Classic Tune of The Week 10/03/2014

This weeks classic tune of the week comes from Ky Mani Marley – with his classic “Dear Dad” – a heartfelt track dedicated to his late great father

Which artist will breakthrough in 2014

2014 sees and new wave of artist breaking through, but who do you think will turn their buzz into sustained success in 2014?

Alkaline

Here’s an artist I think Jamaica has needed for a while, his style reflexes the changing styles in dancehall (I often say he’s got elements of many of the “gaza” artists such as Kartel, Popcaan & Tommy Lee) this combined with his styling and more liberal approach give him an edge, some may talk about gimmicks etc but I have been impressed with his output so far and if that continues he’s bound to have a big year!

J Capri

This female has had alot of love since her combo’s with Konshens & Charley Black last year and with new single “Reverse It” getting good support, I predict big things this year for this multi talented artists (She is also a TV presenter & Dancer amongst other things). Her collaborations with producer Rvssian seem to suit her style and with up coming single “Mamacita” seeing her go toe to toe with Worl’ Boss Vybz Kartel will 2014 be this females year?

Kranium

The new york based dancehall artist burst on the seen last year with his cheeky love song “Nobody Has to Know” could 2014 see him establish himself further, with support from some of Dancehall’s biggest taste makers it looks likely. I for one look forward to hearing more from him in the coming months

Samantha J

Finally a slighly different choice, 17 year old Samantha J came through late last year with Washroom produced single “Tight Up Skirt” and represents a more poppy dancehall sound, her styling and catchy lyrics I’m sure will prove popular with both the core audience and the wider international market and having seen her interviewed a few times she surely has a bright future in the business

Classic Tune of The Week 19th Feb 2014

Been ages since I’ve done a classic tune of the week, but it felt right after the tragic news that Dancehall lost one of its legendary pioneers. Wayne Smith died this week after being admitted to hospital at the end of last week. Wayne smith was the voice behind “Under Mi Sleng Teng”

“Under Mi Sleng Teng” was released in 1985 on King Jammy’s label, and the riddim itself was discovered on Noel Davey’s Casio MT-40 by Wayne Smith and is said to be the first computerised dancehall riddim. Any one who listens to dancehall will be aware of the riddim (I honestly couldn’t tell you how many versions of the riddim there are) and it’s historic effect on dancehall but Wayne Smith’s “Under Mi Sleng Teng” itself has influenced dancehall greatly and has made a huge contribution to what Dancehall is today

The Bashment Show – Dancehall Debate Jan 2014

First Dancehall Debate of 2014 – I was joined by Serocee, Marvin Sparks & Chan’tel Marie (Words & Riddims). We Talked Homophobia in Dancehall, the lack of commercial support for Dancehall & the lighter subject Dancehall’s silliest Dances.

Dancehall Debate Jan 2014 by Joe Grime on Mixcloud

The 2nd Dancehall Debate takes place 27th Feb 7pm-9pm on http://www.dejavufm.com

Smile Jamaica – Time for Dancehall & Reggae to be Acknowledged on Daytime Radio!

