EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking ~ Thursday 31 March 2011!

Selectors: Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, Selector JD and Mr.K
When: Thursday 31 March 2011 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)


Rest In Peace : Smiley Culture (10 February 1963 – 15 March 2011)

Smiley Culture - Cockney Translation

Smiley Culture performing at the Academy Brixton, London 6 January 1985.
Photo Courtesy of DavidCorio.com

Smiley Culture performing at Reggae Sunsplash, Crystal Palace, London 29 June 1985.
Photo Courtesy of DavidCorio.com

Smiley Culture at Polydor Records, London, UK 20 August 1986.
Photo Courtesy of DavidCorio.com

Smiley Culture - Police Officer


EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking with Special Guest Jagger ~ Thursday 24 March 2011!

Selectors: Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, Selector JD and Mr.K
When: Thursday 24 March 2011 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)
Special Guest : Jagger

Deadly Dragon Sound Presents DOWN TOWN TOP RANKING - Reggae Revive Sessions with Special Guest: Jagger (London Massive ya dun know)

Yess peoples last weeks OPERATION TOMODACHI was off the chains and Much Respect to each of everyone who pass thru. This week we continue to blaze as our ole ole ole friend Jagger passes thru on a trip from London. We've known Jagger from our days back in Chicago and the man a SERIOUS! Big tunes and a wise selection.

From The Archives : J-Reggae Selection : Mikidozan ~ Japan 一番 7" 1996!

Miki-Dozan's breakthrough tune in the J-Reggae scene... Japan Ichiban!

Miki-dozan JapJam International 7" 1996.

Check the lyrics! Listen here!

Miki's tune that truly crossed J-Reggae into the mainstream of J-Pop charts in Japan was in 2001 with his "Lifetime Respect".

Mikidozan - Lifetime Respect video

Mikidozan at Deadly Dragon Sound.

For a sampling of J-Reggae old & new check the 3/14 archive of Deadly Dragon Sounds on East Village Radio

Kodama KazufumiNatural Mystic SpecialSpecialDDS DUBMar 14
PushimKanashikute7OverheatMar 14
Papa BLive Up & RiseJapanese AcousticMar 14
MikiDozanAshita No KazeLifetime RespectMar 14
MikiDozanLifetime RespectLifetime RespectMar 14
Super Criss & Chozen LeeNagare DDS specialDDS SpecialDDS SpecialMar 14
Jing TengSweet Sound DDS SpecialDDS SpecialDDS SpecialMar 14
Jing TengWith MusicIrie IslandKoyashiMar 14
Ryo The SkywalkerSeize The DayRyo The SkywalkerBush Hunter MusicMar 14
PushimBrand NewKobushi PowerOverheatMar 14
TakafinBrand New StageKobushi PowerOverheatMar 14
Chehon4everIrie IslandKoyashiMar 14
Chozen LeeChallenge7LifestyleMar 14
Bear ManOwaranaiMar 14
Ryo The SkywalkerKokoro No TomoshibiIrie IslandKoyashiMar 14
Shingo NishinariGanbatteShingo NishinariShingo NishinariMar 14



Special Guest : Kyara from Mighty Jam Rock!

Kyara from Mighty Jam Rock passed through Deadly Dragon today.

Events : Reggae 4 Japan benefit concert ~ Thurs 21 April 2011!

What : Reggae4Japan Benefit Concert
Where : York College (9420 Guy R Brewer Blvd) Jamaica Queens NY
When : Thursday April 21 2011
Who : Mighty Crown and nuff nuff artists! More info soon come!

Events : Reeewind & Come Again ~ Mighty Crown 20th Anniversary ~ Sat 30 April 2011

What : Reeewind & Come Again ~ Mighty Crown 20th Anniv Dance!
When : Saturday April 30 2011
Who : Jah Love Muzik w/ Cocoa Tea, Capleton, Brigadier Jerry, General Trees, Charlie Chaplin & David Rodigan w/ Sanchez, Red Dragon, Flourgon, Daddy Lizard.

For more info check : http://www.irishandchin.com/

Events : Mighty Crown Anniversary Celebration inna New Jersey ~ Fri 29 April 2011!

What : Mighty Crown 20th Anniversary Celebration inna New Jersey
Where: Prince Hall (180 Irvine Turner Blvd) Newark NJ
When : Friday April 29 2011
Who : Mighty Crown, David Rodigan, Capleton

For more info check : http://irishandchin.com/

Events : Dancehall Nice Again ~ Sat 26 March 2011!

What : Dancehall Nice Again
When : Saturday March 26 2011
Who : Leroy Smart, Brigadier Jerry, Tony Tuff, Courtney Melody, Sista Nancy, Michael Palmer, Half Pint, Admiral Bailey, Anthony Malvo, Admiral Tibet, Junie Ranks w/ Kilamanjaro Sound & Afrique Sound.

