cornerstone…cha!

Honestly, I don’t know much about this label. After I post this I’ll probably send it to Scratch Famous at Deadly Dragon to fill us in with the story, because I know he knows it. All I know is that for a while when I was going ebay crazy on collection collections, I bought a box of records from some guy in Vermont who had closed a store, and it included a ton of Corner Stone represses. I started listening to them and made this mix off my favorites. I love this mix, the songs are all so good. And. …

dub mix

A few years ago these dudes asked me to DJ a dub night with them in Hollywood. I don’t even remember how I met them, to tell you the truth, but they asked me to make a dub mix to make sure it was stuff they liked. So I sat down one day, made this mix, and sent it to them. The first night we played it was completely pouring — like monsoon style — on a Monday night I think, or maybe it was Sunday, so of course no one came. The music was good though, and we had …

Dangerous summer 80s mix..

I love 80s reggae. When I was 19 I moved to California for the summer. I would go to the flea market in Oakland where this rasta dude sold mix tapes of 80s hits. 90s dancehall was just starting to kick in, driven by the shift from weed to crack in Kingston, and I just wasn’t into it. That shit gives me a headache. When they toned it down a bit by the late 90s dancehall got good again, but there is a whole chunk in there that is 99% awful. But 80s? So good. I discovered Tenor Saw at …

crank angle/bad tempo riddim…

If you don’t know.. sometimes in Jamaica, dudes will all use the same track and do different versions. this rhythm is called either Bad Tempo or Crank Angle. Not sure where the names come from. I believe the first song by Anthony Red Rose was the original track, but I’m not positive on that. All I do know is I love all these songs. Be sure to check out the Gregory Isaacs track at the end.. so nice. Crankangle Mix by King Shade on Mixcloud crank angle zip! (35 mb)

mj’s mix of radical reggae 45s

Back when I had a writing job that took about 10 minutes a day to do what they expected, and payed really well, I spent the rest of my time ebaying reggae 45’s. Sometimes I would buy whole lots of records off one collector. Somehow I ended up with a pile of singles that someone had written “J B” in marker on every side of every record. I figured it would be fun to piece back together JB’s mix, so I recorded only JB records for this one. Unfortunately JB wasn’t that memorable of a name and I somehow mislabeled …