I Got You (Beng Beng riddim) and an update

Before I link this song up, first a little update on what’s been going on here.  As you can see from the last date I managed to post something, this blog has gotten pretty inactive.  It’s not that Sizzla has slowed down his insane output that much, but that my own life has gotten busier and busier.  I now have to squeeze my hobbies in between a day job and a side business which eats up a lot of my time, and the result is that often, I just don’t pull it off.

I may at some point in the not-too-distant future have to retire this blog – or at least suspend regular posting, and leave just the song database (which I’m still quietly maintaining behind the scenes) and discography, which was the real reason this site was created from the beginning.  We shall see.  For now though, just expect that I’ll post when I can – it just won’t be often.

With all that said (whew), here’s “I Got You.”  The riddim is funky and unusual.  The tune works for me, though I think the falsetto is a little overdone.  Worth a listen for sure.

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Jah Jah Solve Dem (Lion Inna Den riddim)

Here’s a really NICE song from Iron Gate Records.  Worth a few spins this fine Monday morning.

This is available for pre-order on Bandcamp here.  The price is, uh, curious (read: kind of insane), assuming this release has just one song on it.  Although the description mentions “remix,” so maybe this is one of those releases with a single and then a bunch of remixes of it?  It says the release date is September 9, so I guess I’ll wait and see then what the release actually entails, and if it comes to other platforms as well.

UPDATE: Iron Gate has verified that the release I linked to will be a remix EP with 7 tracks altogether.

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Lock Like Woe (Scheme Up riddim)

Here’s a peculiar track.  It almost sounds like a remix because parts of Sizzla’s vocal seem like they aren’t in the same key as the riddim.  Chorus is kind of pleasant I suppose.  No idea what to make of this one.

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My Lord w/ Lovd Ones

This is a nice collab that just popped up for digital download as part of a Lovd Ones album.  Check it!

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Set Di Trend (Coolie Ghee riddim)

I love this.  It’s just hypnotic.  Already on your favorite digital download sites, too.

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Random question: those Judgement Yard mixtapes…

If you’ve been following Sizzla a decade or longer, you might remember from years back when he released four mixtapes via Judgement Yard with all kinds of unreleased material (and a little previously-released stuff too) on them.  Each volume had a theme (e.g. dancehall, roots reggae) and was about 30 tracks deep, so it was a hell of a bonanza for hardcore fans.  At the time I was finding it hard to keep up with just official singles and albums, so I disregarded these mixtapes for a while; later I ended up buying them in mp3 form from the Judgement Yard site.  For all I know, you can still buy them there.

judge3Today I was doing some organizing of my digital collection and came across this song “If You Don’t Have Jah.”  I have two versions of it – one is about three and a half minutes, and is mixed together with other songs at the beginning and end.  It’s from vol. 3 of those mixtapes, “The Realest Thing.”  The other is over four minutes, ripped seemingly by well-known dancehall rippers VOD when I look at the file name.  I was trying to figure out where it came from and after some internet sleuthing, it seems like it might have been from the same mixtape.  Only it’s not the version I have, because the song is longer and has a proper, non-mixed beginning and ending.

My question (finally): were actual CDs released of these mixtapes?  The always-useful United Reggae indicates they might have been, by Consolidated Vibes (whoever that is).  Or was there some other version of them later replaced with the mixed-together versions?  There’s still a good number of songs on there that have never seen an official release (though over the years, a number of them have popped up on albums); if I could lay hands on full versions of those songs without the mixing, I’d be glad to.  Drop me a line if you know anything.

 

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Lock Dung The Place w/ G-Mac

This kind of slipped through the cracks – an album track from a G-Mac album released back in December.  Until this video was posted I had no idea Sizzla was on this song at all.  Makes you wonder how many other guest appearances he’s done that are hidden away!  Anyway, this is a weirdly enjoyable little song – I especially like the semi-off-key chanting.

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Miss You Like Crazy (Trail Blazer riddim)

A cut like this one makes me worried about Sizzla’s voice.  He was hard on it for years and it has showed signs of strain recently, but seldom as much as here.  Singing both low and high, he almost sounds like he’s got a bad cold and a sore throat.  Yikes.  Let’s hope this is just the product of an off day.

Otherwise this tune strikes me as rather mediocre.  The verses are OK, the hook seems like not much work went into it.  Overall, definitely one of Sizzla’s lesser reggae tunes, which is a realm he usually dominates.

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Hot and Peppery

This is one thing that’s great about being a Sizzla fan.  You can listen to the man for years, digging up every track you can lay hands or ears on.  You can obsessively document every shadowy corner of his career down to the most obscure mixtapes and dubs and remixes.  But still, there’s stuff out there you haven’t heard – it’s just guaranteed.

Today’s object lesson – this song, uploaded by YouTuber “Kalonji Albums” and hitting me right now like a glass of cold water to the face.  You could just about guess the era this comes from within a few years after listening for 15 seconds.  It’s not the most classic early Sizzla, but still, this was period when Sizzla made strong material constantly and just seemed ANGRY on every track.

I’ll shut up now and link the video.  Anybody got an mp3 of this one, reach out to me – it doesn’t appear it was ever released in any form except a long out-of-print compilation CD.

 

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Love Me (True Melody riddim)

I don’t know about this one. I need another listen – first impression is that it sounds kind of like Sizzla’s Don Corleon period (e.g. “Soul Deep”) but not that good.

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