This week’s edition of “Dancin’ Digs” is a mish-mash of reggae, hip -hop, electronic music and R&B. Each track contains a smoothness, a unique voice and sound that pushes the limits of their genre or may solidify their importance within a genre. So sit back and enjoy the sounds and sights from the songs we sourced straight from the bloglines we love and delivered to you for a little mid-week upliftment. As we say, shake those mid-week blues right off and get to work with a little swagger in your step.
Gyptian, “Tell You This”
We really like it when Gyptian gets back to his reggae roots. While his most popular track from Brooklyn producer Ricky Blaze propelled him onto the international stage, it’s his singjay style over a proper roots beat that reminds us of how strong his voice can really be (plus it’s a lot less auto-tune induced.) The Reggae Revival currently building in Jamaica is strong. It should be nourished and developed so it may continue to grow. Especially with Dancehall’s current state of chaos over the murder conviction of it’s most identifiable modern day deejay. Tonight you can get back to your roots at Dubwise with special guest Christopher Ellis at Whitebones Seafood Restaurant.
Wu-Tang, “Keep Watch”
The long-awaited and postponed new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow, seems like it may actually come to fruition very soon. The album is a 20th anniversary album celebrating the one that started it all: Enter the Wu-Tang. The group dropped a new track yesterday called “Keep Watch” from seasoned Wu-Tang producer DJ Mathematics and it has a cozy, familiar sound to it. Glad to have ’em back.
Jhene Aiko, “My Afternoon Dream”
We shared the love for our girl Jhene Aiko earlier this week in our column Weekly Style about the news of her new cover story at Complex Mag. The article features the The California based R&B singer at our very own Rockhouse Hotel in Negril donning an immaculate Agent Provocateur two piece in white. Just in time for her cover release and her birthday last weekend, the singer shared her new track, “My Afternoon Dream,” which is dripping with dreaminess.
Bishop Nehru – “You Stressin’ (Produced by Disclosure)”
As far as electronic music goes, Disclosure is one of our favourite groups right now. We especially like it when they work with artists that are outside of the (electronic) box. In this cartoony video with New York rapper Bishop Nehru, the track “You Stressin'” becomes adversely stressful as two sound boards spirt colourful sound waves back and forth between one another.
Chance the Rapper feat. James Blake, “Save Yourself First”
Continuing with the theme of odd combinations: Chicago Acid Rap artist Chance the Rapper and British crooner James Blake paired up for this brief but tender “Save Yourself First” track.