Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fake It Till You Ja-Make It.

Althea Forrest & Donna Reid

Patchworks & Mr. Day Brothers On The Slide
Althea & Donna Uptown Ranking
Dillinger Cocaine In My Brain
Barrington Levy Here I Come
Damian Marley Welcome to Jamrock
Sister Nancy Bam Bam

Reggae, Dancehall, Dub - these are genres that I have only a passing knowledge of (unlike the devoted heads at Masala) and have never devoted enough time to speak with any authority about the music at all, much less to pass on a pastiche history of soundclashes, Studio One legends, and the potent strains of marijuana best suited for auditory hallucinations. I have no idea how a knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork spells New York. But what I do now is that the 6 songs above are extremely solid anchors with which to build a set that any hapless DJ can use. Brothers on the Slide is a cover of the Cymande original, and anyone who has been to a Bridge Burner in the past couple of years will recognize Welcome to Jamrock as Montreal's unofficial summer anthem.

Last year while I was working on Square Quotes, my co-host Alexander Buckiewicz-Smith got the chance to do an interview with Sister Nancy, now a banker in New York, to promote her appearance at the Pop Montreal International Music Festival last year. It's about 4 minutes in for the Sister Nancy Interview. (Yes, past Ali Rahman's Ira Glass impersonation.)

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