Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. II

Part I Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket It should be no surprise to see the legend that is Dennis Brown adorning this list. His iconic status was created through his consistent creation of hits that also included the likes of ‘Two Against War’, ‘Here I Come’ and ‘Queen Majesty’. Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves Popularised years after its release thanks to Guy … Continue reading Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. II

Part I Eugene Wilde Wilde is responsible for the 80s classic ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ – a record sampled by the likes of Foxy Brown, Blackstreet and The Crooklyn Clan. The track represents a slow jam from the era perfectly, combining some electronic elements with the soul that dominated the decade before. Despite being a love lust song, it still had enough of a groove … Continue reading Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. I

<Insert Yardie DJ Sounds Here> My family are from Jamaica, so when I say “tunes dat tek mi back tu mi yard,” I’m talking about the classic Reggae sound that I grew up hearing predominantly at family functions. Here are some of my favourites. Paula – Dynamic ‘Dynamic’ has an essential, laid-back Reggae groove perfectly matched by Paula’s sweet vocals, especially on the hook. This … Continue reading Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. I

My mum has had a huge impact on my affection for Soul and R&B and so this list acts as somewhat of an ode to the effect she has had. Below are my top five favourite artists that I initially discovered through my mum’s record collection. Cameo Known mostly to younger generations for the use of the Electric Slide alongside their hit ‘Candy’, but in … Continue reading Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Emcees with Unconventional Flows

All emcees attempt to create a flow that is unique and distinguishable from others, making them instantly recognisable whenever they spit. After years of listening to countless numbers of emcees, I’ve tried to create a list of the most unconventional flows that I’ve ever heard. Bruza You should be familiar with Bruza’s Grime classic ‘Get Me’ and therefore familiar with the way he uses his husky … Continue reading Top 5’s | Emcees with Unconventional Flows

Top 5’s – The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. II

Part I Pharrell Ft. Jay Z – Frontin’ Memorably introduced by a call of “Hooh!” by Pharrell, the bridge heard on ‘Frontin” is led by a simple chord progression and supported by revered Neptunes strings, a stabbing bassline and vocal harmonies that hark back to the 80’s. Initially, Jay Z even assists with words during the bridge before dropping into his show-stealing verse. Toni Braxton Ft. … Continue reading Top 5’s – The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. II

Pt. I Common Ft. Mary J. Blige – ‘Come Close’ Original Prod. by The Neptunes Remix Prod. by J. Dilla, Ft. Pharrell, Q-Tip & Erykah Badu This was one of the more contentious decisions, but J. Dilla’s remix of Common’s heartfelt ‘Come Close’ just edges out the original due to its Ramp – ‘Daylight’ sample and the additional contributions of Pharrell, Q-Tip and Erykah Badu to … Continue reading Top 5’s | Remixes That Are Better Than The Original, Pt. II