It’s not often I write blogs down but having waxed lyrical to numerous friends in the “industry” I felt I had to write this. This Blog was originally only going to cover certain dancehall & reggae tunes I felt didn’t get the commercial love I felt they deserved in terms of radio play listing etc. but I feel that subject probably doesn’t cover where we are actually at. There have been numerous blogs/articles since the demise of Choice that talk of the marginalisation of Caribbean music and as I have said before it was something I saw coming for a while but the question I ask is; what justification do radio stations have for this? Admittedly sales of reggae music have dwindled over the years but does sales necessarily reflect popularity, and I would also argue the correlation between lack of sales and lack of mainstream radio play is surely an interesting one. Its almost a catch 22 without support of mainstream media, dancehall & reggae is relying almost solely on a core audience. A core audience that like many others has got used to getting their reggae dancehall fix serviced via various “promo” websites (I could write another blog solely on the piracy issue, so for today lets put that issue to one side, especially as its an issue that blights not only reggae & dancehall but the music industry in general). When I talk core audiences I feel its important to point out this is a group that is hugely multi cultural and isn’t just the stereotypical crowd often pedaled by mainstream media (Channel 4 I am talking to you!). Yes admittedly this crowd is divided into various fractions (we will talk about this later) and this does not always help but the love for dancehall & reggae for me is as strong as ever. You go to any town or city across the UK and you will find somewhere that plays dancehall & reggae and in UK’s major cities the number of dancehall & reggae nights reflects the popularity it has so why is this not reflected via mainstream radio? Aside from specialist shows on 1xtra and the odd bashment mix “urban” DJs provide during their shows the lack of airtime received by reggae and dancehall is frankly ridiculous. You go back 5/10 years go and you would hear Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Sean Paul regularly on A/B lists and you would also hear the influence dancehall and reggae had on other songs featured. Now interestingly that influence is still apparent; abet in a slightly different way, with numerous genres using reggae style vocals or producers such as DJ Fresh & Major Lazer using typically soundclash style concepts in their music. We have also seen typically reggae/sound system concepts being used away from the music production, whether it be something like Red Bull bringing the concept of musical warfare to a wider audience which I have no problem with, to a recent “soundclash” I saw advertised between TOWIE’s Lauren Pope and Kiss Breakfast Show host Melvin which quite frankly brought a tear to my eye (especially as it was billed as a soundclash). It often makes me wonder why the “industry” is happy to pillage Reggae and Dancehall in this way but yet refuses to support the music in the mainstream. I know I have waffled a bit without putting forward any tunes that could have been play listed, so let me put a few forward before we continue:

 1.Laza Morgan Ft Mavado – One By One

 I was driving around listening to this with my Mum in the car, and by the second chorus she was singing along and I personally believe if this play listed the summer of its release this would have been a major hit – It already has a very commercial appeal and with the correct support you could hear a tune like this not only doing well in the charts but also becoming summertime anthem just like many dancehall tunes before it.

 2. Denyque – Make Me Believe You

 Now maybe this tune will eventually get the love it deserves, but this is a quality track from an artist that has huge mainstream appeal. Over the years dancehall has had it problems with content that was hard to crossover but this tune has so much going for it – catchy lyrics, classic dancehall riddim and a song subject that has mass appeal!

3. Mavado Ft Nicki Minaj – Give It All To Me

 To me this tune is a no brainer, I thought it was a hit before Nicki was featured but that only adds to the appeal. I will admit this track dropped rather late in the summer and playing dancehall on daytime radio after Notting Hill Carnival has always been something that very rarely happens but come on!

