Music is an expression of how one feels in the moment. Many songs help portray this moment in time, this feeling then transcends to the listener, making that person experience the same emotion; creating a connection between the artist and the observer/listener. Dancehall music itself, can mold into a variety of sounds and blend with different musical genres. This week our focus is on lovers rock blending with dancehall and the feeling this creates for the listener.
Music is important to us. Music is important to you. So, let's get into our weekly favorite tracks, so you know the deal. Wheel up!
Freudian is a 10-track dreamscape that’s core strength is Daniel Caesar’s ability to gracefully shapeshift as the production weaves through smooth, piano and guitar soaked R&B. The sound is reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s most recent release, Blonded only in its minimalist nature. The rest of the record is all Mr. Caesar’s grace and style.
The world of music is abundant and in the genre of dancehall music this abundance is seen in the music released daily. So, here at Kingston To LA we like to make your music search a little easier. This week we've selected new music videos from some of the top dancehall artists.
The Listen Down is back at it. Live and direct every week. So, strap in, let's go.
There are mixtapes that bring the vibes, and then there are mixtapes that slip you into a journey. Westafa's Roots and Lovers mix is one of those mixes that from jump, puts you on a path.
Our goal each Friday is to bring you new music; some may be fun dance music hits, others may have explicit lyrics while some deliver a conscious message and a few songs which combine all the above. This week is no different.
We had some big things go down in the City of Angels for the Labor Day holiday. The city was not only on literal fire (heat wave) but the events and parties were also aflame; see West Adams Block Party. So, we had to have a soundtrack for the weekend, and our fellow Angelino Tiger's recent soca mix, No Visa Necessary Vol. 3: Ready for the Road was just what we were looking for.
As we all know, the beef between certain dancehall camps and artists is mad real and as the diss tracks keep coming, dancehall fans are kept glued to their screen to see who's next in line.
When the tough times come, it's important to find inspiration. An inspirational new mix that has been giving us the good vibes, is DJ Green B's conscious and impactful mix, Skankin Sweet.
Inspired by the Jamaican sound clashes of the 1950s and its subsequent global impact on the 80s, 90s, and music of today, the Red Bull Culture Clash has helped keep an ode to the origins of reggae/dancehall alive through sponsored battles. For the past six years, Red Bull Music Academy has toured the continents, and this time is appearing on U.S. soil, along with one of the hottest names in dancehall music, Popcaan.
Releases are heating up as we are coming out of summer and into September. Thus, so is the Listen Down, let's go.
The newest dance movie to hit the screen is like none before, as it portrays a true take on dancehall vibes. Also, Nick Cannon not only wrote and executive produced the film, he also directed and starred in, King of the Dancehall. The culturally driven movie gives viewers a look inside where dancehall originated and why it continues to be a major influence on music and dance today.
A new video from a song we featured before, a missed opportunity and a newcomer. All in a day's work for this week's version of the Listen Down.
One of di baddest West Coast DJ's, Green B, tackles the hottest dancehall riddims for her new mixtape creating a swift flow of vibes, perfect for those long summer evenings