11 Dec

Video: She Wants Ganja (feat. Ward 21)

Take a look at this new video of She Wants Ganja (feat. Ward 21) taken from Dreadsquad – The Riddim Machine vol.3
Video was shot earlier this year in India (New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai) during Dreadsquad’s second tour.

Lyrics: Kunley McCarthy
Music/production/mix/mastering: Marek Bogdański
Tumbi: Kush Arora
Video: Marek Bogdanski
Actors: Sakshi Kakkar, Zorawar Shukla

21 Nov

New animated video: Dreadsquad – Space

Are you ready to explore “Space” with Dreadsquad? Check out this brand new video clip animated by Jakub Romanowicz.

Dreadsquad – “Space” taken from new album “The Riddim Machine Vol.2” (release date 17.11.2017) Superfly Studio / Moonshine Recordings

Music/instruments/mix/dubmix/mastering: Marek Bogdański

Animation & compositing: Jakub Romanowicz https://vimeo.com/kaszalotstudio

Screenplay: Anna Bogdańska, Marek Bogdański

some creative common bits of source files from Beeple VJ loops were used in this video (https://vimeo.com/channels/beeple)

16 Nov

Riddim Machine vol 2 & 3

Cat. No.: SF037/SF038
Title: Riddim Machine Vol. 2/Riddim Machine Vol. 3
Artist: Dreadsquad
Label: Superfly Studio/Moonshine Recordings
Release Date: November 2017-11-17

Dreadsquad, AKA Marek Bogdanski, returns to the scene with the second and third instalments of his Riddim Machine series. As part of a collaboration consisting of Dreadsquad’s own Superfly Studio and the renowned Moonshine Recordings, listeners are in for a treat, courtesy of Poland’s most prolific reggae dancehall producer. As ever, Dreadsquad manage to encapsulate all evolutions of reggae – from rocksteady , roots and rub-a-dub to dancehall and dub – all with a present-day twist to keep the bass bins rumbling and the people skanking. Both volumes will be available in both vinyl and digital format, so there’s no excuse to miss out!

Volume 2 is laced with an amalgamation of characters from the Reggae/Hiphop/Soul scene, featuring the likes of Kojo Neatness , Gardna, El Fata, Dub Princess, Tenor Youthman, Takeyce-Ti, MonkeyJhayam, ManeceLive or Greg Blackman in his soulful roots tune Clean Up. Among a plethora of sublime productions, with throwbacks to the old sounds of early reggae, roots and rub-a-dub, there’s the highly anticipated anthem Issues (previously released on Bun Dem Riddim), with none other than the mighty YT on microphone duties . Keep an ear out for the remix of Chainska Brassika’s Knowledge Is King (featuring Tom Spirals); there’s some serious stepping to be done to this riddim. The closing track for this volume is more than worthy of a mention, as Space manages to deliver a transcendentally meditative dub vibe to bring the record to a close in a suitable fashion.

Volume 3 serves to retain Dreadsquad’s core values – their attitude towards mash-ups and remixes, their roots in all that is reggae – whilst also providing a sound that is refreshing, original, and showcases some of the finest up & coming talent. Whereas Volume 2 remains much more true to its roots, Volume 3 turns up the heat and brings the heat to the dance. Once again, the LP is littered with artists who are soon to be on everyone’s radar. Skarra Mucci, Zico MC, Jman, Charlie P, Million Stylez, need we say more? Riddim Machine Vol. 3 is chocked full of edits and remixes guaranteed to start a fire in any venue. The legendary Papa Michigan’s Nice Up The Dance is flipped on its head, with just the right amount of amen breaks and Reese bass to keep any junglist’s gun fingers in the air. Get Away revolves around a display of lyrical wizardry from MenaceLive, Jman and Zico MC in true cypher style. Charlie P makes a special appearance for the digi-dancehall smasher That Is Life, complete with classic 80s orchestral hits reminiscent of the foundation fashion. This one’s a dubplate; you should feel blessed to hear it!

Both volume of Riddim Machine feature artwork illustrated by Kasia Wilk. The releases will be available digitally, via most online download stores (iTunes, Juno, Bandcamp, Amazon, etc.), as well as a physical vinyl release, available at most usual vendors.

09 Oct

Freedom Train Riddim

Dreadsquad is returning with a new, exciting riddim album in early reggae style and fashion. Following a vocal contest launched in May 2017 (which met great interest and resulted with many contestants), after long debates ten best voices were chosen and this selection is now presented to you as Freedom Train Riddim album. It contains ten winning tracks plus an instrumental version of the riddim.

