Big Up for the Week

Big Up for the Week
This week we want to Big up all our fans from Russia, and all the hot beds of reggae Moscow and St. Petersburg

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Who is the Badest Rude Gyal

Hey Mad Music fans we back at it with another "Feel Good Friday" banger music selection.
We all know about Bad Girl Rhi Rhi and Jamaican original Bad Gyal Cecille but wait there is another Bad Gyal on the scene creating a buzz.... Demi Lovata.

Check out this new song "Instruction" featuring a samba carnivalesque intro into a dancehall tinged pop tune featuring  Demi Lovato with a bad gyal dancehall verse at the 2 minute mark.

Jax Jones is an English DJ and record producer,  Demi Lovato is an American singer who got her start on the Disney channel  but Lovato chanels her  latin roots and reggae gyal inspiration to catapult this sing to be a summer scorcher.

Interesting concept video but if you know Jax Jones this is his usual visual style of animation, we love the lighter animation, this song is str8 fire we nah Maaaaaad

Thursday, June 22, 2017

We Came here for Happy Music !!

Welcome to the world of Sigala the master of what I like to call  "Feel Good Vibes Music".

Who is Sigala, well he is born Bruce Fielder a 25 year old English DJ, record producer and remixer from Norwich, Norfolk making some great music.

This song "Came Here for Love" featuring Ella Eyre is going to be a  maaad summer song,  we really feel it when asked which is the best part of the song  Sigala  himself said  "The hands in the air moment is probably the 'came here for love' lyric. It's not the drop, but it's the building up to it moment. It's got the pianos and Ella's amazing vocals. It's the bit that puts a smile on my face anyway!"

The whole song and visuals puts a pep in our step. The video is shot in the Mexican town of Pachuca, whose colourful kaleidoscope is a fitting  visual to this happy colourful song.

Sigala is the Master of the happy chords. him hav it LOCK, whether it is the steel pan, brass or synths the composition that makes it mad infectious and happy we just want to DANCE and head to the beach

This is how the city looked before this section was painted. The area was transformed by an artists’ collective known as the German Crew who spent 14 months turning the hillside neighborhood of Las Palmitas into a giant, colorful mural in an effort to bring the working-class “barrio” together and change its gritty image.

Plus check out his other feel good music the 2015 debut hit "Easy Love" featuring a sample of Micheal Jackson's ABC, to show the man has the formula to make us dance

Sigala to de werl wi seh.....maaaad

Friday, June 16, 2017

Reggae Dub Step + Art in a Mad Mash Up

Big up all mad music fans  giving you a remix today.

I love when you integrate 2 art forms into one expressive piece. Check out this dub step  classic  featuring the graffiti work of Sofles a gifted artist out of Australia

The music includes "Feel like jumping" by Marcia Griffiths and "Cocaine" by DJ Butcher   featuring the timeless chorus 'Ring the Alarm' from Tenor Saw.

The art work is Maaaad, it Shell, Awesome, Amazing . Cinematography on point as well

Interesting fact after all this work the building was unfortunately demolished, such a pity.

For our film fans the effect used for this video is called hyper lapse a fast version of time lapse

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Double Dose of Dancehall

We always talk about day in and day out how Dancehall music and culture is pervasive, influential and just plain Shell down di place. Well today we found two nice musical shots that fit right into the jigsaw of pop culture and name drops Jamaican stars and stylings.

Firstly we go to Cali and the up and coming caucasian rapper G Eazy. We think this dude has maaaad potential. You probably know him from his recent  hit song Me, Myself and I with Bebe Rexha.
Ahh yes but today we showcase his new song that not only takes a page from Dancehall (air horns and bass lines) but also Bigs up the Boss "Hugo" Usain Bolt in one of the verses. The lyric is at the 1:01 mark.

Bolt if they didn't know yet people better recognize when u name drop in rhyme  a big ting dat. The song is Down For Me ft. 24hrs. bouncing on a nice minimalist hip hop beat with a "Future like " auto tune chorus.

Then we found this other song "Crying in the Club" by Camilla Cabello which is on the tropical and pop infused dancehall swing tip (seen in Ed Sheerean's, Shape of You and Justin Bieber's Cold Water) this club song....its nice we nah lie. Camila Cabello, is a Cuban-born American singer once a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, Just in this month Cabello released "Crying in the Club" as the lead single from her forthcoming debut solo album.

Fast forward to the 1:40 when the drum beat drop forgot the long slow intro

Dancehall a lead...Maaaaad

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Afro Beats meets Dancehall

Yes Jamaica's dancehall darling Ceccile finds herself again on the dance tip with this Afro beat shot "Like It". The video shot on location at Hellshire Jamaica and an "undisclosed" ganja farm has a fun dancing vibe and lots of nice drone shots to keep it interesting.

A buffed out Richie Loop is on the single but he sure has changed his looked nearly never recognize the man

DJ Stutter is a German DJ out of Dubai a more diverse cultural mix you couldn't find.

Most interesting shot the dance scene in front of the plastic bottle garbage, art or reality?

