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Better Days Riddim (Oneness Records) best so far in 2017!

Let there be no question as to who dropped the first great reggae album of 2017.  Oneness Records answered that question today with the release of the Better Days Riddim.  The riddim showcase features strong vocal performances from the likes of Iba Mahr / Treesha / Skarra Mucci / Jahcoustix / Dub Inc / Pressure / Chezidek / Naptali.  This riddim compilation is the first “must-have” reggae album to be dropped so far this year.

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Dennis Brown “Concrete Castle King” Dubplate

Check the dubplate for Dennis Brown’s “Concrete Castle King,” a very underrated tune from his VISIONS album.

While this tune is often credited to Brown, it was actually written by guitarist Lloyd ‘Gitsy’ Willis and originally recorded at the Black Ark Studio in 1975 with Saxophonist Dean Fraser on vocals, bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, drummer Robert Stevenson, with Willis on guitar and Calvin ‘Bubbles’ Cameron on trombone.  It was first issued in 1975 as a 7″ single on the Black Explosion label.

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Federation Invasion Podcast (Federation Sound)

Included here is the latest Federation Sound podcast featuring the best reggae and dancehall selections from 2016.  Founded in 1999 by good friends Max Glazer, Kenny Meez, and Cipha Sounds, Federation has become a worldwide force in Reggae music. After Cipha left to pursue his work with Funkmaster Flex’s Big Dawg Pitbulls Kenny and Max continued on and built what is one of the most creative sounds in the business. Known for their wicked arsenal of dubplate specials, exclusive remixes and crazy vibes, Federation rules the dance hall.

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Rodigan premieres new Protoje scorcher!

David Rodigan premiered Protoje’s new songle titled “Blood Money” on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show on Sunday night.  The tune, which is slated for a February 3, 2017 online release, is produced by Phillip “Winta” James for Overstand Entertainment.  Protoje has collaborated with James on several successful projects, including Protoje’s debut album Ancient Future as well as the hit singles “Who Knows” and “Resist Not Evil.”

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Riddim On The Rise:  One photographer’s amazing firsthand look at the 1980s Jamaican dancehall scene

If your only frame of reference for reggae and Jamaican culture is Bob Marley or Snoop Lion rolling papers, prepare to learn something.

The artist who brought us Redemption Song was only one stop in a long progression of musical genres and styles. Originating from ska and rocksteady in the 1960s, reggae gave birth to more progressive, populist genres like dub, dancehall, and ragga through the 1970s and 1980s.

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