Awesome track here from Kush blending Kuduro with Reggae converting this track into pure dancefloor fyah!
Kush Arora and Jahdan Blakkamoore are no strangers to connecting dots and pushing reggae music into the future, and this slab of kuduro and reggae is no exception. After collaborating together on remixes and originals for a variety of labels over the years, the SF and Brooklyn artists decided to push the limits of what is known to be reggae music with the kuduro sound that they have both been so in love with since they first heard it.
The original version of this song first appeared on the UKF tinged “Spanish Street Riddim” released on Top Billin’ Recordings out of Finland in 2012, and quickly gained steam throughout the reggae underground. It was featured on the chart topping Dreadsquad’s “Riddim Machine” release remixed into dub in 2012, and Kush has been holding on to this version ever since. Enter a world where Angola’s bombastic Kuduro sounds meet with Blade Runner inspired asthetics, and the unmistakable dancehall vocals of Jahdan Blakkamoore. Cobra snake riddims, fast paced sound design, and bassline waterdrums pepper the abstract landscape of this tune. This is the first in a series of releases focusing on Angolan and South African sounds that Kush will be releasing through the year, trying to bridge Jamaica, San Francisco, and Angola together.
Jahdan Blakkamooore has a history of groundbreaking reggae music, with over 3 full lengths to his name and collaborations too many to even count. He sung the hook on “Lighters Up” with Snoop Dogg and Movado, the biggest tune on the “Reincarnated” album by Snoop. His performances and songs with Major Lazer were instrumental and continue to be for the band as they became one of the most major forces in electronic and reggae music today. Jahdan has been hard at work with his group Noble Society for over a decade, and collaborated with the likes of Kabaka Pyramind, Smif and Wesson, Dead Prez, Subatomic Sound System, the Jacka, Marcus Visionary, Liondub, Ticklah, and so many more. Always on the road, the tune’s titles is a prime example of the day in the life of Jahdan.
It’s been 16 years of madness in San Francisco for Kush Arora, and throughout his diverse, ten-record discography, Kush has been sculpting cultural sound in San Francisco and beyond. By branding his own signature imprint on bass driven music he’s collaborated and remixed folks from Mr. Vegas to Bloodgroup, Elephant Man to Balkan Beat Box. All shades of dub, garage, dancehall, and Indo-Caribbean influences merge into his unique sound that has found him compared with future riddim makers like Muzlimgauze and The Bug. He hosts a bi monthly Surya dub radio show on California’s largest independent transmitter, 94.1FM KPFA. Fresh off a new EP with Baile Funk vocalist Zuzuka Poderosa, and releasing a hectic schedule of tropical, uk funky, and tribal sounds, his releases have been found on labels:Top Billin, Crunchtime Recordings, Urbanworld to J Dub and ESL. His performances range from Live Ableton Tribal sessions to full on bashment with MC Zulu, Juakali, and Zuzuka Poderosa. Recent production/remix credits include Gyptian(JA), Mr. Vegas(JA), Spoeke Mathambo( South Africa), Pops Jabu( Zimbabwe).