Musical Youth – The Youth of Today (LP)
For many, Bob Marley is their introduction to Reggae (and rightfully so) – and for some, like @jonnygofigure, Musical Youth helped deepen that relationship growing up with the genre.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
if only more LPs like this were made today. The “novel” concept of pitting two dope emcees/deejays vs each other – as they take turns flashing their stylee, tune by tune, and letting the listener be the judge – is one that makes for a great listen. Personally, I think Little Harry won this clash – but in the spirit of back 2 skool week – Billy Boyo’s “Going Back To School” tune is 🔥🔥. These cats were 13-15 years old when this album dropped – and Junjo Lawes did his damn thing in producing this classic. – Sonny
To help celebrate and support tonight’s world premiere of the ska movie (documentary), Pick It Up – we have to show some love and throw it back to our all-time favorite ska-band of that 3rd wave era – Hepcat. Growing up as kids/teens in the 90s, that ska-revival scene was part of the soundtrack to our lives, especially out here in Southern CA. To this day- anytime @officialhepcat plays a show nearby – we’re buying our tickets and easy skanking the whole way #45friday#pickituppickituppickitup
Before we move forward into 2019 and keep sharing our wax – we wanted to make our own Top-5 of 2018. This doesn’t mean these records were the best 5 albums released (digital or on wax), but instead they’re just five of our favorites. So here it is…
This dude Protoje brought the 🔥 with his 2014 Ancient Future release…but in 2018 he took it to the next level with his follow-up, A Matter of Time. The production is top notch, courtesy of one of the best in the game today – Mr. Winta James, and the overall vibe is a masterclass blend of roots reggae, hip hop, and soul. Don’t just take our word for it though – go drop the needle on the opening track, “Flames” – orchestrated by the Matt Jones Orchestra, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
First off, shout out to SF’s @originalsvinylfor giving us a genuine “what the fuck is this?!” moment back in early Nov of ‘18. The “this” we were asking about happened to be a beautifully crafted, curated collection of tracks courtesy of @ghostmcgrady . The landscapes painted by the beats and samples on this record are 💯 certified fresh. Although this release dropped in late 2018, it’s gotten plenty of spins to make it into our top five. #vibes
Coming in at numero tres is this great “debut” double LP by @brandoncoleman . It’s a fresh throwback and feel good funk/r&b/soul record that we just wish had been dropped before the summer. No worries though, as we’ll be putting this instant classic in rotation for many summers to come. Coleman’s vocoder game is strong and @brainfeederrecords continues their 🔥 streak of releases.
This collaboration project @augustgreeneband had been years in the making it seems, and damn was it worth the wait. One of the most underrated to do it (IMO), Lonnie Lynn @common gets busy on the mic – and when you got his rhymes accompanied by the talents of @robertglasper and @karriemriggins – you get a hiphop record that becomes timeless even when the subject matter is as current as anything else out there. We had to wait a minute for the record to drop on wax in 2018, but it’s one that we’re glad to own.
There could only be one for 2018 and we had to go back to @leonbridgesofficialsophomore release, Good Thing, to find it. As we highlighted last year, many folks were caught a little off guard with the flip of the script from his debut album – but damn does this album hold water. This LP still has all the feels of yesteryear a la Sam Cooke, but the production value of today’s music (in a good way). Hats off to @rickyreed for steering the ship.
Yesterday we highlighted America’s greatest export as Jazz. Today, we are eternally grateful for Jamaica’s greatest export: Reggae ??. Rather than focusing on one of the many greats, and I mean many, of way back, we wanna give a shout-out to @Chronixx for letting folks know that the current state of Reggae is alive and well. This record dropped last year and was one of our top-5 albums in 2017, no question.
Man, anybody who’s ever been to the legendary Roxy Theatre out here in La La Land knows exactly how small the space is. So to imagine spending a warm summer night in ‘82 with The Cool Ruler (and The Roots Radics band) crammed in the intimate venue sounds like ???. Let’s just be grateful the venue captured it all on tape (which sounds perfect in its bootleg type quality). Cali x Summer Nights x Lover’s Rock x the 80’s = MAGIC #westcoastbias
There really was no other choice to kick-off the festivities for the #worldcupvinylchallenge than with this essential Scientist cut, “cause loovvve is international.” This ’82 Scientist LP masters what every country in the cup is gonna be trying to get: that DUB. Shout-out to the Roots Radics for contributing to yet another underrated classic.
2016 Limited Edition Re-issue
This record was released in 1978 (one year after the film’s release) and although it has nothing to do with the film per se, aside from the badass artwork, the album does feature some killer Dub tracks by one of Jamaica’s finest producers: Mr. Phill Pratt.