August 2017 Echo Chamber Archives

Tonight we celebrated the 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence in 1962! Of course, it’s impossible to cover the history of Reggae music in just 4 hours…but we did our best to cover a variety of artists and styles. Of course, Roots & Dub come forward! The lineup included: Derrick Morgan, Toots & the Maytals, Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Jamaicans, The Slickers, Desmond Dekker & the Aces, Errol Brown/The Supersonics, The Skatalites, Derrick Harriott, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Keith Hudson, Addis Pablo, Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters, Bim Sherman, Prince Far-I, Burning Spear, Justin Hinds & Jamaica All Stars, Jimmy Cliff, The Heptones, and many more…

With the annual Obon Lantern Lighting festival days away, the Echo Chamber took a trip to Japan tonight! On top of that the good doctor mixed in some great new tracks from Pama International, The Hempolics, Hirie, and The Bombay Royale, plus a few more dubs and tings. The trip to Japan started with Dry & Heavy along with King Jammy, and was followed by Likkle Mai, Mystica Tribe, Seijiman & Keyco, Little Tempo, Chimp Beams, Boom One Sound, and Alambic Conspiracy. And that was just the first half of the show…

After the half, babyswiss took the show just about all the way Japanese (other than the now-obligatory Upsetters’ “Na Na Hey Hey” to finish), complete with Eddi Reader guesting on a Little Tempo cut and Manu Chao collabing with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. Oki (both with and without his Dub Ainu Band) got saluted with a four-song set, YMCK chiptuned an old Haruomi Hosono goodie, and other “usual suspects” who turned up included Shiina Ringo, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Perfume and Capsule (which is what Yasutaka Nakata does when he’s not busy crafting fresh new Kyary or Perfume tracks). the only thing missing was some hot Taiko drumming, and there’ll be lots of that going on this Sunday at Como Park’s annual Obon Festival! In any case, Echo Chamber will make up for the omission next week. Na na hey hey, M-m-mmmmah!