RECORDING ARTISTE TOYA PASSES
Condolences to Joseph Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records on the passing of his wife Toya, recording artiste.
Dre Skull Presents Blacklight Riddim
Fresh from an inspiring and productive trip to Kingston, Dre Skull returns with a new riddim release for the summer. Stepping in at 109bpm, Blacklight Riddim is the perfect collision of Brooklyn and Kingston, a Mixpak mission statement with four of dancehall’s finest: QQ, Spice, Konshens and Tifa. Drawing from dembow, the Caribbean super-loop with an origin story that spans from Kingston to New York in the early 90s, the riddim brings the energetic kick-snare combination to play with gurning rave synths for anthemic party status. Inspired by the energy in the music, all four vocalists take the opportunity to channel raw sexuality, whether it’s Tifa’s search for a stamina daddy, Konshen’s wining song, QQ’s gallis antics or Spice’s classic hard-line sensuality.
Recorded in Kingston, and mixed in Mixpak’s new Brooklyn studios by King Jammy protege Suku (of Ward 21), Blacklight Riddim keeps the JA/BK vibes strong and the summer juggling hot.
Inner Circle Celebrates Jacob Miller and Releases New Tour Dates
You can hear echoes of his staccato vocal style in contemporary singers from Sizzla Kalonji to Iba Mahr, but there was only one Jacob Miller. “Killer” took reggae by storm as the lead singer for Inner Circle in the ’70s, bringing an unprecedented level of energy and presence to the studio and stage.
Miller voiced tracks for Clement Dodd at Studio One as a teenager in the late ’60s, and teamed with Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International for classic singles like 1974’s “Baby, I Love You So.” But it was his work as the frontman for Inner Circle that made him an icon. Miller’s time with Inner Circle was short-just five years separate his earliest recordings with the Bad Boys of Reggae, and his 1980 passing in an automobile accident-but together they left behind a large pool of classic recordings.
Just this year, Inner Circle revisited one of its best known recordings with Miller, 1976’s “Tenement Yard,” on “News Carrying Dread” a collaboration with reggae’s top young draw, Chronixx. A re-issued Tenement Yard riddim also featured new vocals from Assassin and Jesse Royal.
Thanks to YouTube, we can also experience the live shows that helped to build the Jacob Miller legend, like the Heartland Reggae concert featured in the documentary Roots Rock Reggae, and Inner Circle’s performance on France’s Music Machine TV show. Other vocalists may have taken some of his techniques, but the entire package is impossible to replicate.
So today, on what would have been the singer’s 63rd birthday, let’s take a look back at some of Miller’s classic performances.
Loop News Service
Inner Circle Upcoming Tour Dates
June 20 | Colors of the Caribbean Festival | Hollywood, FL
July 10 | Sherwood Festival | Padova, Italy
July 12 | Afro-Latino Festival | Belgium
July 15 | Jazz Cafe | London, UK
July 17 | Seasplash Festival | Croatia
July 19 | Eastrock Festival | Linz, Austria
July 25 | Feelgood Festival | Kragero, Norway
July 26 | Reeds Festival | Switzerland
August 7 | Portland Reggae Festival | Portland, Maine
August 14 | Hard Rock Poolside | Las Vegas, NV
August 16 | Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, California
August 29 | Organic Music Festival | West Greenwich, RI
29 days ago International Music Superstar Busy Signal released the music video for his fun loving song “Text Message!” Fans around the world couldn’t get enough with 144,000 plus views and messages from female fans asking the artist (playfully) to link them on whats app! Haha!
Today, Busy gives DJs what they’ve been asking for, which is the MP3 for the chune! Both the clean and explicit version is available in the download pack at the links below.
Make sure you let team Busy know when the song is added to your radio or mixtape playlist by tweeting him @busysignal_turf
Apologies to fans in Bogota, Colombia who were looking forward to seeing Busy perform in Colombia at the JUMP Festival. Due to circumstances beyond the artists and promoters control, Busy was not able to make it to perform. Busy was extremely disappointed, and is working with festival organizers to secure a new date
Legendary Artist Josey Wales to Headline Several Popular Music Festivals this Summer
The Acousticalevy album represents Levy’s first studio album since the release of Living Dangerously in 1998. It also represents the first release off of Tafari Records by former RAS Records founder, Doctor Dread in over a decade. Both entities are re-energized and gearing up for a promotional tour across the U.S., Europe and Japan. The tour kicks off onMay 20th with an album release concert at New York’s famous B.B. Kings theatre. The album was produced by Barrington Levy and hit-maker, Handel Tucker. Tucker’s previous credits include the platinum-selling record Bonafide by Maxi Priest, The Score album by the Fugees, and I Rise by Etana. The album features brilliant guitar work from Lamont “Monty” Savory of the C Sharp band, along with featured vocals from Patrice on track two, in a song entitled “Life Is Great.”
Gully Bop M-Gee Collab Again For Blessings
Recently, many have adapted the catchy lyric, “From Chicken Wing to Plane Wing” as a motivational quote. This line is from the bubbling hit, “Life Too Sweet,” Gully Bop and M-Gee’s first collaboration together. Based on the success of this single, the two have decided to go for a follow-up with the recording, “Blessing.”
“It has been a great learning experience working with Bop. He brings a lot of creative and visionary thoughts to the table. I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with him,” M-Gee emphasized.
The artiste explained that this new song, “Blessing” was inspired by some of what he has observed in today’s society, “The song is to motivate individuals to work hard for rewards, as opposed to indulging in illegal activities or begging. They want blessings, but they do not want to pray.”
M-Gee pointed out that, “individuals are hoping for a miraculous event to improve their life, often times they refuse to embrace the hard work associated with their expectations. These are the thoughts that created this new tune.”
“Blessing” is produced by GS Entertainment and will be available on iTunes soon. M-Gee also has several other fresh singles released such as, “Back Pocket Hail” with Dexta Daps and “Where is My Fren” featured on the compilation, “Jelly Wata Riddim”.
His team is currently organizing performances throughout the Caribbean and in the United States for an upcoming promotional tour. M-Gee says his current plans include expanding his portfolio, by working with various producers locally and internationally.
DON CORLEONE DOES MILEY WRECKING BALL IN DUB
I-Octane goes to school; tour kicked off May 5