Saturday, 12 April 2014

Some more tunes I'm feeling atm

I kinda got a bit annoyed with the length of the previous post so here's a part deux of my favourite songs at the moment. The last had commercial house and d&b, afrobeats and a helluva lot of bashment.

First up

"German Whip" by Meridian Dan featuring JME and Big H

This song is awesome. This has top 20 written all over it. Meshes US trap sounds with British drums and London accents. Sounds so refreshing. Dan shows it doesn't matter if you weren't the most talked about MC previously, a big tune changes everything. Club tunes are much easier to convince radio. As I've said for the past 2-3 years. Out tomorrow. Get on iTunes and buy the tune. We need it.

Moelogo (ft. Giggs) - "The Baddest"

Bayoz Muzik laced Moelogo something Giggs should've or would've had circa Let Em Ave It. That undeniable club flavour which made Giggs incredibly popular beyond UK rap fans. Them beats which merge a few influences, but ultimately BANG! Thankfully, Giggs jumps on the remix. Don't get it twisted though, Moelogo more than delivers.

Machel Montano featuring Boyz II Men - Can't Let Go

As far as unexpected collaborations go, this has to rank quite high up there. Boyz II Men doing groovy soca isn't something I ever imagined I'd hear. It's a pleasant surprise though. A nice little evening on the balcony with a drink and nice conversation. White furniture, rugs, champagne bucket with a bottle of Sprite in there. Sorted, guv.

Chris Brown featuring Lil' Wayne & Tyga - Loyal

R&B has crept back into my playlist of late. Producing some sexy dance floor songs. Headed to a really good place for people who don't want to jump and shout to the latest hip hop anthems. Something you can skank and scout the local talent on display, may be buss a little two-step facing a member of the opposite sex while singing "There hoes ain't loyal!" You know them playful banter ones? Just me then?

Anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter knows how overrated and boring that "Fine China" song was. This is definitely where Chris Brown need to go. Some real thug r&b that bounces in the club without man thinking I need to actually be able to dance.

Oh and dropping Too Short and French Montana out for Tyga was a good move. He delivers. And I don't even like the geezer.

p.s. I hate the Americans reducing Bob Marley's legacy to some metaphor for marijuana.

Tinashe - "2 On"

Banger. DJ Mustard is vibsing up the r&b club stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if Tinashe's live voice leaves a bit to be desired, her tone is awesome. Proper seductive tones. Big up Schoolboy Q but I'm not really here for you, still, my don. The fact she interpolates Sean Paul's melody on We Burnin' just helps compound that this is a banger and woman worth watching.

Yandel - Déjate Amar

Don't ask me what he's saying, just know the song is a vibes. Definitely matches the sexy dance floor vibe I'm feeling at the moment. I can just imagine the piping hot Latina's dancing to this. I used to despise reggaeton once upon a time, now I'm loving it. The "Dem Bow" type aka PocoMan Jam riddim-influenced is so infectious. And Spanish sounds sick.

Bunji Garlin - Carnival Tabanca

Everybody should be familiar with Bunji after last years breakout success of the mid-noughties dancehall-sounding "Differentology" equipped with its rap feature from the man on every single Caribbean crossover song, Busta Rhymes. I think it's still on rotation over on Hot 97 after winning the Battle of the Beats contest.

This sounds a lot like Differentology, but tell me you wouldn't believe this is an Afrobeats song if you didn't know he's actually Trini.

Vybz Kartel "Addi Truth"

Can't remember which song the Teacha samples but its either Little Lenny or Baby Wayne. Either way the song a shot. Old skool flow with a new skool vibe. This sound is prevalent in dancehall right now and I'm not complaining.

Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru - Khona

Dare you to keep still this one. I believe it's South African. Everything about this song is perfection. I don't understand the lyrics for obvious reasons but the way the ride the riddim satisfies my needs.

DJ Djeff ft. Nacobeta, Agre G, e Game Walla - Mwangolé

Pretty similar to the last one, don't understand a word they are saying but try keeping still to this one. This one is from Angola according to my little Google search for more info. Could be mistaken though.

JP Cooper - "What Went Wrong"

Not even heard a studio version of this, but it's awesome. Listen to that voice. Been watching this guy for a while now, keeping an eye on how he develops cos the future looks bright. The falsetto.

Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing

JT finally records and video for the only song I like on 20/20 Experience part 2. This is a great song.

Mr Williamz - Miss Brown

You see when it comes to riding the riddim, Mr. Williamz has that skill mastered. Similar to Super Cat but is that a bad thing? I don't think so. Cat doesn't record much so it's minor. From the UK. This jungle-friendly dancehall riddim suits his vocals perfectly.

