Mid-Day Mixup Wednesday

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by Ricardo Gutierrez

Today we are switching gears a little bit. This one is in honor of our host, who is probably hiking through the woods and doing pull-ups on tree branches as you all read this. TNC mentioned he had been fienin' for some old Reggae, so here it is.

Hearing late 70s/early 80s Dancehall always reminds me of summertime and puts a smile on my face. Back in my DC days I remember rolling with my friend Neil to Adams Morgan and squeezing into this sweatbox named Tameri (I'm not sure of the spelling). There is something magical about a whole room of people bouncing in unison to slow bass-heavy music. I love how old Dancehall plays on so much negative space with it's sparse instrumentation and enough delay and reverb to make you feel like you're falling into a cave.

By the way, all you NYC folks, my girl Sam is DJing tonight (and every Wednesday) at this cool little bar/restaurant in Soho called Lucky Strike (not the bowling alley). She plays an eclectic mix like I do.

Menu:

100 Weight of Collie Weed - Carlton Livingston
Murderer - Barrington Levy
Night Nurse - Gregory Isaacs
Ganja Smuggling - Eek-A-Mouse
I Chase the Devil - Max Romeo
Nightclubbing - Grace Jones
World a Reggae - Ini Kimoze
Double Barrel - Dave & Ansel Collins
I'm Still in Love (With You) - Martia Aitken
Tom Drunk - U-Roy & Hopeton Lewis
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt - Yellowman
Bam Bam - Sister Nancy

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