Every summer, or in this case fall, we assemble a compilation of agrarian beats, a special line-up of rhythms and vocals that reflect the farm, the season, and our sentiments. We started this tradition in 2013 inspired by a mixtape love letter to the parks that birthed hiphop and have continued since with fervor and joy, and with inspiration from our friend, Thomas Payne, and the consummate Kid Hops. Heaps of thanks to all the fine musicians honoring and celebrating life, the land, honest work, and all delicious things. We hope you enjoy listening to this montage as much as we enjoyed mixing it up.
You’ll hear in this year’s selection a cool, slow start to the season, an atypical jaunt off-farm mid-growing frenzy, and heaps of gratitude for our incredible farm sitters (shout out to Marci, Regina and Tom K).
For more good riddims, check out our previous compilations: vol. 1, vol.2, side C, vol.4, and vol.5, and vol. 6. Agrarian riddims mix-tape vol.7 is available as a youtube playlist here or tune into individual tracks below. We also hear that there have been Spotify playlists made for past compilations, but you’ll have to find those on your own.
Chronixx :: I Can
Hortense Ellis :: Jah Created the World
The Heptones :: Garden of Life
Tarrus Riley :: Farmer’s Anthem
Mungo’s Hi-Fi featuring Black Champagne :: Working Harder
Clinton Fearon with Sherine Fearon :: Gimme Some
Juliette Ashby :: Grow Like a Seed
Peter Metro :: Vegetable Dish
Moken Nunga :: Your Sun is Rising
Rico Rodriguez :: Work Song
Burning Spear :: Travelling
Koffee :: Toast
Noah Powa :: Nah Nyam It
Marcia Griffiths :: Green Grasshopper
Tenna Star :: Flowers in my Garden
Sam Carty :: Life is a Flower
Tonton David :: Big Up Les Fermiers
Dub Dynasty :: Monsoon Come
Captain Cumbia :: Garden of Love
And it feels silly that it took us six years of making these playlists to come across Aurora Innovations and their mixes. Check them out if you want even more farming inspired reggae.
Shared with love and big thanks,
Jeremy and Trish