In Jamaica, reggae and dancehall are built on a set of foundation riddims: Tried-and-tested instrumental tracks which return time and again to soundtrack new songs and movements, connecting the current day’s artists and producers with the music’s deep roots.
On his latest mixtape, Riddim Salut Vol. 1, renowned Jamaican DJ/selector YAADCORE pays tribute to Jamaican riddim culture, blending exclusive dubplates from reggae music’s top names (Chronixx, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Koffee) with classic riddims (Cuss Cuss, M16, Heavenless) from the reggae canon. The result is a one-of-a-kind mixtape that’s an illuminating listen for both reggae neophytes and experts alike.
As the creator of the popular Reggae Aroma mixtape series, founder of the global party Dubwise Jamaica, and the first person to play leading lights Chronixx and Protoje over the Jamaican airwaves, YAADCORE is one of the most prominent and influential DJs working in reggae today.
Having cemented his place as a pivotal tastemaker, he is now making his mark as a producer and vocalist with his first original recordings. His debut solo track, “Ready Now,” will be out May 3rd via Delicious Vinyl Island and 12 Yaad Records. Riddim Salut — that’s Salut, with no ‘E’ — is the name of both his new mixtape series, and a new traveling party launching in 2019.