“Kingston Be Wise”
On his latest Don Corleone-produced heatseeker, Protoje goes after that classic throwback sound in the style of Ini Kamoze and Albarosie, who coincidentally scored a breakout radio hit with 2009’s “Kingston Town.” While riffing on life in the capital with characteristic fervour and sly wit, Protoje offers a deft reminder as to why his debut CD, The Seven Year Itch, garnered such widespread praise back in 2010 – and why his upcoming sophomore effort, The Eight Year Affair (due in January), is one of the most anticipated reggae records of the New Year. A-
“Haffi Come Back”
I’ve always admired the gorgeous-warm tone and texture of Cherine’s supple singing voice and how it sits smugly on any riddim, but the rebel songstress steps it up another level on the Coolie Gyal Riddim’s “Haffi Come Back,” a daring, super-flirty sizzler extolling the kind of between-the-sheets dexterity that keeps that special lad returning to the nest. Get it, Cher! B+
Wayne Marshall and co.
Enlisting an army of major talents (e.g. Damian Marley, Bounty Killer, I-Octane), Wayne Marshall grants a bombastic lead-single (video on the way) off his hotly anticipated new album, True Colours, out in early 2013. A hip-hop-spiked dancehall jam with crazy hustler’s-anthem potential, the track, as its title suggests, oozes endless swagger and leaps to life over a frenzied, pulsating beat. B+