Friday, 28 March 2014

ON THE DOWNLOAD: Listen up! 5 buzzworthy singles from new and upcoming releases

Protoje and Chronixx: "Who Knows"
Protoje's lead-off single from his forthcoming yet-to-be-titled third studio album forges a pure, gratifyingly laid-back vibe on which Chronixx supplies a poignant hook conveying a tropical sense of place ("chilling in the West Indies") and Mother Nature's bounty ("the sunshine, rivers, and trees"). Produced by Winta James for Overstand Entertainment, it's sure to entice and, indeed, satisfy, fans of both new-generation hitmakers. Take a listen. [B+]

Cody Simpson and Ziggy Marley: "Love"
Buoyed by a hefty dose of acoustic guitar riffs and pop-confection allure, the Aussie heartthrob's tune explores romantic filfilment to winning effect, thanks in no small part to the flavour of Ziggy's special sauce. Take a listen. [B]

Rootz Revealers: "She Pray"
Steeped in soul and conscience, this is a contemporary band that deserves to be better known. Here, the group delivers empowering strains and emotional uplift straight from the old school, as they potently examine the depths of a mother's love and the power of divine guidance. Take a listen. [B+]

Wayne Wonder: "Let Me Love You Tonight"
Wayne must be acquainted with a lot of powerfully seductive women who keep him inspired. Good for him. The long-serving reggae ambassador's melodious latest (off Nature's Way's Sweet Personality Riddim) recalls much of his past work in both melody and theme. At least he stays true to his signature sound and consistently so. Take a listen. [B]

Shaggy and Matthew Schuler: "Lovin' You"
With a sly wink and snazzy hypnotic appeal, this radio-ready jam from the Jamaican megastar and The Voice alum, a tuneful mid-tempo ode to those loyal lovers out there, is bound to get the party started. Take a listen. [B+]

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