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April 4, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 4th April 2020

Featuring a heap of listener requests, plus new music from Chezidek, Keznamdi, Marcus Gad, Iba Mahr & Luciano; the Keep Up riddim from Tads Productions; and the classic Baltimore riddim revisited.

CHEZIDEK & THE LIGERIANS – No Solution In Their Lies (Timeless: Soulnurse & Baco Records)
KEN BOOTHE – Ain’t No Sunshine (Darker Than Blue: Blood and Fire)
DON CARLOS – Special Request (Jah Guidance) –request
DENNIS BOVELL – Blood Ah Go Run (Rama) –request
LINVAL THOMPSON – Blood Gonna Run (Thompson Sound)
LEE PERRY & THE UPSETTERS – Cow Thief Skank (Son Of Thunder: Trojan) –request
DENNIS BROWN – Forget Me Not (Studio One)
THE HEPTONES – Sweet Talking (Studio One)
U ROY – Foundation Skank (Rebel) –request
GREGORY ISAACS – Private Beach Party (Music Works) –request
THE TAMLINS – Baltimore (Taxi) –request
COURTNEY MELODY – In The Streets (Baltimore riddim: Star Trail)
EVERTON BLENDER – The Man (Baltimore riddim: Star Trail)
SUGAR BLACK & LEBANCULAH – Listen To Lies (Baltimore riddim: Star Trail)
ANTHONY B – Bun Down Soddom (Baltimore riddim: Star Trail)
KEZNAMDI – Skyline Drive (Bloodline: Keznamdi Music)
KEZNAMDI – State of Emergency (Bloodline: Keznamdi Music)
MIKEY SPICE – Are You Ready (Are You Ready: Pro Production Entertainment)
IBA MAHR & LUCIANO – The Victory (Oneness)
IBA MAHR – Working (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
MORTIMER – Road To Trod (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
SOPHIA SQUIRE – Neva Heard Ah (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
MARCIA GRIFFITHS – Oh My Lord (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
JAH IZREHL – Hop Off (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
ETANA – Jah Love (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
RICHIE SPICE – Rasta Teachings (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
JAH CURE – Judas (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
SHUGA – Felony (Keep Up riddim: Tads)
JAH TUNG – Me Oh My (Snot riddim: Bellyfull)
MARCUS GAD – Rebel Form Of Soul (Rhythm of Serenity: Zion I Kings)
MIDNITE – Same Boat We (Beauty For Ashes: I Grade) –request
AKAE BEKA – Earth Repair (Hail The King: Higher Bound Productions) –request
ZENNITH & JESSE ROYAL – I Like It (Ancient Warrior: Zennith Music) –request
DEVIN DI DAKTA – Dear Hon Bro Gad (Saint Kingston Music)

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

March 28, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 28th March 2020

Paying respects to one of Jamaica’s greatest singer songwriters Bob Andy (1944-2020); founding member of Israel Vibration Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig (1952-2020); and UK singer (and victim of Covid-19) Delroy Washington (1952-2020). Plus new music from Jah9 & Tarrus Riley, and rising Jamaican artist Kash.

BOB ANDY – Fire Burning (Harry J)
BOB ANDY – I’ve Got To Go Back Home (Studio One)
BOB ANDY – My Time (Studio One)
BOB ANDY & MARCIA GRIFFITHS – Really Together (Studio One)
BOB ANDY – Too Experienced (Studio One)
BOB ANDY – Feeling Soul (Studio One)
BOB ANDY – Unchained (Studio One)
BOB ANDY – You Don’t Know (Harry’s)
BOB ANDY – Life (Green Door)
BOB ANDY – War In The City (Jam Rock)
BOB ANDY – Going Home (Studio One)
DELROY WASHINGTON – Help One Another (Message From Africa: Jah Shaka)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – On Jah Solid Rock (Why You So Craven: Arrival)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Lift Up Your Conscience (The Same Song: Top Ranking)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – We A De Rasta (Unconquered People: Tuff Gong)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Why You So Craven (Why You So Craven: Arrival)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Mud Up (Free To Move: RAS)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Rude Boy Shuffling (RAS)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Solomon Bloodline (Free To Move: RAS)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Falling Angels (IV: RAS) –request
QUASHANI BAHD – That’s Why I Love You (ZJ Heno) –request
JAH9 & TARRUS RILEY – Ready To Play (Note To Self: VP Records)
CHRONIXX – Dela Move (Dela Splash: Chronixx Music)
KASH – Oh Lord (Romeich & Brick Town Society)
KASH – Oh Lord part 2 (Attomatic & Hemton Music)
POPCAAN – Numbers Don’t Lie (Vanquish: OVO Sound) –request

