DUBROOM MP3 REVIEW
WWW, December 2007 - "Some new, some old, but all of them crucial", says Mick Sleeper at the start of what really is a Dancehall Attack. We could add: "Some slackness, some culture, but all of them nice".
When Jammy's released his digital Sleng-Teng riddim in the 1980's, he set the tone for a brand new style of Reggae that some would not want to call Reggae at all.
It was first called Ragga, but now we know it under the name Dancehall. And indeed, some would not call it Reggae. Just like some would not call certain digital Dubs Reggae either.
It's a debate as old as the Sleng-Teng riddim, and it will probably continue for a few more years to come. Some people really argue that you cannot make music with computers or digital technology anyway, because of reasons which they can expand on for many hours in a row.
One of these reasons is that "music from a box" can not appeal to the heart and soul of people. Interesting argumentation, but not really real. Dancehall in itself is designed to make you move and groove and the enormous popularity of the genre proofs the critics wrong at least on this point.
Yes, Dancehall is here to stay, just like certain Digital Dubs. In fact, Dancehall already has a history of it's own and this is where Mick Sleeper's 14th episode of his excellent Podcast series comes in.
As said, there's "old and new" Dancehall but that's not everything that can be said.
The mix contains a lot of different styles as well. You could even say, that every tune in itself is the representant of another sub-genre of Dancehall. and that makes this Podcast very relevant, even in a series of Podcast that usually deal with other forms of Reggae.
01. LET HIM GO - Beenie Man
02. TOO MUCH FUCKERY - Goofy
03. COOL AND HUMBLE - Nardo Ranks
04. DON'T TOUCH THE STYLE - Joseph Cotton
05. MAMA SAID - Galaxy P
06. TRAFFIC JAM - Stephen Marley
07. BUCK DEM UP - Tanya Stephens & Lady Saw
08. RING THE ALARM (HIP HOP STYLE) - Tenor Saw
09. BANDOLERO - Pinchers
10. JAH LICK WE - Michigan & Smiley
11. CHAMPION SOUND - Natty Remo
12. FEVER - Johnny Osbourne
13. THAT'S THE WAY - Cutty Ranks