Monday, 30 June 2014

PON DE REPLAY: Four fresh tracks exploring love and revolution

Jah Cure
"Life We Live"
No matter his subject matter — be it intimacy, humanity or social responsibility — Jah Cure consistently stays on message. His rhythmic, stimulating new single (off his as-yet-untitled upcoming studio album) is quintessential Jah Cure, packing a powerful delivery, poignant lyrics and the timelessly resonant reminder that in life more important that winning is playing the game right. A-

Jah Sun feat. Jahricio and Noah
"No Retreat"
The equal-rights-and-justice mantra in reggae was popularized by Tosh circa the seventies, but this Cali-by-way-of-Costa Rica trio lend it a modern, militant and revolution-in-the-streets spin, complete with slick reggaeton vibrations. B

Morgan Heritage
"Put It On Me"
This Shane Brown-produced confection, their first since the band's last album, Here Come The Kings, finds the reggae ambassadors taking a playful approach to matters of the heart and that all-important decision of choosing to spend your future with someone. That's a mighty big commitment to make, yet the versatile band makes it sound like loads of fun. B

"Better Than This"
Few reggae soul singers are as prolific as Alaine when it comes to churning out radio-ready ear candy. The newly minted Rising Stars judge continues that fierce winning streak with her latest hit, a melodic and soulful tribute to the do-right loverman she wittily hails as "every riddim to my section; every boom-boom pow." Speak on it, girl. B

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