Thursday, 19 March 2015

ON THE DOWNLOAD: Hear these radio-ready hits from reigning reggae and dancehall hitmakers

Like a lot of the tracks in his arsenal, Protoje's latest, off his brand-new disc Ancient Future, is a flavourful, old-school sampling treat that finds the innovative reggae hitmaker dropping tight verses over a slick beat supplied by longtime collaborator Winta James. Irresistibly vintage and full of clever wordplay, the tune demands repeated listens. Take a listen. [B+]

Morgan Heritage
"Perform and Done"
You know the irresistible allure Caribbean women possess that drives men over the edge? That's precisely what Morgan Heritage is riffing on in this tune, a brassy, tell-it-like-it-is jam that's ready for the dancefloors and radio rotation. The close-knit bandmates may be all about that it's-cool-to-be-conscious vibe, but it's quite refreshing to hear and feel them bring the heat every now and again. Take a listen. [B+]

Richie Stephens feat. Bunji Garlin
"Hall of Fame"
Just in time for 2015's bacchanal season comes this pulsating high-wire anthem celebrating pride, self-worth and achievement that dually represents a fine Jamaica-Trini musical linkup. But its best selling point? Ecstatic vocals from the ever-charismatic Stephens and the fired-up adrenaline of soca warrior Garlin. Take a listen. [B+]

"Be Proud"
You can say this for Bugle: he has a spledid knack for combining hard-hitting lyrics with winning melodies. On this Daseca-produced track the ascendant hitmaker shows a respect for street-smart living, that innercity hustle and survival in the face of insurmountable odds. Easily one of the most affecting and best crafted tracks on the Advice Riddim. Take a listen. [B+]

Shaggy feat. Melissa Musique
Mr. Bombastic has more or less perfected the art of crafting pop-flavoured dancehall, and his track record speaks for itself. Now comes this mid-tempo banger, buoyed by Shaggy's lyrical swag and a candy-coated hook supplied by radiant newcomer Musique. In the end, it's a spirited collabo reminiscent of Sean Paul's 2013 hit "Got 2 Luv U", with Alexis Jordan. And that's a good thing. Take a listen. [B+]

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