- Words: Tomas Palermo
There’s a whole world of reggae radio on the net. From rotating streams to continuous play, it’s truly possible to hear great roots, dub, or dancehall 24-7. XLR8R.com has several favorite shows, starting with L.A.’s bombastic and always exciting DJ Baby Ace, whose Baby Ace Radio is available via Live365 or iTunes radio. You’ll hear ’nuff current riddim sets in the mix, ridiculous drops, and sound effects that will make a listener feel like a Crystal-clutching top-shotta chilling in the VIP section at Asylum nightclub in Kingston. Also recommended via iTunes radio is 808 Live Reggae Cast, although it’s not always streaming.
On the “catch it when you can” tip is Ovadoze Movement’s Dancehall Vibes program, broadcasted weekly on Holland’s Stadsradio Helmond. This program is all about pre-releases and just-breaking riddims, such as DJ Sunshine’s After Dark, Stephen McGreggor’s Tremor, and Baby G’s Gang War. If you crave to know what’s new before any of your fellow dancehall DJs, this is must-listen radio.
For more traditional fare, check Jammin Reggae Archives. DJ Mike Pawka brings you traditional and new roots reggae (Steel Pulse to Da’Ville), and the site offers each show as a podcast, Windows, Real Player, and even Linux stream. The broadcast is laid-back and unpretentious, the selection balanced and well-chosen.
Oddly, satellite radio stations XM and Sirius are two of the few non-terrestrial music venues that offer very little selection when it comes to reggae–XM has one show, "The Joint," while Sirius has no reggae, only reggaeton/salsa programming.
But let’s switch back to regular old FM for a look at DJ Richie B’s (Hot 102 FM, Jamaica) top ten this week:
1. Morgan Heritage “Brooklyn & Jamaica” (Juke Boxx)
2. Shaggy “Church Heathen” (Big Yard)
3. Gyptian “My Fadah She” (Real Lyfe)
4. Nanko “Loco Amor” (Downsound)
5. Collie Buddz “Come Around” (Sony Urban/Epic)
6. Mavado “Last Night” (TJ's)
7. Daville “This Time I Promise” (Fashozy)
8. Chuck Fender/Cherine Anderson “Coming Over” (Birch Hill)
9. Buju Banton “Driver” (Gargamel)
10. Tessanne Chin “Hideaway” (Klariti Productions)
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