Saturday, 31 December 2011

Popcaan - Only Man She Want (Official Video)

Popcaan - Only Man She Want
Lost Angel Riddim
Roadblock Films

Cham ft O - Wine (Official Video)

Cham ft O - Wine
Produced by Cashflow Records
Directed by Cashflow Family

Supa Hype, Chi Ching & Munga - Imma Need Security (Official Video)

Supa Hype, Chi Ching & Munga - Imma Need Security
Chimney Records / UPT 007 Records
Directed by Steven Bernard
 

Hezron Clarke - She's All Woman/Can't Come (Official Video)

Hezron Clarke
She's All Woman/Can't Come
Directed by Asha, Slingshot Video 

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christopher Martin - Cheaters Prayer (Official Video)

Christopher Martin - Cheater's Prayer
Cardiac Strings Riddim
Track produced by Cr203 Recordings/ Cheeny Big Son Productions
Directed by Asha - FarEye Films

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

School Fee Riddim Medley (Official Video)

Featuring a host of different artists, this is easily one of my favourite medleys to come out of 2011!

School Fee Riddim Medley
School Fee Riddim produced by Subkonshus Music
Video directed by Road Block Films


Konshens - World Citizen (Official Video)

Konshens - World Citizen
World Citizen Riddim produced by Roots Survival Records
Video produced by B.Vincze

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Spragga Benz & Delly Ranx Live - Federation Invasion Show

Earlier on this month, Spragga Benz and Delly Ranx made an appearance on the Federation Invasion Show presented by Max Glazer and DJ Autograph on East Village Radio. For me personally, this video is a snapshot of what authentic Dancehall is all about...Vibes!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Jah Cure Giveaways

It's always nice when artists give something back to their fans, but it feels extra nice when it's an artist of Jah Cure's stature! Going out to his lovely fans, here are his newest singles all available for free download. Also, don't forget to follow him on Twitter @IAMJAHCURE

Nothing Is Impossible - Jah Cure
Directed by Preplex Productions


Yes, it's true! This track from the World Cry album really is up for free download. Despite being one of my favourite tracks of the moment, the video alone tells a beautiful story and really captures the heart. Congratulations to Jah Cure and Kamila McDonald as they start their new life together!

This next track is brought to us on the Heart & Soul Riddim and is entitled 'From My Heart.' As you'd expect from the title, the words in this one seem to come straight from the Heart! Have a listen to the track below...



This next Jah Cure track is brought to us on ZJ Chrome/Cr203 Recordings' Cardiac Strings Riddim which compliments Jah Cure's voice and really encompasses that classic reggae sound. Surely this one needs no further introduction, so here is Jah Cure - Nothing...



The fourth and final track which Jah Cure has kindly given away is Mother Earth which features on the mighty Monte Carlo Riddim. Whilst being a beautiful soundtrack, we must remember that this one is actually sending out a very important, yet often ignored message...Download all of these tracks here.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Lesson Time in Dancehallogy

Having started their musical journey as a collective over 20 years ago now, the iconic sound system Bass Odyssey have travelled to places all over the globe spreading the sounds of Reggae and Dancehall. Without a doubt they are one of the most sought-after sound systems in the World, and have most certainly earned their reputation by winning countless numbers of sound clashes with their unique style of juggling, and their catalog of dubplates.

Having been anticipating a Sound Clash in the UK for quite a while now, it's an understatement to say that I was elated when I heard their newly released mix, or shall I say lesson. Entitled Dancehallogy, this mix can only be described as the 'original Bass Odyssey juggling style of mostly dub plate specials in a unique hardcore party style.' Supporting artists from all over the World including the UK, Dancehallogy features the hottest tracks from 2011 so far including summer anthems such as Every Gal by Mavado and Chipmunk, Chan Dizzy's 'Strange Face' and Aidonia's 'Nuh Tek Chat.'

Despite selecting some of the biggest tracks from the year so far, their high level of expertise as a sound also sees them feature some of the baddest riddims to come out of the year so far. Being my personal favourites too, the mix features riddims such as ZJ Chrome's 'Contra Riddim,' Roach's 'Overproof Riddim' and TJ Records' 'World Boss Riddim.' Download the clean version here, or the raw version here.

I'll let the dub plates and the mix do the rest of the talking but I do hope that you enjoy your Dancehallogy lesson as much as I've enjoyed mine. I wish I got taught this subject in school...



R.I.P Kirk 'Squingy' Bennett (1972 - 2009) who was a highly valued and much loved selector in the Bass Odyssey sound. Whilst he may be gone, he will never be forgotten! 

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

What is Dancehall Without The Dancers?

From the very first time that I watched this video, I really liked it for a number of reasons. Despite the variety of dancing and the soundtrack, it was the concept of the project that really grabbed me. With the concept being to get into the minds of dancers today and to hear about their lives, their influences and what dancing means to them, we begin to see that the dancers are being heavily overlooked these days.

