»Intellectual move and no gangster thing«

posted on November 22nd, 2010 by in Jamaican Music, Video

Support the movement – buy WILDLIFE!’s »Buckup« EP on iTunes.

Noel Davey, the Casio MT-40 and the Sleng Teng

posted on November 17th, 2010 by in Jamaican Music, Video

Peter keeps digging deep in the Kingston Signals archives and – after publishing footage of Ricky Trooper selecting in the basement of Globe Furniture on Constant Spring road a couple of days ago – pulls out a piece of true dancehall history:

A video of Noel Davey – the guy who switched up a pattern on the Casio MT-40 keyboard to create the the first fully computerised riddim in Jamaican music: the »Sleng Teng«.

The clip was filmed at Noel Davey’s home in Waterhouse, Jamaica in 2001 for the pioneering web program »Kingston Signals«.

Shortly after the clip was filmed, Davey appeared live on the program with the original MT-40 machine. He plugged it into the board and played it to surprised audiences worldwide.

Federation Invasion X John John Records

posted on September 15th, 2010 by in Audio, Free Download, Jamaican Music

This week’s Federation Invasion is all about classic rude boy dancehall (just look at homey’s shirt).

John John and 21st / Hapilos Digital Distribution have joined forces to digitally release 5 albums full of wickedness from the likes of Bounty Killer, Mad Cobra, Terry Ganzie, Ricky General, Junior Cat and more.

Tune into the mix to learn some dancehall history or just to remember this golden era of dancehall, then go support the music and download it… Legally!

John John Dancehall Hits Vol. 1
John John Dancehall Hits Vol. 2
John John Dancehall Hits Vol. 3
John John Dancehall Hits Vol. 4
John John Dancehall Hits Vol. 5

(via Federation Sound)

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»Keep On Running« – The Story of Island Records

posted on August 23rd, 2010 by in Design, Jamaican Music, Video

Looks like 2010 is the year some of the most-influential international labels in the history of reggae are putting out their memoirs in book-form.

After Greensleeves collaborated with Al Fingers and Stüssy to drop »The First 100 Covers« recently, Rizzoli Books now announced the release of »Keep On Running« – The Story of Island Records.

Of equal appeal to music nerds and esthetes alike, the U.S. release of »Keep On Running« – The Story of Island Records is a collection of album art and photographs telling the story of founder Chris Blackwell’s enormous role in introducing Jamaican reggae and other fringe music to the world. (via Future Blog)

The book will be out in September.

In the meantime, make sure to watch »Do it Yourself – The Story of Rough Trade« – a nice documentary about another formative indie record label that helped making reggae music available to the world.

Update: Notting Hill Carnival 2010

posted on August 4th, 2010 by in Event, Jamaican Music

We already told you a little about our party plans for Notting Hill Carnival 2010 a couple of days ago. Now, two of our favourite sessions have announced their line-ups. And they’re massive:

The Heatwave vs Deadly Rhythm @ Plan B (more info)
Sunday 29th August 2010

Secret special guest to be announced
The Heatwave
David Rodigan
Shy FX
Rude Kid
DJ Magic & Reecha (Dirty Canvas)
Deadly Rhythm Soundsystem
Safari Sound (Sweden)

Red Bull Music Academy Notting Hill Carnival Party (more info)
Monday 30th August 2010

Major Lazer
David Rodigan
Drop The Lime

Add the Urban Nerds X Bigger Than Barry bash on Saturday and you got your cornerstones set for NHC 2010.