Title - 'Strictly The Best, Volumes 58 + 59'
Artist - Various
For those not in the know, these quite brilliant annual releases of Strictly The Best present the best new Jamaican reggae songs.
Indeed, here on Strictly The Best, Volume 58, we get the freshest lover’s rock and roots reggae from top names and emerging stars in the genre.
Featuring, amongst others, the brand new hit from Maxi Priest “Rock Steady Love” - produced by Clive Hunt & Michelle Williams - the album contains 14 tracks that will keep your hips and hearts swayin' for a long time!
1. "Contradiction" (feat. Chronixx) - Alborosie
2. "Stop The Fussing And Fighting" - Kenyatta Hill
3. "Blue Sky" - Nesbeth
4. "Jah By My Side" - Ginjah
5. "Try" - Tarrus Riley
6. "Jah See Dem A Come" - Etana
7. "Rebel" - Raging Fyah
8. "Rock Steady Love" - Maxi Priest
9. "My Kinda Girl" - Beres Hammond
10. "Real Love" - Shuga
11. "Bun Fi Bun" - Christopher Martin
12. "Feel Good" - Jah9
13. "Cruise" - Romain Virgo
14. "Rockin In Di Dance" (feat. Konshens) - DJ Kurt Riley
First up is Alborosie featuring Chronixx on "Contradiction," a cut that, for me is also the stand out highlight of this new compilation (sorry Maxi!) A true hipswaying, top shelf reggae track it's backed by both the intoxicating beauty of "Stop The Fussing And Fighting" (Kenyatta Hill) and Nesbeth on the evenflow of "Blue Sky."
The gentle finger-snappin' vibe of "Jah By My Side" from the talented cultural singer Ginjah is up next and that's followed by Jamaican-American reggae singer and member of the Rastafari movement Tarrus Riley on "Try." Etana's feelgood "Jah See Dem A Come" is another gem to be found here and that's backed by "Rebel" from Raging Fyah.
That aforementioned brand new Maxi Priest track is next, and trust me when I say that "Rock Steady Love" is not only waiting for, but sounds like Priest back at his lyrical, slow love groove best. The lovers rock of "My Kinda Girl" by Beres Hammond is wonderful to hear and so to "Real Love" from Mitsy Campbell aka Brown Shuga.
The Dancehall singer/songwriter Christopher Martin on "Bun Fi Bun" changes the tonal vibe of the album perfectly and that bleeds seamlessly into Janine Elizabeth Cunningham's (aka Jah9) addictive "Feel Good" - Jah9. The album then rounds out with the guitar-led "Cruise" from Romain Virgo with foot-tappin' "Rockin In Di Dance" (featuring Konshens) from DJ Kurt Riley bringing the compilation to a close.
Strictly The Best, Volume 59 also features Dancehall and new flavors from top names and emerging stars in the genre.
Bringing us the exclusive hit “Come Back Home (Netflix & Chill)" by rising UK star Lisa Mercedez (featuring Shams The Producer), in much the same vein as the previous volume, the album contains 14 tracks that will keep your hips and hearts swayin' for a long time!
1. "Secret (Refix)" - Vybz Kartel & Shenseea
2. "Good" - Dovey Magnum
3. "Can't Dweet Again" - Christopher Martin
4. "Really Want" (feat. Konshens & Nick x Navi) - Estelle
5. "Come Back Home (Netflix & Chill)" (feat. Shams The Producer) - Lisa Mercedez
6. "Your Style" - I-Octane
7. "A Million Squats" - Assassin
8. "Grab" - RDX
9. "Flair Is In The Air" - Ding Dong
10. "Up Top" - TeeJay
11. "Dancehall President" - Beenie Man
12. "Radio" - Shane O
13. "Dash It In The Mirror" (feat. Sanjay) - DJ Spooky
14. "Lots Of Signs" (feat. Christopher Martin & Beenie Man) - Bulby York
First up is the quite brilliant "Secret (Refix)" from Vybz Kartel & Shenseea, which is backed up by the upsway of beats on "Good" from Dovey Magnum. The lush vibes of "Can't Dweet Again" by Christopher Martin is next and backed by the lovers rock of "Really Want" (featuring Konshens & Nick x Navi) from Britain's Estelle.
The seductive "Come Back Home (Netflix & Chill)" (featuring Shams The Producer) by Lisa Mercedez is one of the obvious stand out highlights here and is backed supremely by both "Your Style" (Byiome Muir aka I-Octane) and the hard dancehall beats of "A Million Squats" from Assassin.
RDX is a duo of reggae performers: Deejay Renigade (Carlton Williams) from the Waterhouse in Kingston, Jamaica and Singer Delomar (Andre Bedward) from Kencot in Kingston, Jamaica and their "Grab" is a head-spinnin' tune, that's for a sure. Much the same vibe is found on singer/dancer Ding Dong's new cut, "Flair Is In The Air" with the lovers rock of "Up Top" by TeeJay along next.
The classic sound of Beenie Man on "Dancehall President" is a joy to behold and that's backed by Shane O on the freeflowing "Radio." This new compilation then rounds out with "Dash It In The Mirror" (featuring Sanjay) from DJ Spooky and the finally Bulby York's "Lots Of Signs" (featuring Christopher Martin & Beenie Man).
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