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

March 21, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 21st March 2020

Shining the spotlight on some of our local talent, with a homegrown reggae and dancehall special. Plus new music from Jah9, Chronixx, Chezidek, and Zagga.

PETER TOSH – Fire Fire (Babylon Burning)
LUKE YEOWARD – Cool Water (Ghosts: Luke Yeoward)
KING RIVER RISING – Grow Old (Lucid: King River Rising)
ISAAC CHAMBERS & DUB PRINCESS – Life and Dedication (Isaac Chambers)
PIRATE SKA REBELLION – Sonic Anatomy (The Pirate Ska Rebellion)
JAH TUNG & ELIJAH BELLEROSE – Humanity (Elijah Bellerose)
ECHO DRAMA – Dread (Before It All Ends: Echo Drama)
QUASHANI BAHD – That’s Why I Love You (ZJ Heno)
MPRESS KANDACE – Let Us Unite (Mpress Kandace Productions)
RIK-E-RAGGA & MARVIN PRIEST – Searching For Paradise (Searching For Paradise: Ragga Records)
ZENNITH & DRE ISLAND – Lonely (Ancient Warrior: Zennith Music)
RAS JAHKNOW – Obrigado Jah (Jah Sta Li: Ras Jahknow)
RANDY & JAH ROOTS – Mr Sorry
THE PUSH REGGAE BAND – Pushing (The Push)
ZUGGU DAN, NATTALI RIZE, DUBKLAAT – Burning Fire (Dubklaat)
DUB FX – So Are You (Thinking Clear: Convoy Unltd)
SK SIMEON – God Man Strength (Interrupt)
SK SIMEON & DI APPRENTICE – Crazy (Tan Di Bogle riddim: King Toppa)
SOKEL – Oluwa (Sokel Music)
SHOTTAZ – Full Up (Shottaz)
MONKEY MARC & FYAH ROIALL – Willy Lynch (Vital Sound: Monkey Marc)
ZAGGA – New Hail (Carona) (Amini Music)
JAH9 & CHRONIXX – Note To Self (Okay) (Note To Self: VP Records)
MIDNITE – Envision (Free Indeed: Higher Bound Productions)
CHEZIDEK & THE LIGERIANS – Over The Mountains (Timeless: Soulnurse & Baco Records)
MIDNITE – His Speeches (Rastar) –request

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

March 7, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 7th March 2020

Featuring the new album “Rhythm Of Serenity” from Marcus Gad, plus a bag of requests, and nuff female reggae ahead of International Women’s Day.

