Major Label Love

Last week Protoje announced that his Indiggnation Collective (including Lila Ike and Sevana) has inked a multi-album deal with RCA Records.  We discuss this historic singing and the recent trend of major label A&R’s paying attention to Jamaican talent.

 

Tastemaker:

  • Alicia Keys – Underdog (Remix) ft. Chronixx and Protoje.
  • Lila Ike – I Spy
  • Stalk Ashley – Young

Soundclash Update:

  • Walshy Fire’s Quarantine Clash 3 – Heavy Hammer (Italy) vs. Poison Dart (Florida).
  • Major Hype’s Clash Series – Jazzy T from Renaissance vs. Steelie Bashment.
  • DJ Premier vs. The Rza
  • Irish and Chin’s “Put In On The Table”

 

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Entertainer of the Year

A hilarious conversation about the winners from the 38th annual IRAWMA and the accuracy of our predictions. We also have lots of updates from the reggae world in this 2nd quarantine episode.

 

Intro:

0:43 – AGARD Quarantine mixes.
 

Buzzworthy Segment:

3:13 – “Toast” in Life Water commercial. Koffee featured in Newsweek Magazine.
5:26 – DJs spinning live on social media: D-Nice, DJ Mars, Stereo 5, Unity Sound, Tony Matterhorn, Stone Love, DJ Jazzy Jeff, etc.
11:04 – Alicia Keys “Underdog” remix ft. Chronixx and Protoje with production by Izzy Beats and Swiss Beats.
 

The Tastemaker Segment:

15:09 – Champion Squad Remix Catalog.
16:00 – Blakkamoore and Snoop DoggGet Down Tonight video.
19:48 – Buju Banton performing live on BBC 1Xtra.
22:13 – Lila Ike “Where I’m Coming From” live on 1Xtra.
 

Soundclash Update:

23:57 – Walshy Fire Quarantine Clash.
25:15 – Antigua Quarantine History Clash 2 with Stonewall vs Exorcist on FB live.
29:22 – Brief recap from Spring Killing in NY with Super Tremor vs. Real Sound vs. Venom Xenos.
33:19 – Pantason urging artists to lower dubplate prices
36:18 – Rest in Peace to Apple Gabriel, a founding member of Israel Vibration. Reaction to his passing.
 

Main Segment:

38:16 – Due to the Coronavirus, the 38th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) was limited to a media-only broadcast. We discuss the winners and compare them with our predictions. Buju, Vybz Kartel, and Koffee were the biggest winners.
 

Outro:

45:45 – Fan mail and social distancing advice.
 
 

The Producers

A talented group of Reggae producers has been spreading the culture worldwide without necessarily getting their due fanfare.  Many listeners may not know who is responsible for the songs and riddims they enjoy listening to. 

 

Some Jamaican hitmakers are even infiltrating other genres and collaborating with the biggest names in music.  We highlighted some producers who have shined with successful records but have remained behind the scenes.    

Buzzworthy:

  • Kool Herc appears at the Jamaica Music Conference.  Plans to open a museum in Kingston. 
  • Pharell Williams of the Neptunes in the studio working on music with Buju Banton.

Tastemaker:

Baby Come Take It – Anthony Malvo ft. Buju Banton

Soundclash Update:

  • King AP enters 1,2,3 Badda Dan clash tournament.
  • AGARD sounds off on King Addies vs. Stone Wall.

 

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Best of 2019 Reggae and Dancehall

Happy New Year!  We’re back with a Reggae Lover recap of 2019.  Also predictions for 2020 like “Most likely to Fade,” and “Most Likely to Blow Up,” plus Grammy predictions.

Reggae Lover Podcast 2020

 

Listen to this break down of the 2019 Reggae superlatives:

Song of the year:
  • Koffee – Toast
 
Album of the year mentions:
  • Tarrus Riley – BLEM (EP)
  • Koffee – Rapture (EP)
  • Walshy Fire – Abeng
  • Third World – Work To Be Done
  • Bugle – Picture Perfect
  • Jah Cure – Masterpiece
 
Clash Sound of the year mentions:
  • Notorious
  • Stone Wall
  • King Shine
  • Young Hawk
  • Warrior
  • Dynamq
  • Jah Mikey One
 
Juggling Sound of the year mentions:
  • King Addies
  • David Rodigan
  • Rory Stone Love
  • Stone Love
  • Bass Odyssey
 
Best Sound System event audio:
  • Reeewind 2019 (Crowning of U-Roy)
 
Promoter of the year mentions:
  • Irish and Chin
  • Shawn Pipa
  • Rockers Unltd
  • David Driveway
 
Concert of the year:
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Long Walk to Freedom Concert (Jamaica)
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We also introduced three new micro-segments that will be recurring on this season of the podcast:

  • Buzzworthy – Welcome to Jamrock Cruise
  • Tastemaker – Rock and Groove Riddim; Fareal – Gravy
  • Soundclash Update – Clash at Sea 2019
 

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Summer 2019 Report | Reggae Lover # 155

On Reggae Lover podcast episode 155 we discuss the state of the culture and news from the dancehall.

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TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Our reactions to Reggae Sumfestin Jamaica and Reggae Summerjam in Germany.
  • Responses to our earlier shows from this season.
  • Revisited last week’s topic about looking back at the decade of 2009 to 2019.
  • Checked in on our “songs of the Summer” predictions.
  • An updated report on our women in Reggae leaders of the new school.
  • An updated report on Buju Banton.