Thursday, 31 January 2013

Reggae Roast Present Jamdown 5th Birthday Special!

With January quickly drawing to a close, it’s about time that you started making some concrete plans for February. So with that being said, the second Saturday of February sees London’s Number 1 Reggae Event ‘Jamdown’ celebrate its 5th Birthday down at Brixton’s Plan B. With Plan B’s Funktion One Soundsystem and extra audio Bass Control Bins, I can assure you that the bassline won’t be the only thing that you’ll be feeling inna yuh ches’ on the night…

To help the Reggae Roast team celebrate Jamdown’s 5th Birthday in true Bashment style, one of the UK’s favourite Bashment sounds The Heatwave will be bringing us the Hot Wuk vibe alongside 1Xtra’s Dancehall specialist Chris Goldfinger, Adam Prescott, Vibration Lab and residents Unit 137 Soundsystem who will be holding it down in the Plan B basement!
Bringing some true Caribbean flavour to the session, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum will be supplying £5 cocktails to keep you raving throughout the night until the early hours of Sunday morning! With the doors opening at 9pm and a very late finish of 5am, we will be partying all night just like we a Bajan!
Now if you’re yet to experience a Jamdown session and you don’t really know what you’re in for on the night; these Jamdown sessions have become well established for showcasing some of the toppa top artists and Soundsystems from JA to the UK and as you would expect, the 5th Birthday is no exception.
Seeing as everybody likes some freeness…
Reggae Roast have also teamed up with one of the most exciting street wear brands in London: ‘Illustrated People’ who will be bringing you some special treats. This amazing label have designed an exclusive Reggae Roast T-shirt especially for the event. They are generously giving away 1 FREE T-Shirt + FREE Drink to the FIRST 50 PEOPLE to arrive on the night! So make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment!
On the night, Plan B is sure to be hot like Jamaica so with ticket prices ranging from £6 - £10, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! Purchase tickets here.
Saturday 9th February | 9pm - 5am
Plan B | 418 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY

£6 Super Early Bird Tickets
£8 Early Bird Tickets
£10 Advance Tickets
More On The Door Fa' Sure!

Konshens - I'm Coming (Official Video)

Konshens - I'm Coming
Freezing Point Riddim
Good Good Productions
Purchase I'm Coming on iTunes (UK)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Lady Saw - Heels On (Official Video)

Lady Saw - Heels On
Produced by Diva Records

Purchase 'Heels On' on iTunes (UK)

Monday, 7 January 2013

General Gen's Tracks of the Year - 2012

Of course there are a number of tracks which I thoroughly enjoyed during the year of 2012. However, there are two tracks in particular that spring to mind when I am posed with the question; "What was your favourite track of 2012?"

First of all, I couldn't stick to just one track so I've had to go with two tracks that fit my personal specification of a 'perfect track.' Of course everyone has a different opinion on this but both of the following tracks are masterpieces in their own right and bring a sense of happiness to me whenever I listen them. Whilst the riddim of both tracks allow people to let go and have a good time, both tracks provide a real feel good factor alongside lyrics which actually cause one to reflect. Encouraging and promoting positivity whilst keeping the masses entertained is something that seems to be lacking in music at present but perhaps we will see a change in 2013. With that being said, I'll leave you with my two favourite tracks of 2012!

Busy Signal - Reggae Music Again

This next song is actually my Father's favourite track at the moment which would explain why I found one of my copies of the CD at his house a couple of weeks back! In a conversation that we had not long ago, he took great pleasure in telling me that the next track is one of the best tracks that he's heard in a very long time. In fact, he informed me of how he used to find himself subconsciously singing Popcaan tracks during his everyday routine but now finds himself singing "We need a change right now, we need a change right now..." So heavily influenced by my Father, this hit from Randy Valentine is the second of my two favourite tracks of 2012!