Dance Dance Dance : Hanna Herbertson & Blackgold Dancers!

For those looking for some good exercise and looking to learn all of the latest dances such as Star Bwoy, Punk Rock, Big N Nasty, Nuh Beahavia, Motion... plus all of the classic reggae dances such as Bogle, Tatie, Butterfly, Wacky Dip, Jerry Springer, Willie Bounce... be sure to check Hanna Herbertson & the Blackgold NYC dancers. She holds weekly dancehall classes in both Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Blackgold dancers tribute to Mr. Wacky aka Bogle.


Fresh Repress! : Deadly Dragon Sound // Gem Star Danny Coxson Reissue Volume 1!

25 years ago a young, Trench Town born Donovan McLeod a.k.a. Danny Coxson a.k.a Ever Red stepped into a London studio. In one tuff take he created some of the most revered, most whispered about tracks of the 1980s digital revolution. And then, like some mythic Keyser Soze, he was gone.

The records that were created that day were produced and written by Danny Coxson with a great assist by the phenomenal engineer Patrick Donegan. In London, two of these tracks were released in 1988 on the SUPER TONE label with Danny Coxson being credited as EVER RED. The other tracks were released on Danny Coxson’s own label GEM STAR when he had returned to New York in 1989. Only a few hundred copies of these tunes ever existed and soon Danny was back in Jamaica unable to help promote the records.

The tunes themselves were exquisite. Working together, Coxson and Donegan managed to unearth some of the darkest, digital riddims of the era – thunderous, rolling bass music inundated with analog synth stabs and drum patterns that seemed to pre-figure some early 90s drum & bass. The sound was the perfect amalgamation of the organic depth of classic, Jamaican dub and the futuristic edge of the U.K. digital programming revolution. On top of these amazing riddims came Danny Coxson’s vocals and his skills at crafting melody with a serious, rough and rugged sing-jay style that alternated between yearning and menace, between tone and staccato speed while remaining utterly catchy. And then…well then there were the lyrics themselves. Danny Coxson had serious lyrics. He weaved together dense metaphor, story-telling and vivid commentary to paint portraits of real ghetto sufferation and survival while taking on even larger, world-wide issues. Together, these three elements acted as a Holy Trinity lifting these tunes into the strata of the incredible.

No matter the greatness of the tunes, without anyone around to promote them they soon faded into total obscurity. As the decades passed and the internet revolution ushered into the information storm of Google searches, Ebay, reggae blogs & message boards, podcasts, You Tube and the like, those handful of tracks morphed into legend. While collectors and critics had long dismissed 80s reggae, a new generation had fallen in love with the sound and soon those original Danny Coxson and Ever Red twelve inch singles were fetching astronomical prices and being spoken about in hushed tones by the most serious record fiends out there.

All of which was news to Danny Coxson himself. After he returned to Jamaica in the early 90s, he cut a few more tunes (most notably for George Lemon’s Photographer label) but primarily felt disappointed in music and soon gave it up altogether. He gradually drifted into his other love, painting, with which he has supported himself and his family with over the last 25 years; all the while his boxes of wrapped and sealed master tapes were gathering dust under his bed.

Until…Danny Coxson Googled himself. Suddenly, and to his own amazement, he began reading about himself and how much his music had touched people around the world. He saw mixes from sound systems ranging from Iceland to Japan that included his tunes, he saw label scans, he read obsessive posts about his songs on various message boards and he saw expired auctions that were hitting $500 plus. After doing some research he called Deadly Dragon Sound, a vintage reggae specialist shop based in New York City. Deadly Dragon was so excited to hear from the man that they hopped on a plane to Kingston to meet him face to face. There they found Danny Coxson, full of energy, with his voice intact and his master tapes in perfect condition. They soon developed a partnership to reissue the original tracks that came out in the 80s and to press up, for the first time, a number of unreleased songs.

Danny Coxson and Tiger Cat Kingston, November 2010

The first tunes to be released from the Danny Coxson / Deadly Dragon Sound collaboration are:

Danny Cosxon - Dem Nuh Ruff Like We (Gem Star/Deadly Dragon Sound) 7"

Danny Coxson - Hustling (Gem Star/Deadly Dragon Sound) 7"

Danny Coxson - President Botha (Gem Star/Deadly Dragon Sound) 7"

All tunes were mastered from the original tapes and pressed in New York City on high-quality virgin vinyl. The vinyl mastering was done by the legendary Paul Shields. The pressings were limited to 500 pieces.

Paul Shields mastering the tunes

With this series of reissues, the music of Danny Coxson is finally available to be heard by all lovers of reggae music. And hopefully, where once his tunes were whispered about by only the most hardcore of reggae collectors, his talents will now be recognized as an essential part of Jamaica’s storied musical history.