Tasha Rozez, The Large and ZJ Elektra aren’t finished with the season just yet. Asked by The 45 Shootout to take a turn at their 15 choicest dancehall reggae selections from the summer and although thousands of miles of apart—Tasha Rozez holds it down in Toronto while The Large looms over London and ZJ Elektra is one of Jamaica’s finest—each 15-track mix talks to the others through reggae, dancehall and endless summer vibes. They are available for download separately (see below) or all as one (click here to download the continuous mix).
In Jamaica, where it really is an endless summer, the vibes change without a moments notice. Here Elektra showcases dancehall’s current love for synthy party anthems from artist/producer Teetimus, Mr Vegas and Liquid and puts the ‘dance’ back into dancehall with dancers turned artists Ding Dong and Chi Ching as well as dance-floor tastemakers du jour RDX and Tommy Lee enjoying their time in the sun.
ZJ Elektra track list
1. Psycho – Tommy Lee
2. Luv D Vibes – I Octane
3. Gal A Bubble – Konshens
4. More Rum – Patexx & ZJ Liquid
5. Feeling The Vibe – G Whizz
6. Summer Wave – Ding Dong, Teetimus & Bugle (Summer Wave Riddim)
7. When Mi Party – Popcaan (Summer Wave Riddim)
8. Yolo – Chi Ching (Negril Weekend Riddim)
9. Summer Time – Ding Dong & Teetimus (Negril Weekend Riddim)
10. Rave Til A Morning – Bugle, Jahmel, Propa Fade & Vybrant (Negril Weekend Riddim)
11. Pull Up Remix – Angelique Sabrina & Tifa
12. Jump – RDX
13. Party Tun Up – Vegas
14. Bubble Hard – Konshens
15. Dash Wata – Elephant Man
ZIP FM provides a soundtrack to a nation and ZJ Elektra is the one who gets to pick the sounds. She’s also the only female member of DJ Whoo Kid’s Shadyville Caribbean deejay network.
Tasha Rozez, founder of Gunz N Rozez sound system in Toronto, Canada, came to the entertainment business through the heated atmosphere of the sound clash business. Rozez shows she’s ready to party hard armed with summer selections from Cham, Popcaan and Mavado. Still, her hardcore credentials are clearly intact with crucial contributions from Bounty Killer, Aidonia and even an exclusive by Konshens.
Tasha Rozez track list
1. Affairs of the Heart – Damian Marley
2. So Mi Tan – Konshens
3. Ride – Bounty Killer
4. Tun Up – Cham ft O
5. Dweet We A Dweet – Vybz Kartel
6. Yah Suh Nice – Potential Kid
7. Bubble Gyal a Bubble (dubplate) – Konshenz
8. Party Mi Say- Vybz Kartel
9. Party Shot – Popcaan
10. Settle Down – Mavado
11. Caribbean Girls – Adonia
12. Wine – Baby Cham ft O
13. Love the Vibes – I Octane
14. Box of Money – Mavado
15. When Mi Party – Popcaan
Between winning the 2002 Female World Clash and taking home the Pioneer/Stylus Female DJ of the Year award in 2012, Tasha Rozez managed to fit in recordings with Kardinal Offishal and Wio K while leaving a trail of bruised sound bwoys behind her.
“This mix is all about summer vibes, making sure to represent for the UK sound along the way.” So says The Large. Starting with UK dancehall trendsetter Stylo G, to lyricist Gappy Ranks and an appearance from the UK’s raving kings, Toddla T and Cass Lowe, to Jamaican hit-makers Mr Vegas, Konshens and Popcaan, not to mention a well placed Machel Montano, all we know is that the summer vibe in the UK sounds great.
The Large track list
1. Wayne Marshall – Real God Bless
2. Gappy Ranks – Wine Pon Di Edge
3. Konshens & Quickcook – Party Turn
4. Vybz Kartel – Party Me Say
5. Cham – Drop It
6. I-Octane – Love Di Vibes
7. Konshens – Stop Sign
8. Konshens – Do Sumn
9. Machel Montano – Go Down
10. Konshens – Mad Mi
11. Mr Vegas – Bruk it down
12. RDX – Jump
13. Stylo G – More Ganja
14. Popcaan – Get Gyal Easy (Toddla T & Cass Lowe remix)
15. Kerwin Du Bois – Bacchanalist
The Large is a DJ, writer and founder of London dancehall brand Shimmy Shimmy – producers of print zine No Ice Cream Sound. Art In the Dancehall, the 2012 exhibit she co-curated with Al Fingers, was recently shown in the UK in partnership with Puma, BASS Festival and Jamaica50.
shimmyshimmy.co.uk / @itsthelarge