QUEEN IFRICA – Dem Never See Di Sign (Chant Down Babylon Kingdom riddim: Penthouse)
BEVERLEY WILLIAMS – Sufferation (Shaka)
SISTER ASHER – Africa Calling (Message From Africa: Jah Shaka)
CAROL KALPHAT – African Land (Cry Tuff)
JUDY MOWATT – Black Woman (Black Woman: Grove Music & Island)
CAROL COLE & SISTER P – Ethiopia (Orchid)
SENYA – Children Of The Ghetto (17 North Parade: Impact)
SISTER NANCY – Roof Over Mi Head (Techniques)
BRIGADIER JERRY – Everyman A Mi Brethren (Jamaica Jamaica: RAS)
DENNIS ALCAPONE & ERIC DONALDSON – Guns Don’t Argue (Striker Lee) –request
DELTON SCREECHIE – I’ve Got A Letter (Silver Kamel Audio) –request
DELTON SCREECHIE – Living In The Ghetto (Moa Anbessa)
THE WAILERS – Run For Cover (Tuff Gong) –request
U ROY – Natty Rebel (Prince Tony) –request
BUJU BANTON – Hills and Valleys (Penthouse) –request
BUGLE – It’s A Journey (Live In Love riddim: TJ Records) –request
DANNY I – Completely (I Grade)
AKAE BEKA – Call Out To Jah (Homage To The Land: Fifth Son)
JAH9 & AKAE BEKA – Greatest Threat To The Status Quo (9: VP Records)
DEZARIE – Mind Yu Own (Fya: I Grade)
MIDNITE & I GRADE – Good Remnant (Assini: I Grade)
REEMAH – High Powaz (Breaking News: Feel Line Records)
BLAKKAMORE – Mash Down Georgetown (Upward Spiral: Baco Records)
MARCUS GAD & BLAKKAMORE – InI Royal (Rhythm Of Serenity: Zion I Kings)
MARCUS GAD – Overcome (Rhythm Of Serenity: Zion I Kings)
MARCUS GAD – Nature Like Scripture (Rhythm Of Serenity: Zion I Kings)
KIMMY – Blessings In The Sky (Kimmy)
KIM NAIN – I Am Woman (My Paradise riddim: Frankie Music)

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

February 8, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 8th February 2020

Featuring the new I-Taweh album “Reload”, the “Time and Prayer” riddim from TM & God Alone, and new tunes from Jah Cure, Khalia, Kenny Smyth, Lutan Fyah & Royal Blu.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Babylon System (Survival: Island)
THE WAILERS – Lyrical Satirical (Wail N Soul M)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Pimper’s Paradise (Uprising: Island) –request
THE WAILERS – Slave Driver (Catch A Fire: Island)
THE WAILERS – Burnin and Lootin (Talkin Blues: island) –request
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – One Love, People Get Ready (Exodus: Island) –request
THIRD WORLD – Roots With Quality (Observer)
GREGORY ISAACS – Hot Stepper (Night Nurse: Island)
DON CARLOS – Just A Passing Glance (Just A Passing Glance: RAS)
DON CARLOS – Passing Glance DJ Version (Just A Passing Glance: RAS)
AL CAMPBELL – Jah Love (Prophets Studio B)
FREDDIE McKAY – Another Weekend (Volcano)
BARRY BROWN – Them Haffi Get A Beating (Selena)
SUGAR MINOTT – Three Wise Men (Black Roots)
JOHNNY OSBOURNE – He Can Surely Turn The Tide (Fally Lover: Greensleeves)
FREDDIE McGREGOR – Never Get Away (Spiderman)
TAPPA ZUKIE – MPLA (Klik) –request
RANKING DREAD – Lots of Loving (Freedom Sounds) –request
DENNIS BROWN – Sitting and Watching (Taxi)
BITTY McLEAN – Brotherman (Taxi & Silent River)
BERES HAMMOND & SHAGGY – Fight This Feeling (Ranch Ent)
ASWAD – Justice (Distant Thunder: Mango) –request
I-TAWEH – No Mediocre Vybz (Reload: Tap Nat Muzik)
I-TAWEH – Danger Zone (Reload: Tap Nat Muzik)
MARCUS GAD – Conscious Father (Purify: Gadda Studio)
KENNY SMYTH – Genuine and Real (Raptilloids)
LUCIANO – Zion My Home (Time and Prayer riddim: TM & God Alone)
HERO – God Lifted Me (Time and Prayer riddim: TM & God Alone)
EXCO LEVI – Still Be Loving You (Time and Prayer riddim: TM & God Alone)
CHEZIDEK – Reggae Revival (Time and Prayer riddim: TM & God Alone)
P-ZED – Nuh Watch The Hype (Time and Prayer riddim: TM & God Alone)
P-ZED – Cassava (Cassava Piece riddim: Inspire)
LITTLE HERO – Cry For The Poor (Inna Di City) (Cassava Piece riddim: Inspire)
JAH CURE – Oh Jah (Stand Up) (Ireland Records)
KHALIA – Easy (K-Licious Music & Dubshot)
LUTAN FYAH & ROYAL BLU – Watch Over Me (Touch Di Road: Oneness)

