This week, reggae giant Greensleeves Records opened its vaults to launch a pivotal series in dubstep. The first album, aptly entitled Greensleeves Dubstep: Chapter 1, has an awe-inspiring list of the genre’s finest producers with the likes of The Bug, Coki and Mala of Digital Mystikz, Goth-Trad, Horsepower Productions and Terror Danjah. They mix up some of dancehall’s most popular anthems from leading contemporaries Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Busy Signal and Gyptian as well as icons Yellowman, Barrington Levy and Admiral Bailey for the ultimate culture clash.
Dubstep - which converges some of the UK’s most sought-after club music including garage, drum and bass, dancehall, dub and techno - always has a strong emphasis on its production, known for its experimental headiness, wobbling basslines, atmospheric ambiance and often murky undertones. Greensleeves Dubstep: Chapter 1 captures the essence of this signature sound and also charts new water by equally emphasizing on the vocalists’ side.
The artists are mostly comprised of Jamaica’s leading dancehall stars with the exception of the UK’s prime reggae sensation Gappy Ranks on “Stinking Rich” (TMSV Remix) and East London’s grime MC Flow Dan, who makes a vital contribution to The Bug’s remix of Ding Dong’s “Badman Forward Badman Pull Up”. Horsepower Productions' remix of Yellowman's "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" and Coki of Digital Mystikz's remix of Busy Signal and Mavado's "Badman Place" are currently circulating the blogosphere and DJ circuit.
These outlets have been the driving force to transport dubstep beyond the borders of nightlife, and regional lines. For many more gems to be discovered on this must-have compilation for DJs, longtime fans and new listeners alike, the all-star tracklist below speaks for itself.
1. Busy Signal and Mavado – Badman Place (Coki-Digital Mystikz Remix)
2. Ding Dong – Badman Forward Badman Pull Up (The Bug ft. Flow Dan Remix)
3. Yellowman – Zungguzugguguzungguzeng (Horsepower Productions Remix)
4. Johnny Osbourne – Fally Ranking (V.I.V.E.K Remix)
5. Sizzla – One Love (Mala – Digital Mystikz Remix)
6. Mavado – Weh Dem A Do (Coki – Digital Mysticz Remix)
7. Admiral Bailey – Jump Up (Terror Danjah Remix)
8. Gappy Ranks – Stinkin Rich (TMSV Remix)
9. Gyptian – Nah Let Go (LDD Remix)
10. Pampidoo – Synthesizer Voice (Goth-Trad Remix)
11. Vybz Kartel – Emergency (Coki – Digital Mystikz Remix)
12. Junior Cat – Caan Eat Mi Out (Cluekid Remix)
13. QQ – Tek It To Them (Kalbata Remix)
14. Barrington Levy – Here I Come (Kromestar Remix)