VIDEO: Mr. Vegas’ “Dancehall Dabb”


There’s a dance sweeping some nations and it’s called the dab. I don’t do trendy dances so I’m not even going to begin to try to describe what it is but if you’re someone who is familiar with or is into things of a pop culture nation, you may have seen everyone from athletes to news anchors doing this dance. Now dancehall man Mr. Vegas is doing it for himself and his followers by showing you a bit of his “Dancehall Dabb”.

AUDIO: Dwongo featuring Ding Dong and Mad-x’s “Gas Shuffle”

Looking for a new dancehall track to turn the remainder of the summer into a non-stop party? Then may I introduce you to “Gas Shuffle”, a new song by Dwongo that also brings in Ding Dong and Mad-X. It has a dubstep vibe to it too but dancehall always evolves into something and then something else.

REVIEW: Sizzla’s “Born A King”

Sizzla photo SizzlaBAK_cover_zpsf32d2b3b.jpg Considering how much music Sizzla Kalonji has recorded and released in the last 15 years, it almost doesn’t matter what he does but Sizzla finds himself in a very good place with the release of Born A King (Muti Music). He knows how to balance the romantic songs along with songs that may require a political or social stance, and he never reaches the level of being slack the way he used to. This means it’s family friendly music, good enough for those who care when he speaks out but pleases those who enjoy it when Sizzla is a gentlemen, perhaps why he calls himself a king for this effort. “Give Jah Praise” will definitely make people happy who enjoy it when he gets into a deep roots vibe. What people will also find a joy is hearing two acoustic versions of songs that have fuller versions earlier in the album, for “I’m Living” and “Got What It Takes”. He continues to go through his different methods of singing, including brief excursions into Auto-Tune but they’re not as heavy as they were about eight to ten years ago. How Sizzla will mature in the coming years is unknown but as long as there are fans showing him support, he is sure to continue his passion for many years. Perhaps seven new albums by this time next year? We’ll see.

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VIDEO: Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad”


Popcaan is a Jamaican artist whose Where We Come From album should blow away anyone who hears him for the first time, and for his new single “Love Yuh Bad”, he get romantic while throwing in subtle humorous stabs on himself but without being demeaning.

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REVIEW: Sizzla’s “Radical”

 photo SizzlaR_cover_zpseb04e855.jpg There are very few artists of any genre that have traveled the same kind of path or explored the limitations done by Sizzla Kalonji. He has released over 500 singles and as for albums, at least 40, mayeb 50 if not 60 or 140, but with Radical (VP) he bounces around with the different styles he has touched on for almost 20 years, showing why he is what he is and where he is today.

You’ll hear songs where he’ll play a modern take of R&B with that sweet falsetto he shows as a crooner or balladeer, or the nice songs where it sounds like roots reggae with a soulful influence. In a song like “What’s Wrong With The Picture?” and “Groove With Me” he is backed with female vocalists that will help you want to visit Jamaica for the first time or make you return many times over. The romantic man gets passionate with something like “That’s Why I Love You” but upon hearing the initial percussion that opens up the title track, it’s a return to his Praise Ye Jah and Black Woman And Child feeling where he is celebrating Jah Love and always condemns the wickedness of the world. There are other songs that sounds like something he would’ve done in the early 1970’s if he was an artist back then, but that occasional return to the power of the nyabinghi shows why Sizzla will remain one of the most untouchable reggae artists in its music’s history. He is very much Radical in every sense of the word.

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VIDEO: Popcaan’s “Everything Nice”


It’s nice to hear someone from Jamaica that still sounds Jamaican, and not from elsewhere. I’m all for exploration and expanding boundaries but sometimes the feeling and sound of home is best, and that’s what Popcaan does in his song “Everything Nice”. This is in preparation for his debut album due out later this year on Mixpak and while he has the means to make it big, I hope he will do so on his terms and making the music he loves. Dancehall continues nicely in Popcaan’s hands.

VIDEO: Major Lazer featuring Moska & RDX’s “Lose Yourself”


Say what you want about Diplo, but are you also talking about his music at all? Are you really listening? “Lose Yourself” is from Major Lazer’s new EP Apocalypse Soon (Secretly Canadian/Mad Decent) and this one is very much on the level of being another juicer for everyone involved.

The vinyl and CD pressings of Apocalypse Soon will be released next week Tuesday.

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AUDIO: Orisha Sound’s “Own Ya”

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Orisha Sound is a singer/songwriter/musician who wants to break some ground in reggae dancehall, and “Own Ya” is a slice of what she has to offer. She even has a song done with the almighty Sizzla, so have a listen and let me know what you think.

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