Late 70’s and Early 80’s Downtempo Roots Reggae

Featured within this episode are a hand-full of rootsy downtempo one-drop riddims with the best singers of the era from 1977 to about 1982.  Catch Them Jah Jah, Three Blind Mice, Ain't No Sunshine, Worries In The Dance, and Jumpy Girl are the riddims highlighted.    The great Lee Perry, Scientist, King Tubby, Dr. Alimantado, and Augustus Pablo are all in the mix with different dubwise versions here so a variety of effects and styles are presented along with toasting and singing from Frankie Paul, Leroy Smart, I Roy, Barrington Levy, Jacob Miller, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas and more.    Its good to be back in the swing of things with my new studio up and running.  Expect to be uplifted by more podcast episodes coming your way weekly.Featured within this episode are a hand-full of rootsy downtempo one-drop riddims with the best singers of the era from 1977 to about 1982.  Catch Them Jah Jah, Three Blind Mice, Ain’t No Sunshine, Worries In The Dance, and Jumpy Girl are the riddims highlighted.

The great Lee Perry, Scientist, King Tubby, Dr. Alimantado, and Augustus Pablo are all in the mix with different dubwise versions here so a variety of effects and styles are presented along with toasting and singing from Frankie Paul, Leroy Smart, I Roy, Barrington Levy, Jacob Miller, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Anthony Johnson, Jah Thomas and more.

Highlanda live at Dubwise Atlanta [6.14.15] *Download Audio*

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The highly anticipated debut of Dubwise Atlanta did not disappoint. There was an air of love and unity flowing as Atlantans came together for the special occasion, giving roots reggae a chance to flourish once again in town. On this night I had the pleasure of playing alongside the international roots master Aba Shaka and out of Kingston, Yaardcore, one of the selectors credited with catalyzing and supporting Jamaica's current reggae revival. I began my round with classic shots from the Tuff Gong and Studio One labels, took excursions on the Heptones’ “We’re Gonna Fight” and the M-16 riddims, and featured some contemporary dubwise selections with Chuck Fender and Everton Blender because variety is the spice of life. Listen as the crowd gathers near the stage on the dance floor to sing along and dance to the melodies and deep sub-bass brought forth by the Space 2 sound system. Special vibes for a special night in Atlanta dancehall. Look out for Rocksteady ATL on July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and every 1st Sunday at the Sound Table.

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The highly anticipated debut of Dubwise Atlanta did not disappoint. There was an air of love and unity flowing as Atlantans came together for the special occasion, giving roots reggae a chance to flourish once again in town.

On this night I had the pleasure of playing alongside the international roots master Aba Shaka and out of Kingston, Yaardcore, one of the selectors credited with catalyzing and supporting Jamaica’s current reggae revival.

I began my round with classic shots from the Tuff Gong and Studio One labels, took excursions on the Heptones’ “We’re Gonna Fight” and the “M-16″ riddims, and featured some contemporary dubwise selections with Chuck Fender and Everton Blender because variety is the spice of life.

Listen as the crowd gathers near the stage on the dance floor to sing along and dance to the melodies and deep sub-bass brought forth by the Space 2 sound system. Special vibes for a special night in Atlanta dancehall. Look out for Rocksteady ATL on July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and every 1st Sunday at the Sound Table.

Highlanda Sound live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

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Experience what happened during my 30 minute guest DJ set at the #AllVinylEverything Memorial Day Weekend Day Party.

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Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

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Atlanta, GA. – Sunday May 24th 2015, All Vinyl Everything delivered another star studded line-up of special guest DJs spinning nothing but the best music pressed on Vinyl.

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No laptops, CDs, or DJ Controllers are ever allowed at this event! I selected a round of mostly 45 RPM 7″ inch singles from 1990’s and 1980’s dancehall to foundation reggae icons Dennis Brown and Tenor Saw in representation of the Reggae Lovers who were gathered, but also to introduce reggae music to new listeners.

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Its was a holiday weekend and with no work on Monday, the who’s who of Atlanta turned out to play on Sunday at #AllVinylEverything! The venue, Noni’s on Edgewood Avenue offered indoor and outdoor bars along with food hot off the grill. Patrons came early as the music started at 4pm sharp and went until 9pm.