Kranium - Nobody Has To Know

This youth is from New York, delivered a nice little jam for the females them who appreciate their dancehall. Bit raw. Here's the clean version cos I think it's cooler than the original

Can purchase all these songs on iTunes. Here's the link to the above

Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz remix)

Heard this song a while back on Spotify as part of my "what's hot in the world" search, seen it's getting an official release now in UK (and unavailable on Spotify). This is a tune

Raheem Bakare - Portrait of Love

This song is absolutely beautiful. UK r&b as it can sound. Dancehall drum and bass pattern provide a twist on the general contemporary atmospheric emo r&b sound of the riddim. We are the best at taking various influences and mashing them up into wonderful creations. English accent on deck too. Wicked lyrics for the ladies too. Wicked voice too. Definitely gonna keep an eye on this guy.

Sean Paul &. Timaya - "Bum Bum (remix)" Music Video

I've already gone on about how much I love the original when I posted the remix with Machel Montano. Well anyway, Sean Paul has gone and jumped on the riddim and cut a hot video in (what looks like) Miami with nuff bum bum.

Not gonna lie, Machel's version is better, but hey, Sean garners more interest and he got the vid so he'll win. Woulda been so much more bless with all three on there though. That woulda been phenomenal in fact.

Something that's undeniable is Sean Paul is making more interesting music now than he has for the last about 4-6 years. "Front & Back", this and Fuse ODG "Dangerous Love" (I'm saving my post on that until the video drops or the week of release. Most important record post incoming). And I'm sure he's fulfilled his label commitments so something tells me it's due to that. I'm putting 2+2 and definitely getting 4.

Viva afrobeats x bashment

Sourced from yah'so.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Chronixx Dread & Terrible EU Tour vlog pt 1

Chronixx, Kelissa and Dre Island touched down in Holland last week on the Dread & Terrible tour. Check out the on and beyond the stage footage out below. Love seeing Rasta youth a live like star inna foreign.

Grab the Dread & Terrible EP here

And pree the video for "Rastaman Wheel Out" from the project. Some ska vibes fi di I dem. I love the way Rasta's speak

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Vybz Kartel's last performance in Tobago 2011 [video] (#ThrowbackThursday)

Vybz Kartel, arguably the most complete dancehall artist ever, has been sentenced to 35 years for murder. Well, Adidja Palmer was. Sadly, he's taken Vybz Kartel with him (unless they let him record in jail (which I doubt as he's high profile)).

There's nothing I can do about that. As stated before, I'll still listen to his music and big up the talent said way. The evidence was a bit mad, but what needed to be solid was solid. Still, big up Vybz Kartel. Gully mi seh straight, but Vybz Kartel is the best. Him and Buju are the two most well-rounded artists and both behind bars.

Anyway, watch the performance below from Tobago. Bere in mind this is incomplete and mainly tunes within a 3-year period of his 12 year career. This doesn't even capture all of his hits in that period. I've learnt so much about music from Kartel. So much.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Dre Island plays piano & singjay's Rastafari Way, Uptown Downtown + Reggae Love [video]

Reggae Regeneration artist/member and grade 8 pianist, Dre Island, takes to JussBuss TV for a live acoustic rendition of breakout hit "Rastafari Way".  When is the last time you saw a deejay/rapper take to the piano in such style and fashion?

Was blown away recently when I heard him play this song, "Uptown Downtown" on the piano in Tuff Gong Studio for David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

I rate "Reggae Love" too. Nice little summer reggae on the pop side of life tune.

Check out some more acoustics on the JussBuss channel. Some good stuff on there with Chris Martin, Keznamdi, Assassin and more. Will post some more another day in case you can't be arsed to check it now.

And check my post on the Reggae Revival movement here

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Busy Signal busses Afrobeats again on P-Square "Personally" riddim

Yeah, I turned the artist + song title into a riddim in the title. And guess what you have to do? LOVE IT! Busy Signal isn't a novice on this afrobeats ting. He jumped on Sarkodie's "U Go Kill Me" last year when he made "Same Way", today is the turn of one of the songs I posted in my songs I'm feeling post yesterday, P-Square "Personally"

Check out Busy using the same flow in a dancehall style below.

Said it before, saying it again, I love the crossovers with bashment (dancehall), afrobeats, soca and even reggaeton at the moment. Definitely what I like.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Oi Marvin! What tunes you feeling atm bruv?


