The 4 Corners Crew out of Germany is a dubwize and ragga powerhouse. Their series of podcasts features some of the hottest artists and newest tunes in those genres at the moment, and they were so kind as to include me in their recent one. Much respect to Selecta Sia-Fu and Zinne!
New tune just in time for the new year. Raaaiiiin Dubplate Tonight!
I have always wanted to check out a show at the Bandshell in Prospect Park, so when i saw that Burning Spear is playing i obviously got really excited. It’s a nice outdoor setup they have going on there, a lot of it seating area, that you’d have to come really early for, but the entry fee is only 3 bucks so who can complain. It was a warm summer night, the place was packed and the vibes were amazing. Burning Spear is an incredible performer who still has a huge deal of energy, he dances and jumps around, sings, plays drums and whips the crowd into excitement. He played his classics and some newer stuff, some really dubbed tings and some roots reggae. The sound there is great as well, i can only highly recommend it. I took a few photos and some video footage, but also linked up some much nicer videos that i found, which highlight the event much better since i was a bit far from the stage (not view wise, but far enough for my little digicam to struggle a bit). Enjoy! As did i! Maximum Respect to Burning Spear, the living legend!
This is a really chill event i went to in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. It had a killer line up, and a “secret” special guest who turned out to be LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY! i was stoked! The “venue” itself is pretty chill, alcohol a bit overpriced, but that’s nyc for ya. I like that it’s outside, and there are a bunch of trees in the space but i think they could clean it up a bit more and maybe put up some public art or cool benches and chill areas. it’s just a bunch of folding chairs placed everywhere. Either way, still a fun spot, maybe they’ll develop it over time. All the performers were good, i got there a bit later so i didn’t see everybody. Treasure Don and Jahdan killed it! Amazing “young” talent right here in Brooklyn. It’s really cool to see them develop their careers, as they are excellent deejays (jamaican terminology deejays i mean, not the record spinners) and a treat to see them live every time. Lee Perry’s “new” band is a group from Austria called Dubblestandart, with which he just released his latest album. I have not heard it yet, so i can’t say much about it, but the band is incredible live. They got the dub ‘ting wrapped up…amazing full dub sound, with clean riddims..just great all around. Lee Perry himself was amazing to see of course. His legacy is so immense it’s almost hard to believe i’m seeing this guy live. Even though he’s better off behind the controls, because his singing is pretty bad. You can’t deny that he’s one of the all time great producers, and the man who pretty much shaped dub as we now it today, but singing is definitely not something he should showcase. The days of locking himself into the Black Arc Studio and getting lost in his mind (or losing his mind ?) are pretty clear in his out there style: pink hair, pink beard, tons of jewelry, a crystal pyramid on a hat that’s overloaded with strange items and what looks like police badges all over. One strange cat! Anyways, it was incredible to see him live and direct. All in all a really dope event. Much respect to emch and subatomic sound (and whoever else was involved) for putting this one. Can’t wait for the next one! Here are some pics and a video:
VENUE IS RIGHT BY THE CANAL:
INSPIRING PUBLIC ART:
TREASURE DON & JAHDAN:
THE UPSETTER – LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY:
BIG UP SUBATOMIC SOUND & DUBSPOT FOR PUTTING ON THIS EVENT!