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

January 25, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 25th January 2020

Featuring an interview and live studio performance by Dub FX and Woodnote… plus the Freedom Horns riddim from Brukout, posthumous Akae Beka, and brand new Koffee & J Hus.

NO FIXED ADDRESS – We Have Survived (From My Eyes: Rough Diamond)
ZENNITH – Long Way Home (Zennith Music)
ZENNITH & ZDC – Ancient Warrior (Ancient Warrior: Zennith Music)
THE UPSETTERS – French Connection Chapter 2 (Upsetter) –request
DOBBY DOBSON & THE SUPERSONICS – I’m A Loving Pauper (Treasure Isle) –request
KEN BOOTHE – Without Love (Studio One)
TOMMY McCOOK & THE SUPERSONICS – The World Needs Love (Treasure Isle)
CULTURE – Two Sevens Clash (Joe Gibbs)
MR BOJANGLES – Prophecy Revealed (Joe Gibbs) –request
HORACE ANDY – This World (Attack) –request
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – So Jah Say (Natty Dread: Island)
DUB FX – So Are You (Thinking Clear: Convoy Unltd)
< interview and live studio performance from Dub FX and Woodnote >
DUB SYNDICATE – Ravi Shankar part 1 (On-U Sound)
AKAE BEKA – The Serpent (Defendjah: Rastar)
AKAE BEKA – Winners On The Ground (Hail The King: Zion Bound Productions) –request
BLACK UHURU & AGENT SASCO – Stronger (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
CALI P & CAPLETON – Dem A Go Burn (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
EXCO LEVI – Blood Is On Your Shoulders (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
CHUKKI STARR – Can’t Break Me Down (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
RANDY VALENTINE – No Hype Attached (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
MORGAN HERITAGE – Strictly Roots (Freedom Horns riddim: Brukout)
JAE PRYNSE – If We Only (Kingston Journey: Evidence Music)
WIZKID & CHRONIXX – Jam (StarBoy Entertainment)
J HUS & KOFFEE – Repeat (Black Butter Records)
FARRUKO & BAD BUNNY – La Cartera (Gangalee: Sony)

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

January 18, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 18th January 2020

Featuring new music from Lutan Fyah, Micah Shemaiah, Junior Dread, Junior Natural, and Queen Omega… plus the Rock And Groove riddim from In.Digg.Nation Collective, and some old and new Third World ahead of their Australian tour.

