Our friend Diplo is noted as a magpie, particularly when it comes to things from the Caribbean. That’s why we couldn’t help but laugh when he tried to call out Flo Rida for a bit of Booty Beat stealing.
After all Diplo’s Major Lazer has been plundering the dancehall like the worst pirate in history for two albums of joy now. I don’t like to see it as theft, I prefer liberating and educating! But then I like to learn.
Dancehall is a bit of a challenge to those of us with liberal sensitivities. We suffer for our enjoyment as we try to tolerate the Batty Bashing of Buju Banton, Elephant man and Shabba Ranks. We shake as we listen to the foul mouthed sexual-linguistics of Sister Nancy and Tiana. And we reel as we realize that Vybz Cartel is the real deal bad boy and is held in prison on four counts of murder. The music is great but the scene is charmless. It’s as if Twerking was a spiritual lightening conductor for the whole experience – we have to laugh and tolerate, but we feel (and know) it’s a bit wrong.
So it’s a great surprise and joy to hear of the emergence of a new conscious DJ in Jah-Maica. A while back our friend Diplo dropped a “Presents” mix tape which we’ve only just caught up with – but now its nice to re-highlight the stunning “ Catch A Fyah” mix which is built around the vocal touch and righteous lyrics of Chronixx.
You can hear and revel in it it here:
Chronixx is unashamedly old school Rastafari and his lyrics touch traditional and righteous themes which won’t cause liberal anxiety. His is “consciousness-raising, spiritually enriching one-drop reggae, evocative of Jamaican music’s (so called) ‘70s golden age” . And, as a result, he’s tipped to be Jamaica’s next big thing by everyone from Chris “Island Records” Blackwell to Usain “fastest DJ alive” Bolt. And when you’re done listening ease into the full length of his beautiful “Beat & A Mic” single (one of a series of delicious tunes) as there’s only a minute or so on the mix itself but it’s a banger in the full Sizzla and Anthony B tradition:
BTW, whilst we discourse on Diplo our man has been as busy as ever dropping the “Revolution” EP:
It’s already live on iTunes and as you can see from the artwork above there’s no retreat from the booty patrol’s twerk attack.