As 2014 now has passed its midpoint Reggaemani has collected 25 reggae and dancehall favourites so far. It can be hard to grasp just how much great music that is released every day and every week. It’s tons. So the list below might be of some help to navigate in the heavily competitive and extremely productive reggae industry.
The past six months have been great and lots of tunes have lingered in my memory for weeks, for example Zagga’s uplifting Attitude of Gratitude, Protoje & Chronixx’ hip-hop flavoured Who Knows and Morgan Heritage’s soulful Put it On Me.
If I was to select only one favourite song and only one favourite riddim it would have to be Cornell Campbell & Burro Banton’s Pressure and Jugglerz’ Penthouse riddim. Luckily I’m not a victim of such limitations.
The list below is presented in no particular order and the songs included are only singles or tracks taken from compilations. If you are curious about the songs you can download this Spotify playlist with 23 out of 25 tracks.
Artist – song title (label/riddim)
Chan Dizzy – Informer (Frequent Flyer Records)
Kelissa & Chronixx & Kazemde – Winna (Anbessa Productions & Zinc Fence Records)
Konshens – The Journey (Irievibrations Records)
Jah Sun – Never Give Up (House of Riddim)
Raging Fyah – Jah Glory (Frankie Music)
Stephen Marley & Sizzla & Capleton – Rockstone (Ghetto Youths International)
Bugle – Anoited
Mr. Benn & Champian – Everytime (Nice Up! Records/Stars)
Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – Smokin’ Love (Roughwood Records)
Protoje & Chronixx – Who Knows (Overstand Entertainment)
Collie Buddz – Thank the Almighty (TJ Records/Peace and Love)
Cornell Campbell & Burro Banton – Pressure (Muti Music/I’m Living)
Loyal Flames – Go Hard (Maximum Sound/Jah Blessings)
Sizzla – Away With the Violence (Irie Ites/Soulful Spirit)
Sound Dynamiq & Skarra Mucci – Revolution
Lukie D – Calling (Akom Records/Way Back)
Zagga – Attitude of Gratitude (Liv Up Records/Zion Train)
Lutan Fyah – Roll it Up (Irievibrations/Village)
Demarco – Rise to the Top (Deadline Recordz/New Day)
Burro Banton – Inna Mi Legue (Jugglerz Records)/Penthouse)
Busy Signal/Christopher Martin – Lock Di Endz (Weedy G Soundforce)
Randy Valentine & LionHeart – Sound the Alarm (Hemp Higher Records)
Addis Pablo – Road to Addis (JahSolidRock)
Morgan Heritage – Put it on Me (JukeBoxx Productions)
Bushman & Skarra Mucci – Pretty Looks (Flash Hit Records/Pretty Looks)