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Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s. Two of the biggest stars of the early dancehall era were Yellowman and Eek-a-Mouse. Dancehall brought a new generation of producers, including Linval Thompson, Gussie Clarke and Jah Thomas. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or "ragga") becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms.

Alkaline- Red Eyes

Alkaline- Red Eyes

Alkalines latest song 'Red Eyes' is once again another hit song from the popular rising artist. With his distinctive voice similar to other popular artists such as Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, you instantly know who is on the track. 'Red eyes' expresses how whatever he does people ''Eyes him'' meaning they watch him and criticise. But regardless of this he says he will live his life how he wants. Alkaline is definitely one to make songs that relate to a lot of us - this song has a great summer beat to it and the lyrics are on point! 

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Video: Trillary Banks - Come Over Mi Yard

Video: Trillary Banks - Come Over Mi Yard

Hot gyal Trillary drops this saucy banger we can all relate to - everyone needs a little loving from time to time! In this track, Leicester's Trillary describes just what she is about when it comes down to bedroom activities.

How can you not love a women that exudes such confidence in her capabilities, i don't really have much else to say on this one check it out for yourself.

twitter.com/TrillaryBanks6

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Kabaka Pyramid - Cant Breathe

Kabaka Pyramid - Cant Breathe

Produced by Genis Nadal, this is Kabaka Pyramid's latest piece of socially conscious goodness, which can be found on his first full album, titled Contraband.

"The stress and strain of the system and the mental pollution we are fed day to day reminds me of feeling claustrophobic and suffocated" says Kabaka Pyramid.

Available today for purchase on all major digital outlets including iTUNES and SPOTIFY 

Listen back to our interview with Kabaka here and find out about his upcoming European tour here

twitter.com/kabakapyramid

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Win a pair of tickets to Soundcrash Boat Party with DJ Vadim & Mr Thing in London

Win a pair of tickets to Soundcrash Boat Party with DJ Vadim & Mr Thing in London

One of London's event promoters, Soundcrash have just announced a stonker of an event on August 19th - a three hour boat party featuring true players in the Hip Hop & Reggae world.

One of the UK's most respect veterans DJ Vadim is the first name on the day. The Ninja Tune and BBE 'Sound Catcher’ has built a solid rep covering hip hop, trip hop, soul, funk, grime, reggae, dub and bass, performing all across the world. 

Joining Vadim, the iconic DJ and producer - Mr. Thing. Having performed and toured with some of the best in the game (DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff & Run DMC) and produced for the likes of Jehst & Micall Parknsun, the 2 time DMC world champion, is one of the most formidable forces in UK Hip Hop!

Tickets Available via Soundcrash here

To enter the competition, visit our Facebook page here, hit like and write on our wall to tell us whether you're more hyped to see DJ Vadim or Mr Thing! Winners will be picked at random on June 30. 

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Kabaka Pyramid 'Contraband' UK Tour - June 2017

Kabaka Pyramid 'Contraband' UK Tour - June 2017

The Jamaican star, who was recently interviewed on our Pyro Radio show is set for a UK tour in June, with dates and locations below! Make sure you check him out if you love real reggae music!

THU 22 JUN 2017 - O2 Academy Islington, London

 

MON 26 JUN 2017 - Hidden, Manchester

 

TUE 27 JUN 2017  - The Fleece Bristol

 

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Video: Leo Samson & Shumba Youth - Check It Out

Video: Leo Samson & Shumba Youth - Check It Out

Check out this new feel-good video from London based label Reggae Roast for their latest 7" vinyl release. 'Check It Out' by Leo Samson & Shumba Youth is just what you need to accompany the summer vibe with its futuristic dancehall smasher!

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Banx & Ranx - Time Bomb (ft Lady Leshurr)

Banx & Ranx - Time Bomb (ft Lady Leshurr)

Canadian producers Banx & Ranx have linked up with the in demand Brum vocalist for this upbeat Indian spiced club hit which compliments both of their styles! This is a strong summer anthem and will no doubt go down well across the world!

