Music selection is such an important element in the world of DJs, parties, clubs and mixtapes. At events, it's important the sounds mirror the times, and as some sounds become more and more classic, so do the memories and experiences associated with the vibes.
With this in mind, we were excited when New York's own - DJ Gravy - brought us back to golden era of reggae and dancehall; specifically the late 80s and early 90s. DJ Gravy is a Caribbean music connoisseur, known for publishing one of the industry's largest music and culture websites, LargeUp.com. He is also the founder of New York's favorite reggae, dancehall and soca party Rice and Peas.
This past summer, DJ Gravy's own mixtape titled "Turn On The Heat: 80's & 90's Reggae Classics" hit us with some nostalgic energy to match the notorious LA heat. The tape opens with Althea and Donna's classic reggae single "Uptown Top Ranking," and progresses with tunes from other timeless musicians and riddims; such as Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam" and Half Pint's "Crazy Girl" on the Stalag riddim. Another favorite is Barrington Levy's "Too Experienced" on the riddim of the same name and many more top-notch throwback selections.
The mixtape is a brilliant compilation of the 80's and 90's, shining a light on some great times in the world of reggae and early dancehall. Listen here:
Featured artwork courtesy of LargeUp.com.