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Highlanda live @ All Vinyl Everything [Atlanta – 5.24.15]

Once a month from April through SeptemberAVE is hosted by Sean Falyon alongside DJ Dibiase, and brought to you by WGGP Events, BeATLab USA, AB+L Radio, Coalition DJs ATL, Scratch DJ Academy and Noni’s (357 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA)

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Rocksteady ATL 1st Sunday Live Audio featuring Anthony Malvo, Little Twitch

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Anthony Malvo, Kahlil Wonda, and Little Twitch

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On Sunday May 3rd at the Sound Table, I had the great pleasure of hosting another installment of Rocksteady, Atlanta’s only thriving roots reggae monthly event. Internationally renowned hit-making reggae singer Anthony Malvo and his lyrical dancehall deejay compadre Little Twitch of King Jammys Super Power Hi Fi and King Sturgrav Sound System fame made a live appearance, performing together for the first time in years! This was also the very first feature for Little Twitch in the ATL. malvo-twitch

The energetic audience was transported back in time by nostalgic selections drawn from resident DJ Passport and special guest DJ Jah Prince of the Sunsplash radio mix-show and Smokin’ Needles Records. The stage and tone was set for me to play a few more songs and then call in the artists who escalated things from there like the true veterans they are.

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This audio portion features Malvo and Twitch in combination as I spin the riddim tracks. It was a joyous occassion in which new listeners were given an authentic taste of what dancehall reggae has to offer since the 1980s, while veteran skankers were provided with a mouth-watering feast of vibes for their own consumption.

The full audio from Rocksteady May 3rd 2015 featuring Jah Prince is available for download via my soundcloud page.

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Lovers Rock According to Freddie McGregor

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Freddie McGregor

Here is a mix that many Reggae Lover listeners have been looking for. Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most prolific and successful artists. With roots in the 60’s at Studio One and a stellar career established over decades of tremendous success, Freddie is a living legend and continues to record and tour the world today.

The songs compiled here share the themes of love and relationships and the mix is absolutely crucial. I’m keeping the show notes short on this one, but the mix runs for almost an hour.

Please leave a comment here or email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com to let me know if the music sounds as good to you that it does to me.

Freddie McGregor Playlist:

1 Big Ship
2 When I’m Ready
3 Come Now Sister
4 Curly Locks
5 Curly Dub
6 Stop Loving You
7 Little Nut Tree
8 Nutmeg Dub
9 Sweet Talking
10 Mr. Fix It
11 Fix Him Dub
12 Give Me The Right
13 The Right Dub
14 Can I Change My Mind
15 Your Love (Change In Me)
16 Every Day Is Just a Holiday
17 Holiday Dub
18 Searching
19 I See It In You
20 Lovers Rock
21 Push Come To Shove
22 Undying Love
23 Undying Dub
24 Breaking Up
25 Breaking Dub
26 A House Is Not A Home
27 Gatepass To Your Heart
28 Take Time To Know Her
29 Come On Little Girl
30 Big Girl Dub
31 One More Dance
32 Danger In Your Eyes
33 You Have Caught Me
34 Let Him Try
35 Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely
36 How Can I Forget
37 Loving Pauper
38 Not Giving Up On You
39 Moving Away
40 I Was Born A Winner
41 Falling In Love With You
42 Falling In Dub
43 You’re Gonna Lose
44 Losing Dub
45 Westbound Train ft. Jacob Miller

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Anthony Malvo and Little Twitch, a King Jammys Combination

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In this episode we feature the multi-talented singer and producer of many hits, Anthony Malvo, along with pioneering dancehall icon Little Twitch.

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Anthony Malvo began his singing career in the early 1980’s in Kingston Jamaica on the Legendary Black Star Sound System. Malvo later moved on to perform, and record with the Reggae Producer and label King Jammys during their prime.

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It was on King Jammys Sound System that Anthony Malvo often teamed up with Little Twitch among others as they dominated the Jamaican dancehall scene for most of the 1980s with many jam packed sessions and sound clash victories.

Here is a sampling of the many hits performed by both artists. Anthony Malvo’s latest single “I’m Not the Only One” which was produced by Ed Robinson is also featured in the mix.

