Reggae Gold 2014
August 23, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Every summer, the worlds #1 Caribbean music compilation "Reggae Gold" brings the genre's top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. This year's installment is a diverse set of reggae chart toppers and the freshest sounds of the season.
The album starts in hot dance style with the huge cross-over hit Watch Out For This (Bumaye) from Major Lazer featuring dancehall artist Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green, whose video alone has over 62 million views. Last years' Reggae Gold included his chart topper "Jah No Partial", a re-visioned version Johnny Osbourne's original hittune 'Mr. Marshall'. Bunji Garlin (born Ian Anthony Alvarez) is a highly successful soca artist from Trinidad and Tobago. His current album "Differentology" is released by RCA Records and VP Records. His song Truck On D Road is an energetic soca/dance tune. Next comes QQ with one more cross-over tune. Jack Hammer is a fast growing fan favorite song produced by Bless Music Team & Madahouse/QG Production.
Then there's The Princess Of Dancehall aka Spice with her cut to the sparse "Boom Box" riddim, So Mi Like It recorded for the successful label NotNice Records. This tune was also featured on the labels' "Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2014" set. Sean Paul's Want Dem All was released as a single at the end of 2013 and features Konshens as vocalist. The tune comes from the album "Full Frequency", the sixth studio album by Sean Paul. Old time dancehall time come again with Sekkle And Cease by Assassin aka Agent Sasco. He rides the 80's "Sleng Teng" riddim, rebuild by producer Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller. Switching back to soca flavored tunes we get treated to Catch Me by Fy-Ann Lyons, who married aforementioned soca artist Bunji Garlin in 2006 and who's a daughter of successful soca singer Superblue. Gyptian and songstress Melanie Fiona (a successful Canadian R&B recording artist) bring us a truly superb lovers tune with One More Time. Jah Cure delivers a decent cover version of John Legend's awesome soul hit tune All Of Me.
Etana shows her vocal qualities with the reggae tune Richest Girl a single from her forthcoming album produced by Clive Hunt, "I Rise". Maxi Priest's tune Holiday is an upfull and romantic tune taken from his current album "Easy To Love". The album closes with Romain Virgo who performs Soul Provider, a top tune on the "Brighter Days" riddim, produced by Silly Walks Discotheque.
Keepin' up with the trends!