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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

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.

Oi Marvin! What tunes you feeling atm bruv?

Hi. 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 so

UK Cup Clash: The Return. London 19th April. Sounds teaser mixes

UK Cup Clash is back! UK Cup Clash: The Return happens at Troxy, London on April 19th. Featuring a diverse line-up; Reigning champions Bass Odyssey (Jamaica) will take on King Addies (USA), Metro Media (Jamaica), Little Sample (UK), Heavy Hammer (Italy), Fire Links (Jamaica) and Jahman Nuclear (UK) in the audience-judged competition. Check out some warm-up sets of what to expect from US (King Addies), UK (Little Sample & Jahman Nuclear), Jamaican (Metro Media) and Italian (Heavy Hammer) below. Mixes to follow from Bass Odyssey and Fire Links Get your tickets here cos this is gonna be a big one.

Why Vybz Kartel is in my top 3 male artists of the 21st Century

The only man I'd say is chatting to him for definite is Kanye West. Apart from Mavado and Damian Marley, couple other man like Lil' Wayne and Drake are in the running. Apart from that, no one (I can think of right now) can chat to him. Here's why: When he burst onto the scene in 2003 on Don Corleon's riddims, his ascendance from unknown to one of the genres headlines based not only on quality big tunes but quantity is rivalled by few, ever (Mavado being one). He brought a refreshing style which combined hip hop rhyme schemes applied on dancehall riddims. He's undefeated in clashes on wax. Spragga Benz & Mavado both put up incredible fights (more the latter than former), but neither could deal with Kartel's counter punch defensive style. Yeah, he ducked couple man but he paid the cost to be the world boss. He left the Alliance, a foundation which built nuff artists to form his own successful Alliance who took away the shine from the Alliance. The Alli

Saxon Sound live at Hackney Downs inna 1985 [video]

Saxon Sound at Hackney Downs inna 1985. Check the fashion. This is black youth culture in the 80s. I won't let them hijack our real story with them feeding us a foreign narrative. This is the reality of the situation and foundation in our UK movement. Go to 15:20 for the famous fast-chat style (or double time rapping) they pioneered (before everyone in the world) which has been copied the world over. Big up Daddy Colonel, Papa Levi, Tippa Irie, Smiley Culture and them man. p.s. You don't really see them (shame) but ketch the vibes. And you can check out Papa Levi talking about them times, the fast-chat styles origins, lack of foundation set by them times and more. p.s. I cracked up at the "you don't know David Hamilton the M1 driver" bit. )

Protoje x Chronixx talk meeting + making the "Who Knows"

Protoje and Chronixx speak on how they met and made the song on the day they shot the video for the Winta James (leading the reggae riddims right now) produced lead single, "Who Knows" from the forthcoming Protoje's album. ) Full song here As yet untitled third album to follow. Purchase on day of release for me because he's a wicked artist with consistency.

Jus Now (feat. Stylo G & Bunji Garlin) - Tun Up [Music Video]

Big tune/instrumental by Jus Now from last year voiced by UK basement's Stylo G premiered on  Mista Jam's 1Xtra radio show last nigh t. Always had the mid-'00s jiggy dancehall period so glad it got the vocal treatment. Check the video with nuff wining and jumping. Basically tun'nin' up I reckon this will work better live inna dance than at my laptop. Can we get Elephant Man on a remix please? Cheers in advance