Thought I'd pop up couple songs I've been feeling since the year started which haven't already been posted yet.

Boombox riddim

Best riddim I've heard so far this year. Two best pieces are the Spice (repping for the ladies) and talk of the island, Alkaline.

Alkaline does to this Notnice riddim what I reckon Vybz Kartel would've done for his former producer. This is the closest we'll get to a Kartel on Not Nice riddim so just enjoy it.

Spice does what Spice does. Empower the women to express their sexuality. This is the new term since Beyonce got away with it. Spice is a patron saint of feminism.

You can catch some Russians wining to it here (second song). I don't think this is what they're stepping on Ukraine for but its an interesting watch all the same.

Speaking of Russians...

Rvssian riddim

A while back I tweeted some hope for a return of Latin-leaning dancehall music. When I say "Latin-leaning" I mean reggaeton sounding dancehall which of course is an older form of dancehall. I get tired of the constant American-slant on dancehall aiming to appeal to African-American who don't care about anything outside of their own stuff. Let's be honest, they can be very ignorant to other cultures.

The Hispanics however are a lot more open as it's closer to popular forms of their own music anyway. Let's not forget, they were the market that broke Sean Paul to the masses over there.

Anyway, I'm feeling two pieces on there and a couple others are alright. Rvssian is the best producer in Jamaica right now. I called it after "Weed Smokers" & "Whine & Kotch". The new vibe is the best thing in dancehall. Reminiscent of the dancehall we all know and love with some contemporary elements on top.

Sean Paul 'Front To Back' is by far the best dancehall song he's made since his 2010 appearance on Smokin' riddim.

Incarcerated dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel drops the best song on the riddim. Even flings in a bit of Spanish. He obviously understands its one they'll appreciate. Alongside Rvssian's protege J Capri.

Igloo riddim

Another riddim Vybz Kartel dominates from behind bars is Igloo. The above has a Latin-friendly vibe, this has a Afrobeats-friendly. Listen to how the bass line weaves on the riddim. Kartel in his gallis element. "When you drop inna mi bed what a happy sheet" who says things like that?

Mavado "Friends With Benefits" is the first time I recall Mavado on a So Unique riddim and it's a solid appearance.

Good Book riddim

This Dave Kelly-inspired riddim produced by ZJ Liquid is a good example of the sparser sounds around at the moment. Mavado's piece takes it for me. Full of confidence. Boasty Mavado in full effect.

Title song of the riddim comes by way of one of the more under-appreciated Jamaican artists, Demarco.  He may not always have the best song on riddims or the hottest song out, but he delivers solid cuts and he's rarely out of the mix.

Last song I'm featuring on the riddim is Aidonia. "Watch him gal like a guard dog. She still ah come in a mi yard, darg," boasts Donia on this which finds him back on his take weh your gal motive that scored him a hit on the Catalog riddim in 2010.

And speaking of Demarco…

Demarco - "Apartment"

On the Seduction riddim, so you already you know this is a sweaty, intimate, hot breath in your neck type riddim. And it definitely is.

Kalado "Good Good Bring Life" is on the same riddim. First heard this in Jamaica last year. Jeez.

Davido - Skelewu

This one's getting a UK release in the next couple of weeks. Is an old one to proper afrobeats head (of which I'm not so please allow me). The dance is a nice little skank too.

P-Square - Personally

Another afrobeats song I was extremely late on. But that's just life sometimes. I'm working on quickening the speed. P-Square always deliver I think.

Joey B ft Sarkodie - Tonga

Vibes! Does "Tonga" rhyme with "corna"? Either way this bangs

Shift K3y - Touch

I'm not too deep into house, but the commercial house right now is still waving their flag high and mighty. Duke Dumont "I Got U" and Route 94 "My Love" have received replay treatment. This banger is a next vibes as well. Much more in the UK garage side of life. Harder 2-step drums, tender male vocals singing about women is always a good'un in the gal dem books.

SecondCity - I Wanna Feel

If I had to sample a part of Toni Braxton's "You're Making Me High", I'd probably go for the beginning of the bridge as well. I'm a sucked for a great bridge. One that fully brings the song to a near conclusion. One that changes chord structure to some sweet vibes. But yeah, back to this song, I'm feeling it, innit.

Sigma - Nobody To Love

Sigma's bootleg of "Bound 2" finds itself getting an officially release. This is better than the original. A song with the words "Just grab somebody/ No leaving this party with nobody to love," deserves to be on a dance floor filler. Doesn't this make you wanna group hug your mates and maybe involve a couple of stray strangers nearby?