Sunday, March 13, 2005

Get Your Freak On

Two mixes in a week—what can I say, I’m all heart. Kicking off with a selection of new roots and revival rhythms, you’ll see why song-based reggae is charting so well in Jamaica right now; we’ve entered another golden age. In spite of the apalling repressing job VP have done on Maria’s otherwise gorgeous Asking For A Love, Lion Paw’s Nine Eleven is still ruling the stereo chez Breaking Ranks, closely tailed by Penthouse’s latest releases from Nadine Sutherland, riding a new version of The Heptones' Sea Of Love, and Buju Banton & Nicky Burt, skanking it something wicked on a Rocking Time refix. Rounding off, Bushman comes on strong with a beautiful, uplifting anthem and Turbulence breathes some righteous fire.
On a ragga tip, Zumjay skips like a wet pebble over the Japanese-produced Indian Summer riddim, but it’s ladies’ night for Sizzla while soca star Bunji Garlin gets nasty for Trinidad. Donovan “Vendetta” Bennett continues his, apparently unstoppable, run of slamming rhythms with the Judgement , over which Macka Diamond and Vybz Kartel stage the latest battle in dancehall’s gender war. Top of the pile, though, is Ward21’s cracking Irob rhythm—a pounding Middle Eastern beat, hosting a hopped-up Anthony B and Bounty Killer reprising his Kashmir riddim killer, Badda Dan Dat.
Shooting over the Atlantic to Yorkshire, Leeds-based Desi dons RDB reclaim bhangra from Timbaland with 2002’s Patlay Patlay and my dawgs, the Heatwave crew take it right back with a slamming mash-up of Missy and Dirtsman.

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Nine Eleven riddim Lion Paw
My Life – Warrior King
Hail Rastafari – Morgan Heritage
Searching For A Girl Like You – Jah Cure
Asking For A Love – Maria

Penthouse Records
I Found Me – Nadine Sutherland
Living In Style – Buju Banton & Nicky Burt

Gibbo Records
How Can They Say – Bushman

THC Records
Notorious – Turbulence

Indian Summer riddim Bacchanal
Take You High – Zumjay
4 Da Girls (Drum & Bass Version) – Sizzla
Badda Dan Dem – Bunji Garlin

Judgement riddim Don Corleon
Fi Yuh P***y – Vybz Kartel
Look Big – Macka Diamond & Vybz Kartel
Inna War – Vybz Kartel
Do The Dance – Elephant Man

Irob riddim Ward 21
Blue Mountain Peak – Anthony B
Lady Musgrave – Ward 21
The Baddest – Bounty Killer

Out Come The Freaks!
Patlay Patlay – RDB (Untouchables Recordings)
Get Impeccable (Heatwave Remix) – Dirtsman & Missy Elliott (Punchline)