GLEN WASHINGTON – Chant Down Wickedness (Masterpiece: Zion High Productions)
ALRIC FORBES – Morning Train Version (Forbes)
THE VIBRATORS – Rise and Shine (Impact)
SANG HUGH & THE LIONAIRES – Rasta No Born Yah (The Thing)
JACOB MILLER – Forever Ever Backward Never (Songbook: Top Ranking)
ERROL DUNKLEY – Love Is A Wonderful Thing (Teams)
SONYA SPENCE – Peace and Unity (High Note)
PRINCE FAR I – Put It Out (Livity: PRE)
LITTLE ROY – Rat Trap (Packin House: Pressure Sounds)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Am-A-Do (Talkin’ Blues: Island)
PETER TOSH – Glasshouse (Mama Africa: EMI)
LUCKY DUBE – Back To My Roots (Captured Live: Gallo)
ASWAD – Not Satisfied (Live and Direct: Island)
THIRD WORLD – Jah Glory (live) (Reggae Ambassadors: Island)
THIRD WORLD & PRESSURE – People Of A Different Color (More Work To Be Done: Ghetto Youths International)
THIRD WORLD & DAMIAN MARLEY – Not The Only One (More Work To Be Done: Ghetto Youths International)
THIRD WORLD – Brand New Beggar Dub (Third World Deluxe Edition: Island)
LUTAN FYAH – Gone Too Far (Oneness)
JUNIOR DREAD – Control (Kingston Journey: Evidence Music)
MICAH SHEMAIAH – Parlez (Kingston Journey: Evidence Music)
JUNIOR NATURAL & PRESSURE – Still Watching (Get Aktive: Zion High Productions)
JUNIOR NATURAL – Get Aktive (Get Aktive: Zion High Productions)
BUZZROCK – Marcus (Great riddim: Black African Museum)
QUEEN OMEGA – Thankful (Great riddim: Black African Museum)
MIDNITE & I GRADE – Recounciliation (Rule The Time: I Grade)
MIDNITE & LION TRIBE – Herd (Standing Ground: Fifth Son)
KA’IKENA SCANLAN & THE VITALS 808 – He Kanaka (Ka’Ikena Scanlan)
ALAM – Open The Borders (Sounds Of Freedom: Dibyz Music)
NAOMI COWAN – Peace of Mind (Rock and Groove riddim: In.Digg.Nation Collective)
SEVANA – Haul and Pull Up (Rock and Groove riddim: In.Digg.Nation Collective)
LILA IKE – Sweet Inspiration (Rock and Groove riddim: In.Digg.Nation Collective)
JAZ ELISE – Rock and Groove (Rock and Groove riddim: In.Digg.Nation Collective)

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

January 11, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 11th January 2020

Featuring some blazing roots fire in the first hour, followed by Jesse I’s “best of the rest” rundown in the second – showcasing the best songs of 2019 that aren’t quite reggae, and aren’t exactly dancehall, but definitely deserve recognition.

TORCH – Blazing (Freedom Fire riddim: Inde Works)
RANKING JOE – Fire (DEB)
NOVELETTE BARNETT aka NORA DEAN – Fire De A Town (High Note)
SYLFORD WALKER – Cleanliness Is Godliness (South East Music) –request
THE INTERNS aka THE VICEROYS – Send Us (Consider Yourself: Chanan-Jah)
DENNIS BROWN – Concrete Castle King (Visions: Joe Gibbs)
BURNING SPEAR – World Dub (Bad To Worst) (Living Dub vol 2: Heartbeat)
BURNING SPEAR – Hail HIM (Hail HIM: Burning Spear)
THE AFRICAN BROTHERS – Youths of Today (Ital)
KIDDUS I – Fire Burn (Shepherd)
KIDDUS I – Graduation In Zion (Shepherd)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Jah Time Has Come (The Same Song: Top Ranking)
MAX ROMEO – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry (War Ina Babylon: Island)
ETANA – Jah See Dem A Come (Penthouse)
ETANA – I Am Not Afraid (Rub A Dub riddim: No Doubt)

BEST OF THE REST 2019
IZAC KING – Good Vibes (Life Of A Ghetto Youth chapter 2: VAS Productions)
MASICKA – Darkest Times (Genahsyde Records & 1 Syde)
MASICKA – King Inna Earth (Still A Live riddim: Sweet Music)
DEXTA DAPS – Flight Mode (Still A Live riddim: Sweet Music)
DEXTA DAPS – Real Know Real (Motion riddim: One Motion Records)
TEEJAY – Owna Lane (Romeich)
CHRONIC LAW – Eyes Wide Open (Pain: Hemton Music & Flydiewise Productions)
CHRONIC LAW – Hill Side (Elite Generation Records)
CHRONIC LAW – Bless Me (Conquest Parade riddim: Damage Muziq)
TOMMY LEE – Blessings (Conquest Parade riddim: Damage Muziq)
SHANE O – Hold On (Conquest Parade riddim: Damage Muziq)
POPCAAN – Irreplaceable (Elite Generation Records)
POPCAAN – Traumatized (Notnice)
POPCAAN – Level Up (Markus Records)
POPCAAN – Silence (Mixpak Records) *
POPCAAN & AGENT SASCO – Banks Of The Hope (Diamond Studios)
JAH IZREHL – Betta Than That (Tads) *
BUSY SIGNAL – It Ruff (Limited Edition riddim: Emudio)
BUGLE & DRE ISLAND – Day By Day (CR203)
* released in 2018

listen online at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/babylonburning

