Category Archives: Non Reggae news

A Jamaican Bobsleigh Team In The Winter Olympics!

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For much of the sports world, their focus has shifted ahead several months to this summer’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The biggest sporting event in the world comes only once every four years, so it’s only natural that the hype for Brazil 2014 is off the charts—even as we’re still in the depths of winter.

At sports sites ranging from personal blogs run by fans to , there is already extensive coverage of the World Cup. This includes analysis of the draw, predictions for various teams, and more. The prediction mill only figures to heat up the closer we get to the actual event, and it will keep fans engaged until then.

In the world of gaming, the hype is high as well. In fact, FIFA 14 is topping all major console game sales throughout the UK for several months now, as noted by Metro. It’s always popular, but the FIFA series is getting a boost because this release coincides with the World Cup. The attention being paid to the event is evident elsewhere, too, including the online gambling world. At the Betfair Casino, there are games modeled after soccer and there’s even one specifically World Cup-themed. It’s “World Cup Heroes 2,” a game that both highlights the super-popular event and allows you to win some cash if luck is on your side.

As you can tell, excitement for World Cup 2014 is rampant and it will only figures intensify as we approach the event. But for sports fans interested in international competition, there’s actually something to pay attention to long before the World Cup arrives: the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi on February 7th, and should include some truly spectacular international sports competitions.

The Winter Olympics appeal to more of a niche audience than the Summer Olympics, or even the World Cup, but this year there’s something that any fan can appreciate. That’s particularly true for those who appreciate reggae and its roots in Jamaican culture, because the Jamaicans are sending a bobsleigh team to the Winter Olympics!

Qualifying for the first time since 2002, the Jamaican team will compete in the two-man bobsleigh event, largely thanks to massive financial support from fans. As written by Today.com, the Jamaican team will benefit from over $120,000 (or £72,498.84) raised online through fan donations and support. The team, which features veteran bobsleigh competitors Wayne Blackwood and Marvin Dixon, has trained hard for the last four years to end Jamaica’s drought in the Winter Olympic event. They will use the funds they raised to cover training costs, among other things.

For those unaware of the significance of this event or wondering why so many fans financially back a two-man bobsleigh team, much of the excitement dates back to the 1993 film Cool Runnings. It offered a goofy and fact-based look at the first-ever Jamaican bobsleigh team to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Cool Runnings became an immensely popular film, and even a “cult favourite” among certain audiences. It also turned the idea of a Jamaican bobsleigh team into something that an entire generation of fans can appreciate.

If you like to watch sports and consider yourself a fan of Jamaican culture—through reggae music or otherwise—you have something to tune into well in advance of the 2014 World Cup. Check out the Sochi Winter Olympics and cheer on that Jamaican bobsleigh team!

 

Date by james | Categories: Events, Non Reggae news, Reggae News

Urban Nerds X Snowbombing X Sick Chirpse

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Ahead of their 6th year at Snowbombing festival in April 2014 Urban Nerds are teaming up with Sick Chirpse to provide their annual warm up for the Austria based festival dubbed “Ibiza in the Snow” and head to East London’s most impressive club venue, Village Underground, for a night dedicated to jackin house, house, bass, garage and everything in between. Make sure you save the date: 31st January 2014.

For more info check HERE……..

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: DJ Dates, Events, Non Reggae news, Reggae News

Shifta Fras!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: Events, Non Reggae news

Tune Of The Day! Rebel MC – Emperor Sellassie I

We cannae wait for our NYE session at Plan B in Brixton with the mighty Congo Natty family headlining! £20 tickets are nearly gone so be quick if you want to reserve your place.

INFO & TICKETS CLICK HERE

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Events, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Tune Of The Day! Weeding Dub (Feat. Inja) – Judgement

Anyone who has heard me play out over the past few months will have heard this one from the Weeding Dub crew. It’s out now so make sure you pick up a copy……..

Big support!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Events, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Hylu & Jago (Feat. Zico) Exclusive Mix & Interview

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South East London’s finest come correct! Hylu & Jago have been mashin’ up dances all over the world for many years now either with the Unit 137 crew or with the onlyjoe band. The Unit 137 brand encompasses all the ingredients that are imperative in keeping the tradition of UK based Reggae music alive, they run a recording studio, record label and soundsystem, yet still manage to find time to produce their own music and tour extensively. We caught up with the duo to chat about their influences, the current state of UK music & what the future holds for them…….

RR – For those of our followers who haven’t come across your music can you please introduce yourselves?

H&J – Safe, Blessed Love out to the Reggae Roast massive. We are essentially a production duo who are part of Unit 137 Sound System, record label and studios. When we play out we perform as a DJ (Hylu) and vocalist (Jago). We are also both part of the ten piece reggae band onlyjoe.

RR – What are your thoughts on the state of UK Soundsystem music at the moment?

