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


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New York, New York May 2015 (Irish and Chin) — It’s no secret that the legendary Josey Wales is regarded as one of Reggae music’s most influential artists. Recognized as a cornerstone deejay, Wales, who is dubbed the “Outlaw” by peers and fans, helped shape the genre we know and love as Reggae Dancehall. Now, more than ever before, Wales has proven that time hasn’t got a thing on him. This summer alone, the iconic artist has landed performances on 3 major U.S. music festivals. And that’s not all Wales has up his sleeve.
The one and only “Outlaw” has been atop the request list of promoters this year, earning  prime positioning on high profile concerts including the famed “Best of the Best” Music Fest in Bayfront Park (Miami, Florida) on Sunday, May 24; Oracabessa Festival in Roy Wilkins Park (Queens, New York) on Monday, May 25; and the Reggae Meets Blues/Jazz at International Festival of Life, IFOL (Chicago, Illinois) on July 4. What’s extremely befitting is the adulation and praise for Wales music and performances has expanded to a younger generation of Reggae music fans. Notably, Wales has garnered quite the buzz from memorable and electrifying performances at Sting, Sierra Nevada Music Festival and other big events.
” We are overjoyed by the continued support that Wales is receiving from promoters and fans,” says Garfield “Chin” Bourne, Wales’ manager, Irish and Chin.  “A key to success in this industry is to attract new, younger fans, while maintaining a presence with your original fan base.”
Wales is also pegged for Irish and Chin’s high powered event, “Reeewind” on Saturday, July 18, which celebrates Rub-a-Dub culture with live performances by leading artists on legendary sound systems. Expected to draw thousands, “Reeewind” will feature Wales as a part of a “Three the Hard Way” billing — with sparring partners Brigadier Jerry and Charlie Chaplin.  Following the highly anticipated “Reeewind” performance, in August, the top artist will hit Europe for a “Three the Hard Way Tour” for several dates.  This explosive tour will not only feature the trio of deejays, but also Lloyd Parks & We the People band.
As if Wales couldn’t get hotter this year, the artist is ready to release his new single “Push It Good.” Of course, this wouldn’t be a Wales track if it wasn’t controversial. However, the artist says that he will let fans “use their imagination when listening to this song.” For many years, Wales has been visible on the front end of making music, but don’t discount production from his numerous accolades. Wales’ production arm “Frenz For Real” is behind Gully Bop’s smash hit “Body Specialist” (aka “Wuk Ova Mi”). Wales indicates there are a lot more hits coming!
Reggae’s “Mellow Canary,” Barrington Levy released his highly anticipated Acousticalevy album on May 5th through Tafari Records and Levy’s label imprint Black Roses Entertainment.
The album is a compilation of Barrington’s hit songs, re-recorded with a fresh but classic style plus two new songs including “Life Is Great”(ft. Patrice)  and “Times Hard”. Debuting at track number two is Barrington’s famous “Under Mi Sensi” hit, originally released in 1984 with producer Jah Screw, the new acoustical version bring new life to this Hit single. At Number eleven is track “Here I come,” originally released the same year as “Under Mi Sensi,” the titled track secured Barrington a spot in the top of the UK Charts and won Barrington Best Vocalist Award at Britain’s Regge Awards. It was also these two song that secured Bangton Levy a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first reggae artist to hold both first and second spots in the Charts.

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.





I-Octane goes to school; tour kicked off May 5


Kingston, JAMAICA:- Acclaimed reggae singer Byiome Muir aka I-Octane is preparing to go to school, and yes he will definitely be focusing on the three ‘R’s – reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic – and so much more as he seeks to live out the theme, ‘Uplifting the Island’s Children’.
A school tour with a difference is what the Digicel and Busta brand ambassador had in mind when he assembled his team to flesh out the plans for this journey. His idea was to use this opportunity to interact with young minds in a meaningful way and give them a life changing experience. It was decided therefore that  during the month of May – Child Month – Team I-Octane would visit select rural high schools and seek partnership with institutions of higher learning. The day’s activity at each school would therefore focus on motivational talks from both I-Octane and a representative from the college, along with a performance from the artiste and giveaways from sponsors.
“I wanted to visit schools in the country, preferably those that are called ‘deep rural’. The fact is that everything seems to happen in the city – Kingston, Mo Bay – and unfortunately some places are forgotten. I also wanted to bring more to the table than a performance. As artistes, we are always criticized for not using our influence and status to uplift the youth, and with all the killing and the madness  that is taking place, I felt that now is the time for me to take some more crucial steps towards that upliftment,” the Lose A Friend singer explained.
The conscious reggae artiste added “We took the decision to invite HEART Trust NTA to  accompany us and tell the students in detail what they are all about and let these youngsters realize that this is a wonderful opportunity for them after leaving high school.”
The tour, which also has another component, a quiet model search by renowned modeling agency, Saint International, kicked off on  May 5 with a visit to the school named after Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Garvey High School in  St Ann. This will be followed by a trip to Lennon High School, situated in Mocho, in Octane’s home parish, Clarendon, on  May 7. Also on the artiste’s school tour itinerary are Titchfield High School in Portland on May 12; Robert Lightbourne High School in St. Thomas on May 13 and Claude Mckay High School, also in Clarendon on May 18.
Main sponsors for the ‘Uplifting the Island’s Children’ school tour are Digicel and Busta soft drinks, while associate and media sponsors include Youth Link, Fiwi Choice, Heart Trust NTA, Saint International and Di Unit Sound system

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