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Reggae, dub, dancehall

Postby xzebrasx » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:37 pm

Can anybody recommend some good reggae/dub/dancehall artists and bands? I always liked that kind of music, but I don't really know many good bands. I usually hear it in a mix with punk/hardcore and the like.
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Postby puppydog » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:20 pm

for dub, i'd go with king tubby, mad professor, lee perry for starters.

for reggae, horace andy, heptones, eek-a-mouse, mighty diamonds, gentleman & far east band, black uhuru, prince alla, beres hammond, tenor saw, king jammy, yellow man, burning spear, etc.

dancehall and current artists, i'm not so up on, but sizzla, general degree, beenieman, sean paul, bounty killa, damian marley, collie budz, elephant man.

one caveat, there's a lot of homophobic content in some more current reggae, and some of the people i've listed might have songs that are offenseive, i couldnt tell you off the top of my head.

there's a thread on this somewhere on VF already methinks
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Postby xzebrasx » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:49 pm

Thanks, omar! I already know some of the bands/artists you mentioned. And yeah - I've hear about the homophobic lyrics. I think Black Uhuru has some, if I'm not mistaken.
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Postby ninearms » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:38 pm

You should get on the Louis Farrakhan, aka The Charmer, tip. "Don't Touch Mih Nylon" is a banger. OK, so I'm going back a bit further, but I think it's important to appreciate the roots of this kind of stuff.

Also, check this blog out: http://youandmeonajamboree.blogspot.com/
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Postby fredrikw » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:24 pm

I mainly listen to electronic dub, a but more modern and in my view interesting take on dub. There are lots of stuff coming out of France and Germany that's well worth listening to, for example High Tone, Kaly Live Dub, Löbe Radiant Dub System, Rhythm & Sound, and Brain Damage. Also, I do enjoy Dubstep, but this is taking a bit far away from what you're asking for I guess... :) Personally I'm not too much into more traditional dub and reggae. As far as dancehall goes I recently discovered The Bug, dancehall beats but with a more rough edge.
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Postby puppydog » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:28 pm

[quote="fredrikw"]Also, I do enjoy Dubstep, but this is taking a bit far away from what you're asking for I guess...


dubstep is great.....
listening to it feels like you are nitrous.

as for the more progressive stuff, there's always old Basic Channel records if you want a good sleep!
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Postby fredrikw » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:23 pm

[quote="omar tan"]as for the more progressive stuff, there's always old Basic Channel records if you want a good sleep!

Yeah, Rhythm&Sound is on the Basic Channel label as well. Pole is another good bet as well, also stemming from Germany... I wonder why Germany of all places :)
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Postby xzebrasx » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:03 pm

Thanks, everyone!

I'm loving the blog, ninearms!
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Postby :x: » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:32 pm

[quote="omar tan"]
dancehall and current artists, i'm not so up on, but sizzla, general degree, beenieman, sean paul, bounty killa, damian marley, collie budz, elephant man.

well, if it comes to homophobic lyrics, i think, nearly all of them do have them. definetely sizzla, beenieman, bounty killah and elepant man, possibly all others as well...
i love dubstep and raggacore is very nice as well, for example http://www.myspace.com/insane_zombieflesheater
i also like http://www.myspace.com/bambambabylonbajasch http://www.myspace.com/lfodemon http://www.myspace.com/istarilasterfahrer http://www.myspace.com/sumone317 and http://www.myspace.com/leegarveyoswald
all of it is great music and doesn't have any strange or disgusting lyrics...i believe nearly all reggae has some strange parts, but that's to be talked about somewhere else :wink:
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Postby xzebrasx » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:10 pm

Yo, I'll check that out, x.

I would recommend:

Suicide Bid (dub, punk, reggae, ska)
Inner Terrestrials (ska, punk, reggae, dub)
Leftöver Crack (skacore, punk, crack rock steady)
Choking Victim (also)
Public Serpents (punk, reggae, ska)
The Infested (skacore, punk)
The Mad Conductor (ska, funk, reggae, hip-hop)
Antimaniax (skacore)
Capdown (also)
Cranston Foundation (reggae, -core)
General Rudie (ska)
No-Ca$h (skacore)
P.A.I.N. (ska, punk, reggae, dub)
Paprika Korps (reggae from Poland)
The Dumpers (punk, ska, -core)

Not "pure" reggae, dub or dancehall, but something I like very much, anyway.
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Postby bronco » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:20 pm

The lyrics may be incomprehensible for those who doesnt know swedish, but this is good stuff:

http://www.myspace.com/storsien .
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Postby puppydog » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:42 pm

[quote="bronco"]The lyrics may be incomprehensible for those who doesnt know swedish, but this is good stuff:

http://www.myspace.com/storsien .


the firewall prevents me, but .... i would LOVE to hear reggae sung in another langauge rather than reggae sung by non-island people in a 'jamaican accent'

i HATE that.

people here do it all the time at shows or open mics and it drives me mental.
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Postby Johnstuff » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:45 pm

I'm a big reggae fan myself. Not so into dancehall or dubstep though but I love dub.

I'd recommend (dub/reggae):

Culture, Burning Spear, Gentleman, Damien Marley, Zion Train, Bush Chemists, I Wayne, Chezidek, Luciano, Morgan Heritage, Vibronics (local Dub), Jah Marnyah (local reggae singer/DJ), Love Grocer, Israel Vibration, Black Uhuru etc.

There are quite a few compilations about (eg. Bobo Revolution) that are worth a try if you're not sue which artists you like, as you get 10 or so different artists on the same album.
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Postby xzebrasx » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:48 pm

Now, Johnstuff, if you could only point out which of these are homophobes... :lol:
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Postby Johnstuff » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:40 pm

I don't recall specifically if any of them are (none that I know of).

Zion Train, Bush Chemists, Luciano, Vibronics (local Dub) and Love Grocer definately aren't - although Luciano is the only one of those that isn't dub.

Luciano always has positive uplifting lyrics although a fair bit of his music is a bit 'soft' for my taste - but the suff of his that I like, I really like.

I think you'll come across more homophobes in dancehall than in roots reggae or dub.
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