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