In this video we see Konshens get personal with the dancers on a one-to-one level, and really explore the role that dancers play in all types of music and music videos globally, but most particularly in Dancehall. On a final note, I'd like to big up all of the Dancers involved in this project; Untouchable, Stacia Fyah, Elite Team, Keiva, Raddy Rich,

Konshens - Do Sum'n
Subkonshus Music
Ward 21 Production

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Monday, 31 October 2011

Popcaan - Clean (Official Video)

Popcaan - Clean
Snapback Riddim produced by TJ Records
Video directed by Road Block Films

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Reggae Roast Presents Gappy Ranks Live

Having recently returned from performing in Australia, Gappy Ranks and friends will be performing with his live band in London tomorrow night before he jets off yet again to tour the US with Collie Budz!

This event will be taking place down at the Jazz Cafe in Camden, so why not come along and join Gappy and his friends, such as Christopher Ellis, performing a variety of tracks throughout the night.




The night is presented by Reggae Roast
who are known for having put on a series of sold out events at this particular venue, so there is no doubt that this one will also adhere to the trend. Gappy Ranks himself will be performing a catalog of his hits ranging from the hugely successful 'Heaven in Her Eyes,' to this Summer's smash hit 'Tun Up' which is featured on his most recent album 'Thanks & Praise.' Below is a video of Gappy Ranks performing live a couple of weeks ago in Australia...



To purchase tickets, you can click here.


Summary of the details
Venue: The Jazz Cafe
Date: 20/10/2011
Address: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Cost: 12.50
Times: 19:00 - 01:00

Gappy Sundayz - 09/10/2011 - Champion Squad

Having attended the Gappy Sundayz Launch night a few weeks back, a few things were noticeable to me upon my arrival. Firstly and most importantly, the night seemed to be growing in numbers with more and more people realising that Gappy Sundayz is the only way to end their weekend! With enough attendees to fill the capacity of the dance floor and create a nice partying atmosphere, the night was ready to get into full swing...

 
Upon my actual entrance to the venue, resident DJ Bugzy Sound was building up a vibe, people were still arriving, and drinks were being ordered by the bar. In the atmosphere, a slight sense of excitement lingered and the anticipation of the set from the guest sound Champion Squad could be felt all around the premises. Even I found myself glancing at the clock to try and estimate when they were going to grace the decks!


Travelling all the way from Miami, Florida, Champion Sound made their debut in London at Gappy Sundayz on Sunday 9th October 2011! Being a memorable date for this reason, and the fact that the majority of the crowd, including myself, were unaware of their musical ability up until this date, this edition of Gappy Sundayz was one that was likely to stick to mind.
 

Playing Dancehall, Reggae, and Bashment, Champion Squad ensured that they left an everlasting memory in our heads and set the levels for the guest DJ’s scheduled to DJ at the event in the forthcoming weeks. Whilst exhibiting the quality of their music collection, they also took the time to remind us of who they were throughout their set by playing a series of dubplates. Not that we were going to forget who they were after the selection that they laid down on the night! Here is a clip taken live on the night to give you a little insight of the set which they delivered... (The video quality is not the best,  my apologies!)



If that wasn't enough for you, you can download the full set here!

Now from the look of things, the set was enjoyed by all including the CEO Gappy Ranks, and the duo from the night which was of course DJ Reem and Hypa Snypa who together form Champion Squad. I personally loved their set to the point that I didn’t want to vacate the venue and I had my cab driver outside waiting for me! On a final note, I have now vowed to keep up-to-date with the current activities of these guys, and listen to them on a regular basis. I look forward to their return to London and I deeply hope that they won’t keep me waiting too long!!!

Monday, 10 October 2011

In Remembrance of Alton Ellis

Today marks the third year since the passing of reggae legend Alton Nehemiah Ellis. Also commonly referred to as the 'Godfather of Rocksteady,' the Jamaican born musician's  influence in the world of music has been truly remarkable. Whilst his music is still recognised Worldwide by millions of people, he is still very much alive and lives on with us today. 

Below I have posted one of Alton Ellis' trademarking songs, accompanied by a quote from the man himself regarding both the track, and how the emergence of 'Rocksteady' actually came about. Whilst 'Get Steady - Rock Steady' was noticeably the first song to use the term "rocksteady," and illustrate the more laid-back tempo which later evolved into reggae, 'Girl I've Got A Date' was in fact the very first rocksteady song.
"I was off the scene for a while during the ska period and when I returned and joined the Treasure Isle studio, I came there with a different mood. The musicians picked up on that and we kept on going in that direction. The music became slower, which gave the bass player the time to play more notes. In 1965 I named it rocksteady. The first rocksteady song was 'Girl I've Got A Date'. That one was still a bit up-tempo, leaning towards ska. It turned the tide and made Treasure Isle the number one studio." - Alton Ellis



The pioneering reggae artist's catalog of music stretches over many years, featuring a number of artists and also entails a number of great hits on record labels such as Trojan, Treasure Isle and Studio One. The next track is one that I heard many a time on a Sunday morning whilst Mum and Dad were in the kitchen cooking. Holding many memories for myself and people all over the World, I simply could not resist...



This next video which I have chosen to include shows the late great Alton Ellis performing live at the Jazz Cafe in the very same year that he passed away showing that he still had it right up until his dying days.




