Thanks for joining me on this Reggae Lover journey. This is the 5th episode of the podcast in and I’m truly thankful for the feedback coming. It has been very encouraging. Each episode has a brief intro and outro, but I do not talk over the music, nor do I place sound effects over the mixes. You can actually hear all the songs, the mixing and blending clearly as they are recorded live. Within this episode I feature the Super Star Riddim from 1989, the I Need You Riddim from 1987, a nice Delroy Wilson off the More Ideas Riddim (1988), the Enquirer Riddim from 1988 with Sanchez covering Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative,” and finally ending off with Singing Melody and Shabba Ranks on the Gal Yu Look Good riddim.
I have many ideas and themes for upcoming episodes, some already recorded, and some still in my brain. If you too have ideas of stuff you would like to hear me put down in a mix feel free to hit me up using the hash tag #ReggaeLover onTwitter, Facebook, Google +, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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1 Gregory Isaacs – Love Contract
1 Yami Bolo and Merciless – Curly Locs
After a short intro from yours truly, this mix starts off with a 1996 hit, Yami Bolo and Merciless singing Curly Locs – a lovely representation of the Junior Byles original song.
2 Andrew Bell and Shelene Thomas – Can You Give Me What I Want?
A big lover’s tune that can be found on one of the VP Records “Strictly the Best” compilation albums from the 90s. Andrew Bell is still performing today and goes by the name Joseph Quote (aka “Bello”.
3 Sanchez and Beenie Man – Going Away
Quite simply one of the biggest songs on the prolific “Love Bump” riddim. The King of the Dancehall alongside Sanchez, one of Jamaica’s most beloved voices.
4 Beres Hammond and Buju Banton – My Woman Now (Kahlil Wonda Extra Buju Mix)
In the original version of this song, Buju takes too long to come in. Here, I have taken care of that problem. Let me know if you like the sound of this “Extra Buju Mix.”
5 Cocoa Tea and Nadine Sutherland – Its Now or Never
Many have forgotten that these two artists ever sang together on a track. The combo of silky smooth male and female vocals make this tune simply SWEET.
6 Cocoa Tea and Cutty Ranks – Waiting In Vain
This is one song I just don’t mind hearing at any time. Done nicely by Cocoa and Cutty, this Bob Marley classic is bound to live forever
7 Beres Hammond and Buju Banton – Who Say
Stop everything! No keep going. This is one of the top combinations in the business period.
8 Cocoa Tea and Buju Banton – Too Young
I had a tough time selecting only one song from this riddim, but the production on this track is just perfect. Forward, Rewind and pull up dat!!!
9 Cocoa Tea and Cutty Ranks – I’m Not A King
Once again, hear back-to-back entries from the sweet voice of Cocoa Tea, this time accompanied by Cutty Ranks, who remained relevant in the 90s with solid lyrical delivery in this style.
10 Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder – Lonley
The “Swing Easy” is always a riddim that one can I listen or skank to for an extended period. In this selection, I am pulling out some of the best cuts to feature, and Buju Banton along with Wayne Wonder have a winner with “Lonely.”
11 Chevelle Franklin and Lady G – The Right Slam (Kahlil Wonda Spicy Mix)
As a second song on in a row on the “Swing Easy” riddim, this song features two of the finest ladies of the era (80s – 90s dancehall). I have reworked the song here to bring Lady G in at the proper time, thus maintaining the vibes of the mix.
12 Twiggi and Buju Banton – I Want Your Love (Kahlil Wonda Extra Buju Mix)
Buju is my artist, but here again the original press of this Penthouse Records Tempo riddim single makes you wait for a few verses to hear Gargamel come in. I have made some adjustments to the arrangement so that the singer, Twiggi, goes back and forth with the DJ. This creates the ultimate in vibes.
13 Beres Hammond and Josey Wales – Free and Single (Sweetness)
Beres is the living legend – what more can I say? With father Josey in combination on the Conversation riddim, this remix to “Sweetness” is dancehall solid gold.
Thank you for listening! Requests? Feedback? Email ReggaeLoverPodcast@gmail.com to interact directly with me and also leave a comment below.
