Brasil Brasil! “Part 1: From Samba to Bossa” (BBC Documentary)
Music Documentaries
Brazil Soul

“Brasil Brasil!” – From Samba to Bossa (BBC Documentary)

BRASIL BRASIL A three-part series from BBC The series offers a detailed account of the years in which Brazilian music has evolved and constantly changed, while capturing the global imagination. Filmed at Brazil’s massive carnival celebrations, in the lawless favelas, the extraordinary maracatu ceremonies of the northern countryside, and in …

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Future Classic: Rodney P “Live Up” feat. The Peoples Army
Future Classics
Reggae

Future Classic: Rodney P “Live Up” feat. The Peoples Army

I’m two months late on this one but it’s so great to see Rodney P – UK hip-hop and dancehall pioneer – ride this track with members of the Heartless Crew with such a timely anthem. It was recorded and the video was shot during the August London riots but …

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Forgotten Treasure: Black Roots Players “Temp Dub”
Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Black Roots Players “Temp Dub” (1980)

I had to pick just one track from this pretty incredible dub reissue project called “Tempo Explosion”! Heavyweight Dug Out edition, issuing the incredible mid-late ’80s Dancehall rarity ‘Tempo Explosion’; a run of one-off version excursions on Red Rose‘s ‘Tempo Rhythm’ including three head melting dubs. It’s regarded as a …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Jagjeet Singh “O Maa Tujhe Salaam Sung”

I was about to to a little write up on one of my favorite records from the 90’s Bristol scene: Tricky‘s “Maxinquaye” (1995). I was reading up on the record and the production and samples used on it when I discovered the sample behind “Ponderosa”, one of my favorite tracks …

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Forgotten Treasure: The SIlvertones “Rejoice Jah Jah Children”
Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: The SIlvertones “Rejoice Jah Jah Children” (1973)

My original daily forgotten treasure for today was The Upsetter’s “Rejoicing Skank” from 1973 on Black Ark Records, that is before I heard the original vocal version of this. “Rejoice Jah Jah Children” by The Silvertones produced by Lee Scratch Perry. What an incredible roots track. Great lyrics and harmonies, …

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Jimmy Cliff “The Harder they come”
Music Documentaries
Reggae

Jimmy Cliff “The Harder they come” (Video)

“The Harder they come” might just be my favorite song of all time. I’m not saying it’s the best song ever or anything (that discussion is pointless anyway), the reason for this pick is mostly for personal reasons! I remember listening to it when i was 8 years old in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Johnny Clarke “None Shall Escape The Judgement” (1975)

Born in Kingston January in 1955 Johnny Clarke grew up in the Kingston ghetto of Whitfield Town. None Shall Escape the Judgment was originally an Earl Zero (Earl Johnson) from Greenwich Town, record with Clarke as backing singer, but Lee took the tape to engineer Sid Bucknor at Treasure Isle …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Dub Syndicate “Stoned Immaculate” (1992)

This is before my time but i’d like to start out by saying that this is absolutely essential listening for anyone into Dubstep these days. Yes, we know you know about the roots in DUB music, the name does kind of mention it y’know. But records like this are the …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Round Five Feat. Tikiman – Na Fe Throw It (1999)

Oh my am I ever a sucker for that whole late 90’s german techno meets deep dub music. It’s not for every one out there but for me the sight of a shitty record sleeve written Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio gets my spine tingling… This one came out …

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Reggae

Future Classic: Pupa Jim “Business of War”

At first I wasn’t too sure about this one. If I wasn’t away from the sound system I might even have skipped to the next song after the first couple seconds… But my patience was rewarded. Turns out this some pretty dope dubby stuff! You wouldn’t know by hearing it …

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Reggae

Bob Marley & Sevdee “Mr.Musick”

I first heard about this project about 2 years ago from my good friend and very talented producer SEVDEE. At the time we were holding down a weekly night called The Bridge at Blizzarts, one of Montreal’s favorite hangout spots. Sev made me hear this remix of Bob Marley’s “Wait …

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Reggae

“The Upsetter” – the Lee Scratch Perry Movie

A documentary on Lee Scratch Perry, legendary artist of the reggae and dub variety, a pioneer and founder of the sound – if you don’t know and consider yourself a fan and/or aficionado then this might be a good intro. But to be honest you should do your homework and …

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