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The Alliance clique out of Jamaica makes up more than their fair share of these usual suspects, but Busy Signal in particular has made his appearance so many times it’s a joke. In fact it’s gone past farce and into tragedy; he comes with palm-worthy tunes so regularly that I am actually angry at him, although I guess I should be mad at the rest of dancehall and the world for failing to match his level of constant originality.
Black Belt / Go Go Club blend:
Busy Signal, “Black Belt” (Kirkledove/Jukeboxx)
Busy Signal, “Nuh Guh Round Me” (Kirkledove/Jukeboxx)
Merital, “My Money (Ha Ha)” (Go-Go Club riddim / Russian)
Demarco, “A Nuh Whore” (Go-Go Club riddim / Russian)
Lisa Hype & Gaza Kim, “Bill” (Go-Go Club riddim / Russian)
Konshens & Dario, “Do D Ting” (Go-Go Club riddim / Russian)
Vybz Kartel, “Go-Go Club” (Go-Go Club riddim / Russian)
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The other Major component of this week’s blend is the Go-Go Club riddim from Russian, a young producer. As the title indicates, it’s clearly strip-club oriented, but not in any way you would expect a dancehall track to be, the eerie synth-pop of the intro colliding with Enya-ish “Orinoco Flow” chords and a shuffling hip-hop beat that makes an equally strong vehicle for a do the dance artist like Merital and a gangster like Vybz.