Cecile's daughter even makes a cameo in the video, she is the one running holding the flag. 

Afro beats is  a music genre developed out of Nigeria and West African musical styles, such as highlife and yoruba, with American funk and jazz, it tends to focus on chanted vocals and percussion. It also obviously has traces of reggae and dancehall,  just watch the dancing and the movement

The most familiar crossover Afro beats  song you may know is  Ayo Jay's Your Number which is maaaaaad popular  even if you can't  follow what he is saying. Don't worry part of it is in West African pidgin English.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Selfie goes Dancehall Style

The influence of Dancehall is all over this video. First the production is from Dancehall's crossover kings Major Lazer featuring Party Next Door who is Canadian by birth but whose parents are Jamaican. He performed in Jamaica last year at the Major Lazer concert in Kingston probably trying to rediscover his Caribbean roots. Then comes reggae's perennial fan Nicki Minaj spitting some dancehall bars before switching back to her rapping voice. We nah lie di chune baaad!!!!!!

Fuse magazine gave it a positive review to the song, writing, "Minaj and Party bring their Trinidadian and Jamaican roots to the track, as the rapstress drops boastful verses laced with swagger, sex appeal and patois."

Spin magazine commented that the song used "dancehall -inspired production that Drake pimped and Tory Lanez bit."

Jamaicans just say it is Dancehall STR8 no matter how you dress it up

Ok the video is about a society so self absorbed in their phones and taking selfies that they are like zombies. Great concept, but we wouldn't be surprised if they took inspiration even further from Dancehall's new dance Hero Dance released months prior to their video

Some of you may not know about the Hero dance but it features one of Dancehall's most popular character's Facebook Hero and Dancehall's daggering and dancing crazy man, Marvin the Beast trying their hand at becoming recording artists. Don't get it twisted these men are well known in Jamaican Dancehall circles for their respective crafts.

If you don't know about Facebook hero aka World Dawg ....Tanntanan back at you again...  make sure you follow him on the gram for some Dancehall inspired comedy @world_dawg.

And then if you want Dancehall dancing WWE style check out the "professional" antics of Marvin the Beast on insta @marvinthe beast_ or check him out on YouTube but be warned this man no easy.
 Its MUSIC at its Maaaaaaadest     

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Marleys' cant Lose

This week we showcase a double douse of Marley Mania.

But first in case you hadn't heard, there is a controversy concerning Kendall Jenner (daughter of the Kris Jenner and part of the Kardashian Klan) whose recent Pepsi commercial was pulled and an apology issued after social media responded very negatively that the ad was "tone deaf" and sought to capitalize and trivialize recent social demonstrations by Black Lives Matter.

Watch the commercial for yourself

Seriously we don't really see the controversy, it s a silly commercial, for a soda. But we don't pree the political and social undertow what moves us even more is the MUSIC. Probably the  next biggest causality is more people wont get to hear this hit of a song "Lion" by Skip Marley (son of Cedela Marley and grandson of Bob).

In Jamaica we have have a saying the Marley's bread butter on both sides its more like on all four sides. Seriously though although the Marley name opens doors and gives them access to the very best in musicians,  you cant deny this Marley has TALENT, What is uncanny the similarity in tone to his grandfather.

Already creating a buzz with his pop collab with Katie Perry with Chained to the Rhythm we see this Marley as destined for the stars, Skip a diii Man.

On to the next Marley, BTW are we the only one that didn't recognize Stephen Marley's voice initially on another potential hit song " Options" with Pit Bull. Shot on location in Jamaica including at Tuff Gong Studios this is a great song showing the range of Stephen Marley already an accomplished producer/songwriter performer in his own right.

The Marley's creating MaaaaaaD Music

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This MIx is Turnt UP

Its BRING THE FUN FRIDAY and we have the place TURNT UP with EDM. Big up to all DJs  that are fans and friends of the blog, DJ Kurt Riley, DJ Skaii, DJ Arif Cooper, DJ Denvo , DJ Nadz, DJ Yellow Kid to name a few.

Check out this birds eye view of a true DJ working the 1 and 2s.....maaad  DJ Fitme (14M views cant be wrong)

Many of you non DJs may not appreciate the skill involved in playing music, this video allows you to see the magic as it happens this is a maaaaad mix,  great blending of songs

So DJ 101 you will notice the cross fader at the bottom is left open (in the middle) and the DJ is just  adjusting the volume on the two channels. In Hip Hop and Dancehall  there is more switching of the cross fader from one source to another.

Lots of knob turning going on........all that turning of the knobs is typical to mixing EDM and House music, it is adjusting the treble and especially the bass signal on the music from the various sources so that it doesn't clash with the mix and it comes out clean.

The Blue knob at the bottom is the Colour knob that adds as the name suggests sound colour to the music, it can be programmed for  different effects. The yellow light below the colour knob is the cue that allows the DJ to hear the audio before he opens it on the mixer

How do we know all this, well I am a weekend DJ my past includes even playing at Hedonism II so its all about the music maaaan

Let the  Party begin...............................