It’s no secret that I am a reggae music fan. Since I first heard Bob Marley’s “Rastaman Vibrations”, I have had a love for reggae, constantly checking for the newest sounds to add to my collection. Thanks to the good folks at VP Records, I have a healthy collection of reggae CDs. It has been a while since I posted any reviews up here at Canhead, and I have tons of hot new CDs that you should be on the lookout for. So here is a quick rundown, of one of the choice selections from VP Records, just in time for your holiday shopping. Fill your stockings with some new tunes from yard! Check out the selections below and get your reggae on!
Strictly The Best 40 & 41
Reggae fans would love the new double disc “Strictly The Best 40 and 41”, for Christmas! It has over thirty songs from the past and present, with old anthems and new favorites to choose from. Legends like Beres Hammond, Beenie Man and Mr. Vegas are here, along with today’s dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Busy Signal, and more! Buju Banton teams up with John Legend on the slick “Can’t Be My Lover”, a perfect song to open up the lovers side of STB #40.
From there on, the CD continues to build the romantic soundtrack, with songs dealing with love and loss, like Etanta sings in “Heartbroken” or Hezron declares in “So In Love.” Busy Signal checks in with a excellent remake of Phil Collin classic “One More Night”, complete with new verses as only Busy Signal could chat! Courtney John checks in with, in my opinion, the hottest song on the entire CD! “Lucky Man” is a retro throwback recalling the grand early years of reggae music, as John sings like a bird, “There’s no holiday from this love!” Be on the lookout for Courtney John!
STB #41 pick up the pace a bit, with its mix of dancehall jams and roots rockers and carnival ready hits. Mr Vegas sets the disc off with his “I Am Blessed”, a reflection on all the gifts we have in our lives. Laden’s “Really Like You” is a slow bouncing hit, complete with “autotuned” chorus to perfection. Beenie Man steps in with another club banger in his new “Gimme Gimme”, although I am not feeling his auto tune experiments as much as Laden’s.
G Whiz – Life
G Whiz is here with the inspirational “Life”, and Mavado contributes three songs to the collection, with “Hope And Pray”, “Just To How You Move”, and “Mockingbird”. Vybz Kartel gives us two songs as well, “Something Ah Go Happen” and “Dollar Sign”. Wasp, Elephant Man and Munga help round out the CD.
Strictly The Best continues to insure its place in reggae collections with this double disc package! It’s a easy pick for anyone looking to add a fresh does of dancehall to their playlist!
QUEEN IFRICA / Lioness on the Rise
“So In Love” Hezron