While the weather might be teasing us with glimpses of the summer, there is most definitely a heatwave brewing in one corner of the country thanks to the latest from The Nextmen, as they team up with Eva Lazarus for Rudegyal. A veritable summer jam, thanks to the reggae roots that pervade the production and Eva’s trademark blend of vocal styles. You can watch the lyric video above, courtesy of Benny Aves and Max Palmer, plus there are streams available which also include the equally superb, Afterglow Dub.
Big tune here from Nutty P as he tackles the topic of racism in the UK capital, while also outlining how it was growing up as a black child and being made to feel like a foreigner in your own country. He’s joined by UK vet, Rodney P, as the pair trade verses over some superb reggae inspired production. The video was made by Chiba Visuals.
A much needed dose of postivity from DJ Vadim and Jman, as they hit us with the latest video from their superb Likkle More album. The reggae-rap fusion is in full effect, as they connect with Spanish vocalist, Lasai, who is a major contributor to the whole album. The video was made by Si Haze. Likkle More is out now at all the usual spots.
Next up is the final single from this year’s formidable collaboration, between legendary sound system collective, Mungo’s Hi Fi, and all-round vocal powerhouse, Eva Lazarus. Light As A Feather also features rising rudeboy star, Kiko Bun, who appears in the yellow-drenched video in puppet form. The video was made by Parallel Media, with assistance from CW Jones and Nicholas Bailey. Light As A Feather is also available to stream on all the usual platforms. Continue reading “Mungo’s Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus Ft. Kiko Bun: Light As A Feather”
Absolute monster of a track from Seanie T, as he gathers up fellow veterans from across the genres for this sprawling posse cut. The list of participants is impressive, with more years of service than I can count, under their collective belts. Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ragga Twins, Tony D, Ty, MC Creed, Hill Street Soul and Ricky Rankin are just a few of the 20+ artists involved, all backed up by some nice production from DJ Suro and Seanie T. Veterans is lifted from Seanie’s Rough, Rugged & Smooth album, which saw its release earlier this year.
Bad Like This is the third single from DJ Vadim and Jman’s recent rap-reggae fusion album, Likkle More. The album is the perfect soundtrack for this late summer we’re enjoying right now, as Vadim blends reggae with rap, dub, grime, hip hop and DnB, further highlighting Jman’s dexterity on the mic. Bad Like This features reggae and dancehall queen, Shanty B and the video was filmed in Kampala in Uganda, as we get to see the locals showing off their dance moves. Likkle More is out now.
Continuing the mash up theme with this new release from the capital, as the two worlds of gangsta rap and roots regae collide. Mobb Marley fuses together the notoriously rough and rugged lyrics from QB’s finest, Mobb Deep, with the infectious rhythms of Bob Marley’s reggae instrumentals. The project was put together by Large Gary AKA Gi3MO of Rum Committee fame. If it sounds like a unlikely pairing, it is, but that’s not to say it doesn’t work. There are some great moments on there and the overall vibe that the juxtaposition creates is well worth exploring. The project is available to download for free via Bandcamp and you can also stream it below. Continue reading “Mobb Marley: Mobb Marley (Stream)”
Almost two years on from their initial collaboration, I am very pleased to see the arrival of the full-length project from Mungo’s Hi Fi and Eva Lazarus. Back in August 2017, the Glasgow sound system ambassadors joined forces with the Bristol-based vocalist for Amsterdam. The track proved to be a hit with both critics and fans, and sparked a creative partnership that has now spawned an album that surpasses the levels set by that initial union. Continue reading “Mungo’s Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus: More Fyah (Stream)”
Staying with the reggae flavours for now, as we see the very welcome arrival of the new album from DJ Vadim and Jman (J&V). Following on from their successful collaborations on Vadim’s Dubcatcher series, they decided to dedicate their combined talents into one full-length project. Likkle More is the ideal antidote for these UK summer blues, mixing dub, reggae, rap and more into one euphonious blend that plays like a dream from beginning to end. As well as the two main players, there are also a selection of supporting features from the likes of Lasai, Daddy Freddy, Sr. Wilson and Maddy. Likkle More is available to stream below and you can cop the limited edition vinyl run over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “DJ Vadim & Jman: Likkle More (Stream)”
Eva Lazarus reunites with Glaswegian sound system veterans, Mungo’s Hi Fi, as they breathe new life into Max Romeo’s classic, Three Blind Mice. The track tells the all too familiar tale of the police shutting down a party and is the perfect vehicle for Eva’s ability to switch up her flows. Babylon Raid is the first cut to be taken from the forthcoming album, More Fyah, which is due for release next month. The video was shot on location in Kampala.