Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hold The Faith - A Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

Hold The Faith - A Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

Two months and no less than a 1000 plays (thank you all!) since uploading my latest modern mix ('Brotherly Love') of tunes with a traditonal touch, I've now created my first true contemporary modern roots mix in years. All tunes of the last few years, some very recent, variety of artists and modern in style and sound. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only.

1) Jah Cure - Corruption
2) Bushman - How You Living
3) Jesse Royal - Roots And Culture
4) Mark Wonder - Buzzrock Soldiers
5) Alborosie - Cry
6) Beenie Man - Survivor
7) Randy Valentine - Lock Me Up
8) Christopher Martin - My Love
9) Chronixx - Majesty
10) Ce'Cile - Somebody Man
11) Tarrus Riley - Just The Way You Are
12) Jesse Royal - Hold The Faith
13) I-Octane - Thank You Father
14) Skarra Mucci - Number One
15) Million Stylez - The Youths of Today
16) Horseman - Computer
17) Romain Virgo & Agent Sasco - Fade Away
18) Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla - Rock Stone
19) Protoje & Chronixx - Who Knows
20) Blackout JA - No Spread No Rumours
21) Carl Meeks - Nuh Dat Easy
22) Damian Marley & Stephen Marley - Medication
23) Raging Fyah - Dash Wata
24) Tarrus Riley - There Is A Way
25) Romain Virgo & Bugle - No Problem
26) Agent Sasco - Stronger
27) I Octane & Gentleman - It's Alright
28) Morgan Heritage - Why Dem Come Around
29) Pressure - Goodness
30) Lady G - Me Bad
31) Naytian - Love Of A Father



Monday, February 20, 2017

Brotherly Love - An Old School New Style Modern Roots Mix by BMC (2017)

About 4 years after my latest full modern roots mix and with an increasing amount of released modern roots with a traditional touch I decided to go into it again and make this type of releases the focus of a new mix. Love those sounds, that need to be heard, so here it is. 79 minutes, modern roots releases but with a more traditional sound and instrumentation. Sometimes recycled old riddims, sometimes newly played riddims. Clear influences of 60s (rocksteady), 70s (roots, instrumentals, dub) and early 80s (rub-a-dub) Jamaican music. Tunes included date from roughly the last decade, but the majority from the last 5 years. Those claiming to not like contemporary reggae, think again after hearing this! :) Old School New Style!
Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only. With Brotherly Love!

Brotherly Love - An Old School New Style Modern Roots Mix by BMC
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Bob & Gene ft Inversions - I Can't Stand These Lonely Nights (Daptone 7)
02) Jah Faith - No Bother Grumble (Jandisc 7)
03) Breadwinners ft Stevie - Mr Landlord (Breadwinners 12)
04) Clive Hylton - Mr Bossman (Upstir 7 promo)
05) Earl Sixteen ft Addis Pablo - Evolution (In My Fathers House LP)
06) Alpheus - Reach For The Top (Good Prevails LP)
07) Tarrus Riley - Cry No More (Love Situation CD)
08) Shaka Black - Pick Myself Up (LoFi Showcase Part 3 LP)
09) Pura Vida ft Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Brotherly Love (Seasons Of Life LP)
10) Big Youth - Eat Bread (By The Sweat Of Your Brow LP)
11) Jah Bami & Suns Of Dub - Unconditional Love (Far East Dub LP)
12) Spiritual - Stand Up To Rasta (Awakenings LP)
13) Shades - Before The Sun (Darker Shade Of Roots 7)
14) Randy Valentine, George Nooks & Tarrus Riley ft Ras Demo - Since I Found You (Peckings 7)
15) Alpheus - Call It A Day (From Creation LP)
16) Junior Thomas & The Volcanos - Beware (Beware LP)
17) Micah Shemaiah - Dread On Yah (Original Dread LP)
18) Singing Cologne - Row Mr Fisherman (Iroko 7)
19) Milton Henry - Rastafari Cannot Die (Branches And Leaves LP)
20) Frightnrs - Gotta Find A Way (Nothing More To Say LP)
21) Sir Scorcher & The Black Emeralds - Record Breaker (Jandisc 7)
22) Vin Gordon & The Real Rock Band - Outta Jungle (Heavenless LP)
23) Cornell Campbell ft Little Roy - Hypocrites - The Right Way (Tuff Scout 7)
24) Max Romeo ft Lee Perry - Give Thanks To Jehovah (Horror Zone LP)
25) Roberto Sanchez & The Rockers Disciples - Tell The Children (Showcase Vol.2 LP)
26) Reality Souljahz & The Rockers Disciples - Give Jah The Glory (Showcase Vol.1 LP)
27) Chronixx - Wheel Out (Dread & Terrible LP)
28) Josey Wales - Roll Like Lion (Roots Garden 7)
29) Bitty McLean & Josey Wales - Running Over (Taxi 12)

