ATX Sound System: February 23, 2019

Best New Dancehall Releases

After devoting last week’s post to classic reggae music for Valentine’s Day, we return this week with a roundup of the best new dancehall releases that we’ve been spinning on the ATX Sound System. You can check out all of the tracks mentioned below on the Austin Reggae Festival Playlist.

Bugle – “Day By Day”
Hot on the heels of his gorgeous co-bill with Etana (“Show Love”), the one-time Elephant Man protege delivers a feel-good conscious anthem with “Day By Day” (featuring Dre Island).
In what’s been a busy 2019 for Shenseea, the dancehall princess has already jumped on the Time Machine Riddim, delivered some cracking singles (“Sinners Prayer”, “Replaceable”) and guested with Kes on his new one “Close To Me”. But “Hype & Bruk”, her turn on the Limited Edition Riddim, is definitely the heater of the bunch so far.
Much to our surprise, the sweet-voiced Jamaican pop singer has been dabbling in some slightly edgier riddims lately, and we’re not mad about it. In addition to the above-mentioned Limited Edition Riddim (for which he did a version called “Schwepps Up”), “Bloodline” is a version of the Dual Citizen Riddim that he recorded last year, now seeing release as his latest single.
His 2018 track “Nah Mad (Ova Nuh Gyal)” remains a popular one on the sound systems currently. But over the last couple of years Munga has more often been in the news for reasons not to do with music (only last month, for example, his girlfriend was killed in a multi-car accident, in which Munga may or may not have been one of the drivers; investigations are ongoing). Nevertheless, he’s had a prolific 2019 so far, with no less than three new tracks. This week, he drops the particularly amusing “Gal Magnet”.

Stylo G – “Whoop Whoop”
Stylo G continues to deftly straddle the worlds of grime and dancehall like few others. It makes sense, seeing as the Jamaican born MC lived on the island until age 12, at which point his family moved to London, affording him ground-zero exposure to both genres. This week he follows up recent single “Fimmi Gyal” with this positively infectious (“whoop whoop!”) dancehall roller.


This Week’s Austin Reggae Fest Spotify Playlist

Click here to hear all the dub sounds we have been listening to the last few days.