If Cannabis were ever to have a global ambassador, Snoop Dogg’s claim for the position is as good as anyone’s. Now he’s gone one step further and launched a Reggae side-project called Snoop Lion, producers by Major Lazer. La La La is the first track and was released in the last few days.
Big movements coming out of Birmingham right now in the form of rising star RTKaL, blowing fresh air (and a whole lot else) into the UK Urban scene. Following brief flirtations with UK Hip-Hop in the last few years via his Bandcamp, RTKal a.k.a. RTillery a.k.a. RTizzy a.k.a. RTiculate seems to of found his lyrical feet within a more upbeat tempo framework, swinging from Grime to UK Dancehall with devastating energy. His freestyle over the digital reggae blueprint riddim Sleng Teng, created by King Jammy and Wayne Smith back in 1985 (one of the ‘foundation stones of digital dancehall’) is mindblowingly good, and it’ll keep us going till the rest of his new music drops on his forthcoming mixtape 48 Hours.
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Golden Down is a three-day boutique festival launching this year with an absolutely stella line-up including Four Tet, Ghostpoet, Mount Kimbie, Lee Scratch Perry and Roots Manuva. Tickets just £90 + bf. See inside for more details.
Midnite have been making jazz-infused Roots Reggae since 1989, but we only came across them today via their new album In Awe, released earlier this year.
We’re fairly picky when it comes to our Indie music and don’t tend to be too enamoured by thrashing guitars and screaming vocals. East-Country 6-piece Solko, however, offer a different approach. They have a set-up of your typical rock band but two extra saxophones add a real swing and funk to their music.
Britain’s reggae and dub scenes are currently riding a wave of resurgence, and no outfit embodies its quality better than The Drop. There is good reason why the 9-piece have been praised to the skies by David Rodigan and DJ Derek, with Looking to the Sky and Takeover their own celebration of the genre..
Our little island may be a long way from the dancehalls of Jamaica…