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Friday, December 30, 2016

BMC's 2016 End of the Year list – albums top 20 (all styles – new recordings only)

List time again! Always enjoy looking back over the year and see what I enjoyed most (focussing on new releases, not reissues). As in 2015, also in 2016 I bought much more other styles than reggae. Only albums I actually bought on CD or LP are included. The picture and list shows my top 20 albums for the year 2016.

1. Anderson .Paak - Malibu
2. Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say
3. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
4. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
5. BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind
6. Frank Ocean - Blonde
7. Skepta - Konnichiwa
8. Beyoncé - Lemonade
9. Shabaka & The Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders
10. Nick Waterhouse - Never Twice
11. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
12. Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley
13. Max Romeo - Horror Zone
14. NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) - Yes Lawd!
15. Skarra Mucci - Dancehall President
16. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here….Thank You 4 Your Service
17. Viceroys meets Lone Ark - Memories: Iroko Showcase Vol. 2
18. Kandace Springs - Soul Eyes
19. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
20. Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 2: The Fruit Of Life

As for further reggae releases, two compilations really stood out, namely:
Various Artists - Smile Jamaica (Silly Walks Discotheque)
Various Artists - We Remember Dennis Brown (VP)

And reggaewise, the absolute best thing that happened on the reissue side of things in 2016 was the release of:
Bunny Wailer - Solomonic Singles 1: Tread Along 1969-1976 (Solomonic/Dub Store)
Bunny Wailer - Solomonic Singles 2: Rise & Shine 1977-1986 (Solomonic/Dub Store)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. IV) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

The return of the Posse, Are You Ready? series is here! Presented the third and 'final' volume about a year and a half ago, not really feeling the motivation to continue making these kind of mixes anymore for a variety of reasons. The last couple of weeks however I played back all three volumes of Posse, Are You Ready? and loved 'm. That, in combination with some lovely new tunes in, brought back the motivation to make a Vol. IV, for my own enjoyment and the interested listeners out there. A lengthy break was needed apparentely. We'll see where it goes from here.
Recipe is the same as for Vol. I - III: rub-a-dub tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there (plus a skip in one of the tracks this time, oops, can you find it?). Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples. Mixcloud only. So, Posse, Are You Ready for Vol. IV???

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. IV 
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Bobby Melody - Ram The Session (Two Uprising Stars LP - Midnight Rock)
02) Ranking Toyan - Too Young (Scandal 7)
03) Leroy Sibbles - Don't Worry Yourself (The Champions Clash LP - Kingdom)
04) Wailing Souls - Oh What A Lie (Inchpinchers LP - Greensleeves)
05) Massive Dread - No Countryman No Exist Again (It's Massive LP - Upfront)
06) Junior Murvin - Jamaican Girl (Volcano 7)
07) Charlie Chaplin - Hey Youthman (Sunset 7)
08) Yellowman - Ram Dance Master (Arrival 7)
09) Half Pint - Dance Hall Vibes (In Fine Style LP - SunSet)
10) Dennis Brown - Let Me Love You (Joe Gibbs 12)
11) Trinity - Up Town Girl (Joe Gibbs 12)
12) Lui Lepki - She Is A Part Of My Life (Late Night Movie LP - Joe Gibbs)
13) Bunny Lie Lie - Love Me A Deal With (High Power 7)
14) Al Campbell - She Loves Me (Bad Boy LP - CSA)
15) U Brown - Jam It Tonight (Jam It Tonight LP - CSA)
16) Trevor Castell - Cool And Deadly (Shuttle 12)
17) Lenky Roy - Be Like A Soldier (Rastaman Unity LP - Naphtalie Roy)
18) Don Carlos - Fight Fight (Showdown Vol 3 - Channel One)
19) Little John - False News (Channel One 7)
20) Paragons & Lord Sassafrost - Modeling Crowd (Starlight 12)
21) Cornell Campbell - Confusion On The Land (Boxing LP - Starlight)
22) Ringo - Model With Me (Musical Ambassador 7)
23) Tony Tuff - Nobody Like You (Live & Learn 12)
24) Sugar Minott - Move Up (Can't Stop Us Now LP - Easy Star)
25) Eek-A-Mouse - Sensi Party (Can't Stop Us Now LP - Easy Star)
26) McWoner - Nuh Fire It (Channel 1 10)
27) Winston Hussey - Fight War Again (The Girl I Adore LP - Live & Learn)
28) Junior Keating - Long Long Time (Midnight Rock 12)
29) Jah Thomas - I Hear It In The News (Midnight Rock 12)

