VP Records and its subsidiary Greensleeves are the biggest reggae labels in the business and host a bunch of in demand artists. Reggaemani has got a glance of the release schedule for the next months and notes some familiar names.
During the first six months last year, VP dropped albums from three giants – Sizzla, Junior Kelly and Capleton. The latter two hadn’t released albums for many years and were much anticipated.
The first six months of 2011 don’t include such superstars, but there seem to be some nice albums coming out nonetheless.
VP has got a nice start with album releases from sweet songstress Etana and energy God Elephant Man. There have also been three great compilations with material from Culture, Dennis Brown and production duo Steely & Clevie.
March seems to be an interesting month with a new album from Richie Spice, his fourth for VP. Book of Job – as the album is titled – is produced in collaboration with Penthouse and its first single Black Woman sounds promising. March also offers compilations from gruff voiced deejays Tiger and Assassin aka Agent Sasco.
In April lovers rock veteran Sanchez drops his new album Love You More, his follow-up to the great Now & Forever released last year. April also sees the release of the popular Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems compilation. This compilation wasn’t released last year, but somehow managed to make it back into the release schedule.
In May up and coming dancehall singjay Chino releases his debut album. He recently dropped the EP From Mawning with tracks such as Pon Your Head and Protected. He has previously worked a lot with his producing brother Stephen “Di Genious” McGregor and the duo will hopefully continue their road to success.
During the coming six months you can also look forward to new studio albums from I Wayne, Queen Ifrica and Dutch sensation Ziggi Recado, who just put out the single Get Out.
All dates may be subject to change.
VP Records had several major album releases in the first half of 2010. But what releases can we look forward to this fall and winter? Reggaemani has got hold of the release schedule from VP and their subsidiary Greensleeves, and notes a heavy collection from an obscure British label.
In the first half of 2010, VP Records showed their muscles and released a number of releases from world know artists. Sizzla was first out in January with Crucial Times. This was followed by high-profile records including Junior Kelly and Capleton, artists who had not released full-length albums in many years.
The second half of 2010 has started off with several heavy albums. Luciano released his masterpiece United States of Africa in July, a month in which Busy Signal’s versatile D.O.B also hit the streets. And just a week ago Gappy Ranks dropped his retro sounding album debut Put the Stereo On.
Autumn and winter releases do not offer the same number of famous artists. It’s mainly reissues and compilations.
Anyone who wants to load up with material from Alpha Blondy can start celebrating. VP has scheduled to release seven of his albums, of which Cocody Rock, Apartheid Is Nazism and Jerusalem also will be released on vinyl.
There are also reissues from Johnny Osbourne and Josey Wales, and 4 CD boxes with material from the late Dennis Brown and Culture.
Releases with new artists are only a few. Energy God Elephant Man drops Dance & Sweep in November and sweet voiced Duane Stephenson’s Black Gold hits the stores in September. He wrote several songs on Luciano’s latest effort. It remains to be seen whether he saved some golden nuggets for himself.
There’s also of course a bunch of collections. Among them, Strictly the Best vol. 42 & 43, and also the weed scented Hi Grade Ganja vol. 3. The most interesting collection is however the double CD Nice Up the Dance – UK Bubblers 1984-1987, with tunes from British label UK Bubblers. Included is early material from British deejay pioneers like Pato Banton and Tippa Irie, but also the late songstress Deborahe Glasgow.