The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009
Greensleeves Records - Groove Attack
September 25, 2009

Mr. Williamz - The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems (2009) Track list
  1. Genesis - Lutan Fyah
  2. Dem Nah Learn - Queen Ifrica
  3. Humbleness - Alborosie
  4. No Air - Lukie D & M'Lonie
  5. Heaven In Your Eyes - Gappy Ranks
  6. Missing You Right Now - Da'Ville
  7. Can't Say I Never Tried - Beres Hammond
  8. Automatic (Keeping It Real) - Marcia Griffiths & Busy Signal
  9. Alton's Medley - Romain Virgo
  10. Acres - Capleton
  11. Vibes - Glen Washington
  12. Hot A Road - Peetah & Assassin
  13. Be Aware - Luciano
  14. Nothin' Wrong With The World - Junior Kelly
  15. No Cigarette - Mr. Williamz
  16. Gonna Leave You - Ziggi
  17. Gwaan Bear - Sizzla
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In the last four years Greensleeves' "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems" releases obviously weren't only a pleasant way to collect a great share of the harvest of successful nu-roots singles for non 7" buyers like me, but seemingly were a pleasant way to collect revenues from not as one-riddim-album licensed riddims for Greensleeves. And now the fifth annual volume has been released, "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009" and unlike the last two year, and even more contrary to the first two editions, not a double CD, not even a CD combined with a DVD. Nevertheless this edition (of which the promo-copy comes courtesy of Münster, Germany based reggae-shop Irie Records providing world-wide mail-order as well.

The album opens with Lutan Fyah and his strong "Genesis" recorded for Chris Hart's new Blackblood label, followed by young roots empress Queen Ifrica with her excellent "Dem Nah Learn" across Juke Boxx' 'Nylon'-riddim and one of the latest additions to Greensleeves' artist-roster, Italo-Jamaican Alborosie with "Humbleness" from his just released strong official debut album on Greensleeves "Escape From Babylon". Lukie D alongside M'Lonie delivers a wonderful cover of Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air" before UK DJ turned singer Gappy Ranks delivers his current superhit "Heaven In Your Eyes" over the Peckings produced relick of Bob Marley & The Wailers' 'Soul Rebel' laid by Mafia & Fluxy.

One of reggae's most soulful young crooners Da'Ville delivers his strong self-produced "Missing You Right Now" before veteran soul-reggae crooner Beres Hammond chips in with "Can't Say I Never Tried" followed by the Penthouse Records hit-combination over the riddim with the same name "Automatic" a.k.a. "Keeping It Real" pairing the grand old lady of reggae Marcia Griffiths with DJ Busy Signal. 'Digicell Rising Stars 2007' discovery Romain Virgo, now a certified hit-maker, impresses with his very fine tribute to one of Jamaica's legendary soulful singers, the late and great Alton Ellis with "Alton's Medley", followed by one of the strongest tunes that Capleton recorded recently, the phenomenal "Acres" over the 'Indiscretion'-riddim from Shane Brown's Juke Boxx.

Glen Washington impresses with his "Vibes" for No Doubt Records before Peetah (Morgan) teams up with Assassin for the excellent Shane Brown production "Hot A Road" and Luciano contributes his excellent "Be Aware" over the 'Vineyard Town'-riddim from Frenchie's Maximum Sound. Junior Kelly delivers his wonderful "Nothin' Wrong With The World" produced by the Firehouse Crew and one of the UK's biggest artists Mr. Williamz is included with his massive take on Curtis Lynch Jr.'s relick of Tristan Palma's 'Joker Smoker' called "No Cigarette" for Necessary Mayhem.

Dutch (Antillean) Ziggi recorded for France's Special Delivery & T'NT the superb "Gonna Leave You" over their sweet 'Sugar'-riddim and then this excellent 5th volume of "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems" is brought to a close by Sizzla with a tune from his excellent latest (on Greensleeves released) album "Ghetto Youth-Ology", the smashing acoustic "Gwaan Bear". A great way to finish a great compilation. No extra DVD or CD, but full of BIG tunes.