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Top ten reggae album reissues in 2017

The third and last top list in 2017 collects best reggae album reissues. As usual the list includes albums from reissue giants Pressure Sounds and Soul Jazz, but this year adds releases from German based label Cree, France’s Patate and the newly revitalized Studio One label, which has a fruitful partnership with Yep Roc Music Group.

The list below is presented in no particular order and if you’re curious about the albums make sure to check my Spotify playlist with four sets. Download the playlist here. Enjoy!

Artist – title
Various – Black Man’s Pride
A collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks and more.

Various – Studio One Supreme – Maximum 70s And 80s Early Dancehall Sounds
Comes with classics and lesser-known gems from some of Jamaica’s finest artists.

Freddie McKay – Picture On the Wall
Freddie McKay has never got the recognition he deserves. He is for sure one of Jamaica’s finest singers of all time. Listen to this set and you’ll understand why.

Lloyd Parks – Time a Go Dread
This hefty set comes with 22 track, including Slaving and its version. And the remaining 20 cuts are just as great and demonstrate Lloyd Parks’ gift for writing socially conscious lyrics and catchy melodies.

Various – Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978-87
Draws recordings from Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label and showcases a very special blend of reggae and U.S. soul and R&B. Included are covers of a number of classics.

Various – The #1 Sound: From The Vaults Vol. 1
An 18 track bonanza of rare Studio One sides featuring both the label’s top hit makers as well as some of its more obscure artists. Includes recordings from the late 60s to the early 1980s.

Various – Doing Our Thing: More Soul From Jamdown 1970-82
The follow-up to Taxi Gang in Discomix Style and collects another set of Jamaican cover versions of U.S. soul and R&B tunes.

Early B – Ghost Busters
Killer deejay album originally released in 1985 that has cried to be reissued.

Lloyd Parks & We The People – Meet The People
Excellent roots album from bass man Lloyd Parks and his band We the People Band.

Horace Andy – Good Vibes
Collection of discomix singles from the 70s originally released on Blood & Fire and now reissued by VP Records. Excellent versions of Horace Andy classics, including the mighty Skylarking.

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Top 30 reggae songs in 2017

The second top list in 2017 collects best reggae songs and the year has been pretty strong, especially the first six months. As usual the list collects both rising hopefuls and veterans. Most artists are from the Caribbean, but a few are from Europe and the U.S.

Glad that Jamaican falsetto singer Courtney John is back as a solo singer and his Yes We Are is a beautiful slice of mellow reggae. Other noteworthy highlights include the ferocious combination of Sizzla, Capleton and Fantan Mojah on Monkey Marc’s No Surrender, Burro Banton’s brutal Nah Sell Out on a wicked relick on the Kunta Kinte riddim and two ethereal singles from Hollie Cook’s much anticipated third studio album slated for release early next year.

The best track of the year is however Priceless on Frenchie’s Skank & Rave riddim. It’s a delicious slice of infectious and bouncy dancehall delivered by Michie One, Louchie Lou, Ding Dong and Bravo.

The list is as usual presented in no particular order and the cuts included are only singles or tracks taken from compilations. If you are curious about the tunes you can download a Spotify playlist with all tracks. Download the Spotify playlist here and I hope you will enjoy the music as much as I do.

Artist – song title (riddim)
Treesha & Skarra Mucci – Love You Like 123 (Better Days)
Samory I – Rasta Nuh Gangsta
Tippa Lee – Salute the Veteran
Mista Savona & Solis & Randy Valentine – Carnival
Courtney John – Yes We Are
Jesse Royal – Hold the Faith (Reggae Fest)
RSNY – Wildfire (What to Do)
Lukie D – Lock Dem Down (Replay)
Lutan Fyah – Things Are Not the Same
Burro Banton – Nah Sell Out (Kunta Kinte)
Monkey Marc & Fantan Mojah & Capleton & Sizzla – No Surrender (No Surrender)
Damian Marley – Medication
Jesse Royal – Fyah Fyah (Real Life Story)
Michie One, Louchie Lou, Ding Dong & Bravo – Priceless (Skank & Rave)
Kabaka Pyramid – Can’t Breathe
Hollie Cook – Angel Fire
Mungo’s Hi Fi & Eva Lazarus – Amsterdam
RDX – Shake Your Bam Bam
Irie Souljah – Dreader Than Dread
Alborosie – Living Dread
Jesse Royal & Jo Mersa Marley – Generation
O.B.F & Sr. Wilson – Rub A Dub Mood
Eesah – Tell No Lie
Chevaughn, Ronaldo, Nerry, Mountain, Sherieta & Tammi T – Shine (Body & Soul)
Randy Valentine – Officer Barage (67)
Hollie Cook – Freefalling
Randy Valentine – Just In Time
Estelle & Tarrus Riley – Love Like Ours
Fyakin – Steamin
Koffee – Burning (Ouji)

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Top 20 reggae albums in 2017

It’s December and that means holiday and lists. Reggaemani will present top lists featuring albums, songs and reissues. And I kick things off with 20 albums that rocked my world in the past year.

The list below is diverse with several different countries, styles and genres represented. Included are artists from Jamaica, the U.S., France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK covering roots, dancehall, dub, ska, jazz and hip-hop.

The list below is presented in no particular order and if you’re curious about the albums make sure to check my Spotify playlist with 18 sets. Download the playlist here. Enjoy!

