Superfly Studio SF005
Dreadsquad & Lady Chann – Island Lovin
Artist: Dreadsquad & Lady Chann
Title: Island Lovin
Format: 12" vinyl & Digital Download (including bonus tracks)
Genre: soca / dancehall / bashment / UK funky / UK garage
Label: Superfly Studio
Artwork: Superfly Design
Photo: Rafal Jakuszczonek
Lady Chann (London / UK) has been part of North West London’s vibrant Suncycle crew since it’s conception, and now she's branching out alone, and bringing her unique talent to a wider audience.
Well schooled in reggae music from an early age by her soundman father, the rhythms of Studio One, Trojan and Treasure Isle soundtracked her childhood. Chanelle’s mother recognised her keen musical interest from an early age and encouraged her to take up piano, flute, trombone, french horn and even the drums, alongside the singing lessons that set her on the path.
Fast forward to 2009 and Chann has been deep in the studio with some of the UK's hottest producers, working on tracks for her debut album. She worked with South Rakkas, Todla T, Warrior One and Sticky.
Live, Lady Chann is a force to be reckoned with. Having served her apprenticeship as part London's premier dancehall crew she is a true microphone controller, her husky voice and trademark flow setting her apart from the pack, and tearing up the hottest clubs across the UK and beyond.
Dreadsquad – producer/DJ duo created in Lodz in 2001 and consisting of Marek Bogdanski (Selecta MMF: DJ, producer, graphic designer, promoter) and Lukasz Rodziewicz (DJ Funksion). In 2003 and 2004 they won the Polish Sound Clash.
They have cooperated with the cream of the Polish reggae and hip hop scene. So far Dreadsquad instrumentals have been used by such artists as Marika, East West Rockers, Ras Luta, Junior Stress, Kacezet, Natural Dread Killaz, O.S.T.R., Pablopavo, Reggaenerator, Tede, Numer Raz, Grubson and many more.
They have also worked with many European and Jamaican reggae artists (e.g. Ward 21, Tenor Fly, Top Cat, General Levy, U Brown, Milion Stylez, Lady Chann, Tipa Irie, Jah Mason, Perfect, Dr Ring Ding)
Apart from hundreds of gigs in Poland, they have also performed in many European countries (including Portugal, Holland, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania) as well as the USA (New York, Miami and Chicago) and Canada (Toronto).
Dreadsquad’s songs and gigs are the fusion of reggae, dancehall, ska, rocksteady and hip-hop. The duo freely mixes genres, plays with sounds and bases their music on deep bass and broken rhythm. They often combine Jamaican music with modern sounds of Breakbeat, Jungle, Dubstep and Garage.
According to the musicians themselves, their music – being energetic and lively – is made for dancing and having fun. And they are right. Go to one of their gigs and you will surely hit the dance floor. Music is their passion, hobby, way of life and it shows.
So far Dreadsquad have released four mixtapes, two full-length producers albums and many vinyl singles which made it into the top of the best dj-shops in Europe.
Dreadsquad’s mash ups can be always found in the record cases of such pieoneers of the genre as J Star, Upstate Rockers, Mr Blennd or even Daddy G [Massive Attack]. They are among a few Polish artists who have been bootlegged abroad - two of their mash ups have been released as 7” single of the unknown origin.