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

BMC spinning Tunes - Love Jah More - Modern Takes of Marley Riddims

Can you identify the Marley riddims used here??? :-) After Jam For A While and Strickly Rockers here's a third mix in my 'new' style: spin some tunes and record straight from the line-out of my mixing panel. No fancy riddim-transitions, no effects, just the vibe of the moment: BMC spinning Tunes! Topic for this one became modern takes of Marley riddims, an idea I got after spinning the opening track: Big Youth's We No Want No War. Limitation was simple: vinyl singles only, so there's quite some obvious ones missing which I don't have on vinyl (and some I've used in mixes before). Instead some less obvious ones included and an overall nice vibe throughout. I continued with the trend of starting with a Big Youth tune, always a pleasure. Enjoy (and sorry for the small mistake in the Lukie D tune, haha)! 

Play, like, share! Comments welcome! 

Love Jah More - BMC spinning modern takes of Marley riddims - 2016

Big Youth - We No Want No War
Mikey Murka - Peace Pipes
Luciano - Jah Live
Duane Stephenson - August Town
Warrior King - Love Jah More
Richie Stephens - Be A Champion
Capleton - Burn Dem
Sizzla - True God
Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley - Move
Cocoa Tea - Stand Up Straight
Beenie Man - Boogie Down
Admiral Tibett - Stop The Corruption
Buju Banton - Time And Place
Luciano - Terrorist Attack
Lukie D - More Them Want
Prince Malachi - Come Along
Gappy & Nerious - Soul Rebel
Sweetie Irie - Rebel With A Cause
Jah Mason - Traitor
Abijah - Sun Is Shining
Richie Spice & Chuck Fender - Freedom
Jah Cure - Most High Cup Full
Sizzla - I Got To
Turbulence - This Is Their Life
Ras Shiloh - Better Must Come 
Turbulence - No Division
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (remix)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Picture: BMC presents Delroy Wilson - The Albums

Here's me showing my entire Delroy Wilson album collection on vinyl in one picture. My favourite singer in reggae. Roughly chronological (as for album contents, not necessarily release date), with the joined albums (combination with a next artist) at the end. A pretty sight if I may say so myself. Love it.

No music, no download, just this beautiful picture.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Picture: Gregory Isaacs - The Early LPs

Just showing my appreciation for the early ('til 1985) works of the Cool Ruler: Gregory Isaacs. 25 LPs, 25 good. Pure class. Respect the man, RIP.

Picture only, no music, no download.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

BMC spinning Tunes - Strickly Rockers - A Classic 70s Roots 45s Session

"Here comes another brand new musical disc called Rockers!" A few days ago I introduced a for me new way of recording a mix: spin tunes and record it live, straight from the line-out of my mixing panel. The first trial set was with some modern roots tunes. Enjoyed it and liked the response of listeners, so wanted to try a next, more serious thing to accompany that one: a one hour set of 70s roots 45s. Picked a heavy selection and gave it a try and this is it! Heavy and wild. Most interesting challenge was the playing of the A and B side of the same 45 and in the transition (flipping the 45) play a soundsample from a next 45. Mostly worked out quite well I think, for a first attempt, so I at least am satisfied and like to share with you. Above all, the music, it's wicked and it's ROOTS!

Play, like, share! Make the people hear the roots! 

