns conceptual artist.

posted on May 26th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Artists, Video of the Week

Jamaican deejay LA Lewis – best known for meeting Prince Charles, being beat up by Beenie Man, and having his name painted on walls all over Kingston – turns a conceptual artist. Watch »The Seven Star General« announcing the news on yesterday’s edition of Entertainment Report above.

A lot of artist win Grammy and sell platinum records but LA Lewis actually sell his brief!

With appearances by Diplo and London-based art curator Rachael Barrett, the piece even made LA LEWIS trend globally on Twitter (via Ross Sheil). 7 to the world!

ZEIT Magazin: »Eine Sehnsucht namens Reggae«.

posted on May 24th, 2012 by in Article

ZEIT Magazin - Eine Sehnsucht namens Reggae

Renowned ZEIT Magazin – a supplement of DIE ZEIT, a German weekly newspaper – sent journalist Jürgen von Rutenberg to Jamaica to attend the premiere screening of »Marley – The Movie«.

Rutenberg took the chance to get to know the country which he had dreamt of visiting for the past 30 years and to talk to Chris Blackwell, Eroll Brown and Busy Signal about the state of Reggae music – back when Marley got big and today.

Read the whole article in German here and see some pictures there.