TEN OF THE BEST returns with yet another installment for your listening pleasure. This week I enlisted the services of my good friend Don, who is a big reggae/dancehall fan like me. You may have noticed me shouting him out in recent weeks, that’s because he regularly suggests songs that I should be paying attention to and he’s very seldom off the mark. This entire playlist is curated by Don so I hope you enjoy it. Boom
Check out the spotify playlist at the bottom of this post:
This week’s playlist, in no particular order:
Nuh Skylarking – Keznamdi
Keznamdi makes another appearance with another huge tune on a bad riddim. The riddim is very punchy and is an ode to the dancehall riddims that ran the dancefloor between 2000 and say 08/09. Great way to start the selection.
Golden Hold – Alkaline
Slackness alert!!! Alkaline comes through with a rather slack tune, which isn’t much of a surprise to be honest. The song though is great, with a nice riddim accentuated by Alkaline’s crisp vocals.
Fresh Cash – Mavado
Riddim up! Mavado makes a banging return to the playlist with this big tune on the Good Good produced Money Mix Riddim. If you recall, we had this riddim on the playlist quite a few weeks ago, and trust me this riddim can run a dancehall easily.
Strongest Soldier – Jahmiel
Jahmiel is an artist that has been definitely making all the right moves of late. I feel like he is under appreciated but the level of dedication he has shown over the last few years suggests that he is due to have his star grow in the very imminent future.
Feeling High – Vershon
If I’m not mistaken Vershon makes his first appearance on the playlist. This is another artist that has been making significant moves on the dancehall scene. Definitely one to watch in the very near future. Crazy vibes on this here tune.
Yeah Yeah – Aidonia
Another artist that is surprisingly making a debut on the playlist if I’m not mistaken. One of my favourite dancehall artists from the old Alliance days, dare I say it but I preferred his music to Vybz Kartel’s back then. The one thing that put a lot of people from appreciating the sheer lyricism that Aidonia possesses is his rather quick delivery topped with his very thick accent. If you listen close enough you will see why I rated him back then, and now he is a better songwriter so it’s only fair that the ratings increase.
El Chapo – Popcaan
So the bro Don has been harping on about this tune for a while and I somehow managed to miss out on listening to it until I started working this playlist, shame on me. This song is super cool, probably the best tune I’ve heard from Popcaan in a while, mainly because he goes back to the formula that helped him blow up. Tough lyrics over riddims that are easy to listen to, big tune!
Lehbeh Lehbeh – Ding Dong
This tune is cool. It’s a retake of Runtown’s Mad Over You, which you will find in the Week 9 playlist hehe. Ding Dong did well on it, but I don’t know if it’s just because I am a huge fan of the original tune. It’s great to see African music getting remade in JA, that’s a good sign that Afropop is progressing in the right direction.
The Right Place – Masicka
Masicka makes an appearance with a big tune. Play this one of repeat! VIBES!!!
Big up to the brother Don for taking some time to draft a playlist for your listening pleasure. Until next week