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Rootz Underground Hits #1 With Video

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 11May07

Rootz Underground has emerged from Kingston, JA to top MTV Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown with their video, “Victims of the System”. It is #1 this week, thanks to votes from their fanbase, and the band intend to keep it in the top 10 in the following weeks. Rootz Underground also intend to stay in the studio for the next few weeks, cranking out additional singles for their upcoming debut album, Movement, which is scheduled for release in September. This album has them working with legendary producers Bobby “Digital” Dixon, Dean Frasier, and Mikey Bennet, so we can expect a stellar album! If you like their music and want to help them stay in the Top 10, click over to this page on their official website. They are a write-in in the voting system, and still reached #1!

You can listen to their music and watch lots of music videos on their my$pace page and their Record label’s Tube page :


Rootz Underground my$pace
Riverstone Records youtube Channel
Dub Hub Podcast Archive featuring underground Jamaican music on a weekly podcast…

Victims of the System:

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T.O.K. – New Album, European Tour Summer 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 25April07

Inside sources say that the blazing hot dancehall quartet, T.O.K. are currently in the studio finishing up their 3rd album, which is unnamed as yet but due to be released this summer, and are also scheduling a tour around Europe. The tour will be only during the month of July and begins in the Netherlands. T.O.K. are famous for high energy performances that engage the crowd, so i’m sure this tour will be quite a treat for european audiences. I bet Germany especially extends a huge welcome to them when they roll through, since Germany has become quite the headquarters for dancehall music. Germany is the home of Germaican Records, Riddim Magazine, and hosted the 2006 World Soundclash.
i am currently on the hunt for more info about the new album and the tour. i will report back here with more details.
in the meantime, listen to T.O.K. music :





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Wailing Souls Reunite, CD + Shows

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 25April07

YardFlex has gotten word of a Wailing Souls Reunion! Apparently, all four members have agreed to make music together again, Winston ‘Pipe’ Matthews, Lloyd ‘Bread’ McDonald, Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis and George ‘Buddy’. It has been 22 years since the band last performed or recorded, despite record labels continuing to release CDs and DVDs of their work.

Wailing Souls are scheduled to play 2 huge reggae events this summer in California, US :
Reggae On The River August 3-5 2007
Hollywood Bowl’s annual reggae night in Los Angeles
Sunday, August 12, 2007, 7:00 PM Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Avenue Hollywood, CA (323) 850-2000

Many news sites have reported that a new cd of the Wailing Souls’ classic hits has just been released:

Adding to their over 26 classic albums is a new collection of the groups hits on CD with special mixes released on Greensleeves Records titled Wailing Souls: Most Wanted – Classic Cuts 1978-1984.

Wailing Souls


Listen to Wailing Souls

Firehouse Rock
Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fell

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Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Tony Matterhorn In NYC May 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 25April07

The legendary Shabba Ranks will take the stage on May 6th in NYC! Once dancehall’s brightest star, Ranks has not made very many public appearances in the US in the last decade. He will be opening for Buju Banton, after Tony Matterhorn warms up the crowd, at the Pre-Mother’s Day “Driver” Concert.


Shabba Ranks was the first dancehall artist to top international music charts, as well as the first to sign with a major label in the US. He received regular radio play in the early 90’s, and went on to score 2 Grammy awards for his music. This concert is a super rare and special treat for those who will be lucky enough to make it to NYC that night.

Buju Banton will be performing classic hits as well as new bangers from his new album, Too Bad, which was nominated for a Grammy this year.

Tony Matterhorn, notorious soundsystem and soundclash dj and international entertainer, will kick off the night with his explosive hits, “Dutty Wine” and “Goodas Fi Dem”.

Sunday May 6th – 8:00pm
Pre-Mother’s Day “Driver” concert
Theater at Madison Square Garden
More info

Buju Banton – “Played Not Played” video

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New Azeem And DJ Zeph Album

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 16April07

Analogue Giant posted today about the upcoming album, Rise Up, a collaboration between bay area producer Azeem and DJ Zeph. he also has the title track available for a listen, which features Luv Fyah. the album is due out on May 22, but you can preorder from underground hip hop.
the duo claims to be doper than payday, so how can you go wrong?

