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Recommend me some tunes

Postby SimonJ » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:34 pm

Good people of the forum, I need some help. Over the last few years my reggae record buying has consisted mainly of reissues of classic 70s and early 80s roots or filling in gaps in my On U Sound collection. Nothing wrong with that per se but I do feel I am living in the past - I've not bought any modern reggae since Damian Marley came to prominence about 8 or so years ago!

So, I was wondering whether anyone could recommend some classy new stuff. I'm sure there's some great stuff out there but don't really know where to look. I did check out Micah Shemaiah Dread at the Control after seeing it on this forum and was mighty impressed, although I guess it's very much steeped in the classic roots era.

So, what else is out there I might enjoy. Just one caveat - I'm not a great fan of digital rhythms, especially bass lines, unless done particularly well a la Pablo and Tubby. Even a lot of Jammy's digital stuff leaves me a bit bored after the second or third track that sounds the same...

Thanks in advance, peace and love.
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Living Bate » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:49 pm

Bitty McLean - The Taxi Sessions E.P

Bob Andy - Love Is Sure

Morgan Heritage - Ends Nah Meet

Beres Hammond - No Candle Light

Christopher Ellis (son of Alton) - Better Than Love
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Dubba » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:55 pm

Shaggy ft Sly and Robbie- Out of many one Album

Chronixx- Alpha and Omega 7"
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Mick Sleeper » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:15 am

400 Years - Ken Boothe
Red Eye - Cool Breeze
Nah Look Back - Raging Fyah
Preacher Man - Jah 9
Smoker - RDX & Dreadsquad
Stop - Boom One Sound System (featuring B Davis)
Dutty Road - Mykal Rose
The Crab With The Golden Claws - One Noize
Ghetto Soldier - Tony Dread
Corrupt - Bounty Killa
Music Addict - Solo Banton
Farther East - Ras Amerlock

These are all fairly modern tunes that I really like. However, many are only available digitally.
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby scotto75 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:47 am

Hi SimonJ,

here's my little selection....

Tony Curtis - Leave The Collie Alone (Watch This Sound Riddim)
Morgan Heritage - What We Need Is Love (You Don't Care Riddim)
Randy Valentine - Victory
Freddie McGregor Ft. Gappy Ranks - Standing Strong (Hi Fashion Riddim)
Richie Stephens Ft. Daddy U-Roy - Real Reggae Music (Swing Easy Riddim)
Pinchers - Wish You Were Mine (Tenement Yard Riddim)
Michael Fabulous - When You Smile
Suga Roy & The Fireball Crew - Murderer
Konshens - Jah Jah Love
Shy Fx Ft. Liam Bailey - Soon Come
Keida - Jamiacan Boy
Randy Valentine - Brixton Market (Answer Riddim)
Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble (Rootsman Riddim)
Peetah Morgan - World Revolution (Man Of The Living Riddim)
J.O.E. - Herbsman Hustling (Heavenless Riddim)
Da'ville - Dancehall Nice
Busy Signal - Reggae Music Again
Romain Virgo - You Think Mi Weak (Good Things Riddim)
Christopher Martin - Step Up
Da Professor - Peace & Unity
Konshens - Mr Judge (Adam & Eve Riddim)
Bitty McLean - Walk Away From Love

This is only my subjective view on what is the best 'modern' Jamaican music from the last couple of years. It would be a whole new thread discussing the current trends and poor state of reggae/onedrop/lovers rock/dancehall music today. Luckily there are still some conscious singers using either the classic riddims or sound, even if the production is done in Europe or elsewhere. Trust me, if you make this playlist you'll be smiling for an hour and eighteen minutes guaranteed. Let me know what you think!
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Vinnie » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:48 pm

reggae is pretty broad

i think its better you listen to samples on internetshops and go for what your ears like
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Baba Jonah » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:49 pm

Micah Shemiah / Pampi Judah Africa Here I come on Tuff Scout 10 inch. Old school feel on heavyweight new riddim, not your run of the mill new roots style, but as you say its all a matter of opinion!

If you wanna venture into new roots a bit more check out Russ D / Earl 16 Rise Up on Roots Youth 12 INCH good example of a great modern tune, I think from 2006, that smashes it for me!
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby minidub » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:03 pm

yes, love the micah shemaiah & pampi judah on tuff scout.

I would suggest checking out almost anything on new-ish labels such as tuff scout and roots garden, etc.
pretty killer catalogues all the way through.

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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby SimonJ » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:22 pm

Thanks for the recommendations folk, much appreciated.

There are a few older names in there and I'm interested in hearing their later work, I must confess to not paying much attention to some of the veterans like Bob Andy that are still out there doing it.

