Shady Squad X Vybz Kartel: »Peanut Shell« short film.

posted on July 24th, 2013 by in Video of the Week

While it turned out yesterday that the judge in the Kartel trial is about to direct the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty of the murder of St. Catherine businessman Barrington »Bossy« Burton, the Werl’ Boss will remain in custody because he has another murder case pending against him.

Meanwhile, two time World Reggae Dance Championships winners Shady Squad released their entertaining take on the Kartel’s song »Peanut Shell« pon Youtube. Watch the short film above.

Elijah feat. Terry Lynn – »Gun Cry«.

posted on July 23rd, 2013 by in Audio


I have been anxious for new music from Terry Lynn and was surprised when I heard her voice on an acoustic guitar tune called »Gun Cry«. Very pleasantly surprised though.

»Gun Cry« is a song written by Swiss artist Elijah who had originally met Terry living in Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica. The two reconnected for a unplugged show for the opening of Hotel Rivington & Sons in fall 2011 in Zurich and came up with »Gun Cry« late one evening on the rooftop of our friend Russell Hergert’s flat.

A just a bang bakka bakka bang bang,
bakka bang bang bakka bakka bang bang.
It’s a gun cry another youth a die.

Elijah is the latest addition to Russ Hergert’s PHREE roster. He joins Wildlife!, Terry Lynn, and other iconic Jamaican artists such as Toots & The Maytals, who received a 2013 Grammy nomination for his acoustic album co-produced by Russ.

Federation Sound on RBMA Radio: Murder Dubs.

posted on July 21st, 2013 by in Audio

Max Glazer of Federation Sound breaks down his bashment essentials and clash-winning dubplates for Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Head over to the RBMAR website to enjoy the show at home or download the new RBMAR app to take the following tunes to wherever you enjoy your sunny Sunday:

01 Murderer – Buju Banton
02 Sandokan – Supercat
03 Don Dada (7″ Version) – Supercat
04 Here I Come – Barington Levy
05 Welcome To Jamrock – Damian Marley
06 Murderer – Beenie Man feat. Barrington Levy
07 98 – Spragga Benz
08 Big Ship Family Sailing (Dub) – Freddie McGregor
09 No Respect (Dub) – Buju Banton
10 Bam Bam (Dub) – Pliers
11 Real Badman (Dub) – Vybz Kartel
12 Bumaye Federation (Dub) – Major Lazer

Universal reissues fine reggae albums on vinyl.

posted on July 20th, 2013 by in Jamaican Music

On upcoming Monday, June 22, Universal will release a pile of fine reggae vinyl reissues.

Amongst others, Junior Murvin’s »Police and Thieves«, The Heptones’ »Party Time«, Max Romeo’s »War Inna Bablyon« and The Upsetters’ »Super Ape« albums will be made available to record lovers again. Find the full list and place your orders on Amazon.

Also, Universal announced the launch of The Vinyl Project – a crowdfunding site which they are going to use to work out which other »rare and deleted« albums it ought to reissue on vinyl. (via Fact)

Ward 21 X Pionear: Setting up a partnership.

posted on July 16th, 2013 by in SEEN Interviews

On July 1, Ward 21 Music and Germaica Digital announced that Leander “Pionear” Topp will from now on serve as the world wide manager for Jamaican Dancehall group Ward 21.

Being a big fan of Ward 21 for a long time and being friends with Lanni from the years I spent in his hometown Leipzig, I did a little Q&A with him on his partnership with the Mad Family:

Please tell me a little bit about what happened at King Jammy’s 15 years ago, when you first met Ward 21 and started working together.

When I was living in Kingston between 1998 – 2000 I was introduced to the Kingston studio scene by my mentor the great Dean Fraser. The first “big man” Dean introduced me to was King Jammys. Back then I was producing a Riddim called “Final Judgement” and made Jammys listening it. He liked it and said that it needs some re-work and went with me from the office to the studio where this crew of krazy people was listening to some music that really hit me hard not only because it was played at an unbelieveable volume but also because it sounded different from what I ever heard coming out of Kingston before. It was this minimalistic Hip Hop flavoured feel and this “in your face” mix of the drums and the bass which immediately hammered the word “Future” into my brain.

Since it was also always my personal goal as a producer to do things that were never done before and to explore new grounds – and so this first meeting was one of my most important experiences during my Kingston time. Later all of us worked out the mentioned Riddim and it became the first Riddim ever produced by a German to be released on a major Jamaican label.

What have been your all-time favourite three Ward 21 tunes since then and why?

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