Please Come Home

Season’s greetings. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, so on, and so forth. Here is a new Christmas song from Daptone, starring the sadly recently departed Sharon Jones (RIP) alongside the incredibly talented Dap-Kings. The song comes from the recent It’s A Holiday Soul Party LP. “What a Christmas to have the blues…”

Album of the Year (2016)

The rocksteady masterpiece Nothing More To Say from Brooklyn-based outfit The Frightnrs was, hands down, the best album of 2016 in my opinion. Easily. From the classic arrangements to the haunting singing to the top notch production by Victor Axelrod a/k/a Ticklah, I really can’t find much not to love about it. Out on Daptone Records. Tragically, the front man Dan Klein passed away from A.L.S. after the album was completed.

Best Rap Songs of 2016

Between Christmas shopping and Selector Black Friday shipping, I’ve been really struggling to get a post up here for the last few days. If you are interested in reading about and potentially streaming some of the Best Rap Songs of 2016, why then head right on over to Passion of the Weiss and check their annual recap of all things that are good in hip-hop. They know what’s up. Also, bonus points for using The Beatles here.

We Are Sale-ing

Apologies for the shameless side project self-pluggery, on a Wednesday no less, but hey, Selector is having its biggest sale of the year right now. Good time to get some obscure reggae gear on the discount! Get 45% OFF with promo code FORTYFIVE. Sale ends midnight on Monday 11/28.

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TSOTW: Champion Sound

T-Shirt of the Week this week is this beauty from Selector – both an homage to classic sporting goods, and, more importantly, sound system culture, which started in Jamaica, and has spread around the world.

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Covers

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London is a really cool project on Kickstarter, by London-based photographer Alex Bartsch, whereby he shoots reggae record covers in the locations featured on the cover. They make for some very cool photos! The Kickstarter project is to produce a book around Alex’s great photos.

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Nothing More To Say

This LP from Brooklyn-based rocksteady adventurers The Frightnrs has all but taken over my life. It keeps getting better and better. I’ve already posted this song – about a month or so back – but now there are matching visuals. Out now from Daptone.

Sweet Temptress

The album release party for the new Bei Ru LP on Friday was a lot of fun. Stay tuned for the first video from LA Zooo to drop soon. In the meantime here’s a video for ‘Sweet Temptress’ from his 2015 album Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp. Gives you a great sense of Bei Ru’s unique sound – seamlessly combining Armenian and Middle Eastern sounds with the hip-hop tradition of cutting samples together in amazing new ways. Video by Postas.