Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10.24.11 - Producer Gyasi Addae LIVE in the studio


Deadly Dragon Sound welcomed legendary NYC label owner, producer and sound system operator Gyasi Addae into the studio. In the late 80s/ early 90s the sound of Gyasi's was the sound of New York Dancehall. In a relatively small period he released an enormous amount of 12"s and LPs and discovered such huge dancehall hit makers as Super C, Mad Lion, Princess Goldie and more. Queen Majesty and Scratch Famous will be talking to him about the golden age of New York dancehall and the future it promises to hold, as well as his own ranking alter ego and more! Check the archive.

10.10.11 - Jasmine Solano guest selections


Jasmine Solano is a Brooklyn-based rapper and DJ whose debut single, “That’s Not It” can now be seen on MtvU. Born in Philadelphia, her career began after she took an opportunity to host her own radio show called, The Secret Spot, featured on Boston’s WERS 88.9FM in which she received the Urban Music Award for Best Female Radio Personality. Jasmine is known not only for her skills on the mic but also on the decks, and she brings some of her favorite reggae tunes for us. Check the archive as well as!

10.03.11 - DJ Ayres guest selection


DJ Ayres has been a staple in the NYC dj scene for over a decade with countless popular parties, mixes and remixes to prove it. Ayres brings his fondness for reggae to the show and selects some classic tunes as well as some things we have never heard before. Be sure to check the archive as well as!

09.26.11 - John Cardiel aka Juan Love guest selects


The legendary pro skater John Cardiel aka DJ Juan Love was in town from California and stopped by to guest select on the show! John has been collecting and selecting reggae for some time now, and his natural positivity and contagious spirit comes out in the songs he chooses to play. Take a listen to the archive!

09.12.11 - Addis Pablo LIVE in the studio


Addis Pablo né Swaby grew up in both Kingston, Jamaica and the United States and learned at the foot of his father, Augustus, the importance of both the technical aspects of music and the spiritual resonance that roots music can contain. Over the past few years he has been working with Kingston based One Motion LLC and Triniyard Music developing multiple projects of his own as well as producing for other arists. In addition he has also taken on the mantle of re-developing the Rockers Record Shop in Kingston and working with his father's catalog. Every year, Addis (on Melodica) also joins Chinna Smith and his band for the Annual Celebration of the Life & Works of Augustus Pablo.

We were very happy to have had Addis on the show (pictured above with sister Isis) to chat with him as well as play some brand new music he is working on - take a listen to the archive!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

08.22.11 - J Boog LIVE in the studio


J Boog's music career became serious in 2005, when a couple of brothers from his neighborhood brought him to one of J's favorite artists, George "Fiji" Veikoso". The two began working together immediately and J ended up moving to Hawaii in 2006 to continue developing his craft. After releasing his debut album "Hear Me Roar" in 2007, he joined the musical family Wash House Music Inc, an independent record label based in Hawaii and San Francisco.

A year later, in 2008, J Boog met Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage and there was an instant chemistry. Gramps was keen on working with J, and set out to make a way. Shortly after, Gramps, J Boog and other Wash House family members were in Jamaica recording in such prestigious places as Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong" Studio, Don Corleone's "Hit Maker", Bobby Digital's "Digital B", Shaggy's "Big Yard", Sugar Minott's "Youth Man Promotion" and more.

The results are apparent when listening to Boog's new music. It is authentic Island Music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog's writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.

A humble man with lots of talent, we were so happy to have him share some latest music and talk about things going on with him now. Check the archive!

08-01-11 - DJ Muro Selections


We are always honored to have DJ Muro on the show whenever he is in town from Japan, and this show marks his third time with us. Because of his vast experience with collecting and producing, the loving touch he brings to the vinyl he plays is unmistakeable. Check the archive.

07-18-11 - King Ryuku / Fadda T Selections


We were happy to be joined once again by FaddaT while he was in town. This man digs deep and shares his soulful musical finds with us, check the archive and you may still be able to find some of his mixes for sale on line!

07-11-11 - John Holt Birthday Special


For this show, Scratch Famous digs deep in the vaults to bring you all of the best tunes from the Paragons feauring John Holt , as well as the classic John Holt tunes we know from him on his own... Wicked selections, must check out!

06.27.11 - Charlie Brown BBC Hi-Fi


Big ups to the man Charlie Brown from the BBC Hi Fi Sound to come to the studio and bring a tuff selection for all of the listeners - much respect, please check the archive!

06.13.11 - Dawn Penn LIVE in the studio


Dawn Penn's earliest recordings were for Prince Buster around 1966. In 1967 she recorded and released the rocksteady single, "You Don't Love Me" produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. She also recorded "Why Did You Leave" at Studio One, "Broke My Heart" for Bunny Lee, "I Let You Go Boy" and covers of "To Sir with Love" and "Here Comes the Sun". By 1970 Penn had left the music industry and had moved to the Virgin Islands. In 1987, however, she returned to Jamaica and to music. In the summer of 1992 she was invited to appear on stage at a Studio One anniversary show, where she performed the song "You Don’t Love Me" with Steely & Clevie as backing musicians. The performance was a success, and she returned to the recording studio to re-record the song for the tribute album Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage. It was released as the single "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" over a year later, reaching the charts in the U.S. and Europe, plus hitting #1 in her native Jamaica.

Ms. Dodd joined us in the studio to talk some history with us as well as discussing her latest projects and promoting her new ventures at this week's Downtown Top Ranking party. Please take a listen to the archive!

06.06.11 - Byze One, Mighty Crown & Firecrew


Nuff special guests this show; our good friend Byze one bringing his favorite Jamaican vinyl all the way from the west coast, then joined by the big sound Mighty Crown the Far East Rulers join us and bring along the wicked Fire Crew alla way from Japan - must take a listen to the archive!

05.16.11 - Lloyd Knibbs Tribute


For this show we did a loving Skatalites tribute to the legendary drummer Lloyd Knibbs who sadly passed away. He was an amazingly talented musician that could go from jazz, to ska to Nyabinghi. Mr. Knibbs contribution to Jamaican music, particularly ska, will never be forgotten. This show we also spoke with the one and only Dawn Penn on the phone, check the archive.