We’re keeping the Reggae vibes this weekend when we unleash upon you The Green’s latest single release, “Marching Orders”, and if you anything about Reggae, you know they’re one of the hottest bands out there right now. You can catch them headlining nearly every festival they’re a part of because they are such an attraction and everyone loves the energy and genuine love they portray in their music. Everything you can expect from The Green is in this track, and that’s far from being a bad thing because it’s the same lovable music you can sink you heart into. Every track has a theme, a specific message they want to get through to you, something to ponder and think about. Think back to one of their first singles, “Liar”, and the strong message it had about politics and what we have to live with through these politicians. It’s a very strong message but made with the inspired sounds of The Green.
Pepper is bringing back the classics with one of the favorites from the Reggae community, Sugar Minott’s “Good Thing Going”. The eccentric vocalist in Sugar Minott really knew how to get the party started back in the day and always had an exuberant amount of energy when performing live. Now, if you know Pepper, they’re also a part of Reggae royalty and have been a part of the scene for a very long time, which is such a blessing to see them cover another legend in Sugar Minott. We are absolutely thrilled and enchanted that they’ve kept the same fun, rhythmic essence of the song to keep, well, a good thing going. Why mess up a good thing when it’s great for all parties.
Pepper keeps the smooth rhythm to gel the vibe out to the loving fun we should all be having with each other. They’re all about keeping it simple. All you need is a simple drum 1,2 kick pattern, letting the drum kick until the end. A melody being provided by soothing acoustic guitar to accompany by the ever-so-sensual vocals to what, keep the good thing going. Lastly, keep the bass line simple, no need for any intricate bass lines, just simple to accompany the drums and the groove they set up for you. The harmonies between the two is beautiful when it’s also joined by the acoustic melody. Pepper killed it with this gem as they want this track, just like the classic track, to last eternally. Keep this “Good Thing Going” by listening to this cover by Pepper of this legend, Sugar Minott.
Dancehall ilfitrates We Sound Strange and makes a big splash with Reece Jackson as he releases an intoxication sound with “Whine Pon Me“, the epitome of what Dancehall is. Once you hear the first instrument play you know you’re supposed to get up off of your seat and start dancing, moving those hips and shoulders to the rhythm of the hand claps. Once you hear the (boom ta ta) beat, you also know exactly how you’re supposed to move your body. There’s no science behind it, just feel the music and let it speak to you. Reece Jackson gives us a track that allows you to dance with him forever under the night sky. The keyboard follows the rhythm of the percussion and doesn’t lose it for one sec. The basis of the song is to dance and describing the girl and the way she moves. Get up and move that body and let the music pull you in.
The Movement’s new single “Siren” (feat. Stick Figure) was released June 30 on Rootfire Cooperative, and debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae chart. This is the followup to 2016’s #1 Billboard reggae album, GOLDEN, and is the band’s first collaboration with producer Johnny Cosmic. When you pair up with one of the founding Reggae Rock groups of this generation, it’s guaranteed to be a hit. We were excited to see that Stick Figure made an appearance to their song because they have similar styles, in a way complementing the rhythm of the sound.
Formed in 2003 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller, and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles, launched The Movement with their “alternative reggae” debut album, ON YOUR FEET. In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded SET SAIL at DiBeneditto’s Philadelphonic Studios. Set Sail became one of their biggest and most memorable hits and listening to it live now gives you chills of the good times you’ve had and are going to have.
They began working on what would become their finest album to date, GOLDEN, which hit #1 on iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts and was voted 2016 Album Of The Year by Surf Roots Radio. Keyboardist Ross Bogan joined the group in Spring of 2016.
Get your Summer started off right with the smooth sounds of Reggae and the iconic partnership of The Movement and Stick Figure. “Siren” has you feeling some type of way for these upcoming Summer nights. Enjoy!