Strickly Rockers - BMC spinning classic 70s roots 45s - 2016

Big Youth - Strickly Rockers (Negusa Nagast)
Junior Delgado - Armed Robbery (DEB)
Deb Players - Version (DEB)
Albert Malawi - Children Of The Emperor (Uprising)
Brigadier Jerry - Jah Jah Children (Uprising)
Advocates Aggregation - Ethiopia First (Dubplate Mix) (Uprising)
Earl Sixteen & The Heptones - The Children Rise (Satiera)
King Tubby - Rise Dub (Satiera)
The Slickers - Well Dread (Afrik)
Enforcer - Ride On Marcus (Well Charge)
I Roy - Semi Classical Natty Dread (Channel 1)
The Revolutionaries - Version (Well Charge)
Larry Marshall - It Dread In A Rome (Amanda)
Amanda All Star - Dub Out A Rome (Amanda)
Sylford Walker - Jah Golden Pen (Joe Gibbs)
Dean Stone - Youth In The Ghetto (Black & White)
Dillinger - Stumbling Block (Black & White)
King Tubby & Mikey Dread - Ghetto Youth Skank (Black & White)
Freddie McKay - Jah Man (Earthquake)
Sam Bramwell - It A Go Dread Ina Babylon (Revolutionary Sounds)
The Revolutionaries - Dread Ina Dub (Revolutionary Sounds)
Ranking Dread - Africa (Freedom Sounds)
Ranking Dread - Tubys Dub Plate Mix (Freedom Sounds)
Al Campbell - Children Of The Ghetto (Reggae Road)
Linval Thompson - I Love Marijuana (Iroko)
Al Campbell - Version (Reggae Road)
Dennis Brown - Whip Them Jah (Hawkeye)
Ossie All Stars - Version (Hawkeye)
Sons Of Brave - Rockers Is Sweet (Crystal)
Sons Of Brave - Rockers (Version Two)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BMC spinning Tunes - Jam For A While - A Modern Roots 45s Session

Now for something completely different. Instead of mixing a set of pre-recorded tunes on the computer, as I did with all my previous mixes, I decided to just spin some tunes and record straight from the line-out of my mixing panel. No fancy riddim-transitions, no cutting parts out of tunes for the nicest flow, no effects, just the vibe of the moment: turntables turning, tunes at hand and see where it goes. I always loved the way I made my mixes, but it is very very time-consuming and, as expressed, didn't feel like worth all the effort anymore. This could be a way in which I might still drop some mixes every now and then, since the time it costs is basically the actual recording time and I can still play some tunes I rate for the interested listeners. Might be less appealing to some, others might in fact enjoy the idea. Whatever it is, this is it for now. I did a trial-run with some modern roots 45s, little over 35 minutes for now and got enough encouragement from the people to go ahead and upload it, so here it is: hear me Jam For A While. If this goes down well, I will over time try to record more in various styles of JA music.

Tracks passing by:
Beres Hammond & Jah Youth - Good Old Dancehall Vibes
Richie Stephens & Cocoa Tea - Where Is The Love
Peter Tosh & Buju Banton - Must Get A Beaten
Capleton & Junior Reid - Forgive Them
Yami Bolo & Chuck Fenda - Acting Unruly
Luciano & Joseph Israel - Ruff Times
Anthony B - Lock It Dung
Doniki - Life Of The People
Freddie McGregor - Lock It Down
Glen Washington - Good Vibe
Morgan Heritage & L.M.S. - Saddle Up
Luciano & Buju Banton - We'll Be Alright
Marlon Asher - Ganja Farmer
Lloyd Brown - Got To Be Free
Junior Kelly - Jam For A While


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BMC's 2015 End of the Year list - all styles, new recordings only

That time of the year again, lists! Always enjoy looking back on the year and see what I enjoyed most (focussing on new releases, not reissues). It's usually a reggae list with an additional few non-reggae albums. 2015 showed a major change in that: bought much more new non-reggae than reggae. So the list is an 'overall' list, with a few reggae titles in it. Only albums I actually bought on CD or LP are included. The picture shows my top 10 albums for the year 2015, the list goes further to 20 and 30. :-)

BMC's 2015 End of the Year list – top 20 (all styles – new recordings only, format I bought the album on in brackets)

Top 20:
1. Leon Bridges - Coming Home (LP)
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (CD)
3. Saun & Starr - Look Closer (LP)
4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (LP)
5. Lianne La Havas - Blood (CD)
6. Son Little - Son Little (LP)
7. Pauw - Macrocosm Microcosm (LP)
8. Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos - Beware (LP)
9. Kamasi Washington - The Epic (3-CD)
10. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2-LP)
11. Micah Shemaiah - Original Dread (LP)
12. Adele - 25 (LP)
13. Pokey LaFarge - Something In The Water (LP)
14. Protoje - Ancient Future (2-LP)
15. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (LP)
16. Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul (2-LP)
17. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (LP)
18. Martin Courtney – Many Moons (LP)
19. Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd. (LP)
20. Selah Sue - Reason (2-LP)

Bubbling under:
A$ap Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$ap (CD)
D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah (CD)
Noel Ellis meets Lone Ark - Zion (LP)
Bohicas, The - The Making Of (LP + 7")
Morgan Heritage - Strictly Roots (CD)
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (CD)
My Baby - Shamanaid (LP)
Vince Staples - Summertime '06 (Deluxe Edition) (2-CD)
Jah Cure - The Cure (LP)
Nneka - My Fairy Tales (LP)