 There are plenty more I could mention but I think I will leave it there for now as there is plenty more to talk about. I am not blind to the fact that the music industry has seen a huge change in recent years. We have seen the influx of EDM on “urban”(I hate this word) music which probably has made it harder to fit dancehall into the play list equation as it doesn’t sit so comfortably next to a Calvin Harris record as it would of sat next to the R’n’B of a few years ago. I also admit that the bad press dancehall has received with regard homophobic lyrics and to a lesser extent slackness has not helped the cause but I still think it does have a place on daytime radio and as stated earlier its popularity has probably increased over the years not diminished. So far I have talked a lot about the dancehall side of things but reggae probably faces an even bigger challenge. Unlike Europe where reggae is played on national radio frequently, the UK has almost abandoned playing reggae on any new mainstream radio outlet. Yes you may hear a few classic Bob Marley tracks on radio but no wonder many peoples view of reggae starts and ends with Bob when radio seems to have abandoned it as a genre. Artists such as Chronixx have been getting critical acclaim in the press and have sold out shows throughout the UK but we are still light years away from hearing “Smile Jamaica” on Radio 1. Now I admit similar to the problems dancehall has with fitting the daytime schedule, reggae has an a even harder job but surely good music has a place on national radio? Well here is the interesting thing I have noticed with stations such as radio 1, Kiss, Capital etc. – good music is the last thing that interests radio programmers who seem to have resorted to the lowest common denominator when it comes to radio – resorting to silly gimmicks, bland presenters and a play list that repeats almost hourly. This is a problem that is not just bound to radio but reflects wider society and I won’t sit here and condemn it wholly as I understand many enjoy their reality TV and there is a place for that in balanced media of any form but reggae & dancehall seems short changed in this balancing act. I slightly swept Channel 4’s My Crazy New Jamaican Life under the carpet earlier and from what I have heard I was one of the lucky ones as I avoided it while being wholed up in hospital (one of the few benefits!) but it’s this stereotypical view of Jamaican life that is equally mirrored in the view many media outlets that has allowed this short change to happen. Yes there is undoubtedly a very slack element to dancehall that over the years has changed the context of how dancehall is seen. Whining was never originally about sexual gratification but more an art form that reflected the seductive sound of dancehall. I remember as a teenager spending ages getting my head around holding a whine properly only to see it now replaced by young people daggering each other (less about hip movement and more about thrusting) and that’s not to say that there is anything wrong with daggering, but more the fact that it’s again allowed dancehall culture to be cheapened by mainstream media. Music does change and many peers in the reggae dancehall world often comment that dancehall especially has lost its edge recently taking more hip hop influences but I’m sure this was a view echoed by elders in the 80’s scared of the digital revolution etc. However this outlook that dancehall is somewhat a lesser sibling of reggae is unfair and in my opinion detrimental. There is more than enough different strands and styles to dancehall and this move to be a Selector that plays one or the other (Dancehall and Reggae) is detrimental to the music. Yes their will always be sound systems that specialise but there is definitely an argument to say that sounds should be able to represent reggae as a whole (encompassing dancehall under that umbrella) like sounds have done for years. We started talking about lack of mainstream radio support and it is somewhat understandable when people within the core industry regularly turn their noses up to certain aspects of the music. I mentioned fractions within the core audience and these fractions do have an effect on the wider commercial appeal. I recently read a opinion piece in the evening standard from the Independent Editor who bemoaned the fact that London was missing quality reggae nights after a bad experience at a Dub night in Brick Lane and you can clearly see how a bad experience can affect the casual fan and with so many strands it must be hard for the casual fan to untangle the good from the bad but this is surely where mainstream radio has a role to play. If mainstream radio found space to play quality dancehall and reggae even if only occasionally and allowed a few more specialist shows you would hope this would help to reflect the finest both Jamaica has to offer in terms of music and the UK has to offer in terms of taste makers. I’ve said on facebook after Choice was “re branded” that there is plenty of quality reggae and dancehall shows out there both on traditional Pirate radio and the more modern podcast medium and it is about time they were given the recognition they deserve whether that be by greater light shone on what they are currently doing or being given the opportunity to showcase their talents on more mainstream stations. Ultimately we do need to make some changes to how we do things in the core if we strive to see reggae and dancehall back where it belongs. Unity is something I’ve longed to see for some time. I’m not saying we all have to be friends and get along but supporting each others endeavours and pushing the scene forward is surely a simple thing to do. Similarly getting taste makers together to discuss where we want our music to go and what artists and songs we wish to promote will surely strengthen the scene and provide a platform for radio pluggers and labels to pressurise mainstream radio into putting dancehall and reggae back on the A/B lists and stop the culture of reggae and dancehall being cheapened further. I for one don’t want to see a TOWIE star and the words soundclash in the same sentence nor do I wish to see dancehall culture cheapened by pointless channel 4 documentaries and on that note I’ll ask you this where is our generations “Babylon” or “Dancehall Queen”? Films that certainly represented dancehall and reggae in a greater degree than anything we have seen since. Remember if you agree or disagree with what I said here I just hope it opens a debate and gets dancehall and reggae back to where it should be and finally I urge you to continue to support reggae and dancehall by buying the music and attending the events and concerts!