H&J – The UK sound-system movement is doing pretty well at the moment.  In the UK there is such a rich history and schooling from sounds such as Saxon, King Tubbys, Jah Shaka, Channel One and much more.

It seems like there’s been a recent burst of fresh energy within the scene. There are new sounds starting all over the place. With that you get an interesting mix of different people getting involved and people from different walks of life coming together.

We think the main message between sounds is unification; it seems to be less about clashing in the UK. Saying that, it would be great to see some proper clashes happen; instead of having random DJs who aren’t part of any sound, clashing each other at events where a beer costs almost as much as it does to get in.

Sound System comes from the people and is for the people, or at least that’s how we think it should be. That’s why we have been getting involved with street events like Trinity Music London’s ‘RumBQ’. Due to the weather in the UK it’s a summer time thing only, unfortunately. However, we are actively searching for an indoor space to continue the events throughout the winter months.

RR – You run a record label, a soundsystem and still find the time to produce new music and tour extensively, how do you find the time?

It’s very restrictive in terms of having much else in your life. Whatever you do, if you’re in love with it then you are going to be doing it all the time. You aren’t going to be doing the things that other people do, like have evenings watching films, or out to see plays, or whatever it is that people do. Not too long ago someone said to us that the career of an artist is a very selfish one. That’s kind of true because everything else has to work around the music. It’s not the other way around.

H&J – You’ve played some big festivals and sessions this year, what have been your highlights?

The best ones have been the ones with the most link ups between crews. We love being able to link up our sound with our brothers Lionpulse from Bristol. We have done this a few times over the past year. Boomtown Fair and St. Paul’s Carnival are two that really stand out. We had Reggae Roast representing on both occasions, as well as a number of other vocalists and selectors from all over the place. It’s great to have so many creative people coming together through sound system music and culture.

RR – How did you get into the music? What are your inspirations?

We both got into music in similar ways. Through pirate radio and listening to music that both our parents listened to when we were growing up. Jungle music was a big factor too, which was a strong initial exposure to dancehall for us. It’s funny the different routes everyone takes to find the music they love. We aren’t close-minded to only listening to one type or style. That’s probably why we play such an eclectic mix of music in our sets.

H&J – Is there anything you’d like to say regarding the big Vinyl / Digital debate?

We prefer to play vinyl, but it’s not always practical with travelling around (weight/size). ‘Sometimes you affi fly Ryan Air!’ It’s also very frustrating when you turn up to perform at a dance and the decks aren’t calibrated properly, or the needles are broken; but that is another conversation. We generally use Serato; we don’t play MP3 files, we only play full quality WAV files. We both buy vinyl and support the scene 100%.

RR – Top 3 tunes at the moment?

H&J – Mikey General – Kuff N Dem, Ramon Judah – The Vibe, Prince Jammo – Sheep To The Shepherd.

RR – Which artists are you really feeling at the moment?

H&J – All new and old artists that are creating and influencing. Basically anyone who is doing their thing properly, not being too flash or show off; just representing music. It’s great to discover new vocalists and producers. It’s wicked when you get collaborations between artists from different countries or vocalists/producers from different eras. It can sound good to get a lover’s rock vocalist on a steppas tune or even a roots vocalist on a hip-hop beat.  It’s important to school people.  You have to show the young ones how to do it otherwise they wont have that certain know how from day.  We especially feel artists that take time to give something back to the scene, in order to help it flourish and grow stronger.

RR – What are your plans for the future?

We are really looking forward to getting more releases out there. We want to double the Unit 137 Sound System at some point too. There is so much that we want to achieve and do within music. Its great to do separate works from time to time, but something that is really important is working together and having a family vibe with what we do.

RR – How important is it to have your own Soundsystem in today’s scene?

H&J – It depends what people want to do, and how they want to push themselves. For us it was a really important step that we needed to make. In general the most important element is having fun and being creative. Whether that is through organizing events, performing, producing or just dancing. It’s all part of what makes the scene.

 

 

 

 

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Documentaries, Free Downloads, interviews, Mixes, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Tune Of The Day! Gregory Isaacs – Out Deh

The Cool Ruler…..

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Tune Of The Day! Cornel Campbell & Dub Conductor – Crisis

Brand new from the Dub Conductor possee! Out now!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Events, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Tune Of The Day! Bob Marley – Is This Love (Soke Remix)

In case you missed this earlier in the week, here’s Soke’s remix of the classic Bob Marley track ‘Is This Love’ which we are giving away for free! Run it!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Free Downloads, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Gil Cang (Tuff Scout) Interview

We can’t wait for Tuff Scout to come and mash up our Christmas party at the Lock Tavern on the 22nd of December! Check out this interview with one of the main producers of the music on the label, Gil Cang, courtesy of ‘Start Dreading The News’. Bim!!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: DJ Dates, Documentaries, Events, interviews, Non Reggae news, Reggae News, Reggae Roast