As the story goes, the way Royal South Sound was first created by another band, Lumbayao. As more and more people wanted to join this eccentric Reggae band, the more bandmates had a say in a change of scenery. That’s how they got the name, Royal South Sound. Anyone and everyone is allowed a say, allowed a voice to contribute something, even from individual tracks. This is what makes this band quite unique: it’s a collaboration of individuals coming together to bring you one unified sound in cohesion with each one’s individuality. This sounds difficult to understand as it sounds damn nearly impossible to do because of all the ideas people have, yet somehow, they make it work. Now, “Extricate ft. Amadeo” is born and the bloom of a promising flower finally blossoms. Continue reading “Royal South Sound do the impossible by releasing “Extricate ft. Amadeo””
The California Roots Festival is getting ready for its 8th annual weekend of pure Reggae magic. It’s a weekend full of peace, love, and good vibes. This is why we’re proud and excited to present a new single release of Mike Pinto‘s upcoming album Hotel Rendezvous coming out June 27th. Yup, you better believe that Mike is having his own set during Cali Roots and he’s going to show off his dope new track. “Let You Go” just dropped on Monday and it’s already gaining traction, which is killing us with anticipation to go listen to it live this weekend. Continue reading “Mike Pinto teases his new album Hotel Rendezvous with his single, “Let You Go””
Before we ever even clicked on “Hunter” to listen and see if the hype from the Reggae/Dancehall community was real for Attila, we decided to do a little research on name and if it resembled anything to the historical figure, Attila The Hun. Continue reading “Attila brings out his inner Attila The Hun with “Hunter””
Girls! Girls! Girls! Remember 1987? Well, we weren’t even born yet but all those sweet Motley Crue videos sure make it seem like it was a helluva time to live in. Fast forward 30 years later and Ballyhoo wants to write another anthem about “Girls” and boooooy do they have a Motley Crue-type of video for you. We don’t want to do all the talking because this track speaks for itself; this video is off-the-wall eye candy and easy-living. We’ll place the video below for you to check out but trust us, it’s insane! Have fun watching it and let us know what you think of it!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and didn’t forget to wear green or else suffer the pinching consequences! To keep in line with the green theme, we decided that the perfect track to feature today is “High & Gritty” by The Hempolics. We love the underground bands who stick to their homegrown sounds, who stick to the roots that made them who they are. Continue reading “Happy St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy this chill reggae tune from The Hempolics with “High & Gritty””
People need a voice, need to have someone that actually listens to our concerns. We may be shouting at the top of our lungs to be heard but there is hardly anyone listening. We need someone who shares our concerns, a public figure that understands the struggles of everyday people. Skip Marley has chosen to be the voice as he unveils the new anthem for us to sing along to, “Lions“. Continue reading “We are ready for a new anthem with “Lions” by Skip Marley”
This dope reggae band started out back in 2009 playing in backyard parties for family and friends, singing many of their now classic tracks like “Burn One”. Now, they are steadily rising into the legendary status like Sugar Minott and Eek-a-mouse. Fortunate Youth may be away right now but they know where home is and will always be welcomed back with open arms. Fortunate Youth comes from our town back in Hermosa Beach California, smack dab in the heart of the South Bay and “Left My Love In California” makes us think of all the good times we shared with all the people we loved. Continue reading “Fortunate Youth takes it back to the roots with “Left My Love In California””
The Tribal Seeds are currently playing their music throughout the country as they promote their new album that is still in the works. As of now, nothing has been released; there is only a teaser of their new single “Rude Girl“, which is only about one minute and a half in length. This fourth album has been widely anticipated, especially throughout Southern California, where the Tribal Seeds originally came from. Chula Vista to be specific. We are currently in talks of getting the album before the release to give an appropriate album review on it’s release date but for now, this “Rude Girl” teaser is just enough to fulfill our Tribal Seeds’ needs. We are definitely excited because this track is on it’s way as being just as recognizable as their other hit track, “The Harvest”, “Vampire” and so on. They have also incorporated the horn section for this album and as we have witnessed on their tour, the horn section is traveling with them on tour. What an experience for any that attends. We leave you now with the “Rude Girl” teaser below and let us know if your are just as giddy with excitement as we are.