Saturday, February 25, 2012

02.13.12 - Screechy Dan Valentine's special


It's the day before Valentine's Day and that makes us Deadly Dragons think of love. It could be love of your husband, your matie or even the love of reggae and rocksteady but it is love nonetheless. For this occasion we brought some of our favorite love and heartbreak songs to play. We are then joined by the mega-talent that is Screechy Dan. Screechy brings some tunes of his to share with us (including a song with The Manhattans!) as well as killing it on the mic with some spontaneous freestyle - check the archive!

02.06.12 - Bob Marley Birthday


It's that time of year again, when we do our Bob Marley birthday show (and it's his birthday). This year it falls exactly on the right date and to celebrate we brought not only our favorite songs sung from one of the most famous men in reggae history, but also songs from his wife Rita, his sons Damian, Stephen and some of our favorite Bob Marley and The Wailers cover tunes. Picture by our favorite photographer David Corio. Check the archive!

01.30.12 - Neil Nice's Dennis Brown selections


Our good friend Neil Nice from Turntable Lab brought a stack of his favorite Dennis Brown vinyl and also one of his fellow reggae collectors Dermski to the show to do a killer Dennis Brown tribute in honor of his birthday on February 2nd. Check the archive!

01.23.12 - Winston Riley Techniques tribute show


We were very saddened to learn last week that Winston Riley had died, having dies from complications due to gunshot wounds to the head. As a teenager, Riley founded the influential harmony group, The Techniques, which recorded for Duke Reid"s Treasure Isle label. He also went on to start his own "Techniques" label after gaining fame for producing such songs as Double Barrel by Dave Barker and Ansel Collins. With this label, he went on to produce the famous Stalag riddim which features some hits like Bam Bam by Sister Nancy and Ring The Alarm by Tenor Saw. These songs and that riddim has had an enormous influence on later dancehall as well as hip hop. Winston Riley was one of the hardest workers in the business, and is said to have been one of the people responsible for introducing reggae to England.

We don't have the words to say enough about his work as a musician and producer, but he is definitely one of the reasons why we specialize in selecting only reggae music and why it is so special, varied, and vast. For this show we play some of our favorite songs from The Techniques as well as from the Techniques label, please check the archive.

01.16.12 - MLK Day w/ SuperFly of Legal Vibes Sound


Every year we do a tribute set to the late great Dr. Martin Luther King. These can be reggae songs that directly reference him or they can be songs that we think has his spirit in mind. Queen Majesty starts off the show with these kind of selections and then is joined by the selector SuperFly of Legal Vibes Sound, who began in his early djing career in Trinidad. He takes the second half of the show and dedicates it to some late greats of the reggae world in a one-two punch vinyl style. Check the archive.

01.09.12 - Johnny Clarke Birthday


The Deadly Dragons are big fans of the talented and prolific artist Johnny Clarke, and what better excuse to play a bunch of our favorite Johnny Clarke tunes but for the big man's Earthstrong! His birthday is really on January 12th, but we were lucky enough to be able to place a call to him on-air down in Jamaica and give him some of our good wishes directly! Please check the archive.

01.02.12 - John Igei guest selections


Yes, welcome to 2012 everyone! Big thanks to Deadly Dragon's own Mr. K for holding down this show alongside our friend John Igei. John brought along some of his favorite vinyl to the show and nuff Digital B selections! Check the archive.

12.19.11 - Deadly Dragon Holiday Special


This is the time of year where you can actually dust off the reggae versions of Christmas songs and give them a spin on the turntables, and we did not let it pass us by. It is pretty much a full holiday song show, done inna Deadly Dragon fashion. We were also joined in the studio by our friend Steven Nero from Single Ape in California. You may have heard him dj at Happy Ending when we were lucky enough to have him to drag some of his vinyl to the East Coast. Check his website and also the archive!

12.05.11 - Barry Llewellyn & Fattis Burrell Tribute


We were very saddened to learn that two big artists in Jamaican music had passed away. The first was Barry Llewellyn, one of the founding members of the legendary The Heptones who passed away from pneumonia at 63 on November 23rd in Saint Andrew, Jamaica. The second was the celebrated, prolific producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrel of the Kingston, JA based Xterminator Records, who passed away from medical complications after a stroke at the young age of 57 years.

Queen Majesty and Scratch Famous take turns playing their favorite Heptones and Xterminator tunes in loving memory to these two musical greats, may they rest in peace. Check the archive to listen to the show.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

11.29.11 - Special DDS edition with Jimmy Cliff!


The legendary talent Jimmy Cliff was in town to support his new EP "Sacred Fire" produced by Tim Armstrong. Scratch Famous and I were honored to have a chance to meet the man and talk to him about his latest musical efforts in a very special edition of Deadly Dragon Sounds, check the archive, and also his website....

11.21.11 - Metric Man aka The Freedom Fighter


Our friend Metric Man graced us with his talent and warm personality for this show, please check his info below and the archive!

Music is a gift given by the most high God to the soul of mankind. It is up to the vessel to carry out the works thereafter and surely Metric Man is doing his part to fully execute his musical ability.
Born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago comes the voice of this versatile Reggae performing artist. His unique style and versatility has no limit. His vocals and presence are backed by political activism and social consciousness blended with an infectious Reggae vibe.
His melodies can make you groove while the Freedom Fighter conveys deep messages in a rough and raspy yet smooth and captivating voice. In him you can hear the people chanting for Equal Rights and Justice for all of mankind. Performing in school calypso shows at the age of 8, this Singer and Songwriter is the real deal.
His convictions are apparent in his lyrics, which are clearly rooted in his culture and proud heritage of a Caribbean warrior.

Metric Man Myspace

11.14.11 - special guests DJ Tomas & Machaco!


DJ Tomas (Umoja Soundsystem/Voltage Music) has DJ’ed on radio and in clubs for over 20 years; he's also played drums in alternative rock bands, written for Urb and XLR8R magazine, and hosted radio shows since the late-80s. The Bay Area native started out as a radio DJ in high school and later at college station KXLU in LA. He began spinning clubs in 1990 and co-founded the Umoja Soundsystem, a six-person multicultural, multi-genre music crew. Umoja Hi-Fi is an eclectic group known for reggae, jazz, hip-hop, soul, electronic, house, broken beat, Latin and Afrobeat – a unity of culture through music.
Check his blog...

Born and raised in Aichi, Machaco’s musical career began as a singer / DJ for the Dynasty sound system in 1992. Her talent being recognized immediately, she started to record for a variety of producers ever since. Machaco has been one of the most consistently successful female vocalists in the history of reggae music in Japan, and is becoming a successful producer at the same time.

Queen Majesty and Selector JD were grateful to be joined by them for this show, please check the archive!

11.07.11 - DJ Rata guest selects


Our good friend and great selector Rata joins us with his favorite 45 selections for you, including some crazy beautiful Chinese rocksteady cut - check the archive!