Around the holidays many reminisce about the good 'ol days and the fond memories of family, where one grew up and the sound track of that moment in time. That's why we are taking it up the 101 to the Bay Area to the originators of the hyphy movement with 106KMEL's, Master of the Mix, DJ Rick Lee's new, "Zion I Street Legends 2," mixtape.
One thing in life that will always keep you grounded is to remember where you came from. David Brooks, who fans have come to know as Mavado, has done that by paying respects to his mother. In a single released earlier this year titled, "Mama," Mavado expresses admiration for his strength influenced by the determination of his mother, while being grateful for the ability to give it back in return. Listen to "Mama" here on KingstonToLA.
This week, we've been listening to quite a bit of dancehall. As things get cold, the music gets hotter. Leading the list is LA based dancehall artiste, Jay 5-Flow's hit single "LIT." A favorite amongst the dance crews, the song is an upbeat ode to the season.
With Shinehead on the mic and DJ Papalotl on the controls, Vinyl is Final is a weekly presentation of reggae music, from all eras of rock steady, foundation, roots, rockers, lovers rock and dancehall. Tune in every Saturday on VP RECORDS' Reggae King Radio, as Vinyl is Final airs at 7 pm EST and 4 pm PST.
Now this may not be an out right ode to Michael, but the dance moves seen in recently re-crowned Queen of Dancehall - Spice's new music video for, "Robot Wine," reminds us of the iconic moves seen in MJ's "Thriller." Instead of dancing like zombies you'll be tranced into a twerking robot. Click the link for more!
It's going UP this week with brand new music that continues to make us feel joyful and healthy. Previously titled The Listen Down, there's only one way to go from here. Randy Valentine just released the second single, "Just in Time," off his much anticipated album New Narrative, which drops November 10. Valentine, a favorite voice amongst the tight knit roots reggae massive, speaks on his journey of constant evolution, which he has aptly dubbed The RVlution.
Sound the alarm, this week's mixtape master hails from Brooklyn, NY. DJ Kieran Meadows' brand new dancehall mix Excuse The Exxxpression, It's a Sexual Tension is right in time for cuffing season. It's raw, it's explicit and it's all about that vitamin S. We caught up with Kieran to see what inspired his latest joint.
KingstonToLA recently caught up with homegrown Cali band Common Kings! Currently on tour with Matisyahu, the band collaborated with the reggae singer on their single "Broken Crowns" which has become one of this year's feel good rockers. Read more about life on tour with Common Kings here on KingstonToLA.
The abundance of dancehall music continuously released by producers and multi-faceted artists voicing over them is mind blowing. Vybz Kartel is known to shell out new hit music like rapid fire, never backing down and remaining on top even while behind bars. His most recent (we think) song, "Kremlin," is voiced over the Moscow Riddim,
"My Africa To The World Series is a mixtape to educate people about music from Africa. The mix is music from all over not just Afrobeats. It's mix of flavors, rhythms and vibes from all over the continent. My goal is to showcase and educate people on the great music coming out of Africa." Click the link to read more about Afrobeat DJ / producer PAGES here on KingstonToLA.com.
DJ Crooks is di baddis, as stated in his Instagram profile and we tend to agree as do many other Angelinos. Crooks, a Jamaica native, now residing in L.A. is the go-to host and experience curator for many of the top Caribbean parties that pass through Los Angeles.
Today we turn the big 4-0. Good music and good vibes are our mantra. Let's go.
After featuring European selectors recently, we have stayed over the pond with our mixtape series. So, it makes sense that we are featuring the Belguim selector, Selecta Killa, and his mixtape show on Mixcould, Dancehall Station Radio Show.
When it comes to dancehall music, the riddims keep coming and the flows are endless. This works out great for us here at KNG2LA, helping us provide our readers with the newest and hottest dancehall tunes that are released weekly.
The Listen Down is bringing together new and old artists with their new vibes. That's what we do. So, check it.
With our Mixtape Musings series, we don't just keep it local, we expand our search for fresh new mixtapes worldwide. So, having the Italian selector Dj Sensilover's new Irie Soldiers mix in our playlist is something you should expect from us.
New music for all the music lovers out there. Let the Listen Down guide you. Let's go.