With Dynamite! Dancehall Styles, Soul Jazz keeps up tradition by releasing another well thought out compilation. The twenty-three-track album eschews a chronological format and instead focuses on grooves and controlled momentum to delve into the genre's history. As a result, we're treated to a dynamic mix of bashment styles. Obscure cuts like Wayne Wonder's "Police and Bad Boy" and nods to such unsung heroes from the '80s as Early B and Michigan & Smiley are a treat, but the real gems on the album might be the brief looks into the dancehall offshoot genre of dubstep. On "Dem a Bomb We" by Ladybug, U.K. producer Kevin Martin a.k.a. the Bug teams with female emcees to deliver a digital war cry fit for destroying dance floors. While South London's Digital Mystikz cook up a grinding tune on "Earth a Run Red" that sounds like an updated take on King Tubby's dub work (who is also featured on the album). From the Nyabinghi drumming-fueled "Weed and Grabba" by King Baucho & Beenie Man, to the digital dub of Fat Eyes' "Assault Rifle," to Shinehead's classic "Billy Jean" and Tippa Irie's rapid-chatter delivery on "All the Time the Lyric a Rhyme," Dynamite! manages to adeptly weave in and out of the old and new, fast and slow, analogue and digital champion sounds without losing a beat.
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