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Raver Reviews: Raver’s Top 10 Reggae Singles of 2015

ONE.  Dre Island – “M16” (E5 Records)

The number one stunna this year is “M16,” the first single from Dre Island’s forthcoming Project Now I Rise. Dre’s vocal slices through this hard as nails riddim like a samurai sword laying it to waste forever. Holy shit what a performance.  “Ring de alarm, cuz Babylon be falling!”  No other man dare test this track!

TWO.  Michael Rose “Do Nuh Follow” (“Lion of Judah” riddim) Zion I Kings

In perhaps his best performance since meeting Ryan Moore of Twilight Circus, Michael Rose comes strong for the youth in this “nah follow fashion” tune from the Zion I Kings “Lion of Judah” riddim compilation.

THREE.  Don Carlos feat. Christos DC – “Righteous Chant” (Honest Music DC)

Christos DC comes with a quintessential throwback Don Carlos roots tune and a truly inspiring video to go along with it. By far the best Don Carlos tune in recent memory. Produced by Christos DC for his own Honest Music label, the tune also features Christos’ supreme vocal talents alongside the Don. Purest vibrations…

FOUR.  Puma Ptah – “Business of Confusion Dub” (Honest Music DC)

An EXCLUSIVE free download from Honest Music DC, the dub version of Puma Ptah’s “Business of Confusion” from the In One Accord EP features the dub mastery of Mr. B.  His dub mix is pure gravity – densely layered, smoked out throwback to King Tubby’s dub style – a heavy-charging wall of sound.

FIVE.  House of Shem – “Jah Love” (Yemisi Riddim) Oneness Records

An impassioned performance and an abiding positive message make New Zealand’s House of Shem’s “Jah Love” one of 2015’s best.

SIX.  SkyGrass – “Immortal Stepper” (StoneLove)

Rory StoneLove’s “Zeen” riddim is hands down one of 2015’s tuffest. This high-stepping yet hard-hitting affair suits SkyGrass just fine as he proceeds to cut it up in fine style.

SEVEN.  Gregory Isaacs – “Poor Man in Love” (Tabou1)

Guillaume Bougard and Sly & Robbie come with a killer Gregory Isaacs 12″. One of the best Gregory Isaacs tracks in more than a decade.

EIGHT.  Iba Mahr – “Haile” (Conquering Lion Records)

Of all the so-called “reggae revival” artists, Iba Mahr has the strongest run of singles. His Great Is H.I.M. EP is the best revival record to hit the streets since that movement was formed more than five years ago. He added to his brilliant run of singles in February 2015 with “Haile,” a searingly serious tune from Conquering Lion Records.

NINE.  Ras Demo – “Sekkle Up the Score” (Maximum Sound)

Ras Demolition Man destroyed Frenchie’s Armour Riddim with his single “Sekkle Up the Score.” Ras Demo murders the riddim in unparalleled style and fashion. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard an artist abuse a riddim with such fury. Watch dis youth…he’s a once in a lifetime talent.

TEN.  Suns of Dub feat. Jah Bami – “Unconditional Love” (Rockers International)

“Unconditional Love,” the first single from The Far East LP, features Suns’ Jah Bami singing over a melodica-laden heavy roots riddim arranged by Ras Jammy. Bami’s vocal is emotional and expressive as he oscillates between classic, soulful singing and melodic chanting. Addis Pablo is true on melodica, blowing with a command and conviction of a seasoned veteran. The track begins with a multi-layered instrumental arrangement which evolves into a minimalist dub track. It is euphonic and beautiful, and orchestrated masterfully by TriniYard.



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