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.
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
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
New T-Shirts and baseball caps are available in our store
Beside classic snap backs and truckers caps we also have 2 models of caps that will fit people with Dreadlocks. It’s called Flexfit and you can find it here and here
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!
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.
Artist: Dreadsquad & Blackout JA Title: World Destruction Format: Digital Download Genre: Reggae, Dub, Raggamuffin, Rub a Dub, Bass, EDM, World Music Label: Superfly Studio Cat.No: SF032 Release date: 18.03.16 Artwork: Marek Bogdański, Anna Jędrzejak
A wonderful thing when 2 people come together from different corners of the world and unite through music, sharing their experiences and building blocks to support shared ideas. This is exactly what happened with Dreadsquad and Blackout JA when, at Uprising Festival, Slovakia, the pair met, bonded and decided to spend a week writing and recording to produce what is now the main body of ‘World Destruction’.
The result, as Dreadsquad feels, ‘is at the same time very diverse and cohesive’ and this is down to a number of things; namely the production techniques used, the style of Blackouts vocals and the natural way that all of the songs came together to reflect the current atmosphere of the world.
Subject matters of the songs move through corruption, poverty, mind control, war on drugs, police brutality and the destruction of the world we are living in but they also highlight positivity and solutions spreading love and giving people hope.
The 2 singles being lifted from the album, ‘Last Tune’ and ‘A Girl Like You’, will be put to good use on both the radio and dance floor, then the album as a whole takes in many different genres; Roots Reggae, Digital / Raggamuffin, UK Steppas, Rub a Dub with influences of World Music and EDM.
“Last Tune” is the first single from the forthcoming Dreadsquad album with Blackout JA – ‘World Destruction’. The track started life in San Francisco as a collaboration with Kush Arora then later Bristolian brass section Smerins Anti-Social Club added the next layer and finally Blackout came with the finishing move. Last Tune was ready to finish the dance.
This is Heavy UK Steppers style – designed for take the remaining crowd in the dance all the way through to when the lights go up. This is raw energy through and through and as Blackout shouts to the people to get even more energy it perfectly illustrates the relationship between the party and the selector.
Second single taken from the album is “A girl Like You”. The original track written and performed by Edwin Collins is a classic piece of music that throughout his childhood had influenced Dreadsquad without him even realising it and then when in his later years he heard it played in a taxi he knew right away that he had to make a Reggae version of it. It’s this relationship with the song that makes this cover authentic.
The lyrics are strong and unique whilst the melody is infectious, and the way that Blackout delivers the song with his rough, raspy tone gives a whole new angle for everyone who hears it to enjoy. It’s the first time that Blackout has recorded a cover and it’s one of two love songs that feature on their album ‘World Destruction’.
Dreadsquad and Blackout JA will be performing their album ‘World Destruction’ across Europe throughout 2016