Whilst Alton Ellis may be physically gone, his legacy certainly lives on! Here, his son Christopher Ellis does a tribute to his father, as well as a cover of the Alton Ellis classic 'Willow Tree.' Whilst paving the way for himself in his very own musical career, the talented recording artist clearly takes after his father and is a living memory of the late great Alton Ellis. 

R.I.P Alton Nehemiah Ellis xx



Monday, 3 October 2011

Gappy Sundayz Launch - Review

A plush venue, an intriguing line-up, and a wide selection of music throughout the night pretty much sums up my first experience of Gappy Sundayz! Presented by Hot Coffee Music and featuring different special guest DJ's from all over the World each week, Gappy Sundayz at NW Wine Bar is definitely the only place to be on a Sunday night.

Don't worry if you hadn't yet heard about this new night up until now, because it only begun last week on Sunday 25th September 2011. Although it has to be said that you haven't missed much, you've certainly missed enough! After travelling down to North West London to review the Launch of the event last week, here's my take on what occurred on the night...


Not quite knowing what to expect at the event, I ventured down to NW Wine Bar to find resident DJ's Bugzy Sound, Doopz Squad, and Ants International each taking it in turns to provide the musical entertainment. After initially wondering what sort of music would be played at the event, it wasn't long before my mind was set to rest. 

Upon entrance to the venue, Kelly Rowland - Motivation happened to be one of the very first songs that I heard, and I think it's safe to say that there is no shortage of versatility in the selection of music at this event. Whilst it is understandable that some people might have expected a night provided by Gappy Ranks to consist purely of Reggae, Dancehall and Bashment, this was certainly not the case!

The genres provided by the entertainers ranged from R&B and Hip Hop, to Reggae and Dancehall which coincidentally took us on a musical journey which stretched over the years. Reminiscing on Dancehall riddims that we don't hear everyday such as the Joyride riddim, Log On riddim etc, and then ending the night selecting tracks such as Ashanti - Foolish, the DJ's successfully fulfilled their purpose of catering for all types of music lovers on the night.

With a very warm and welcoming atmosphere inside of the venue, I would say that Gappy Sundayz is the perfect way to end your weekend, or on the other hand, to kick off your week! Perhaps not in the sense of feeling revitalised, but in the sense of living life to the fullest and enjoying each day as if it were your last. Ladies have no excuse whatsoever seeing as admission for them is free all night, whilst guys will only be charged a mere £5 on the door! With no obligation to buy tickets or be charged a substantial amount on the door, it can easily be a spontaneous decision for a nice night out each and every Sunday! Starting from 9pm and lasting up until 2am, why not come down and check it out for yourself!

The details are as follows...
What? Gappy Sundayz
Where? NW Wine Bar, 61 Warm Lane, London NW6 4QR (Next to Willesden Green Station)
When? Each and every Sunday
Why? "Everyting tun up!"

Friday, 30 September 2011

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Bedroom Bully Mix by Gappy Ranks (Free Dungload)

Press play... (No P.Diddy!)



What you just heard was 'Cool Water' by Gappy Ranks which is Track 13 on the Bedroom Bully Mix CD and also happens to be my favourite track featured on the mix! Back in February you may recall me doing a review of the 'Dusty' Mix which was 100% Gappy Ranks and was presented by the one and only Moviestar Johnny. Since then, Hot Coffee Music have continued to give back to their supporters giving out a countless number of free tracks as well as the 'No Long Talking' mix CD from their artist Redd.

As if that wasn't enough freeness for you, Gappy Ranks has just provided us with yet another giveaway. This one is a mix entitled "Bedroom Bully - Gyalis Order, Volume One" and is 100% Gappy Ranks, Ladies Choice. Featuring the likes of Alison Hinds, Lisa Hype and Timber-Lee, there is no reason as to why this mix should be limited to the just the ladies because there is definitely something on there for the men too!



Despite one interlude that I'm not too keen on, this Mix CD is a must have for the collection. You can download the mix by clicking on the image of the front cover above, clicking here, or you can even request a hard copy here! Signing out with something that Gappy himself would say...
"Ah bedroom bully she call me!"

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Jay Sean - The Mistress - Review

Where do I start?

Well I can still remember the days when I used to sing along to "Eyes On You" and wiggle my hips to the "Oh-oh your body's whining, oh-oh oh-oh bumpin' and grindin." I know right, I cringed at the thought too!

Since then, Jay Sean has come an awful long way since his debut album "Me Against Myself" back in 2004. Being one of the few British artists to conquer the US, Jay Sean has paved the way for other artists and has shown us that whilst it might not be the easiest thing to do, you can make the music that you want and still be highly successful. Regardless of him having being the first British artist to be signed to Cash Money Records, the first UK Urban Act to reach number 1 on the Hot 100, and the first artist of South Asian decent to reach number 1 on the Hot 100, he certainly is no finished yet!  

