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A Raver Reasoning with Natural High Music

Natural High
It was Dre Island’s 2014 single “Live Forever” that really turned me on to this production crew from Half-Way Tree.  Jordan “Tallman” Armond emailed me the pre-release single just to get my thoughts on it.  The tune had an infectious, organic sound and a heavy roots vibration, a...
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Jesse Royal “Always Be Around” (Easy Star) 2017

Plus exclusive interview with Jesse Royal! Included here is the brand new single from Jesse Royal titled “Always Be Around,” which is the first single from his forthcoming album on Easy Star Records titled Lily of Da Valley. Hailing from Maroon Town and the Distric of Orange in...
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Raver’s best reggae cuts of 2016!

Here are Raver’s selections for the best reggae tunes of 2016! What were your favorites? Raging Fyah “Milk and Honey” New Kingston “Kingston Fyah” Kenyatta Hill feat. Akae Beka and Puma Ptah “Police Man” Akae Beka “Well Said” Subatomic Sound System feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry “Black Ark Vampires”...
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Raver Reviews: ‘9’ by Jah9

Along with the likes of Protojé, Chronixx, and Jesse Royal, Janine Jah9 Cunningham has become inextricably linked to the Jamaican “reggae revival” movement.  Her new album 9 places her back in the forefront as one of modern roots reggae’s flag-bearer’s.  The album features strong production from Jah9, who...
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Jesse Royal vs. Jah Cure

Who repped Overstand’s Militancy riddim the hardest?  Jesse Royal with “Preying on the Weak” or Jah Cure with “Territory?” Here is a link to purchase the vinyls:!/r/14848/militancy
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The Easy Star Success Story w/ Dermot Hussey

Have a listen to Dermot Hussey’s fantastic radio feature about Easy Star Records, one of the most successful reggae labels on the planet.  New York City’s Easy Star Records have been at the forefront of roots reggae and experimental dub music for more than twenty years.  Having signed...
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