Artist: Dreadsquad & V.A.
Title: Freedom Train Riddim
Format: Digital Download
Genre: Early Reggae
Label: Superfly Studio
Cat.No: SF036
Release date: 06.10.17
Artwork: Marek Bogdanski

01 – Takeyce-Ti – Freedom Train
02 – Daphne Bluebird – Little Little Lies
03 – Dawid Albaaj – Mary Jane
04 – M-Syla – Police
05 – Puppa Djoul – 45 style
06 – OCM – Watch here
07 – Nico Royale – Tear down the wall
08 – Neekoshy – The one
09 – Drag Dregae – Si tu quieres
10 – Mista Wicked – Stark wia a Löwe
11 – Dreadsquad – Freedom Train Riddim

Bandcamp: https://dreadsquad.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-train-riddim

soundcloud promomix: https://soundcloud.com/dreadsquad/dreadsquad-freedom-train-riddim-promomix

15 Aug

Dreadsquad – Indian Gyal Riddim

Check out this new release from Dreadsquad – Indian Gyal Riddim – traditional Indian Bhangra music meets heavy 808 beat with some reggae influences.

8 new tracks featuring Ward 21 (Kunley Da Kulprit), Kasia Malenda, Cham Phoenix, General Zooz & BawariBasanti, Doubla J, Cheeba, DCD, M-Syla. Riddim version included.

artwork photo: Marek Bogdański
model: Sakshi Kakkar
Mixed & Mastered @ Superfly Studio
Tumbi: Kush Arora

12 Jun

Rolling Thunder Riddim & other new releases from Dreadsquad

I’m happy to announce that after year of break from running my label Superfly Studio, I’m getting back to this business with many forthcoming releases. Label’s schedule for next few month looks quite impressive with almost 50 new tunes.

Dreadsquad & VA – Rolling Thunder Riddim (June)
Dreadsquad & VA – Indian Gyal Riddim (July)
Dreadsquad & VA – Get Lovely Riddim (August)
Dreadsquad & VA – Riddim Machine vol 2 (reggae & dub selection) (October)
Dreadsquad & VA – Riddim Machine vol 3 (dancehall and beyond) (October)

First release called Rolling Thunder Riddim is already out exclusively on my Bandcamp. In few weeks it will appear in other digital outlets (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Junodownload and more).

EP contains 4 new tunes from artists like Kojo Neatness (JA) & Gardna (UK), Kasia Malenda (PL) & Jman (UK), I-mitri Counteraction (GR/UK) and Christophe Rigaud (FR) from The High Reeds and Instrumental version by Dreadsquad.

Artwork was designed by Luis Montero Velasco who won my graphic competition on Facebook. Congratulations!

20 Mar

Vocal competition – the results

vocal competition 2

It’s been a while since my last entry on this page but today we have some important news for all of you.

As some of you might know from my facebook page, recently I organised a vocal competition for reggae singers and MC’s. There were a download link to a zip file with 3 Dreadsquad riddims: Get Lovely (early Reggae), Last Tune (UK Dub) and So Nice (Dem Bow).

The pack was downloaded over 800 times and I received about 40 tunes back, which I call a great result. We got tunes from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Russia and many European countries. Wow!

At this point I would like to thank all the people who participated in the contest. It means a lot for me. In my eyes you are all winners but unfortunately the prize is one. Well, in fact not one. Because the level was so high I couldn’t pick just one song for my forthcoming album Dreadsquad – Riddim Machine vol. 2 & 3 so I decided to give the prize to two very talented singers. Congratulations goes to Takeyce – Ti (Montreal / Canada) and Monkey Jhayam (Sao Paulo / Brazil).

That’s not all. I got so many great songs that I decided to pick some of those recorded on Get Lovely Riddim and release it as One Riddim Compilation that will follow The Riddim Machine album. Singers chosen for the compilation: Daphne Bluebird, Gadamgadamgadam, Dawid Albaaj, M-Syla, Nico Royale, Quido, Neekoshy, Puppa Djul, Ocm, Mista Wicked. Great job! Congratulations. Also Lucky from France did really good job with two songs that have not been chosen.

This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the rest of the songs. Some of them sounds great. Hopefully this will not be the last contest. All the songs that were not chosen might be uploaded to Soundcloud and Youtube.

Now I need to mix the acapellas and make a mastering so the results will be heard in few weeks.