Joe Grime’s Dancehall/Reggae Round Up

OK for those that follow me on twitter (@joegrime) you’ll know I haven’t been too impressed by the recently released Summer Wave Riddim, which to me is unneeded, not on the same level as last years anthem bringing Summertime Riddim, nor is it in my opinion even on the same level as BBQ or even Smudge. Now I’m sure through my Twitter conversations that a lot less avid dancehall fan or those that just look for the latest Kartel tune will be loving this riddim and admittedly it even grew on me a little when listen back to it on this weeks show. My biggest problem with riddims like this is not the fact that they’ve remade a riddim that still gets regular play, nor is it the fact that although artist like Beenie, Popcaan & Gaza Slim do an alright job on the riddim there is no stand out piece. My biggest problem is the almost instantaneous way DJs, selectors and fans have jumped on the “wave” and leaves me asking the following questions: When are DJs/Selectors going to say enough is enough and exercise some quality control over what they endorse? When will producers stop trying rinse out every forgotten Vybz Kartel acapella they have on their hard drive? And finally when are we going see producers attempt to make riddims firstly for the dancehall rather than radio (it reminds me of the influx of euro pop that has invaded are airwaves in the last couple of years on mainstream radio) This concept isn’t new and I know from reading a recent interview with Truckback Records Sexx Tape Riddim was built and voiced for the dancehall not radio, but it seems to be happening less and less. Historically Dancehall & Reggae music has always been championed by sounds in dances, and radio would pick up on a tune from the buzz and although we now leave in a world of on demand media,where I can listen to what I want when I want it; it would be nice to see producers aiming more for the dancehall rather than radio waves. Talking about tunes doing huge things in the dance, I have to mention Konshens who has really made an impact so far this year. At my recent MADD RAFF birthday set the walls were literally beaten to a pulp when “Do Sumn” & “Stop Sign” were played. Stop Sign is a tune I have mentioned before (in my recent piece for Fact Magazine) and when I recently tweeted the open lines it got the biggest amount of Retweets, proving the tunes either a huge track or I have a lot of slack followers. Talking of slackness & a tune that’s aimed at the dancehall rather than radio I have to give a mention to Gappy Ranks “Wine Pon Di Edge” The tune taken from his “Bedroom Bully” EP is a tune I can see running a lot of dances in the coming months and as you can see the Video seemed like a lot of fun! Before moving on from the slack, dancehall aimed tracks I have to give mention to the Coolie Gal Riddim, which seems like being a firm dancehall favourite. Surprisingly Tommy Lee is getting a lot of air play (Both on radio & in the Dance) with his track “Let Me Put It In” although I have to big up Zamunda, an artists I have always loved and feel is underrated for his effort “Gal Army” and of course Popcaan’s title track which are both getting good responses. Talking about Popcaan he features on the new riddim from Mixpak “Loud Speaker” which is a great, with its up tempo almost soca flavour. Produced by Dre Skull and fetauring some of the finest Caribbean Artist I can see this doing really well. The Machel Montana is the stand out for me but I can see a few more pieces being added in the coming weeks and months including a Joe Grime Refix for sure! Next up I need to give UK its props for a number of reasons. Firstly because in last few months the level of UK dancehall has gone through the roof, especially when you look at the new Ragga Ragga CD which is filled heavily with UK anthems form Stylo G, Gappy Ranks & Lea-anna. I also have to big up the UK because alongside the established artists, the next set of artists have really been bringing some heat! For those that listen to my show you will have heard me play the Suncycle produced Kick Out Teeth Riddim for some time (The Ladychann & Durrty Goodz being my fav) well good friend and all round wicked artist Fresharda has recently jumped on the riddim on a remix of Tenza’s Out & Clean and I have to say Fresh really did up the levels, I never played the original but with Fresharda’s feature its put it up there with Chann & Goodz. Talking of UK, Afterhours have been pushing their own brand of dancehall well for the last 9 months, with Deejay Fingers behind the music and big artists such as Don Andre, Big Chainz & UKG legend Kele Le Roc all featured on his riddims I really predict big things for them! If you downloaded my mix for Dont Watch That TV you would of heard “Too Mix Up” (personally my favourite After Hours Tune) and with the new single with Kele Le Roc “One Man” out now, plus a number of up and coming riddims ready for release you would be well advised to keep your eyes peeled. Talking of Don Andre he appears on the New Hot Coffee Music Release Throw Me Herb, a riddim dedicated to all things Ganja. The riddim features notable tunes from Don, Gappy Ranks & Reddman with Busy Signal leading with his Ganja Tune “Hot Head” This moves me nicely into mentioning 2 of the biggest reggae albums released this year, Busy Signal’s Reggae Music again & Romain Virgo The System. Let’s start with Busy’s Reggae Music again, the album is a great advertisment for all thats been good with reggae music! He has brung together some of Jamaica’s best musicians for it and by recording it at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios the album really brings together all the modern wordplay you would expect from Busy with the musicanship of legendary labels such as Penthouse & of course Tuff Gong. It’s hard to single out favourite tunes from the album, as the album for me should be viewed as whole. I will however mention Royal Night, a masterclass in innuendo, using a classic lovers formula laced with just the right amount tongue in cheek slackness. Moving on to another Shane Brown produced album, I write with great pleasure how much I enjoyed Romain Virgo’s the system (It’s Been on constant play in my car since I got it). The album itself is a great mix of Reality & Lovers tunes put togther with an almost mixtape feel (the tracks flow seamlessly through the album). The album kicks off with some great reality with my stand out “Another Day Another Dollar” and also features “Dem A Coward” which I personally feel has the potential and potency to be a future Dub Plate anthem. Its when I get to track 11 (Fantasize) that I get most excited. This track reminds me of classic Sanchez and with album being heavily produced by Penthouse, you get that classic 90’s reggae feel. Having started writing this by moaning about Summer Wave, it’s nice to finish talking about something so positive. I think we have covered at lot here, and it’s contrasting that for all the up and coming producers making dancehall it’s established & legendary producers who are still putting the majority of quality albums out. Remember catch The Bashment Show every Tuesday 10pm-12am (GMT) on http://www.dejavufm.com & listen back to previous shows via my mixcloud (mixcloud.com/joegrime)

