Legendary riddim duo Sly & Robbie have once again teamed up with Japanese reggae stars Spicy Chocolate for another slice of reggae power.
The line-up on The Reggae Power 2 is strong and diverse ranging from old and young reggae and dancehall singers like Richie Stephens, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Beenie Man and Cherine Anderson to seven piece latin pop and rock band Ozomatli and Japanese dancehall artist Ayo Ayo.
One of the most hyped cuts featured is Skip Marley’s Life. He’s son of Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley’s. It seems that each Marley is destined to be a singer and Life, which opens the collection, is a fine slice contemporary and uplifting reggae music.
The set is mostly a reggae venture, but a few dancehall joints are also included. They are however far less tasty than the reggae cuts, and TOK’s soca/dancehall/pop/house fusion Feel So High could have been left out.
Best of the bunch is easily Loyal Flames‘ gritty and passionate Make It, with its infectious chorus, and Richie Spice’s Lay Back, on which he urges people living in developing countries to change their attitude – “can’t lay back, laid back, laid back is gonna hold you back, slow go, slow go, slow go gonna spoil your show, say you live in a third world country, but you want to be a first world country, you got to learn how to accept changes, so we can move from stages to stages, one track mind just won’t work.”
Another highlight is Ozomatli’s insanely catchy and ridiculously positive Affinity with its bright horns and loud backing vocals. In attitude it’s slightly similar to John Holt’s Reggae from the Ghetto.
The first instalment of The Reggae Power was nominated for a Grammy, and the odds for another nomination is probably pretty low.