"If the next step after America was the moon, I can guarantee you I'd be on the first rocket there." - Jay Sean

Despite all of his success, it seems as though there is still time for a freebie, and I'm certainly not complaining! At the same time as giving something back to his fans, his latest mixtape entitled 'The Mistress,' reminds us of just how talented this singer/songwriter really is. The first and last tracks on the mixtape were purely created by Jay Sean himself, and by this I mean no instruments, no backing track, just beatboxing! If that's still not enough for you, the mixtape features Jay Sean's cover of the legend Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain." If you have not yet been enlightened to this cover, you have definitely been missing out! Each and every time that I hear it, it sends shivers down my spine and even if that track is the fundamental reason that you choose to download this mixtape, it would be a pretty good one! You can download the "The Mistress" by clicking here and I thoroughly hope that you enjoy it as much as I do! (Find the Waiting in Vain cover below)
  

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Konshens With Something Special For The Ladies

"Konshens when I hear your voice I get wet..."

Now this was the very first thing that I heard when I began to play the files from my freshly downloaded folder, but don't think for one minute that this discouraged me from listening!


Branded as strictly for the ladies and presented by the Kingston AllStars, this one is entitled the 'Konshens Girls Mixtape.' There are a variety of tracks available making it quite diverse and more importantly enjoyable for many. Some of the tracks featured on the mixtape take the form of freestyles on R&B hits such as "What's My Name" "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" and the very sexy "Motivation." Whilst showing his adaptable nature as an artist, the mixtape also includes some of the most popular and well known Konshens' tracks such as "Good Girl Gone Bad" featuring Tarrus Riley and my personal favourite "Gal Dem A Talk!"




In Konshens' very own words "The music nice to rahtid" so I would strongly suggest that you start downloading and unzipping because Konshens is really about to make the girls dem talk! Click here to download. Also, don't forget to follow Konshens and the Kingston AllStars on Twitter!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Hot Off The Press: Mr Vegas Official Video

Now I've been itching to see this video for quite a while now! In fact, I can still recall the very first time that I listened to the track and if I remember correctly, I kept rewinding it and singing along to the lyrics for a good 3 or 4 hours straight! At first I was imagining being out in a little dress and pair of heels dancing away to the lyrics 'Bad man nuh dress like girl...' and then suddenly hearing this get mixed in! This then lead to my recurring thought which is along the lines of 'Damn, why can't I mix and do this myself?! ' 

However, going back to my original point, this track is one of my favourites from Mr Vegas this year for a number of reasons. Firstly because the lyrics are very relevant to the events which are occurring at this very moment in time. (If you know what I mean, then you know what I mean!' Secondly, this brand new official video actually features the one and only Harry Toddler who made the original track 'Nuh Dress Like Girl' on the Sniper Riddim back in 1998, and you have to respect Mr Vegas for bringing this one back because it is a Classic Dancehall riddim which we all know and love. Not only has he brought it back, but he has also managed to do it very well! I will leave you with the lyric 'Well as a man yuh haffi know certain law, weave on and false hair ah fi Lady Saw!' (Funnily enough, this is exactly what I tweeted when I first heard the track.)

Certain Law (Remix) - Mr Vegas ft Harry Toddler
Barbwire Riddim
Produced by D.Blake and C.Smith
Directed by Terminal 4 Media


 

Monday, 12 September 2011

Hot Off The Press : Stylo G Official Video

This track has certainly been doing its rounds on the music circuit over the last few months, and I'm sure you will all be pleased to know that the long awaited wait for the official video is now finally over.

Stylo G - Call Mi A Yardie
Produced by Kody
Warning Records


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Hot Off The Press: Stylo G Promo Video

This is undoubtedly my favourite Stylo G track and from previous blog posts, it is evident to see that I rate and support him as an artist so I don't feel the need to repeat myself. However if you did miss the previous posts which I wrote on this artist, you can download his mixtape presented by Robbo Ranx here, and you can watch the official Swagga Dem video here, but for now...
"None ah dem cyaan go 'round his style!"

Hot Off The Press: Lights ft Ghetts Official Video

Once I'd clicked play on this video, the beat of the track instantly made me want to hear more. With the track having a very catchy element to it, I'm probably going to spend the rest of my day uttering 'Not a New Era, Snap Back!' *covers eyes*

You cannot deny the fact that the video fits the concept of the track perfectly, and to be fair I don't see what else they could have done with this one. Although I can't agree that it's all about Snap Backs because it might have to be a 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' situation as Russian stated, but either way I really like it so big up Lights and Ghetts on this one!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Hot Off The Press: Stephen Marley ft Melanie Fiona Official Video

I have not gone one day without listening to this track since having ownloaded Stephen Marley's EP entitled 'Revelation Part 1 : The Root Of Life,' so I was most pleased to find that the official video was now available for viewing. For such a powerful track, I expected no less than an oasis of serenity, and this was certainly accomplished in this video. With the warm landscapes in the background throughout the video complimenting the soft and mellow tone of Stephen Marley's vocals alongside the sweet vocals of the beautiful songstress Melanie Fiona, I can only suggest that you sit down, relax and forget about all of your troubles as you enjoy this one. Even if it is just for the 3 minutes and 44 seconds which it lasts for!
Stephen Marley ft Melanie Fiona - No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room
 

Monday, 5 September 2011

Hot Off The Press : Gappy Ranks Official Video

With yet another inspirational and uplifting track from Gappy Ranks' second album 'Thanks & Praise,' comes a brand new official video to accompany it! To download the track on iTunes click here.

