Various Ragga Ragga Ragga 2008

Another year, another Ragga comp, right? Wrong. 2007-08 has been a blazingly innovative period for dancehall music, with new artists, producers and styles boldly emerging. Ragga 08 summarizes new dancehall …

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Various From Dubplate to Download: The Best of Greensleeves Records

For the last 30 years, Greensleeves has been issuing a steady supply of modern Jamaican music, being one of the leading labels devoted to its dissemination. Although this London-based company …

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Various The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2007

Now configured as a single CD-DVD package, Greensleeves’ round-up of modern reggae hits arrives slimmer than it used to. But with a tracklisting loaded with ovasized chunes, quality always trumps …

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Anthony B "Just Can't Live That Way"

Anthony B has released over 12 records–none of which have sounded as clean as Higher Meditation. Produced by Maximum Sound’s Frenchie, “Just Can’t Live That Way” is the live-instrumentation gateway …

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Anthony B Higher Meditation

Since his first hit, 1995’s “Fire Pon Rome,” this Trelawny native has become one of Jamaica’s most prolific, yet inconsistent, artists. On his 22nd solo joint, Anthony B reunites with …

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Various Artists Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems

It’s hard to think of a more ubiquitous topic in reggae than ganja. Now Greensleeves collects 18 joints, old and new, as a spliff-rolling soundtrack. The tracklist spans the eras …

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Barrington Levy Englishman

Appearing from nowhere at the end of the 1970s, Barrington Levy astounded the reggae world: The epitome of non-digital dancehall, Levy’s yodeling was backed by Roots Radics rhythms cut at …

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Various Artists Triumphant Rhythm

Produced by Kenmar “DJ Flava” McGregor with nyabinghi drums by Bongo Herman, this acoustic-tinged modern roots set is lead by Gyptian’s chart-topping maternal ode “Mama,” which proves his elastic soprano …

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Fantan Mojah Hail the King

Hail the King is a promising debut from a Jamaican artist who helped bring roots music back to the dancehall. Much in the spirit of the Maroons-the formerly enslaved Africans, …

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Sizzla Soul Deep

Increasingly quirky and unpredictable, half the fun of listening to a new Sizzla album is hearing what he‘s gonna do next. By now, we‘re all familiar with his Bobo dread …

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Anthony B Black Star

Rasta firebrand Anthony B made his name at Star Trail, the pioneering dancehall label run by his former manager, Richard Bell, but much subsequent material has been patchy. Now Mr. …

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Various Artists Jonkanooo

Fifteen artists chat lyrics over a recycled dancehall beat in this latest one-rhythm-supports-an-entire-album compilation from reggae-specialists Greensleeves. This time ‘round, famous (Sean Paul, Beenie Man) and not-so-famous lyricists (Looga Man, …

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Shabba Ranks Golden Touch

This Two Friends re-release production dates from shortly after Shabba hit big with “Wicked In Bed” (1990) but before he was snatched up by Epic; because co-producer Michael Bennett worked …

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Various Artists French Vanilla/Red Alert!

Greensleeves’ streak of fantastically creative rhythm albums continues with French Vanilla and Red Alert!. South Rakkas Crew’s Red Alert! rhythm features a spring-loaded bounce, rave whistles and ascending synthesizer lines …

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Various Artists Bobby Konders:Massive B: Mad Sick Head Nah Good Mix

On this “official dancehall mixtape” from Greensleeves (the home of countless dancehall sizzlers), Hot 97 DJ and Massive B label owner Bobby Konders avoids all the booby traps that make …

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Vybz Kartel Up 2 Di Time

Bounty Killer’s former ghostwriter steps out of the shadows and into the limelight with his debut album, named for his trademark phrase. When you’re the hottest dancehall act in Jamaica, …

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Various Artists Coolie Dance Amharic

Amharic, a riddim produced by King Jammy’s son Jammy “Jam II” James, follows in the recent tradition of Eastern-influenced riddims like Diwali and Egyptian, but its intro sounds more Indian …

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Bad Company Egyptian

Dancehall continues its Diwali-like trend away from stabbing two-beat jump up towards more fluid syncopation with the shuffling snake-charming sexiness of the Egyptian riddim, while Bad Company keeps it ruffneck …

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