Editors' Notes If the roots sound is reggae’s heartbeat and dub is its soul, then dancehall is surely its flesh and blood. But as much as it's evolved since the late '70s and early '80s, when digital technology was first introduced, dancehall still boils down to the raw sound of a deejay toasting over a hot riddim. This playlist collects tunes from today’s premier microphone technicians, who continue to live by Joseph Cotton's immortal words—put another way, “lickwood” still means “rewind”! We regularly update these selections—if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

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