Overall plenty of nice new music that I'll keep enjoying in 2016 and beyond. :-)

Happy new year all.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. III) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Yes people, BMC Taking Over one more time! Here's the third and final volume of my short but sweet series of rub-a-dub mixes called "Posse, Are You Ready?". Got strictly positive responses on these from a number of the loyal followers of my mixes, which is much much appreciated, as always. It's a well known fact most however just take without any comments or thank you's, that's just the way things go on the net, so not complaining, just stating the obvious. I have noticed though that it is continuously less motivating for me to put the effort into making a next one again due to this (amongst others, like people offering mixes on ebay). I don't care much for how often a mix is played, but instead get most enjoyment out of comments from listeners, exactly what is lacking. Really wanted to make this third volume for "Posse, Are You Ready?" as I had the tunes already recorded and liked making it a trilogy, but for those that care, I for now honoustly don't know if there'll be more new mixes (in whatever style) from me online anymore. No sad affair or anything, noone's fault, just a feeling that I think those that have been checking my mixes out all these years deserve to know. This one will be Mixcloud only (for reasons I wont bother mentioning) and perfectly suits the summer months ahead of us, together with Vol. I and II, also still available from my Mixcloud page. If you want more, take Johnny Osbourne's advise on the last track of this mix: if you happy and you love it, rewind! :-)

Same recipe as Vol. I & II: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples. Feel good music. Enjoy!

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. III 
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Frankie Paul - Taking Over (Showdown 6 LP - Channel One)
02) Barrington Levy - Jah Life (Bounty Hunter LP - Jah Life)
03) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life In Dub LP - Jah Life)
04) Wayne Smith - Live Honestly (Youthman Skanking LP - Black Joy)
05) Purpleman - We're Badder Than Them (Confessions LP - Vista)
06) Sugar Minott - Jailhouse (Power House 7)
07) Little John - Better Yu Gwan (Power House 7)
08) Bunny Wailer - Conqueror (Solomonic 12)
09) Carlton Livingston - Feel The Vibes (Satta Rock 12)
10) Lone Ranger - Dance Have Fe Cork (Satta Rock 12)
11) Ini Kamoze - Wings With Me (Ini Kamoze LP - Island)
12) Michael Palmer - Youth-Man Take It Easy (Show-Down Vol 4 LP - Empire)
13) Michael Prophet - Evil Doers (Certify LP - Burning Sounds)
14) Billy Boyo - Billy Boyo In The Area (DJ Clash 2 LP - Greensleeves)
15) George Nooks - Fret Not Yourself (CF 12)
16) Papa Tullo - Ride The Rhythm (CF 12)
17) Don Carlos - Ginalship (Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential LP - Channel One)
18) Luie Lepki - Bank Clerk (Willie Red LP - Hitbound)
19) Johnnie Clark - Rude Boy (Art & Craft 12)
20) Hugh Mundell - Going Places (Volcano 12)
21) Toyan - Strictly The Dread (Greensleeves 12)
22) Eek A Mouse - Falling Heroes (Black & White 7)
23) Barry Brown & Ranking Joe - What You Don't Know (Jah Life 12)
24) Jah Thomas - Two In The Family (Dance Hall Stylee LP - Daddy Kool)
25) Wailing Souls - They Don't Know Jah (Volcano 12)
26) Triston Palmer - Babylon (Joker Smoker LP - Greensleeves)
27) Early B - Call The Doctor For Me (Four Wheel No Real LP - Midnight Rock)
28) Wayne Jarrett - Jah Jah I (Chip In LP - Thompson)
29) Johnny Osbourne - Rewind (Jammys 7)

Thanks for the support, enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. II) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Late august this year I dropped my first rub-a-dub mix in a long time: "Posse, Are You Ready? Vol. I". As promised, when there would be enough interest, I'd drop a Vol. II soon. Well, here it is! Got great response to Vol. I that even went to the negative side with someone selling CD's of it on ebay (!!!, and ebay did nothing with my claims to remove it, ahhh, frustrating) and people requesting me to upload the tunes seperately for them to download (forget it, that is so not my intention with these mixes!!!!). Luckily, most response was just positivity on the vibes and the selection.

Vol. II has the exact same recipe as Vol. I: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples.

