DJs Gravy, Max Glazer, Weed Cologne, Maya, Orijahnal Vibes, along with MC Micro Don and guest host Skerrit Bwoy (the face of Major Lazer), make Rice and Peas the hottest dancehall party in New York City. Rice and Peas’ monthly residency–the first Monday of every month–is at Sway in Tribeca. The core trio of the Rice and Peas collective–Gravy, Max and Micro–also hold down Q-Tip every Friday night, at Santos Party House. On Fridays, the open party features Va$hti and Q-Tip the Abstract, who spins old school party jams upstairs on the main dance floor to keep it groovy and funky, while Gravy, Max and Micro are in the basement keeping the vibes nice and sweaty.
There are few men in music that people clamor over after the most tangential news flashes. Lee Perry is one of them. It’s a well deserved admiration that the singer and producer has amassed over time. And even while his new music strays drastically from the dubs that we all know he trafficked in, the new techno inspired work is entertaining if not something worth revisiting.
The video below, in which Perry gives us a few bars of Bob Marley warrants a few plays.
MP3: “Santa Claus”
Horn heavy, instrumental reggae from a former Skatalite and one time member of the Specials. Rico’s played trombone alongside anyone of note in the UK and done time in more JA studios than there’d even be time to list here.
So, for those of you who don’t live in balmy climates, crank this one up and the five months until spring won’t seem too bad.
Over at thisarehome (an ongoing work of J-School shenanigans), travelers can find a mix of everything JA related. There’s a bit of dub, some dance-hall and even a dash of rock steady. Clocking in at over an hour, there’s no part of From Jamdown to Jamdown that’s gonna disappoint stoned enthusiasts.
01 – Harry Mundie – Full Dose Of Dub
02 – The Aggrolites – Burning Bush
03 – Clancy Eccles – Don’t Brag Don’t Boast
04 – King Django – Trying to Be Something
05 – The Jolly Boys – Build On The Rock
06 – Bim Sherman – Danger
07 – Derrick Harriott – The Undertaker
08 – Israel Vibration – Never Gonna Hurt Me Again
09 – Burning Spear – Man in the Hills
10 – Winston Wright & Rupie Edwards All Stars – Grandfathers Clock
11 – Bob Marley – Black …
Moving past the ‘90s ska thing that kinda made him a name in nerdly communities, Victor Rice embarked on an astounding solo career by releasing dub tracks through Megalith Records and other various independent imprints. While the bassist and producer has called Brazil home for a good long while, those of us elsewhere can still take a listen to Rice re-working a classic in the form of “Strikkly Vikkly.”
Shouts to Caroline Bittencourt for the image.