I just heard this cut by Ernest Soul Wilson for the first time last week. It’s got the trademark Studio One sound and oozes with soul.
Captain Planet is one of my favorite producers these days. On his latest single, “In the Gray,” he cooks up a viciously catchy reggae instrumental, but for me it Brit Lauren’s infectious vocals that make the tune.
I’m lugging a crate of my favorite jazz, funk, soul, and reggae 45s into the DJ booth for a rare all-vinyl set at The Lodge at Red Rocks!
Cousin Cole’s reggae-fied “Happy” remix is the official antidote for Pharrell phatigue.
One of the first reggae comps I came across was the 1987 Reggae Dance Hall Classics on Sleeping Bag Records. It was my first introduction to Barrington Levy.
A few folks have covered Junior Murvin and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Police and Thieves,” but as far as I know no one has done a jazz version until Zara McFarlane!
See-I is one of my favorite DC Metro area bands. Always bringing a fun mix of reggae mixed up with contemporary party music vibes.
Shinehead is credited as one of the first Jamaican toasters—or MC’s—to fuse reggae and hip-hop in the 1980s, leading to a string of hits, including this cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
The song title says it all! Third World was/is a fairly commercial reggae band that’s usually too slick for my tastes but with “96° In the Shade,” they hit it right lyrically and sonically.
“Free Mandela” is a digital roots burner from Yami Bolo, one of the many celebrations of Nelson Mandela, and is probably my favorite. Heavy, dubby, synthy… it’s 80′s reggae at it’s best.