This is the latest episode of the ‘Dancehall Now’ podcast for February 2013. Hear an hour-long mix with the best Soca of the 2013 season plus the hottest new dancehall riddims.
This episode also features an interview with the queen of soca music Alison Hinds
Click here for DANCEHALL NOW PODCAST EPISODE 65 WITH ALISON HINDS (2-12-13)
- Fras Twinz Production Team Live Interview on Dancehall Now (highlanda.net)
- Dancehall Now Mixtape Volume 4 (highlanda.net)
- Dancehall Now 64 (New Singles 2-12-2013) (highlanda.net)
- The International Top Rated 8 Dancehall/Reggae Songs 2-12-13 (highlanda.net)
- Mr Vegas nabs six IRAWMA nods, Damian Marley cops five (caribbean360.com)
- Mavado’s “Take It” Video Gets Exclusive Premiere on Billboard (highlanda.net)
Dancehall Now is the name of Highlanda’s new podcast, which launched its first episode yesterday over the web.
The podcast (also known as webcast, media cast and many other synonyms) takes on a commercial radio station musical format which means there is not necessarily a DJ mix even though short mixes will be included from time to time. The program’s playlist will feature primarily songs that are topping reggae charts internationally and receiving airplay, but Highlanda will also select pre-release music that has the promise of becoming hits.
You can expect to hear a cross section of Dancehall Now, hence the name of the show, and the playlist varies the tempo of songs in a seemingly random fashion. One can also expect to hear interviews and be kept up on major current events that pertain to the dancehall industry.
The hosts of the show, which is to be updated weekly, pop in periodically to give you song and artist information, and usually get back to more music within 1 minute so that the show’s run time includes as many songs as possible. Requests are welcomed as Highlanda will be keeping the more popular songs in the rotation based off of listener feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the reasons I love foundation (reggae) music is because of how the messages brought forth in songs recorded decades ago still can be applied directly to life today. Many of the lyrics and concepts are actually quotes from biblical texts sung over reggae bass lines. The Highlanda mixtape entitled ‘The Book of Life’ is dedicated to such selections from the Finest Years era and offers the wisdom of the ancients to those who will listen. ‘That’s right! If a reality you want, let me hear you shout out Highlanda!’ Listen to the Book of Life, now streaming online at www.highlanda.net. This mix will also be available as an mp3 file for download on demand soon. I welcome your comments and feedback.
1 – Intro – Tings Change
2 – Armageddon Time – Willie Williams
3 – Fussing and Fighting – Dennis Brown
4 – Cool Out Son – Junior Murvin
5 – No Man’s Land – Cornell Campbell
6 – Tribal War – John Holt
7 – Wolves and Leopards – Dennis Brown
8 – Whip Them Jah Jah – Dennis Brown
9 – No Man is an Island – Dennis Brown
10 – Never Gonna Give Jah Up – Sugar Minott
11 – Created By the Father – Dennis Brown
12 – Feeling Soul – Bob Andy
13 – Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin
14 – Satisfy My Soul – Bob Marley and the Wailers
15 – Slave Driver – Bob Marley and the Wailers
16 – I am the Conqueror – Dennis Brown
17 – Rebel Music – Bob Marley and the Wailers
18 – General Penitentiary – Black Uhuru
19 – Were Gonna Fight – The Heptones
20 – Fade Away – Junior Byles
21 – Unchained – Bob Andy
22 – Hog and Goat – Don Carlos
23 – Cost of Living – Half Pint
24 – Early Sunday Morning – Eek A Mouse
25 – Praise Jehovah – Tenor Saw
26 – Ruff Ole Life – Sugar Minott
27 – M-16 – Sammy Dread
28 – Rudeboy Skanking – Israel Vibration
29 – Skylarking – Horace Andy
30 – See A Man’s Face – Horace Andy
31 – Truths and Rights – Johnny Osborne
32 – Mr. Bassie – Horace Andy
33 – I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds
34 – Jah Promise – Johnny Osborne
35 – Bobby Babylon – Freddie McGregor
36 – I Shall Sing – Marcia Griffiths
37 – Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
38 – None Shall Escape – Johnny Clarke