Gappy Ranks - The Road
Produced By Clement / Animal Sons
Video Filmed & Edited By Jojo

Sunday, 21 August 2011

My Riddim of the Month

This is a riddim that I first heard at the beginning of the month and has stuck in my mind ever since. With Russian on the buttons, this is another big riddim coming from the Head Concussion Records camp that has had me smiling from ear to ear whenever I've heard it. Entitled the Rio riddim and featuring pieces from a number of artists such as Voicemail, Hyah Slice and Gyptian, this is definitely a riddim to take notice of!




To download this riddim on iTunes (USA) click here.To download this riddim on iTunes (UK) click here.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Hot Off The Press: Coldsteps Official Video

The majority of people will probably be most familiar with Coldsteps due to his simple yet effective hooks and punchlines such as 'Say No More' and 'I Will Be There.' Having launched his solo career a while back, Coldsteps has continued to work on building up his reputation as an artist. So rather than just being seen as a host and being spotted out and about on the club scene, he has now launched his debut video so that you can watch him from your computer and perhaps even TV screens. Still refusing to lose the original 'I Will' element of his hooks, this track is entitled 'I Will Never Love Again' and features Darren Martyn. This single is set to be released via Whoa Records very soon but for now, here is the video!

Coldsteps ft Darren Martyn - I Will Never Love Again
Produced by Darren Martyn
Directed by Mark Potter

Monday, 8 August 2011

Friday, 22 July 2011

Free Dungload - Stinkin Rich by Gappy Ranks (Remix)

With 'Every Gyal' by Chipmunk and Movado looking set to be a Summer Anthem, Simple Simon remixed one of last Summer's anthems 'Stinkin Rich' on the Every Gyal riddim. Giving the summer smash by Gappy Ranks a new and simple twist, Stinkin Rich may very well do it all over again this year, but on a different riddim! Although I still love the original and rotate it all the time as if it were a new track, this one is definitely worth the download (dungload as Gappy would say) and could do some damage if mixed appropriately. In case you needed reminding of the original, check out the official video below and you can dungload the remix by clicking here.

Mr Adaggio is On One!

I've previously provided you with his debut mixtape M.I.T.O but since then he's still being keeping me well entertained. So with this track being a personal favourite, I felt that this cover definitely deserved an appearance on my blog! Don't forget to follow him on Twitter and keep updated with the UK's number one violinist!

House Entertainment present House @ Raduno, Emotions - Review

With my original plans to go to Silver Fox’s birthday bash having being cancelled, I was still very much in the mood to venture out but wasn’t quite decided on where my legs were going to take me. Offering a very enticing House line up was a night by House Entertainment entitled 'Emotions' set to take place in Raduno. Known for having a 24hr party license and hosting some of the best after parties on the underground scene, this event seemed like the hot spot. As if I needed persuading any further, the line-up consisted of La Petite, Sef Kombo and the Dynamic Duo Weighty J and Coldsteps, so you know that I was 100% attending after having seen those names on the line up!

Now if you are not familiar with House Entertainment, they are a movement doing very big things for the scene. Providing us with some of the best House street parties, House after parties and now all-dayers...They provide us with real House music events, at a reasonable price, and they do it very well!

Now on this night, LA Petite was the first DJ to grace the decks upstairs in the Red Room. Laying down a perfectly entertaining House set and even managing to tickle male insecurities at her selection of one particular track, she most definitely made her mark on the night. Stepping up after LA Petite, I can assure you that Sef Kombo’s pride was still intact as he brought that Afro House sound into the Red Room. Being the founder of Til Two and a very well respected House DJ travelling globally to exhibit his skills, Sef Kombo always delivers a quality House set and to be fair, his consistency simply cannot be questioned. Although the whole set was one to remember and can be downloaded here, the moment that he dropped that Bucie - Your Kiss vocal is one that sticks to mind. The whole room was lifted as the attendees sung along in unison and one thought crossed my mind...For the love of House!

With La Petite and Sef Kombo having already delivered their sets, there was only really one more set that I was waiting for and that was the set of the Dynamic Duo, Weighty J and Coldsteps. Regularly shutting down events with House and Funky, the dynamic duo did something that many people probably didn’t think that they could do and put down a strictly house set in Raduno’s Red Room. So you’re probably wondering if they pulled it off and without sounding too colloquial, I can assure you that it went off! Unlike the other sets, this one had a host which encouraged a bit more crowd interaction and one-liners such as ‘We just Say No More’ served their purpose. Finishing the hooks and even taking over Coldsteps’ voice at times, the vibes inside of the Red Room could be felt by everyone. Weighty J who is said to have 'secretly excelled in the music industry' being Scorcher's tour DJ, showed his diversity alongside his host Coldsteps and delivered nothing other than a purely House set. My favourite part of that set had to of been when Coldsteps begun to reel off the slightly remixed ‘When you come to my house’ hook. The occurrence of ‘When you come to my come to my...’ was almost like a signal for the sour faced skanks to come out, and once again, the crowd became heavily involved! The attendees were simply enjoying themselves, forgetting that they had work in a few hours like I did, and most importantly getting their house on! To download the Dynamic Duo's set simply click here.

