Born to fly: Ticklah is the name behind a Brooklyn sound

July 10th, 2013


When I asked Victor Axelrod to play records at my party Tropical Storms in Brooklyn, I knew he was deeply involved in producing reggae music in BK. But then I started collecting all the records that Ticklah — as he’s better known — has had a hand in.


And there were just. so. many. incredible. tracks.


Ticklah worked on my favorite Amy Winehouse track, “Valerie,” the uptempo mix on Mark Ronson’s Version album.



He played keys on Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” and those are his handclaps on the track. (!!!)


He’s just generally a beast on keys.


He was a founding member of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. And Brooklyn reggae supergroup the Easy Star All-Stars.



He worked on one of the most popular reggae records in recent history, Dub Side of the Moon, a tribute to Pink Floyd.



He’s been putting out solo work since ’98, and running his own recording studio Don’t Trip in Gowanus since 2001.


He’s an avid collector of reggae records, with dalliances into funk and soul.


In an era of disposable music, his musicianship is apparent throughout all of his tracks.


He is the living, breathing truth, ladies and gentlemen.


And he doesn’t DJ out that often, but he’ll do an all-vinyl set alongside yours truly Robzilla at Battery Harris beer garden on Thursday night (July 11, 2013), from 8pm to 1am.


There are Red Stripe specials and great West Indian food.


And tunes, zeen???


Here’s a Ticklah playlist on Spotify to get you started.