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blogging blues

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 15April07


at long last, i am finally catching up with all of my work – my regular job, my freelancing, my reviews…
i apologize immensely for the long delay with exciting posts this week.  i wrote a rather fantastic one, from my heart – i even wrote a little blues song – detailing what was goin on here, and somehow wordpress just lost it on its way to the front page.  i will try to recap here, but the song is lost for good.

last week, i was uprooted from my regular routine, and delivered right into the chaotic middle of another reality.  i don’t know if i aspire to spend more time in the other dimension, but i got a great glimpse into the world of book publishing when i was asked to contribute to a new project.  new to me, however, the book is due to be in stores this fall!  so i will be scrambling to meet sudden deadlines these next few weeks.  i will do my best to ensure that the news and reviews on this site do not lag too much.  i have spent way too much of my time editing this ISIS concert review, so in the future, i intend to concentrate on the writing aspect, and enlist help with editing.

this new project will likely influence the direction of posts here, so you might see more dancehall, more dub, reggae, jungle, soundsystem info here.  i will be concentrating on background and history, so this will be quite a diversion from news.  and a welcome balance if i do say so.

still to come, but from now on no suggested timelines to kill myself over :

  • a concert review from the SF performance by Sonic Boom (Spectrum, Spacemen3, E.A.R.) – with 1-2 minute movies!  the concert was great!  i can’t wait to share the movies!
  • i am attempting to get my own URL for this blog.  i think i can continue to keep this one active, while just adding it to the new site, but i haven’t figured that out yet.  we’ll see.  i mainly just want more control over css and the ability to use fun flash stuff.  i feel like this site lacks having access to the music itself.

well, without further ado…. i present, the ISIS, JESU, ZOZOBRA multimedia review……  (see the next post)

thanks for your patience, and for continued interest in this site!


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Up Next : ISIS Concert Review +More

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 11April07

in a blatant effort to captivate your subconcious attention….

i thoroughly enjoyed the ISIS/Jesu/Zozobra concert in sf this past friday. i have some decent photos and a review that i am almost finished editing. i will be posting all of it here within the next 24 hours.

i wish i could have it up already, but i’ve been swamped with projects lately. all of these posts lately have been work related for me, hence the mainstream acts getting so much attention. i will soon have more time to publish “under the radar” metal music. so stay tuned, i’m just kindling this blog fire at the moment.

more upcoming features for HT :

more original writing – reviews, background & history of music categories and bands
a google calendar keeping track of everything posted – album releases, tours, festivals, etc.
more dancehall related posts, more jungle and soundclash too
HT is going to get it’s own website!  i am going to move this blog over to my own url and server soon.  i hope to keep this address as well, not sure how that works yet.

thanks for reading, feel free to leave comments here about any of this.  any feedback i get now might find its way into the design of the new site…


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Global Academy Of Electronica Skills

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 11April07

every year since 2002, the Red Bull Academy has gathered an overwhelming roster of teachers and pupils together from around the globe to share skills, knowledge, experience, equipment, and philosophy.

Wyl Menmuir published this on the FLY website at the end of last week actually, but i just noticed it today. there is still plenty of time to check out this Academy idea, mull it over, and then apply, so i wanted to share it with you right away!

The Toronto Red Bull Academy 2007 kicks off this April with Info Sessions across the UK from DJs, producers and musicians.

Some of the UK’s most promising hip-hop, soul, broken beat, dubstep, D&B artists will be headed out to Toronto as part of the Academy, which offers an insight into music making today.

Music makers, producers and DJs can apply to be jetted to Toronto for two weeks in September and October to get tuition from the likes of Bob Moog, Phonte from Little Brother, the Mizell Brothers and twenty-year-old dubstep DJ, Skream. The emphasis is on creating, with a combination of live performances in the host city and lectures in studios.

The Academy is running taster days across the UK in April for anyone interested with talks from Four Tet (London), Greg Wilson (Leeds), Alex Smoke (Glasgow) and Waajeed (Platinum Pies Pipers, Detroit) in Birmingham. As all the sessions are free it’s a win win for anyone wanting to further their music making.

The UK Info Sessions are:
Wed 18 April, at Glasgow’s Sub Club with guest lecturers Alex Smoke, Beni G, (Mixologists) and Marcia Graham. Starts at 8pm.
Fri 20 April, at London’s Roundhouse with lectures from Seiji, Four Tet, DJ Zinc, studio workshops from Danny Breaks, Zinc, Tony Nwachukwu, Logic, Reason, Ableton Live and Serato. Starts midday.
Mon 23 April at Leeds Mine University Union, with lectures from Greg Wilson and Skream.
Thur 26 April at Birmingham’s The Old Library with Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers) and Marcus Intalex.

the Academy website also hosts numerous educational materials in the form of videos, podcasts, streams and the like. whether you apply for the full enrollment experience or not, this provides many opportunities to hone your skills as a producer, dj, MC, sound engineer, etc.