Thanks to House Entertainment, Team Dudley, LA Petite, Sef Kombo, Weighty J and Coldsteps because that was definitely an after-party well worthy of my attendance and lack of sleep! All of the sets from the night can be downloaded here. Finally, this Saturday, for one night only, House Entertainment are doing it all over again down at Raduno! Click here for more information.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Gappy Ranks' 'Thanks & Praise' Album Launch

Tuesday night does not strike me as a night to venture out of the house and have a drink whilst catching some live entertainment, but this particular Tuesday was an exception. With Gappy Ranks' second album 'Thanks and Praise' scheduled to be hitting shelves worldwide on the Monday 4th July, the official launch party to celebrate this release was to be held on Tuesday 5th July at Sebastian’s Wine Bar in South London. Presented by Vibes Fm, the night was hosted by the likes of Courtney Melody and Commander B, but also included a host of special guest DJ's such as Allan Brando and of course the man of the night, Gappy Ranks.

Despite the fact that the rain was falling steadily that evening, a vast number of people made the effort to come out and show their support. The venue had already reached its maximum capacity by the time that I had arrived, and had many more people shown up, it would have most likely resulted in a street party in the rain! This night was the perfect opportunity to meet and greet Gappy Ranks himself, enjoy live performances of some of the tracks featured on the Thanks and Praise album as well as some of his most well known tracks, such as Stinking Rich and Heaven in Her Eyes. Most importantly for me, it gave the people a real insight into where Gappy Ranks is coming from in terms of his inspirations, and also the many struggles which he had to overcome before reaching global success. Below is a short clip from the night which includes his performance of his Reggae hit 'Heaven in Her Eyes.'



Collaborating with some of the biggest artists all over the globe such as Christopher Ellis, Delly Ranx, and Russian from Head Concussion Records, this album always seemed like nothing but a continuation of the hard work which he had put into his debut album 'Put the Stereo On.' With people already being acquainted with some of the tracks off of the album such as 'Tun Up' which has caused a storm in the music scene over the last few months, this album is destined for great worldwide success.

There were a number of artists and producers in attendance on the night to support Gappy Ranks but speaking of well known artists from all over the globe, I cannot fail to mention the artist who created the Dancehall anthem 'Wacky Dip' alongside Voicemail. If you don't yet know who I'm referring to, it could only be Ding Dong! Bringing his presence to South London's Sebastian’s, look at what occurred when he took to the microphone at the Thanks and Praise Album Launch Party.



With Ding Dong having explained the extent of the freeness which was provided on the night, there was absolutely nothing for the attendees to complain about. The night was one of extremely good value and a night not to have been missed! Where else can you go to see one of the most sought after artists of the moment perform live for free?! So on a final note; I would like to send some Thanks and Praise out to the people who made the night a great success. Firstly, thank you to Vibes Fm for putting on such a great night, thank you to all of the entertainers for providing the good vibes by laying down an exquisite selection of music, and thank you to Gappy Ranks and the Hot Coffee Music team because it could not have happened without you!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Love and Affection at Mustard Bar (Toddler's Birthday Bash) - 2nd July 2011 - Review

Once again providing us with a line up boasting profession and quality, the flyer for this event spoke for itself! Entertainers on the night read as Invasion Crew, Celebrity Supa, New Winner Roadshow, Chuckie, Love Connexion, Pure Vibes, Trackstars and Docta Cosmic with hosts MJ, Creeper and Coldsteps!



Taking over Mustard Bar for yet another instalment of the highly accredited Love and Affection, IC promotions were doing it again! Glancing around before the venue filled out I could see that everything was firmly under control, and that the only thing that was missing was the ravers who were anxiously awaiting entry. Not being particularly thirsty or in need of a drink, I realised that it was the only time throughout the entire night that I was going to get such easy access to the bar until approximately 4am when the dance was finished. Therefore I took that as the perfect opportunity to purchase myself a drink!

Undeniably being one of the most talented and renowned DJ's on the circuit, it was only right for Toddler to celebrate his birthday in true style. The Louis Vuitton Don stepped out looking neatly attired from head to toe and from the look of the attendees on the night, it seemed like he had ‘a trailer load ah gal like Shabba dem!’ The ratio of men to women inside Mustard Bar on the night was something which Love and Affection is often credited for (By males anyway!) It was mentioned to me by another female in attendance that ‘There was too many gal!’ and seeing as she had a valid point, perhaps I could take this moment to speak on behalf of the ladies and request a few more men next time! Speaking of males, let’s see how well the male entertainers delivered on the night...

Birthday Boy aka Toddler, the Louis Vuitton Don

Yes, I literally meant head to toe!

 

The warm up set consisted mainly of Hip Hop and RnB classics which served its purpose and warmed up the crowd, but nonetheless got a little bit boring after a while. New Winner Roadshow then stepped up kicking off their set with Drake - Show Me a Good Time and this was exactly what we were all hoping for!