Please enjoy this episode and look out for Little Twitch and Anthony Malvo to appear in Atlanta for ROCKSTEADY at the Sound Table on Sunday May 3, 2015.

Playlist:

1 Anthony Malvo and Sizzla – Cyaan Draw Wi Out
2 Anthony Malvo and Capleton – One Day Rude Boy
3 Little Twitch – Spanish Fly
4 Little Twitch – Devil Send You Come
5 Sluggy Ranks and Little Twitch – Jah Is Guiding I
6 Little Twitch – Respect Due
7 Anthony Malvo – Bad Minded People
8 Anthony Malvo – All of Me
9 Anthony Malvo – Is It Love
10 Anthony Malvo – I’m Not The Only One
11 Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard – Greatest Gal Lover
12 Little Twitch – Py Py Love
13 Anthony Malvo and Tiger – Come Back To Me (Summer Love)
14 Little Twitch -Watch Your Friends
15 Anthony Malvo and Daddy Lizard – Take You To The Dance

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Live from Rocksteady at the Sound Table [download]

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Hear what happens at the Sound Table in Atlanta as I deliver a mixture of selections from brand new to deep foundation including roots reggae, dub and lovers rock tunes.  About 28 minutes into the audio Atlanta-based dancehall artist, Dreggae, is well-received by the crowd as he interacts and performs three of his brand new one-drop songs.  I follow with more musical selections and Rocksteady promises to remain a consistent event each month on 1st Sundays in Atlanta.

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Visit my Soundcloud for the full, raw, audio recording including DJ Passport and Aba Shaka in addition to a good amount of other featured content.

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Rocksteady ATL – Sunday, March 1, 2015

Original Dancehall Style: DJs from the days of Studio One

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Hear some essential works from the 60s and 70s by the predecessors of rappers and today’s dancehall artists. Who was the first DJ (dancehall deejay)? This is often debated and I’m not going to get into the argument, but I personally credit U-Roy as the DJ daddy.

If Daddy U-Roy wasn’t the 1st, then he certainly had the earliest and largest impact with toasting (rapping) over previously recorded instrumentals in the live dancehall setting. Coxsone Dodd, among many other innovations to his credit, pioneered the recording and production of DJs at Studio One.

This mix merely touches upon some of this important dancehall history and I intend to thoroughly exhibit more of the talented foundation artists in future episodes of the Reggae Lover Podcast.

There are too many DJs to name who rose to prominence by delivering rhymes over beats on the Jamaican music scene long before The Sugar Hill Gang’sRapper’s Delight‘ was released in 1979 as the first ever rap record.

Playlist

1 Junior Byles – Beat Down Babylon
2 Lyricson and Dennis Alcapone – Alpha and Omega
3 Cuture – Zion Gate
4 Prince Mohammed – 40 Leg Dread
5 Johnny Osborne – Murderer
6 Lone Ranger – Keep On Coming A Dance
7 Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kutchie
8 Charlie Chaplin – Bubbling Telephone
9 Carlton and The Shoes – Love Me Forever
10 Dennis Alcapone – Forever Version
11 Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
12 Big Youth – Ah So We Stay
13 Barrington Levy – Mine Your Mouth
14 Louie Lepke – Late Night Movie
15 Alexander Henry – Please Be True
16 Johnny Osborne – Sing Jay Stylee
17 Big Youth – Dread Is Best
18 Delroy Wilson – Never Conqueror (Cousins version)
19 Dennis Alcapone – The Conqueror (Studio One version)
20 Dennis Brown – How Could I Leave
21 Prince Mohammed – Bubbling Love
22 The Heptones – Pretty Looks
23 Michigan and Smiley – Compliment To Studio One
24 Larry Marshall – Throw Me Corn
25 Rude Boyz International – Bring Back The Loving (dub plate)
26 The Techniques – Queen Majesty
27 U-Roy – Chalice In the Palace
28 Gregory Isaacs and U-Roy – Love Is Overdue
29 Jacob Miller and U Brown – Keep On Knocking
30 Freddie McGregor – Bobby Babylon
31 Lone Ranger – No Call Me Cracky
32 Dennis Brown – Sitting and Watching
33 Ranking Dread – Lots of Loving
34 Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
35 Michigan and Smiley – Nice Up the Dance
36 Slim Smith – Never Let Go
37 Lone Ranger – The Answer
38 Horace Andy – Fever
39 Jim Brown – Cure Fi the Fever