Tracks in order of appearance:

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. II 
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)
01) Sugar Minott - All Kind Of People (Black & White 7)
02) Fathead - It's Me (Greensleeves 12)
03) Johnny Osbourne - Yo Yo (Black Zodiac 7)
04) Little Danny Dread - Spar With Us (Black Zodiac 7)
05) U Brown - Stop Your Bouncing (Jam It Tonight LP - CSA)
06) Cornell Campbell - Boxing (Boxing LP - Starlight)
07) Billy Boyo - Jah Jah Made Me To Be A MC (DJ CLash 2 LP - Greensleeves)
08) Scion Sashay Success - Dance Hall Queen (Jah Life 12)
09) Bingy Bunny & Morwells - Apple Of My Eye (Bingy Bunny & Morwells LP - Park Heights)
10) Nicodemus - Star Fi-Di Show (Serious Nicodemus Chapter One - Sound System)
11) Midnight Riders - Illegal Gun (Showdown Vol. 9 - Tasha/DKR)
12) Mr Spalding - Vision (Kris Disk 7)
13) Little John - Bubbling Style (Black Roots 12)
14) Colour Man - Skin Afe Peel (Black Roots 12)
15) Linval Thompson - Bubble Up (Gamble 12)
16) Freddie McGregor - Are You Crazy (Come On Over LP - RAS)
17) Gay Lads - Little Candle (Vision Of Reggae LP - Tamoki Wambesi)
18) Zimbabwe Dread - Ladder Of Progress (Earthman Connection LP - Kingdom)
19) I Roy - Street Chat (Outer Limits LP - Intense)
20) Peter Broggs - Jah Jah Voice Is Calling (Rastafari Liveth LP - RAS)
21) Edi Fitzroy - Youthman In A Penitentiary (Maroon Rockers 12)
22) Ringo - Life In A Jail House (Maroon Rockers 12)
23) Toyan - Radics Connection (Witty 12)
24) Roy Rankin & Raymond Naptali - African Daughter (KG Imperial 12)
25) Teezy - Wanted By The Massive (Two Of A Kind LP - Tamoki Wambesi)
26) Michael Palmer - Chucky No Lucky (At Channel One LP - Dancefloor)
27) Kelly Ranks - Woman Make You Waistline Roll (At Channel One LP - Dancefloor)
28) Tony Tuff - Big Bout Yah (Come Fi Mash It LP - Volcano)
29) Jah Mel - Sufferers Song (Iroko 12)
30) Jah Mel - Sinking Sand (Iroko 12)

And who knows, nuff tunes left, so a Vol. III might even appear in 2015.......

Let me know if you enjoy the tunes. That's what makes it nice to share these mixes.

Find it here, streaming and limited amount of downloads:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My reggae end-of-the-year lists 2014

That time of the year again: the end-of-the-year lists! And no, those just looking for downloads: this is not a download!!!! Do not ask for copies either, this is just my list of my picks of the year, nothing more, nothing less. Curious about 'm, go check 'm out!

Reggae albums new 10:
1) Chronixx - Dread & Terrible (Chronixx Music)
2) Alpheus - Good Prevails (Liquidator)
3) Addis Pablo - In My Fathers House (Jah Solid Rock/Only Roots)
4) Reality Souljahs Meets Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 1 (Blackboard Jungle)
5) Roberto Sanchez & Rockers Disciples - Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 2 (Blackboard Jungle)
6) Earl Sixteen - Natty Farming Showcase (A Lone Productions)
7) Lee Scratch Perry - Back On The Controls (Upsetter)
8) Tuff Scout - Inna London Dub (Tuff Scout)
9) Tarrus Riley - Love Situation (ZWW)
10) I Octane - My Journey (Tad's)

Reggae albums reissues 10:
1) Dennis Brown - Deep Down (Observer/Iroko)
2) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life)
3) Michael Prophet - Serious Reasoning (Island)
4) Frankie Jones & Midnight Riders - Showdown Vol 9 (Tasha/Digikiller)
5) U Black - Westbound Thing A Swing (Third World)
6) Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Sunspot Records)
7) Yabby You & The Prophets - Deeper Roots Part 2 (Pressure Sounds)
8) Yabby U - Jah Jah Way (Island)
9) Scientist - The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear (Dub Irator)
10) Various Artists - Studio One Dancehall - Sir Coxsone In The Dance: The Foundation Sound (3-LP) (Soul Jazz)

