Saturday, 18 June 2011

LISTEN UP: Vibin’ to the latest tunes from Konshens + Keida + Shaggy

“We Are The West Indies”
Keida and Tian Winter

Caribbean pride never felt – and sounded – so good. With this wild and energetic new party anthem, dancehall princess Keida and Antiguan warrior Tian Winter spark a bacchanal flame over a throbbing soca-lite beat while encouraging us to revel in the pleasure of our tropical paradise and our uniquely irrepressible joy of living. [B] >>Listen

Is there a sly innuendo when Shaggy proclaims “She likes the taste of my sugarcane”? Perhaps, and with Shaggy’s longheld rep for sneakily suggestive lyrics there’s no surprise. What’s most appealing, however, about this midtempo hit (produced by Teflon) has to do with how the horns and hypnotic percussion smoothly meld with the witty lyrics to elevate the track into a hot summer jam. [B+] >>Listen
“Buss A Blank”

Equally sombre and compelling, this new track (produced by Warrior Musick) is a sobering salute to fallen soldiers of the dancehall industry (references include O’Neil Edwards and Copper Cat) that recalls Konshens’ previous radio smash “The Realest Song.” The focus may be on the music fraternity, but the song delivers a message that resonates across the board. [A-] >>Listen

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