Culture and Lovers Rock Reggae Songs (2010 – 2015)

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Maxi Priest brings reggae to the fans at Stage 48 in Manhattan, on March 31, 2013. Photography by Clyde Belcon

Maxi Priest brings reggae to the fans at Stage 48 in Manhattan, on March 31, 2013.
Photography by Clyde Belcon

This episode starts in 2015 with a couple new entries from Queen Ifrica and Archangel Superpec, but the overall selections focus on one-drop remixes, pop music covers, lovers rock, and roots reggae singles mostly from 2012 through 2014. The mix is filled with the sounds of today’s hottest producers and artists like ChronixxJah9, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure and more.

Playlist:

1 Queen Ifrica – Let Me Get To Know You
2 Archangel Superpec – There She Is
3 Maxi Priest featuring Stylo G – Easy To Love (Remix)
4 Beres Hammond – In My Arms
5 Them Island Boyz featuring Jah Cure – Kiss Me Girl
6 Romain Virgo – This Love
7 Sanchez – Now and Forever
8 Tarrus Riley – Young Heart
9 Gyptian – Love You Forever
10 Jah Cure – Love You Anyway
11 Rihanna ft. David Guetta – Right Now (J-Vibe Reggae Remix)
12 Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
13 Mavado – Soldiers (R.I.P Roach)
14 Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire / Jus Bus Reggae Remix)
15 Gappy Ranks – Carpenter
16 Jah9 – Steamers A Bubble
17 Tarrus Riley – For Me
18 Sean Paul featuring Damian Marley – Riot
19 Daville – Mirror
20 Tessanne Chin – If You Love Me
21 Shaggy featuring Beres Hammond – Fight This Feeling
22 Roots Queen – Fly With Me
23 Protoje – KIngston Be Wise
24 Busy Signal featuring Damian Marley – Kingston Town (Remix)
25 Jah Bouks – Angola
26 Amy Winehouse featuring Alborosie – Sweet Guitar (Remix)
27 Lutan Fyah – Diamond At Home
28 Tarrus Riley – Cold Girl

Reggae Singer Luciano, Greatest Hits Highlighted

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We salute a living legend, reggae singer Luciano who has released 21 studio albums over the course of a brilliant 22 year career. One of my favorite artists and live performers, Luciano gained prominence around the world during the “Rastafari renaissance” in dancehall that took place in the mid-late 1990s. He established himself as a name synonymous with roots reggae and became one the sub-genre’s pillars.

This 1 hour mix of 42 songs focuses heavily on Luciano’s material from Where There Is Life, and Messenger, which were albums produced by Phillip “Fattis” Burrell and his Xterminator label. His latest album,The Qabalah Man, was released on the 29th of November 2013. Please support this phenomenally talented artist by buying his music/merchandise and patronizing his live concerts. You will not be disappointed.

Luciano Playlist

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1 Intro
2 Guess Whats Happening
3 Never Give Up My Pride
4 Final Call
5 Jah Is My Navigator
6 Sweet Jamaica
7 Business Lock
8 Jah Lives
9 If There Was No God
10 Good God
11 Skank If You Skanking
12 Sweep Over My Soul
13 Should I Slumber
14 Come Away
15 Level Up The Unity
16 Glory Be
17 Wicked Haffi Run Away
18 Where There is Life
19 Shake It Up Tonight
20 In This Together
21 Messenger
22 Peace My Brethren Peace
23 Punchline 24 Jah Kingdom featuring Capleton
25 Give Praise/Jah Blessing (dub plate)
26 Who Could It Be
27 Love Jah and Live
28 Ulterior Motive
29 One Way Ticket
30 Oh Father I Love You
31 What We Gonna Do featuring Buju Banton
32 We Be Alright featuring Buju Banton
33 Heaven Help Up All
34 How Can You?
35 Thank You Lord (dub plate)
36 He Is My Friend
37 As the Beat Goes On
38 Win or Lose
39 Your World and Mine
40 Lord Give Me Strength
41 Jah Jah Never Let Me Down
42 Write My Name