Reggae vinyl singles new 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release):
1) The Breadwinners - Mr Landlord feat. Stevie (Horus 12", b-side to Far As I Can See)   [the absolute best tune of the year!!!]
2) Cornel Campbell - Hypocrites (Tuff Scout 7")
3) Skarra Mucci - Empress Reggae (Irie Ites 7", Soulful Spirit riddim)
4) Chronixx & Protoje - Who Knows (Overstand Entertainment 7")
5) Beenie Man - Survivor / Randy Valentine - Lock Me Up (Jugglerz Records 7", Penthouse riddim)
6) Dubkasm Meets Luciano & Turbulence - Jah Victory / Right There (Dubkasm 12")
7) Dre Island - Let Jah Love Shine Down / Jesse Royal - Raising Your Voices For Freedom (Maximum Sound 7", Imperial Crown riddim)
8) Jah Cure - Save My Soul / Loyal Flames - Go Hard (Maximum Sound 7", Jah Blessing riddim)
9) Iba Mahr & Notis - Diamond Sox (Notis Production 7")
10) Jah Cure - Territory / Jesse Royal - Preying On The Weak (Overstand Entertainment 7", Militancy riddim)

Reggae vinyl singles reissues 10 (focussed only on tunes that got a vinyl-release):
1) Upsetter Revue Feat. Heptones, Congoes & Junior Murvin - Play On Mr Music / King Scratch (Lee Perry) - Dread Lion (Emidisc/Rock A Shacka 10")
2) Jah Joe - Love On The Seen/78 Style / Boom B - Jah Power/Version (Lovepower/Pressure Sounds 10") 
3) Slickers - St. Jago De La Vega / Slickers - Version (Afrik 7")
4) Norris Regal/Manicus & Steppa - Struggle/Dis Ya / Dub Struggle (Reel Heavy Music 12")
5) Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Know It All / Ossie Hibbert & THe Revolutionaries - War Of The Stars (Blood & Fire 12")
6) Devon Russell - Come A Me Girl / Gully Ranking (Archive 12")
7) Flick Wilson (Aka Dandy Lion) - The Vives (The Vibes) / Flick Wilson - Version (Things I've Been Through/Digikiller 7")
8) Carltons - Better Days / Upsetters - Tight Spot (Underground/Digikiller 7")
9) Blue Bells - Call Me Teacher / Blue Bells - Part Two Dub (Premier/Reggae Fever 7")
10) Bobby Melody - Channa Channa / Bobby Melody - Version (Amussu Music 7")

Non-reggae albums 5:
1) Run The Jewels - 2
2) Sharon Jones - Give The People What They Want
3) Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography
4) Seun Kuti - A Long Way To The Beginning
5) Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. I) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Been over 3 years since my last mix on 70s/80s reggae, so about time to drop something new again! Here is:

      Posse, Are You Ready?

A mix focussing on what is probably my favourite era of Jamaican music: 1979 - 1985. One hour of pure rub-a-dub niceness. In this first volume (hopefully more to follow!) there's tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice. All tracks are taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous mix with some added soundsamples, sources of each track given. Check it out and try not to move to this, it wont work!

Drop me a comment if you enjoy the works. If there's enough interest, I'll probably drop a Vol. II and maybe even III soon.

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. I
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Toyan - Every Posse Want Toyan (DJ Daddy LP - Upfront)
02) Josey Wales - Asking For Love (The Outlaw LP - Greensleeves)
03) Yellowman - Crying For Love (Bad Boy Skanking LP - Greensleeves)
04) Buro - Modulla (Buro LP - CSA)
05) Bobby Culture & Nicodemus - Going Home (Tidal Wave LP - Unicorn)
06) Black Crucial - Mr Vincent (Fatman 10)
07) Leroy Smart - See Them Go (Fatman 10)
08) Johnny Osbourne - Fire Down Below (Water Pumping LP - Greensleeves)
09) Devon Russell - Gully Banking (Archive 12)
10) Little John - English Woman (English Woman LP - Rusty International)
11) Jah Thomas - Cool Profile (Dancehall Connection LP - Silver Camel)
12) Gladiators - Can't Stop Righteousness (When The Dances Were Changing LP - Pressure Sounds)
13) Patrick Andy - Smiling (Hitbound 7)
14) Horace Andy - Why Oh Why (Channel 1/DKR 10)
15) Pat Kelly - One Night Stand (The Best Of LP - Vista Sounds)
16) Ranking Dread - Time Get So Hard (Unity Is Strength LP - Park Heights)
17) Freddie McGregor- Peaceful Man (Big Ship LP - Greensleeves)
18) Barrington Levy - She Is The Best Girl (Poor Man Style LP - Trojan)
19) Bobby Melody - Live Stock (Rosie Uprising 7)
20) Early B - Four Wheel No Real (Four Wheel No Real LP - Midnight Rock)
21) Singie Singie - Respect The Elder (Two Uprising Stars LP - Midnight Rock)
22) Gregory Isaacs - Musical Murder (Blue Mountain 12)
23) Rappa Robert - Fame (Come In A Dis LP - Ethnic)
24) Junior Reid - Mirror (Firehouse Clash LP - Live & Learn)
25) Frankie Jones - Stay On Your Corner (Hell In The Dance LP - Live & Learn)
26) Winston Hussey - Pocket Full Of Corn (Ghettoman Problem LP - Live & Learn)
27) Pad Anthony - Champion Bubbler (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone)
28) Tonto Irie - As You Were (Waterhouse Revisited II LP - Hightone)
29) Natural Vibes - Dreadlocks Time (Life Hard A Yard LP - Starlight)
30) Delroy Wilson - Golden Touch (Go Away Dream LP - Black Music)
31) Dennis Brown - Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10)
32) U Brown - Can't Take The Praise Without Raise (Cash & Carry 10)
33) Barry Brown - Lady With The Hairstyle (Masterpiece LP - D Music)

