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Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Word's Gone

These dudes are one of those bands whose names I see about but never listened to their stuff. Tell a lie, I listened to a few of their tracks on Spotify but ended up getting bored. Decided to click a link to their video one day and loved it. Song's groovy. The video is really cool too.

Tanya Lacey - Letter To My Ex

Heard about Tanya Lacey via asking someone who they were standing with in their display pic o BlackBerry. Fly pretty thing with blonde hair. He said she's a singer, I saw a pretty face and thought "Probably another pretty girl that can't sing" 'cos that isn't rare (sarcasm). Someone played me her stuff in an office (exclusive stuff at the time), first song was aight, but this one jumped right out at me. Reminiscent of that raw hip hop soul sound from the 90s - raw neck-snappin' drums with lush keys. And her voice is mad soulful. Don't like the "S-T-A-R" bit 'cos spelling in songs is corny to me (apart from m-a-r-y h-o-w c-o-u-l-d y-o-u b-e s-o c-r-u-e-l t-o m-e m-y love). I'mma stop rambling, listen tune.

Check her out on Soul Culture. Check beauty.

Dems - House

I tweeted asking for some new music to listen to the other day. I was bored as fk and people always tweet me vids at an inconvenient time (like when I'm watching X-Factor. Mentions go a bit nuts at the time so don't bother.), but I will listen. I'm not big like Tim Westwood. Email me tunes. As long as someone other than your bredrins have said "Yeah man, this is sick."

Anyway, one of my dudes on the @MT_85 sent me a link to this group called Dems. I think he sent me a few songs, but he was smart with it, sending me the best one first. This song is vybzy. Best of the link I was sent

Popcaan - Clean

Banger. Nothing more, nothing less. Has numerous wheels on my bashment/dancehall mix. Listen when the bass tumbles. Urgkh. And never forget reggae invented the bass.

Mavado - Settle Down

Can somebody say hit? Featured this back in August 'cos I'm a tastemaker ya dig? Sidebar: did you know Bob Marley used to say "Ya dig" in the 70s? I didn't until the other day. Check this interview especially the bit about weed vs alcohol.

Busy Signal - Hear What I Say

Listen lyrics by one of dancehall's most underrated artists. Some good social-commentary that you don't get from any other genre on the same level

Speaking of reggae and social-commentary, hear what Jay-Z's good friend and engineer says about the vibes reggae and dancehall gives him compared to other genres. That's me, I listen to everything but nothing gives me what I get from reggae and dancehall

Go to 5:50

"Religious, rudeboy and social commentary all in one. Reggae probably dominates my listening." - so on point. Those that say it's just sex, chat crap.

Anyway, listen to my mix. Cos really and truly, this is what dominates my ears ultimately (click here for tracklist (and reason behind the mix))

Marvin Sparks 'Does (his) 2011 so far' by MiNameMarvinSparks

p.s. you know it wouldn't be right if I didn't give you something random that I'm overly loving right now

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

Re-discovered this through Absolute radio. My work colleague always has it on. I remember it from compilation adverts in the '90s. Rock out to this one with me. I'll play a live one for us to experience.

Actually, one more

Men At Work - Down Under

Hear vibes. Has a reggae influence in there as well for ya. New wave is what they called this music a.k.a. post-punk and as you may or may not know punk has a strong reggae influence.

Ahh, last one

Blondie - Tide Is High

Here's another new wave song which is a remake of a popular reggae song origginally performed by John Holt. Hear how the above sounds similar to this in terms of swing? It's slower and they used a couple of Caribbean sounding instruments on this, obviously, but both classed as new wave so don't chat to me.


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