Randy Valentine - Bring Back The Love

Happy New Year to all & remember the motto; Peace, Love & Reggae Music xx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

General Gen's Mixtape Medley of 2012

So I've written a riddle compiling all of my favourite mixtapes which were released throughout the year of 2012! Whilst they do vary across a number of genres and all bring something different to the table, each mixtape has had some sort of effect on me as a person. Whether they have simply evoked emotion in me, or have affected my perception of the artists themselves, or have adapted my way of thinking, I would recommend ALL of them to you!

The first month of the year saw one of my interviewees Agent Sasco assassinate one of the best Dancehall riddims to date as he celebrated a decade in Dancehall. He did this by bringing back some real authentic Dancehall sounds with River Stone Buss Dem Head, whilst he begun introducing the World to Boardhouse recording artists Lady Ali and Scaacha. Then after a brilliant 2011, the only man she wants; Popcaan then came about with a YIY Change which saw him creep on a number of different riddims from a number of different genres.

Come March I was sailing souls with Jhene Aiko, but shortly after I was left wondering if I'd met this certain stranger before. Feeling a similar pain once Mr Popular had decided to change up the game, I decided that I also couldn't stand the rain in July. Something within then told me to listen to Daley who insisted that good things come to those who wait but I was left constantly worrying about how long I'd have to wait for us to be alone together. In the end I had to accept that time was spent and I had nothing left to give which left me with no choice other than to let love spread it's pretty wings...

As my journey through the year had begun to take a turn for the worse, I was rescued by Champion Squad who provided me with some hardcore healing and did their best to play for me through the ups and the downs. Wondering where to go to next, I happened to peer over to the left side of things where The Transporter had arrived to help me to reach my destination. As I continued to travel, I came across something quite contagious which brought back some classic memories that I didn't quite wish to leave behind. Speaking of  things which I had left behind, a certain Yardie returned with some Chinese Assassin DJ's and reloaded a few things!

Then in the midst of regaining my faith in God, I decided to let go and let God as I begun to go through some Psalms with Bugle. Keeping badmind out of my heart, and keeping negative out of my thoughts, I then found myself following Konshens' street code. Nonetheless, I still found time to bubble with Konshens and the Subkonshus family who really seemed to bring out the bad gal inside of me!

Having landed back on my two feet, the next part of my journey was solely focused in the UK. During this time, I continued to be educated on a few things, I learnt a few new skills, and I was eventually left in a rather reminiscent mood. So by the end of October, I had learnt how to Dance With Flames alongside Mr Adaggio, I had learnt a bit more about my history like M.R Soundz who educated me on Where I'm From, and I was encouraged to look back to the foundations and Bring Back The Love thanks to Randy Valentine!

If October was anything to go by, I should have known that the last stretch of the year would come with a bundle of surprises and gifts, and not surprisingly, it did. For that I had to be very Thankful to I-Octane who had recently teamed up with the London Boy; Chip to share their experiences of the star life. As the year of 2012 drew to a close, I was reminded of the Greatness of the Greatest by Bounty Killer and could only thank God for letting me see another year on Earth!

With that being said, I wonder what 2013 will throw into the mix for me...

All of the mixtapes incorporated above are as follows in case you missed them.

Agent Sasco aka Assassin - River Stone Buss Dem Head
Popcaan - YIY Change
Jhene Aiko - Sailing Souls
Daley - Those Who Wait
Champion Squad - 100% Hardcore Dubplates
Leftside - The Transporter Volume 1
So Contagious Entertainment - Contagious Classics
Stylo G - Call Mi A Yardie Reloaded by Chinese Assassin DJ's
Bugle - Psalms
Konshens - Street Code
Konshens - Gyal Kin Ketch A Fyah
Mr Adaggio - Dance WIth Flames Volume 1
Mr Rickstar - Where I'm From
Randy Valentine - Bring Back The Love
I-Octane - Thankful
Chip - London Boy
Bounty Killer - Greatness of the Greatest