Celebrity Supa
With the NWR set coming to a close, a vast number of the attendees were heavily anticipating the Reggae and Dancehall, so it was clear to see that the arrival of Love Connexion had come just at the right time. As X-Rated and Silver Fox (Love Connexion) took the decks and started laying down their selection, there was a sudden influx of ladies on the dance floor, and not surprisingly, most of the seating areas became vacant. Delivering a set with a rather reminiscent mood to it, Love Connexion had everyone singing in unison and swaying to the sound of sweet reggae music! Whilst we were getting our ‘Grandad skanks’ on as Silver Fox might say, Celebrity Supa was busy entertaining the crowd downstairs with some House and Funky.



In the majority of events these days, you will find that if they have two rooms of music, they will often have the House & Funky in one room, and then everything else in the other. Unlike these events, IC promotions usually ensure that they incorporate a House and Funky set into the main bar area upstairs, allowing those who like to enjoy the best of both to do so at ease. On the night, I also realised that IC promotions weren’t too stringent with the music policy downstairs, and seemed to trust their selected DJ’s to do as they felt necessary and simply entertain the crowd. For me, this seems to be the winning formula which makes Love and Affection stand apart from the rest, and remain the very successful brand which we know it as today.



Cosmic and Creeper building up a vibe!
Now looking back to the previous Love and Affection for MJ’s Birthday, the selected House and Funky DJ for the main upstairs bar was Kiss’ very own DJ Pioneer, but this time around it was Docta Cosmic alongside hosts Coldsteps and Creeper. Justifiably referring to himself as ‘Shutdown Wizard,’ Docta Cosmic delivered a House & Funky set which did just that. The mixing was tight; the crowd were full of energy, and certainly didn’t hesitate to interact. Reciting Coldsteps’ and Creeper’s hooks, whilst displaying some serious sour faced skanks, it was evident to see that the set was being appreciated. Not only was this a result of the mixing, but as hosts on the set, Coldsteps and Creeper have to be saluted for giving the music time to breathe, whilst still being able to deliver their hooks effectively.

Coldsteps and MJ

Coldsteps and myself

Having already heard a wide range of genres from a selection of DJ’s, the time had come for the main set from the Birthday Boy himself and his host MJ. Regularly invading the streets and attending around four bookings on the average Saturday night, Invasion Crew were exclusive to this night and were consequently limited to just the one set. Of course this one was of extra special value seeing as it was Toddler’s Birthday, so expectations were high. Never failing to meet these expectations, they selected the latest Bashment, alongside the Dancehall classics that we love, and of course it wouldn’t have been an Invasion set without dubplates!

Toddler and MJ (Invasion Crew)

Toddler and MJ in the mix


 After shelling down Mustard Bar with that selection, Invasion did something a little different and took us on a journey back to the days of Jungle. So with the time reading approximately 3.20am and Jungle having taken over the main room, I became intrigued to find out what was occurring downstairs. With each step that I conquered, the sound of Jungle became more minimal, as the sound of Soca became more and more prominent. I begun to wonder who was behind the decks because impressively, they weren’t selecting the most obvious Soca tracks, and the set was sounding astonishingly good! Of course, it could only have been Trackstars’ very own James fully entertaining the ladies and coming up with such a fine selection of Soca.

 
Dancing through the crowd to find myself a spot to really observe what was occurring downstairs, I couldn’t resist getting involved. The Caribbean side of me must have come out because before I knew it, I was joining the Soca train and waving my hands from left to right. Although there may not have been so many people downstairs, there is no denying that the Love and Affection vibe was present on both floors.





Overall, I can safely say that the people who attended Love and Affection on Saturday 2nd July for Toddler’s birthday thoroughly enjoyed their night. Whether they had paid £10 or £15 for their ticket, I guarantee that they felt that every last bit of it was worth it! Everyone had clearly come out to enjoy their night and be entertained by the best of the best. Behaving in their best manner throughout the duration of the night so there was no commotion at all, the only thing that could be witnessed was everyone showing love and affection!

As the night was drawing to a close, the Underground Champion Chuckie was there to do his job and deal with the situation. Previously informing MJ that he is aware of his job description and that he’s got everything under control, I was well and truly convinced of this by the time that he got just halfway through his set. Slowing the tempo right down and playing them rub-a-dub kind of slow jams, Chuckie ended the night perfectly and most probably left people wanting more than just their bed!

The Underground Champion Chuckie

Monday, 4 July 2011

KISS Presents UK House & Funky - Courtesy of Pioneer

Each weekend Kiss welcomes special guests into their studios to grace their decks, and showcase their talents. These guests hail from all over the world and all different aspects of life, whereby their love for music, and the genres which they specialise in unites them. This weekend on the 2nd July from 2- 4am DJ Pioneer was presenting the 2 hour special where he brought on a number of guests from the UK House and Funky scene. Pioneer's extensive knowledge of the scene saw the likes of LR Groove, DJ Trizzy, Fuzzy Logik, and the dynamic duo Weighty J & Coldsteps take to the Kiss studios to exhibit their skills!