@minidub: One hour, eighteen minutes of music that will keep me smiling sounds just what I need, I will report back

Thanks again all, an evening of discovery awaits methinks :)
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Slugger » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:36 am

Whenever anyone asks me about modern reggae I always have the same suggestion: Midnite, the great roots band out of St. Croix is far and away my favorite contemporary reggae outfit. They have recorded an incredible number of albums since the early 2000s, many of which are less "accessible" than others (experimental, you might say). However, they have many tunes and several albums that I find very, very melodic/accessible and quite brilliant musically and especially lyrically. (And to be fair I also dig the less accessible stuff as I appreciate the creativity and risk that comes with producing music that sounds different). Singer/writer Vaughn Benjamin takes his messages way beyond the standard lyrical fare of most reggae groups, and has a wonderful singing style. His older brother Ron composes much of the music, and plays bass/keyboards.

You cannot go wrong with the group's earlier albums: Ras Mek Peace, Unpolished, Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance, and Ancient Maps are all incredible.

Here are some of my favorite Midnite tunes, in no particular order:

Also, if you like a good live show, be sure to catch them live when they come to a city near you!
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby johnnyB » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:07 am

Albumwise 2013 left us two works that I feel like considering classics:

Protoje's "8 Year Affair" and Jah9's "New Name".
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby BMC » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:45 am

You can check for some 2013 tunes in this latest mix I did:


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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Peter Dalton » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:11 pm

You might start with any of the following, and check further tunes by the performers and labels that are to your taste:

Beres Hammond, Dancing Beauty, Penthouse
Beres Hammond, Fire & Ice, Penthouse
Chronixx, Thanks & Praise, Lifeline
Chronixx, Most I, Don Corleon
Chronixx, Here Comes Trouble, Over Stand
Chronixx, Alpha & Omega, John John
Chronixx, Sizzla, Protoje & Kabaka Pyamid, Selassie Souljahz, Royal Order
Chronixx, Smile Jamaica, Silly Walks Discotheque
Chuck Fender & Junior Reid, Warfare, John John
Jah9, Reverence, Over Stand
Jah Cure, Stronger, Don Corleon
Jah Mason, Chant To Jah, Coppola Music
Jah Mason, Where There’s A Way, Element
Luciano & Bob Andy, Creatre Ouir History, Al.Ta.Fa.An.
Luciano, One Big Family
Luciano, Know Yourseld, Chant Down Productions
Luciano, A Nuh Like Nuh Like Dem, Bad2000 Music
Luciano, Be Of Good Courage, 2 Miles
Luciano, Last Days, Cliquwe
Luciano, Man Of Jah Order, Clinch
Luciano & Mikey General, Red Inna Rome, Quabalah
Luciano, Wake Up. Mr. Luxury
Luciano, God & King, Stingray
Luciano, Aluta Continue (The Struggle Continues), Sound Box
Luciano, Travelling, Soul Vybz
Luciano, Babylon A Try, Quabalah
Luciano, Good World, Quabalah
Luciano, Never Give Up, Quabalah
Lukie D., Glory, Penthouse
Lutan Fyah, Nah Mix, Acoustic Vibes
Lutan Fyah, Rough A Yard, Xterminator
Lutan Fyah, Ganja Out Law, Fire Ball
Lutan Fyah & Midnight, Nah Matter What The Crisis, Al.Ta.Fa.ASn.
Lutan Fyah, Never Surrender My Faith, Jah Warrior
Lutan Fyan, Destiny, Safire
Lutan Fyah, It’s Your Society, The Age of Venus
Lutan Fyah, Africa, Taxi
Maxi Priest,I Believe, Don Corleon
Mikey General, Brother Keeper, Mr. Luxury
Mikey General, Si Dem A Come, Quabalah
Mikey General, Sons & Daughters, Quabalah
Mikey General, Mind Over Matter, Sound Box
Mikey General, Only A Matter Of Time, Safire
Mikey General, Love Chant, Al.Ta.Fa.An
Mikey General, Stick To The Good, Blacker Dread
Mikey General, Red Hit, Fire House Crew
Peetah Morgan, Bloodine, Lifeline
Pressure, Jah Love, Don Corleon
Protoje, This Is Not A Marijuana Song, Lifeline
Protoje, Kingston Be Wise, Don Corleon
Tarrus Riley, Bless me, Don Corleon
Tarrus Riley, Peer Pressure, John John
Romain Virgo, Never Go Under, Don Corleon
Romain Virgo, Minimum Wage, Penthouse
Sandeeno, Wise Man, Sip A Cup
Sandeeno, Borrowed Time, Blacker Dread

A website you might turn to for reviews is Geoff Parker's Zincfence, while both Buyreggae and reggaefever operate good mailorder services where you might find quite a few of these (with sound samples).
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby dan i dubdub » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:40 pm

Peter Dalton wrote:Sandeeno, Wise Man, Sip A Cup
Sandeeno, Borrowed Time, Blacker Dread


Boom Tunes Peter!
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Re: Recommend me some tunes

Postby Peter Dalton » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:04 pm

danidubdub: glad to hear that I'm not only one rating Sandeeno!
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