Category Archive for ‘First Listen’
The hysteria surrounding the coronavirus increases daily. While we all need to stay informed and take precautions to remain healthy and not contribute to the spreading of this flu-like virus, amid this growing panic, let’s not lose sight of those who are fighting for their lives against… Read More
I woke up in the middle of the night recently to find not one, not two, but all three of my cats leaning against me. I stayed awake only long enough to try to gently rearrange myself (so as not to disturb the cats, of course) into… Read More
To all the men who haven’t gotten their wives, girlfriends or lovers a Valentine’s Day gift yet, One Culture has you covered. The up-and-coming reggae band from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia premieres a new single on Rootfire today before releasing… Read More
A few months back, Rootfire published an interview with Pachyman, the L.A. based Puerto Rican riddim and dub master. At the time, Pachyman had just burst onto the scene in strong-strong fashion with his debut full-length dub record “Pachyman In Dub,” a critically acclaimed instant classic on which… Read More
Do you love Reggae Music? Then surely you also love nine-time Grammy nominees outa the U.K., currently pushing their first new record in 15 years (Mass Manipulation), going ever-strongly by the roots-household name Steel Pulse.
Do you ever listen to one of their masterfully crafted tunes and wonder about… Read More
I’ve been a fan of Pressure since the first time I heard him on the tune “Jah In Dem,” a collaboration with Vaughn Benjamin (Midnite/Akae Beka) from the 2003 Midnite Branch-I album Geoman. Shortly after, I saw him perform live at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (2005 I believe?)… Read More
“Savanna” is the new single from Jamaican-Canadian artist Jonathan Emile, off his upcoming album Spaces-In-Between (January 24 – Mindpeacelove / Tuff Gong International). The single drops this Friday.
Based in Montreal, Emile is a rapper, singer, producer, activist, and cancer survivor. … Read More