From Stockholm to Compton, this was a night showcasing some very unique styles of reggae music from two different parts of the globe. Hailing from Compton Los Angeles, of Hawaiian and Samoan heritage, J Boog brings the island vibes with a very laid back Polynesian soul influenced style of roots reggae. In support of J Boog was Million Stylez. Million was born and raised in Stolkholm, Sweden, and is half Japanese and French. Growing up among mostly migrants he learned to respect different cultures and started experimenting with hip hop at a young age. A little later he discovered reggae music and is now one of the number one dancehall artists in Europe. Together they put on an amazing show, highlighting different sides of reggae music.
Listen: Million Stylez & Joey Fever – Young Guns (Come Down Riddim)
Listen: Million Stylez – So Di Ting Set (Costra Nostra Riddim)
In it’s first year, Musica is a smaller scale festival at Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park with a really cool line up. Maybe a little to cool to draw a massive festival crowd, it was a refreshingly, easy going, dickhead free day of good music. Rather than fighting crowds of sweaty muscle bound boofheads, dividing your time between 7 stages of the same old acts, Musica was just one stage of smaller amazing new artists. Perfect sunny weather for enjoying the likes of SBTRKT, Lunice, Ghostpoet, Baths, Electic Wire Hustle, Mitzi, Bon Chat Bon Rat, Tiger & Woods and Simon Caldwell. Brilliant day. Let’s hope it becomes a regular fixture in the festival calendar.
Listen: SBTRKT – Nervous ft Jessie Ware from Nervous EP
Listen: SBTRKT – Something Goes Right ft Sampha from SBTRKT