Wired Magazine: Jamaica Birthed the Mash-up

I just ran across this great article from Wired Magazine, my favorite Tech and Tech Culture periodical. Writer Scott Thill, draws a clear line from the birth of Dub Version and Reggae covers to our current Mash-Up culture. This connection is evidenced by Trojan Records 40th Anniversary, and their recent compilations.

“A host of musical all-stars — from reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce — have put together collections of classic Trojan tracks showcasing the indelible impact reggae has made on hip-hop, rock and electronic music over the last four decades.

Certainly, the genre’s cutting-edge production techniques and intoxicant-friendly island vibe have earned it the highest respect among producers, musicians and DJs. But it is the reggae producers’ penchant for turning out remixes and cover versions of popular songs that has left the biggest impression on today’s share-alike digital culture.

Link to the Wired Article.

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