The Bashment Show 11th October 2011

Another Edition of #TheBashmentShow, this week I’m Joined by Mr Fury so look out for big new riddims, banter & my live remix set.

Direct Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?8dubs53m2e144td

Tracklistings:

Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie
Stylo G Ft Kardinal Officiall – Call Mi A Yardie Remix

Buss Pipe Riddim

Zamunda – Follow Man
I Octane – Loud Mouth
Flexxx – Say Weh Mi Wan Say

Bounty Killer – Kill Dikey

So Bad Riddim

Popcaan – So Bad
Vybz Kartel Ft Popcaan – We Never Fear Dem
Vybz Kartel – Give Way Di Pum Pum

Vybz Kartel – Nymphomaniac
Aidonia – F!ck You Tonight
Vybz Kartel – Freaky Girl Part 2
Vybz Kartel – Worl Boss
Mr Vegas – Bruk It Out
KES – Wotless
D’Banj – Oliver Twist
Serani & Verseewild – 6 30pm

Summer Time Riddim

Tiana – Pum Pum Phat
Popcaan – Ravin
Vybz Kartel – Summertime

V6 Riddim

Vybz Kartel – Tell You Say
Popcaan – Head Bad
Vybz Kartel – Duppy Know

12 To 12 Riddim

Konshens – From To
Assassin – Wi Dazzle

Summer Fling Riddim

Beenie Man & Versatile – I Love The Girls
Tarrus Riley – Summer Fling
Mavado – Final Destination

Overproof Riddim

Beenie Man – Let’s Go
Daniel Beddingfield – Sometimes You Know

Starboy Riddim

Daniel Beddingfield – Now You See Me
Mavado – Starboy

White Liver Riddim

Beenie Man – Gimme Likkle
Vybz Kartel – Shout It Out

Vybz Kartel – Shout It Out (Joe Grime Motivation Remix)
Vybz Kartel – Beat Up Di Cat (Joe Grime She Ain’t You Remix)
Vybz Kartel – Turn Up Di Scheme (Joe Grime Work Out Remix)

Joe Grime – Refix Megamix

Esco – Enemies (Joe Grime Special)

Dancehall Style Riddim

Mr Williamz – Set Da Standard
Tippa Irie – Dancehall Style
Stush – Call Mi Phone

Assassin – Late

Steel Strings Riddi

Tarrus Riley – Stronger
Zamunda – She’s Mine
Jah Vinci – Set Me Free

Cardiac Strings Riddim
Alaine – Bye Bye Bye
Jah Cure – Nothing
Tarrus Riley – Karma