info about this year’s featured city, Toronto, application info and deadlines, and the dates of the 2 different 2-week long “semesters” can all be found at :

the locations that hosted the academy previously :
2006 Melbourne
2005 Seattle
2004 Rome
2003 Cape Town
2002 Sao Paulo

loads of questions answered in the Academy’s FAQ

events are scheduled for everyday this month, but in different cities and countries. see if there is an event near you on the CALENDAR

tonight is/was in Belgrade, on thursday, april 12th, TORONTO will have a FREE event with the Cut Chemist and Bernard Purdie!!
other highlights include Grandmaster Flash in Amsterdam, Arabian Prince (ex-NWA) in Zurich, dj Zinc and Henrik Schwarz in Berlin, Kode 9 in Valencia, and a street party called “Popular Soundclash” in Lisbon, not to mention detroit djs, idm producers, Skream, Super Collider, Reason, Live, and Serato demonstrations!

there are many more big names and amazing info sessions, workshops, and after parties in more international cities than what i have listed here. the site is coded in a flash player, so i have to hand copy each name and place, so instead, i am encouraging you, nudging you, pressuring you to go check the calendar! especially if you are in melbourne, europe, or south america. i did not see anything planned for any US cities, but there were at least 2 or 3 events in Canada. there will also an info session and equipment tour held in the Tuff Gong recording studios in Jamaica!

enjoy the events, apply for a scholarship, and pop back in here to share your experiences with me, please! :)





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Pitchfork Writer Gets Remixed

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 6April07

today in dj/rupture’s blog, mudd up! he takes on Pitchfork’s slanderous reviews of music that don’t fit into their corporate white indie category. he basically turns the tables on one reviewer, using the pitchfork employee’s own writing style to describe their job as a reviewer.
if the reviewer would not like to be described as :

“Paul Thompson, a data-entry typist (who, for his sake, I hope is not the same Paul Thompson of NYC convicted for murder last Saturday), messes about when trumping-up press releases into Pitchfork news items.”

then why is he using this style to describe music for Pitchfork’s website? this reversal of roles comes about after paul thompson reviewed Rupture’s remix of a Architecture in Helsinki song. a remix is expected to be in the same style that the remixing artist is famous for, and this one is no exception. it is very different than any AIH song, but that’s the point. if this reviewer prefers the AIH song to they style that Rupture has twisted it into, than that’s fine. but maybe pitchfork should be more careful about who covers which stories.

the whole story from dj/Rupture can be read on his blog, mudd up!, the pitchfork review can be read at their Architecture in Helsinki Plot World Tour, New Single page and the song in question is streaming on Rupture’s murdochspace and is called, “Ital Hymn Mix ft. Mr. Lee G”.





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TRI-CITY Concert On Earth Day

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 28March07

Too many bands to list! Loads of big names and favorites!
NYC – Chicago – San Francisco
April 20-22 2007

The Green Apple Festival is committed to raising environmental awareness by combining live musical performances from diverse genres with educational outreach and cultural events suitable for all audiences. The entire event will be made carbon neutral.

Go to the Green Apple Festival website for a list of bands and more info.

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Jah Cure Could Be Released from Prison Summer 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 13March07

According to news sources like Big Up Radio, reggae singer Jah Cure could be released from prison as early as July 2007. If this actually happens, he will be free and available to play Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica this summer.
See Big Up Radio for details.


Jah Cure To Play At Curefest August 2007

Click the link to see more Jah Cure news right here on HearingTest!

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Dangerous Bad Boy

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 6March07

courtney melodyBrooklyn Anthem - Team Shadetek ft. Jahdan and 77Klash

I stumbled across a pretty informative article about Jahdan, 77 Klash, Team Shadetek, and some background and geography about the mixtures of Jamaican, NYC, and UK urban music styles.

This article is from

The dancehall/hip-hop hybrid of Jahdan and 77Klash

By Jesse Serwer

In the two decades between the disco days of Tony Manero and the hipster colonization of Williamsburg, no music made itself more at home in Brooklyn than reggae/dancehall. Sure, WKTU-style freestyle fueled portions of the borough during the ’80s and early ’90s but, ever since a wave of Jamaican immigrants began settling in Flatbush during the late 1970s, the rumbling low-end of reggae “riddims” and the sound of rapid-fire patois have given Central Brooklyn its colorful vibe.

As the area became home to the thickest concentration of Jamaican people outside of the islands, local sound systems (the mobile DJ crews that form the backbone of dancehall music and culture) quickly sprouted to keep locals abreast of the latest one-drop riddims, sweet lovers rock and badman 45s from “yard.” Buoyed by the international success of locally-based producers like Jah Life and Philip Smart, NY-based “deejays” (rappers, or “toasters”; in dancehall, the record-spinning DJs are known as “selectors”) Mikey Jarrett, Louie Rankin and Red Fox landed record deals in the early 1990s. But, ever since Shaggy bussed out of Flatbush in 1993 with “Oh Carolina,” (and ultimately became dancehall’s first major pop crossover artist), records by Brooklyn-based dancehall artists have been few and far between.

