Six months of 2010 has passed and we’ve been treated lots of great albums, songs and rhythms.
It has been both known and unknown artists. For example, veterans such as Sizzla, Junior Kelly and Capleton released albums of varying quality. Unfortunately, their albums were somewhat disappointing, particularly Capleton and his I-Ternal Fire, which was too soft for my taste.
However, new and upcoming stars have done impressive efforts. Both Chezidek and Natty King have released fantastic albums. Similarly, album debutants Romain Virgo and Naptali also provided great records. It was also a great relief that the cooperation between the distant relatives Nas and Damian ”Jr Gong” Marley worked out so well.
It has also been plenty of great rhythms. Two Jamaican producers scored big time – Zion Gate provided by John John and Major & Minor Riddim from Don Corleon are two of the strongest rhythms this year. In Europe, Curtis Lynch has had his flag flying high. He released his first very own rhythm – the great Jam1 – and updated – once more – Police in Helicopter Riddim with a particularly lethal cut by Maikal X.
Going forward, there are lots of exciting releases to look out for in the coming months. For example, veteran Luciano releases his United States of Africa in July, a month in which Busy Signal and Gyptian also are expected to drop their new albums. In August, we will be treated albums from Etana, Gappy Ranks and Toussaint. Three really interesting records are expected later this fall – Franz Job, Protoje and Mellow Baku.
Until then, check out some of this year’s best albums and tunes yet.
Ten of the best tunes so far (no particular order):
Nine Lives – Mavado
Music in My Soul – Sizzla
Live Mi Life – Romain Virgo
J.A – Protoje
Live and Learn – Chezidek
Tell Me Your Name – Jimmy Riley & Fantan Mojah
Hold Yuh – Gyptian
Nah Trust Dem – Kali Blaxx
As We Enter – Nas & Damian Marley
Wildfire – Tarrus Riley