It can be tricky keeping up with the current wave of Jamaican Bashment artists, partly due to the fact that I find the levels of nihilism, materialism, misogyny and throwaway violence in much of the lyrics slightly nauseating, and the lack of depth often permeates through the production itself. To put it simply, I’m not feeling it. However, that said there is still a number of artists who keep piquing my interest and Alexx A-Game is right up there.
It helps that my first encounters were his Swing Ting collaborations, the Manchester based label have a strong knack in spinning that end of Jamaican music into underground UK friendly flavours that bang. He popped up with Fox and Serocee on the Famous Eno track ‘Gangsters’, as well as Swing Ting’s own productions ‘Free Up Your Mind’ and ‘A-Game Every Day’. Swing Ting also released their edits of his track ‘Braver’. If you’ve not heard any of these then a good place to start is the Swing Ting Presents Alexx A-Game mixtape.
Outside of there, his other collaborations include ‘High’ with Germany’s Ghetto Vanessa for Equiknoxx’s label and ‘Superwoman (Remix)’ with Blossom & Hot16 out of Portland, Oregon. His straight up Bashment tracks still carry a positive vibe and on Irievibrations’ Gratitude Riddim he went full Roots & Culture on the same riddim as Anthony B, Exco Levi and Gentleman (with Konshens – who is perhaps a good comparison for a similar more established artist).
This particular track is on the Lion Pride Riddim which originally surfaced last year with tracks from Agent Sasco, UK singer Bud and Gregory Isaacs (not sure on the story there) amongst others. The riddim is produced by Flow Productions and Upsetta Records out of LA and must have proven popular as they’ve now released a second wave, which aside from Alex includes Bugle, Busy Signal and Tanya Stephens. It follows a similar acoustic style to Alex’s 2016 track ‘Rise Up Now’ but with more of a Nyabinghi vibe, I have it on heavy rotation right now.