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Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams

Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

The 22nd Analog Africa release is a beauty people couldn't begin to imagine how the feeling would be to actually be playing it - until now. As rare as it's insanely great, this long-awaited reissue is the holy grail of Shadow albums. The one featuring the monster cosmic soca disco track 'Let’s Get It Together', one of the heaviest island synth dancefloor thunderstorms of all time. Winston Bailey...

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The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say

The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say (CD/LP, Daptone, 2016)

An instant classic, this fantastic reggae-rocksteady album strives directly for legendary status. It's the first album from The Frightnrs, a Brooklyn band signed on the Daptone label, but it'll also be the last one, alas. Dan Klein, the singer with the magical tone, died from ALS last june. Produced by Ticklah, miles away from the stereotypes of globalized reggae, 'Nothing More To Say' is a true...

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Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - A Healthy Obsession With Petanque

Grant Phabao & RacecaR "A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque" LP - Support Paris DJs' 5th crowdfunding campaign

Help Paris DJs press a limited edition vinyl LP and CD of Grant Phabao & RacecaR's album 'A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque', along with some new t-shirts & sweatshirts, all illustrated by poster artist Ben Hito. Support Paris DJs' Crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank...

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Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - The Wheelie Champion Sound

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - The Wheelie Champion Sound (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)

Reggae comes from Mento, Ska and Rocksteady. When Reggae invented dub and toasting, it gave America the technology and ideas which led to Hip Hop's emceeing (later known as rapping) and scratching. Thus Hip Hop was born. Even Gangsta rap came from Dancehall — both speaking about the violence from their neighborhoods. Now let's take the thing full circle, and have a modern, fast rapper toasting...

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Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living feat U-Roy and Alice Russell

Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living (feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell) (12", Tru Thoughts, 2016)

As a preview for '1000 Watts', the third album from his cumbia-reggae-dub project Flowering Infernow (out of a total of 17th full-lengths!) scheduled for mid-june, Quantic releases a month before on 12 inch vinyl a superb first single, with guests Jamaican deejay and godfather of the style U-Roy, and for the chorus, soul singer and long-time collaborator Alice Russell. A first, very successful...

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Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - One Free

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - One Free (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)

'One Free', the latest single extracted from RacecaR's upcoming 'A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque' album, sees the American MC laying a thick rap, moving on and around the beat, over a deep & dubby, slow & stripped-down early 80s dancehall style riddim from French producer and multi-instrumentalist Grant Phabao. The vibe is laidback, smokey, while tropical and hip. A pure stoner tune in...

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Grant Phabao presents U-Brown - Rub A Dub Inna Di Dancehall

Grant Phabao presents U-Brown - Rub A Dub Inna Di Dancehall (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)

U-Brown's unmistakeable deejay flow with a stylistic debt to the deejay godfather U-Roy is a delectation to hear voiced and mixed with Grant Phabao at the controls once again on this follow-up single: a heavy, bubbling, slow and fat, masterful riddim from the Parisian producer, on which the veteran deejay lays a a deep and sensual rub-a-dub toast. Hopefully both tunes will end up on a lovely 7...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Dancehall Lovers Rock Roots Reggae and Ska Experience

Paris DJs Soundsystem presents The Dancehall, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae & Ska Experience (5CDs boxset, Paris DJs, 2016)

5 hours of authentic Jamaican soul & grooves! The Paris DJs Soundsystem's compilation 'Dis Is Reggae Soul', plus four full-length albums with legendary Jamaican singer Carlton Livingston ('Bridge Of Life'), deejay The Lone Ranger ('Sweet Talking'), and harmony vocal groups The Silvertones ('Keep On Rolling'), or The Jays ('Stepping Up In Timeg'), recorded in Kingston and Paris by French...

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Ed West & RTKal - The Frass EP

Ed West & RTKal - The Frass EP (Digital single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)

Between a rub-a-dub/hip hop dubstep stomper ('Frass feat. Serocee'), some mad rapping over dark minimal dancehall vibes ('Madover'), a hypnotic Jamaican hip hop piece ('Woah Nanna') and a stripped-down to more-or-less-massive drums hip hop freestyle & chorus tune, this is guaranteed sound system action!...

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Raashan Ahmad - Falling feat Aloe Blacc and Gift Of Gab - Grant Phabao Remix

Raashan Ahmad - Falling feat. Aloe Blacc and Gift Of Gab (Grant Phabao Remix) (Digital Single, 2015, Paris DJs)

California MC Raashan Ahmad used to be the front man for the live hip-hop group Crown City Rockers (formerly known as Mission) in the 2000s. Since then he's launched a succesful solo career culminating so far in 2013 with the neo-classic 'Ceremony' album. Early 2014 he got in touch with Paris DJs, submitting a handful of songs for the French label's jazzy hip hop compilation 'Spirituality &...

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