Take a stroll down Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, though, and dancehall is more prevalent than ever; the kiosks on Flatbush Avenue remain devoted to the latest CDs from yard, and dancehall-centric venues like The Elite Ark in East New York and C-PAC in East Flatbush continue to be among the city’s most vibrant clubs. Central Brooklyn’s also home to about a half-dozen pirate radio stations predominantly spinning reggae. So why aren’t there more Brooklyn dancehall artists making noise?

The answer may lie in the borough’s contributions to hip-hop. Caribbean and non-Caribbean BK MCs from the Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown and Shyne to Lil’ Kim, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have all routinely colored their rhymes with patois, sampled reggae in their music and collaborated with Jamaica-based dancehall artists. Like Bobby Konders and Salaam Remi before him, local product and self-described “Remix King” DJ Obsession has made an art of reworking dancehall and soca vocal tracks for the hip-hop dancefloor.

“That amalgamation of reggae and hip-hop is Brooklyn music,” says Michael “Gize” Burrowes (aka 77Klash), a Crown Heights-based producer and deejay whose musical resume includes working with both hip-hop and reggae artists. “KRS-ONE and Slick Rick started it and then Brooklyn heisted it and made it it’s own. But that sound that people like Shyne have defines Brooklyn perfectly.”

Of course, all hip-hop can trace its roots directly back to Jamaica. When Kool Herc, the Jamaican-born DJ credited with creating hip-hop, began talking over funky breakbeats at Bronx parks and recreation centers, he was essentially just adapting sound system culture to a new milieu. Today, it’s routine for hip-hop artists from all over the country to collaborate with Jamaican dancehall artists and youth in Jamaica are more in touch with hip-hop and American culture than ever before. Dancehall, many purists now argue, sounds too much like hip-hop.

Still, Brooklyn remains home to its own unique sound clash, as evidenced by the work of 77Klash (spoken as “Two Sevens Clash,” the Rastafarian terminology for apocalypse) and Jahdan. Together, the two have teamed up with Manhattan-based production unit Team Shadetek for the aptly titled single, “Brooklyn Anthem” (Sound-ink). A Flatbush-based singjay (a vocalist combing elements of a singer and a toaster), Jahdan is a member of local reggae band Noble Society and previously collaborated with such Brooklyn hip-hop figures as Dead Prez, DJ Premier, X-Clan and the Boot Camp Clik. He was featured on Smif N Wessun’s classic 1994 track “Soundbwoy Bureil,” perhaps the ultimate example of the Brooklyn hip-hop/reggae hybrid. 77Klash, or Gize as he’s known when working behind the boards, is best known for producing the Scallawah riddim, the instrumental track which spawned Turbulence’s 2005 hit, “Notorious.” Both Jahdan and Gize had worked with East New York rapper Afu Ra and played in roots reggae bands with strangely similar names before linking up.

“Brooklyn Anthem” updates the notion of “Brooklyn music” by synthesizing not only dancehall and hip-hop but also UK grime, London’s interpretation of the Jamaica/hip-hop interface. Team Shadetek’s beats are heavily influenced by UK grime, and the 808 drum machine claps on “Brooklyn Anthem” evoke Lethal B’s “Pow,” which might be the only grime track to have touched mainstream American radio.

Whatever the producers’ aims, the vocalists are clearly trying to reach their BK brethren at home. Jahdan’s chorus co-opts aspects of Courtney Melody’s rebel anthem “Dangerous” while 77Klash reminds us, among other things, that “Brooklyn girls are the sexiest.”

“Cats need something to feel proud that they’re from Brooklyn,” Gize/Klash explains. “Brooklyn really needs a vibe, ‘cause there ain’t nothing popping [dancehall-wise] here right now.”

They’re clearly onto something. It’s unclear if he was aware of the Shadetek song but Jamaican dancehall star and frequent Brooklyn visitor, Vybz Kartel, recently recorded a “Brooklyn Anthem” of his own. While it’s not yet pressed up as a single, that track is already making waves at area clubs.

Sensing their chemistry, Jahdan and 77Klash plan to continue collaborating with one another. “I ain’t going to let this commercial American scene go without knowing that dancehall, reggae music runs the fuckin’ place,” Jahdan explains. “We have to bring the light to it now and make people know that [reggae and hip-hop] are one and the same. It is just business and the monopolies that tried to separate it. The whole thing is divide and conquer, seen?”

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