Artist – title
Mista Savona – Havana Meets Kingston
A historical musical meeting and the warm compositions bubble with energy and sincerity.

Ken Boothe – Inna de Yard
A heartfelt and genuine album produced with love and care for reggae music.

Randy Valentine – New Narrative
A personal album where Randy Valentine guides the listener through his life journey so far. It’s personal and intimate and throughout the set he conveys the power to manifest one’s own destiny and take responsibility for one’s own actions.

Red Foot & The Shades – Children’s Prayer
A dreamy, emotional and soothing masterpiece recorded and mixed with analogue equipment and powered by devout musical and spiritual perspectives.

Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns to Conquer
Classic album for a new generation of dub fans.

Jesse Royal – Lily of da Valley
Showcases Jesse Royal’s sparkling and versatile vocal delivery and sense for infectious melodies and hooks. It’s certainly a well-rounded debut offering a little something for everyone.

The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again
A cover album that’s far from nostalgic. The Expanders put their signature mark on every track with vintage vibes and a vocal style reminiscent of reggae from the late 60s.

Mr. Williamz & Green Lion Crew – The General Comes to Town
Mr. Williamz’ flow is as usual flawless and the beats and riddims he rides are ultra-solid and rock-hard.

L’Entourloop – Le savoir faire
With Le savoir faire L’Entourloop has created a playful and clever album taking the very best from reggae, dancehall and hip-hop. A bona-fide head-nodder with less than zero dull moments.

Ras Zacharri & MNIB – Love Over Hate
Ras Zacharri’s warm and raspy voice suits these elegant, and sometimes militant, riddims and arrangements very well.

Lutan Fyah – Music Will Never Die
Comes with clever and detailed arrangements, infectious melodies and passionate and earnest performances from Lutan Fyah.

Stand High Patrol – The Shift
Stand High Patrol’s sound and Pupajim’s broken English might not be for everyone and The Shift is far from the reggae mainstream. But if you’re in the mood for jazz with a hip-hop and reggae twist, well, then this is the album for you.

Damian Marley – Stony Hill
A solid album, which would have been even better with 12 rather than 18 tracks.

Samory I – Black Gold
The riddims are majestic and the cuts often come with long instrumental parts. It’s a solid musical journey with Samory I’s heartfelt vocals and conscious lyrics on top of it all

Vin Morgan Meets Lone Ark – Give Thanks
Check the militancy of a cut like Can’t Complain Dub with its smattering percussion, haunting keys and fanfare like horns. Best of the bunch is however the bright and uplifting Gimme the Vibes.

Chronixx – Chronology
With Chronology Chronixx expands the roots reggae horizon and in a few years this album will rank as one of reggae’s landmark albums.

Mark Wonder – Dragon Slayer
His voice has improved over the years, but he still sounds a lot like the late and great Garnett Silk. His singing is emotional and powerful and he delivers these cultural and militant numbers with melody and soul.

Courtney John – Ecosystem
His velvety and heartfelt voice flows like a river over the well-crafted rhythms. Highly recommended.

Keith & Tex – Same Old Story
The harmonies are tight and many of the cuts have a melancholic feel to them. And the duo covers themes from broken hearts to the refugee crisis in Syria.

Kristine Alicia – Songs From Zion
Kristine Alicia, who is a trained pianist and has released a gospel- inspired reggae album, is a remarkable singer and together with producer Rorystonelove she has created a musical masterpiece.

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The 20 best reggae songs of 2017 so far

The midpoint of 2017 is behind us, and that’s why it’s necessary to sum up the first six months. Below is a list of 20 reggae and dancehall cuts released this year that I have been spinning quite frequently. Some have even been on repeat, like Samory I’s militant Rasta Nuh Gangsta, Mista Savona’s sweaty Carnival, Lukie D’s sondbwoy slayer Lock Dem Down and Monkey Marc’s No Surrender, a cut also featuring Sizzla, Capleton and Fantan Mojah. Yes, you read it right. Those three on the same track. It’s ridiculous. I know.

The first six months have been rather strong with a many strong contenders, but you need to draw the line somewhere. And 20 seemed about right.

The list is as usual 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 a Spotify playlist with all cuts. Download the Spotify playlist here and I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.

Artist – song title (riddim)
Treesha & Skarra Mucci – Love You Like 123 (Better Days riddim)
Samory I – Rasta Nuh Gangsta
Tippa Lee – Salute the Veteran
Mista Savona & Solis & Randy Valentine – Carnival
Courtney John – Yes We Are
Macka B – The Rastaman
Jesse Royal – Hold the Faith (Reggae Fest riddim)
RSNY – Wildfire (What to Do riddim)
Lukie D – Lock Dem Down (Replay riddim)
Charly Black – You’re Perfect (World Fete riddim)
Lutan Fyah – Things Are Not the Same
Ward 21 & Sean Paul – Bend Yuh Back (Binnie Smalls remix)
Burro Banton – Nah Sell Out (Kunta Kinte riddim)
Monkey Marc & Fantan Mojah & Capleton & Sizzla – No Surrender (No Surrender riddim)
Damian Marley – Medication
Jesse Royal – Fyah Fyah (Real Life Story riddim)
Michie One – Priceless (Skank & Rave riddim)
Shumba Youth & Leo Samson – Check it Out
Kabaka Pyramid – Can’t Breathe
Jahdan Blakkamoore – Mash Down Georgetown

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