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Romantic reggae relicks from Richie Stephens

hämtaIn the mood for some powerful singing, bedroom lyrics and contemporary relicks of classic Jamaican riddims? Then Richie Stephens’ latest album Real Reggae Music will make you drool.

Richie Stephens is a classically trained singer with a warm and passionate voice who over the years has done his fair share of cover versions, including pop and R&B gems from Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Tom Jones. He has also worked for soul giant Motown Records and spent some time singing in Soul II Soul.

Real Reggae Music collects 14 tracks, of which most are previously unreleased, produced by Danny Brownie, Radiation Squad, Steelie & Clevie and Donovan Germain. If you have a decent reggae collection you’ll probably recognize most of the riddims, such as The Uniques’ rocksteady anthem My Conversation or Johnny Clarke’s dismal None Shall Escape the Judgement. The most recognizable track is however an up-tempo version of Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry.

It has been a while since Jamaican romantic crooners Sanchez, Singing Melody and Lukie D dropped albums, and while you wait for those you should give this mature set a spin.

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