Listen and/or download here:
Downloads on Soundcloud are limited to just 100 per uploaded mix, so get there fast. I'll first see how fast these 100 are reached before uploading it elsewhere too.

Mixcloud (where more older mixes can be found too, streaming only):

Again, drop me a comment if you enjoy the works. If there's enough interest, I'll probably drop a Vol. II and maybe even III soon. Posse, Are You Ready????


Monday, July 21, 2014

Toyan's How The West Was Won - In The Mix - re-upload

Again, for those that missed it back then here's another re-upload (next to my Purpleman mix) of one of my foundation mixes from 7 years ago (2007) based around a great deejay album from the golden rub-a-dub days. The album in question is ***How The West Was Won*** by (Ranking) Toyan, released in 1981 on the great Greensleeves label. It's a Henry 'Junjo' Lawes production with Soljie Hamilton & Scientist at the controls. Add to that the fabulous Roots Radics for the riddims and you have all ingredients for a wicked album from start to finish. Toyan is one of my favourite deejays of those days and this album is one of the reasons why. What I love especially is the use of riddims from a whole heap of other killer tunes from the era by artists like the Wailing Souls, Michael Prophet, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown and Hugh Mundell. For this mix I selected the vocal companions to the tracks Toyan is toasting over on How The West Was Won and mixed them together in album order. No dub-sides were added in this mix, just the vocal and Toyan's deejay version. I have slightly updated the 2007 version on transitions and volume, but it's mostly unchanged. As with all my mixes, no full tunes are used, shorter pieces mixed together, resulting in a lifely mix of 28 minutes of early dancehall niceness. Most, if not all, of these tracks have been repressed on their albums or as singles in recent years, so if you like what you hear, the vinyl shouldn't be too hard to get hold of! All from the incredible Greensleeves catalogue. As always, I've added the source of each track below the tracklist. Go get 'm, nothing beats putting the needle on a nice shiny piece of black vinyl to listen to these tunes. Perfect vibe for these summer months, check it out if you haven't already and enjoy!

1a. Michael Prophet - Gunman  (2)
1b. Toyan - How The West Was Won  (1) 
2a. Hugh Mundell - Jacqueline  (3)
2b. Toyan African Ting  (1)
3a. Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock  (4)
3b. Toyan - Big Showdown  (1)
4a. Johnny Osbourne - Baccara  (5)
4b. Toyan - Toyan On The Go  (1)
5a. Michael Prophet - Never Leave Me Lonely  (2)
5b. Toyan - Lover Man Style  (1)
6a. Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love  (6)
6b. Toyan - Children Children  (1)
7a. Wailing Souls - Bandits Taking Over  (4)
7b. Toyan - Capital Offence  (1)
8a. Wailing Souls - Act Of Affection  (4)
8b. Toyan - Pope In A Di Corner  (1)
9a. Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen  (7)
9b. Toyan - Tribute To Entertainer  (1)
10a. Wailing Souls - A Fool Will Fall  (4)
10b. Toyan - Reggae Gone International  (1)

Source of tunes (albums, unless stated otherwise):
(1) Toyan - How The West Was Won (Greensleeves)
(2) Michael Prophet - Gunman (Greensleeves)
(3) Hugh Mundell - Mundell (Greensleeves)
(4) Wailing Souls - Fire House Rock (Greensleeves)
(5) Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves)
(6) Johnny Osbourne - Fally Lover (Greensleeves)
(7) Barry Brown - Sweet Sixteen (Greensleeves 12" single)

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