With LR Groove, Fuzzy Logik, and DJ Trizzy being some of the best DJ/Producers within the scene, and Weighty J and Coldsteps being one of the most heavily sought after dynamic duos on the circuit at present, the listeners were in for a real treat. If you missed it, you can listen to it here on the Kiss Kube, but it will only be available here up until next Saturday so there's no time for procrastination! If you needed further reason to listen back to the show, here is a snippet of what the dynamic duo did in the Kiss studios in just 8 minutes...
...When you come to my 'ouse, just respect my 'ouse! Do excuse me as I continue to dance around and exercise my sour-faced skanks. Deservedly being labelled as one of the best dynamic duos in the scene, Weighty J and Coldsteps have shown consistency time and time again in building up a vibe, and as a result of this whenever they come around we know that it's straight shellings!

Now from the perspective of a House and Funky Junkie, this was an excellent representation of the UK House and Funky scene, as well as a perfectly executed Kiss Presents show from Pioneer and his guests. With the DJ/Producers selecting the finest UK House & Funky tracks, it was clear to see that high quality production is still taking place within the scene, but is unfortunately not getting as much attention as the stuff which is lacking in quality which we seem to get bombarded with these days. Following on from this, the presence of the dynamic duo showed the audience what they might witness during a House and Funky set on a night out, and how the presence of an experienced and talented MC/host like Coldsteps can add to the vibe. As Coldsteps says 'If you're not on this, leave it alone!' The entire show is also available for listening here and with a duration of just under 2 hours, it may very well be that House and Funky injection that you've been looking for!!! Also, for the tracklisting of all of the guest mixes, click here.

On a final note, I am also very pleased to be able to remind you that Pioneer now has his 2 hour show back which is scheduled to take place from 12-2am each and every Friday night starting this Friday, the 8th July. Make sure you lock in to Kiss 100 on your radio dial or online because I'm sure he'll be in a celebratory mood! I will tell you one thing for free...Friday nights will never be the same again!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Hot Off The Press : Vybz Kartel Official Video

We've seen the rough edit, we've heard the track, and now we have the official video! Summer time inna Portmore... 

Vybz Kartel - Summer Time 
Summertime Riddim - Adidjahiem Production

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Monsta Man is On One!

Without a doubt, I'm On One is one of my favourite tracks of the moment and is also set to be one of this Summer's anthems. To replace a Dancehall track and become my ringtone, it really would have to be something special! It seems as though whenever DJ Khaled and Drake link up, the finishing product is always a banger and this track is certainly no exception. Now having already become very fond of the original track, when I heard that Giggs had done his very own freestyle on the instrumental, I was really intrigued to see what he could do with it. In true SN1 style as you would imagine, the Monsta Man spares no expense in this freestyle and to sum it up in just one sentence. Khaled gave him the track and the track got ruined! (If you're a Giggs supporter you will understand what I did there.)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Hot Off The Press : Mr Vegas Official Video

On this track, Mr Vegas has collaborated with the talented Teairra Mari and Gyptian on the Ital Stew Riddim, which is in fact one of my personal favourites from 2010. You are probably familiar with the track by now seeing as it has been around on the circuit for quite a while, and to accompany this we now also have the official video!

Mr Vegas ft Teairra Mari & Gyptian - Pum Pum Shorts
Ital Stew Riddim

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Wimbledon Day 3 - Talk of the Town, Venus Williams!

The Championships at Wimbledon is my favourite Tennis Tournament for a number of reasons, making the last week of June and the first week of July two weeks of the entire year that I really look forward to. Venus Williams returned to Centre Court today in an attempt to secure her place in the 3rd Round of the Ladies' Singles at Wimbledon. The match between herself and Kimiko Date-Krumm was absolutely phenomenal and I was glued to my screen. I even caught myself shouting at the screen at times as though she could hear me! In the end, Venus Williams defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm but it certainly wasn't easy...

Taking the match to the 3rd and final set, with the matches even reaching 6 - 6 at one point, it was a truly nail biting experience and had me on the edge of my seat so many times that I lost count. They both played some extraordinary tennis and the Centre Court commentators surely got their money's worth today! However, it is not only Venus' tennis that people have discussing lately, it's her attire on the court!


Journalists in the Daily Mail have made statements such as 'The white onesie was so short you could clearly see the golden hotpants she was wearing underneath every time she bent forwards during the match.' 'It had a curiously baggy, and very unflattering top-half, which made her chest look saggy as she ran around the court,' and finally they wrapped it all up stating that the cutaway design at the back of the outfit would have been 'more suited to black tie evening wear than to a sporting event.' I wonder what they would have to say if they were watching the match that I was watching yesterday...The lady was not even wearing hotpants and was literally bearing all each time that she bent over!



I also wonder what they thought about this...


Going back to Venus' outfit, I understand that not everyone is going to like everything, but I did not think it was a 'fashion disaster' as outlined above by the Daily Mail. Having read articles elsewhere, it seems that some people actually quite liked the one-piece which Venus is currently sporting in the SW19 championships.



Venus herself stated the following regarding the outfit...
It was a jumper. Jumpers are very now, as is lace. The shoulders have a lot of draping, which is also in the moment. It's just a trendy dress. It's fun. I'm really into zippers, so it has a focal point of a zipper in the front. And the back is a cut-out, or a peek-a-boo. It's just fun.
Now I personally do not see the problem with an individual adding some style, individuality and fun to the sport. I'm just starting to wonder if this is something which we are going to start seeing more and more players bringing in to their Tennis because quite frankly, I like it!