“Lesh is such a creative and open-minded artist that it’s always a pleasure to make music with her.” Banx & Ranx

A teaser of ‘Time Bomb’ was featured on the recent BANX & RANX mixtape Digital Dread Mix Session Vol. 2 - which also featured another Lady Leshurr collab in the shape of ‘Bad Vybz’.

facebook.com/banxnranx/ // facebook.com/ItsLadyLeshurr/

Check our interview with Lady Leshurr, from 2010, below! 

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The Heatwave - London City ft Ding Dong

The Heatwave -  London City ft Ding Dong

New London centric banger from the London based dancehall producer/DJ/promoter!

With the amount of support Outta London City is getting by the mainstream DJs like Mistajam and Tim Westwood, it'll definitely be popping off at Notting Hill Carnival this year and is already making WAVES in Jamaica!

Download: iTunes | Amazon | BandcampGoogle Play

www.facebook.com/theheatwaveUK

 

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Video: Sean Paul - Suh Mi High

Video: Sean Paul - Suh Mi High

The dancehall star is still killing it, 15 years since he burst thru with Get Busy, on this new one which bring a summer orientated hip hop vibe whilst keeping his signature style. Dope stuff!

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Video: MoStack - Let It Ring

Video: MoStack - Let It Ring

MoStack keeps delivering a slew of wavy Dancehall vibes in his new track "Let it Ring". Helped along side visuals of him hitting up the paint balling range with a couple of the boys his lyrics intertwine with the video perfectly as he manages to make a threat sound so harmless and playful.

I guess that's his way of saying he is really in the streets and all the politics that comes with it is fun to him. Check the video here!

twitter.com/realmostack

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Chronixx announces UK tour, performs on Jimmy Fallon

Chronixx announces UK tour, performs on Jimmy Fallon

One of our favourite reggae artists over the last 3+ years is Chronixx, the Jamaican artist who built a massive buzz in 2014 with Dread & Terrible. He is back and performs two of his newest tracks on The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon on NBC in USA. These are from his forth coming album, Chronology.

Also see below for the flyer to his new UK tour - all info, including dates for his US tour at  chronixxmusic.com

 

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Chronixx - Likes

Chronixx - Likes

New up beat heater from the Jamaican roots reggae star who is definitely at the forefront of talent in the reggae game right now! You can expect to hear this on his forthcoming album Chronology. 

In this one he gives credit to those that helped pave for the way for his position in the flourishing reggae dancehall world today. 

chronixxmusic.com

 

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Mix: The Heatwave #SixtyMinutes on BBC 1Xtra

Mix: The Heatwave #SixtyMinutes on BBC 1Xtra

Dope dancehall and bashment mix for DJ Target's 1xtra show, from one of the UK's premier brands in the Jamaican jump up sound! Tracks from Beenie Man, Konshens, I-Octane, Aidonia and more!

Get tickets for their UK tour here

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Lyric Video: Doctor - Only You (prod by. Hitimpulse & Unik)

Lyric Video: Doctor - Only You (prod by. Hitimpulse & Unik)

Summer time banger alert, Doctor jumps in the scene and hits us early with a vibe of a single that contains mixtures of Trap, Bashment and Dancehall. I can hear this playing at up and coming summer time festivals and I wouldn't be surprised if we get a wave of fine women uploading twerking videos onto Instagram with this playing in the background. Doctor definitely has the you definitely have the remedy with this one. 

Doctor says Only You is  “a song made for the girl that’s down for their man no matter what, through thick and thin”.

twitter.com/thisisdoctor

 

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News: The Wailers set for 14 date UK Tour in March with new line-up

News: The Wailers set for 14 date UK Tour in March with new line-up

Bob Marley's old band the Wailers are set for a country wide in March, as they bring their revolutionary sound and message to their loyal fanbase. The band now consists of Aston “Familyman” Barrett (Bass), Julian Junior Marvin (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Donald Kinsey (Lead Guitar), Aston Barrett, Jr. (Drums), Joshua David Barrett (Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Shema McGregor(Vocals & Harmony), Owen “Dreadie” Reid (Rhythm Guitar & Bass), Javaughn Bond (Keyboards & Vocals), and Marley sound engineer Dennis Thompson. 

Tickets on sale here! gigst.rs/TW and tour dates are below the video.

THE WAILERS UK LIVE DATES 2017 

Wed       08 Mar 17     Bristol O2 Academy

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