Saturday, September 12, 2009

Walshy Fire's Oldies Dancehall Mix - Decades Of Hits!

Black Chiney's Walshy Fire AKA The Prime Minister dropped this oldies dancehall mix live on Miami's 96.1 FM, be sure to check it courtesy of Frank Radio. 97 tracks, spanning the 60s to the 90s, Iyah - disyaonya packs 'nuff fyah!

Jahdan Blakkamoore & Eek A Mouse Down In The Ghetto...

Guyanese born, Brooklyn resident Jahdan Blakkamoore sets to drop his first full length debut album Buzzrock Warrior on Sept. 15th on the Dutty Artz label. His track Cash Flow off of Major Lazer's Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do... has been steadily building steam- what a wicked tune dat, cyaan't stop from play it ova an' ova! Featured below is a track he cut a while back, too hot a one to fall between the cracks... Eek A Mouse's Ghetto Living gets recut as Down In The Ghetto, with Jahdan providing a well fresh vocal style an' pattern! Rub a dub attack, run up the track seeelectah!

Jahdan Blakkamoore - Down In The Ghetto (Ghetto Living Riddim)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Necessary Mayhem A Come Down With Riddim!

Curtis Lynch is pumpin' out the top shots outta London, UK with the latest Necessary Mayhem release featuring Super Cat's Come Down Riddim originally produced by William Maragh on Wild Apache. The 2009 refix version of the riddim has some serious vocalists saddlin' up pon it, such as Pinchers recutting his all time classic Bandelero, Joey Fever 'longside Million Stylez (what a wicked Swedish combo!!) with their Young Gunz track that is in great demand for dubplate cuts inna Europe. Outta the UK come the old school teacha Papa Levi, who makes his return with Speed Rappin, Tippa Irie with Tippa On The Mic an' Mr Williamz with The Real General. Check the links below for sound clips, the images for Myspace pages and the promo photo up top for digikal downloads via Necessary Mayhem's website. Watch out, Necessary Mayhem come down an' a Babylon bun!

Pinchers - Bandelero (Come Down Riddim)

Million Stylez & Joey Fever - Young Gunz (Come Down Riddim)

Mr Williamz - Real General (Come Down Riddim)

Papa Levi - Speed Rappin (Come Down Riddim)

Tippa Irie - Tippa On The Mic (Come Down Riddim)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Steely Lives On!

Sad to say that keyboardist, riddim builda & producer Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson, of the Steely & Clevie duo, passed away at age 47 on Sept. 1st, 2009 in a hospital in East Patchogue, New York. He was suffering from pneumonia after having recovered from kidney complications in December 2008. He had surgery for a blood clot in the brain shortly before he died. Steely started up as part of Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion crew playing keyboards on the Ghetto-ology album in 1978. He had also been a session player at Studio One throughout the late 70s, then saddled up pon the Roots Radics possee in the early 80s. It was while working on Hugh Mundell's Africa Must Be Free By 1983, at Lee Perry's Black Ark Studios, that Steely met Clevie. They then joined the ranks of King Jammy's crew in 1986, ushering in the minimal electronic sound that followed the Sleng Teng riddim an' ruled the dance by launching the label into digikal dominance, with a slew of tough riddims versioned by the biggest names of the time - cutting as many as 10 singles a week! In 1988, Steely & Clevie launched their own label, in their name, which produced many a hit and ran Silver Hawk Sound outta Barbicon, Kingston JA. So much a part of Jamaica's musical history, Steely & Clevie is a foundational sound that managed to stay up to the times - as their Street Sweeper riddim clearly shows today, still. Below is a 2 hour discussion session for the Red Bull Academy in 2005, that is well crucial, as it sheds light on Steely & Clevie's involvement in the development of the early sounds of dancehall, as well as their musical knowledge an' skills. Also courtesy of the one Sir Greg, there are links below to two Silver Hawk Sound sessions from the mid 80s an' early 90s, me nah forget fee post it, big thanks Iyah... Steely might be gone, but his music lives on!

Steely & Clevie (Partial) Discography

Silver Hawk VS Stone Love (Part 1)
Silver Hawk VS Stone Love (Part 2)

Silver Hawk - Inna Session 1986 (Part 1)
Silver Hawk - Inna Session 1986 (Part 2)