And I’m happy to say I feel the same way today. The first six months of 2012 have presented strong efforts from veterans and upcoming newcomers and dancehall and one drop alike. There have also been two sublime acoustic sets.
The album output so far also shows a healthy roots scene in Jamaica with an acclaimed set from the nowadays incarcerated dancehall deejay Busy Signal leading the way. He will hopefully have a good influence on Jamaican youths, and increase their interest in more old-fashioned reggae.
But the album output also shows that reggae is global. You don’t have to be in Kingston to record a great album. Just listen to the excellent sets from Bambú Station, Nazarenes, Winston Reedy, Lymie Murray and Skarra Mucci. These albums were mostly recorded in Europe or the U.S.
Below I have selected five of my most played albums so far this year. The competition for these five spots has been fierce between the many combatants. Compilations and reissues were ruled out at the very beginning, and I truly hope the coming six months will be as solid as the past ones.
Artist – album title (label)
Da Professor – The Laboratory (Don Corleon)
Lymie Murray – Deeper Roots (I Dwell)
Busy Signal – Reggae Music Again (VP)
Nazarenes – Meditation (I Grade)
Clinton Fearon – Heart and Soul (Chapter Two)
Curious on the albums? Check this Spotify playlist with all of them.
Later this week I’ll publish a half-year report with 15 favorite tunes. Stay tuned. More to come.