Reggae Gold 2010
VP Music Group
July 4, 2010
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Here's VP Records' latest installment of their immensely popular "Reggae Gold" series (seventeen years running now!!) features 18 current and hot tracks. Besides the well-known fact that the label's annual hits round-up strongly aims at the newer fans, the compilation now contains a wider range of styles than its predecessors, obviously to make it easier to enter the crossover market.
The selection opens with Gyptian's chart topping single Hold You, a tune that surfaced at the beginning of this year. Next comes the summer blazing feel good, reggae fusion tune Holiday from Ding Dong featuring Chevaughn Clayton. This tune is buzzing in dances from Jamaica to the U.S. Reaching back to the mid-eighties when Little John unleashed his hitsingle 'Clarks Booty', the Gaza General Vybz Kartel alongside Popcaan and Gaza Slim present their BIG tune across ZJ Chrome's "Mad Collab" riddim, making it difficult to find a pair of Clarks.
When reggae, dancehall and hip hop meets the result isn't always above average. It's up to you if you like As We Enter which comes from the album "Distant Relatives" by Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Nas. It's definitely not our cup of tea. It's not the first time the two have worked together. Nas rapped on "Road To Zion", off Jr. Gong's 2005 Grammy-winning record, "Welcome To Jamrock". The winning combination Serani & Ding Dong have a great party on their hit tune Skip To Ma Luu, which rides the "Giants" riddim from Daseca.
The pace slows down with Vybz Kartel's excellent lick of the "Street Bullies" riddim, Slow Motion. Next comes the combination Shaggy & Tessanne Chin with their crossover hit Never Let Me Go, with producer Christopher Birch's "Jollie Rancha" riddim forming the backbone for this tune. Busy Signal surprised everyone with a romantic tune called Sweet Love (Night Shift), a mellow reworking of The Commodores' soul classic. Jimmy Riley's son Tarrus Riley delivers a nice lick of Bob Marley's "Coming In From The Cold" called Love's Contagious, also the title track of his 2009 hit album "Contagious".
The Realest Song by Konshens topped our own 'Hot'n'Fresh Chart' for weeks. It's one of his strongest tunes, a fabulous cultural tune across the "Better Life" riddim. We also travel through the Gullyside with Mavado's impressive House Cleaning track. Rising star and a force to be reckoned with is Romain Virgo. Love Mi Life, taken from his impressive self-titled debut album, sees him bubbling across the revamped "Boops" riddim (courtesy of Shane C. Brown for Juke Boxx Productions), as he sings of the obstacles of life. Superstar Sean Paul contributes Hold My Hand (Original version) from his "Imperial Blaze" album. Finally reggae veteran Beres Hammond closes the album with No Apology, his cut for the "Classic" riddim of No Doubt Records.
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