TEN OF THE BEST has returned in 2018 after a significant hiatus. A lot has been happening in the background, which has meant that our content has suffered. We’re back though, and to make it more interesting the bro Hlats has committed to contributing to this spotify playlist moving forward, hence last week’s post having his personal touch, which is awesome given that the brother has impeccable taste in music. You can expect some playlists packed with bashy dancehall and lyrical hip-hop, so if that’s your cup of tea subscribe to the blog to ensure you get your fix when the posts get published.
Now that we have covered of all the housekeeping, let’s get down to business. We kick things off with a mixed bag, as usual, and I can safely say these tunes have been dominating my spotify playlist in the last few months. Check it out:
(Scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out the spotify playlist)
In no particular order:
Big Bad Soca – Bunji Garlin
If you like soca, you will absolutely love this tune. It has a big carnival feel to it, and if you know anything about Bunji Garlin you’ll know that the man always delivers. The song has literally been on repeat since I first heard it on spotify sometime in January. I also make it a point to play the tune to every person that gives me the floor. This tune is packed with vibes, big sound!
Red Rose – Mavado
Probably my tune of 2018 so far. You know the song is quality because the one like Stephen ‘Di Genius’ Mcgregor is on production. The combination between the two is responsible for some of the biggest dancehall hits over the years. This tune is certainly no exception, the riddim is nice and the gully gaad does not disappoint with his delivery. FYI, the Shottaz has a bootleg version on this riddim.
Stay So – Busy Signal
Big ups to the one like Danny 2 Chains aka D2C for putting me onto this song. I was chilling with the bro on my last day in New Zealand and he put me onto a few big tunes to send me on my way. The song itself is a banger, classic Busy Signal on the type of riddim he normally dominates, again no exception here. Big riddim, big vocals, madd tune.
Success – Jahmiel
Jahmiel’s contribution on Dancehall Symphony riddim is a solid one. TEN OF THE BEST regulars from last year can testify that I’m a big fan of this yout, and I generally think everything he touches is gold. On this tune I feel he put yet another good foot forward.
Body Happy – Konshens X Shaggy
A laid back tune from one of Dancehall’s most consistent artists. On this one he collaborates with one of the most commercial dancehall artists. The riddim has a house/trap vibe to it, which surprisingly works. I recently found out that this tune is part of an album that Konshens recently released, though I am yet to check out the full project. Shaggy’s verses are boss btw. Great song this!
Grave Yard – Tarrus Riley
Tarrus Riley on a Rvssian (Head Concussion) riddim, talk about another historically dope combination. This tune is typically Rvssian in that it has a dark feel to it, and Tarrus obliges with a fitting theme for this song. Expect a few other tunes from this riddim in later playlists, it has some solid cuts on it.
Baba Vashaya – Celscius
Arguably Zimbabwe’s most talented vocalist, that’s my call and I’m sticking to it. Celscius has some silky vocals and his range is just unbelievable. This tune is off an album he released late last year. It’s a solid tune with a rather deep/sad theme, but dope tune all the same. For my non-Shona speaking folks, it’s a song about the death of his father.
FIA – Davido
This is a tune I have taken a liking to over the last few weeks, and it is thanks to hearing it repeatedly on an almost daily basis since moving to Melbourne. The tune has grown on me, and now I can safely say that this is a cool tune. It’s definitely one for the afropop purists, but it works nonetheless. Big tune no doubt.
Said – Nasty C X Runtown
Another tune that had to grow on me, though I rate both artists highly. The collaboration works on so many levels and I guess the visuals really help, so check them out on youtube. That said, the song is catchy enough for the pop fans without being too watered down. Nasty C is an artist I really rate because he oozes confidence and this song is testament to that. Runtown is and always will be a boss, so like I said it’s a dope combo.
Friendly – J Hus
A tune that has been on my playlist for quite a while, to say it’s a banger feels like an understatement. J Hus had a big year in 2017 and I’m looking forward to what this year has in store for the artist. The afro-swing wave has really been taking over and this artist has been standing on the frontline
That’s the first TEN OF THE BEST for 2018. Stay tuned for your weekly fix of tunes to vibe to when you’re out and about.
Check out the spotify playlist below: