Rev Up The Engine (Rev Up riddim) + “Blaze!”

Predictably as I’ve become more and more busy with my work and other things, I’ve had less time to update this blog.  However, I thought I’d stop in today to let you know that

1) I’m not dead

2) there are a lot of digital downloads posted to the various legal channels (I usually use Amazon) recently – too many to list, but go check them out.  However…

3) you can probably skip this 23 track behemoth called “Blaze!”  I don’t know who Green Lane Music is, or what the legality of this release may be, but it appears to be just a compilation of a lot of old stuff from around the time of “Black History” and “Blaze Up The Chalwa.”

4) There is a new dancehall single that is enjoyable in a rather slight way – “Rev Up The Engine” on the Rev Up riddim, below.  And it seems to have been made freely available to download from More Love’s own Soundcloud page, so snag it.

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Black & White w/ General Lion I

Here’s an interesting little collab with seemingly French chanter General Lion I.  These collaborations with overseas reggae artists have become more frequent as presumably the audience over there for the music stays strong while it wanes a bit in the US, and I for one welcome it.  These two sound good together, and the track is interesting – uptempo reggae/dancehall, with an unexpected bit of dubstep near the end.  Good stuff.

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Yes You Can (Vision riddim)

This one is sung almost entirely in a subtly autotuned falsetto, so you probably already know if you’re in or out.  OK riddim and tune, but I don’t know if I will remember this one too much.  The mixing is a little strange too – on the chorus in particular it’s hard to hear anything except the vocals.

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Bwoy Ago Dead (Lastic & Plastic riddim)

I’ll be honest, I’ve been so busy this morning that I haven’t even listened to this yet (though I did buy it from Amazon).

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Up Wid The Torch (Hell riddim)

This song is kind of interesting.  Not a great tune in my opinion but not bad either, and the riddim is different.  You can download this and the entire Hell riddim now.

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Not too much more of a timely topic than this one in 2014, I suppose.  Song’s not bad, and quite informative.

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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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