Our friends with Crosscheck return with Jamaica’s Courtney John linking up with French Producer Blundetto.
Jamiaca is known for reggae and dancehall music. Now, a trio called The Courtney John Project are blending reggae and EDM, calling this new genre Rootstronic. The Courtney John Project are: charasmatic vocalist Courtney John, along with long time producer-cohort The Wizard and Grammy award-winning musician Steven “Lenky” Marsden. This month they’re releasing their debut LP, Future. The groups leader Courtney John got with French proudcer Blundetto, who is on touring France and released his own project last year called Warm My Soul: . The two old friends chopped it up about music, muppets, and Rootstronic!
Blundetto: What kind of music was heard in Courtney John’s house when he was a child?
URB spent a full week on the SS Coachella, sailing to Jamaica and the Bahamas with the ultimate musical soundtrack by Pulp (their rumored last performances!), Hot Chip, Grimes, DJ Harvey, James Murphy, El-P, Gaslamp Killer and more. And while such an amazing experiences can never be truly captured in a blog post, here’s a selection of images that are worth way more than 1000 words. …MORE
Diplo and Switch have been had at work on the follow-up to their surprisingly popular Major Lazer album, Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazer’s Do! So they’ve once again de-camped to Jamaica, where they’re finishing up the record. This quick preview video captures the two hanging out a bit before heading ont the studio where we catch Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors about to record some vocals. So it’s probably safe to deduce that the second Major Lazer album will feature the same mixture of true-school dancehall acts and indie fave guests as the first.
The creators of Kingston’s hottest party Brand New Machine, Farenheit and Urchin from Sean Paul’s crew, are bringing the vibes to New York City, for a Brand New (weekly) Machine, kicking off this Thursday, Oct. 7th, at Happy Ending. (The party was supposed to launch last week; however, was postponed due to monsoon like weather in the big apple.) The vibes that made BNM Kingston the place to be is going global, with the New York City edition. DJ Max Glazer (Federation Sound, Rice & Peas), is at the helm as resident DJ. Rest assured he will be serving up d dancehall tunes good and proper, while JDiggz from Toronto will be spinning hip hop, hits & house music.
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Paris’s rock group Poney Poney has taken new form. Now known as Jamaica, the French duo, consisting of Antoine Hilaire on guitar and Florent Lyonnet on bass, is back to the drawing board with a new album already in tow (produced by Peter Franco and Justice’s Xavier de Rosnay). Check out the music video for their single “I Think I Like U2″ directed by Ed Banger Records’ very own So Me. I think I like… in fact, I KNOW I like. Enjoy!