More Fire 215 – January 2020


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January 4, 2020 (best of 2019 review)

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 4th January 2020

JESSE I’S 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

As always, these lists reflect my personal taste, while also taking into account the response these songs received at dances locally and around the world. I generally avoid including more than one song on the same riddim, though I have mentioned others where it was particularly difficult to choose, or where you would virtually never play one without also playing the other. Some songs from the previous year often sneak into the countdown – slow burners that took a while to catch on, became popular when a music video was released some time after the song itself, or were simply more popular this year than last. This year was interesting in that the top spots on both the reggae and dancehall side of things were actually released in 2018, but still managed to dominate 2019.

The songs were aired in reverse order, counting down from #25 to #1, with reggae in the first hour, and dancehall in the second. Songs with an asterix were released in 2018.

BEST OF 2019 REGGAE

2019 wasn’t a particularly exciting year for reggae music in my opinion, and it is as interesting to note what is missing from this countdown as it is to note what is missing. I really felt the lack of big riddims this year, as the industry appears to be moving away from the traditional model of multiple vocal cuts on a single riddim, in favour of more true singles (this just as evident in dancehall too). Of course, many producers are still releasing riddims, but there weren’t many “must play” reggae riddims in 2019, as my countdown illustrates. After dominating most of the decade, Chronixx didn’t make my list at all this year – he simply didn’t release much music, and what he did couldn’t really be called reggae by any stretch. Likewise, Damian Marley only rates for his guest spots with other artists, lacking a hit of his own.

Bermuda’s Collie Buddz was my artist of the year, largely on the strength of his excellent album “Hybrid”. The single “Love and Reggae” was released in mid-2018, but was easily my pick for biggest reggae song of 2019. A simple ode to the joy of dancing in a corner of a reggae dance with a drink, a spliff, and a partner, it soon became an anthem and a favourite at every More Fire dance for the year. A few other songs from the album also made an impact, including another ganja celebration “Legal Now”, and the social-media focused “Show Love”.

1. Collie Buddz – Love and Reggae (Harper Digital) *
2. Koffee – Throne (Promised Land Recordings)
3. Gappy Ranks – Getaway Driver (Dan)
4. K Vibes aka Bryck Rose – As He Made You (Love Rasta riddim: Strictly Yard Music)
King Mas – Age Of Knowledge (Love Rasta riddim: Strictly Yard Music)
5. Vershon – Pray (GT Muzik)
6. Junior Morgan & Kin Riddimz – Hill Top (Dub and Rock)
7. Marcus Gad & Tamal – River (High Records & Baco Records)
8. Protoje, Lila Ike, Agent Sasco – Not Another Word (In.Digg.Nation Collective & Zion I Kings)
9. Verse Simmonds – Gunstown (Mel & Mus)
10. Collie Buddz – Legal Now (Harper Digital) *
11. Jemere Morgan – Troddin (Dada Son Entertainment)
12. Mavado, Buju Banton, Sizzla – Holy Mountain (JonFX Remix)
13. Skip Marley & Damian Marley – Thats Not True (Tuff Gong)
14. Collie Buddz – Show Love (Harper Digital)
15. Alkaline – Never Lose Hope (DJ Frass)
16. Tarrus Riley, Sugar Roy, Conrad Crystal, Zareb – Say A Prayer For Me (GR876 Music)
17. Randy Valentine, Eesah, Runkus – Blessed (King I-Vier Music & Loud City)
18. Ka’ikena Scanlan – Utu Bang Bang (Spoon Meat Entertainment)
19. Junior Morgan & Kin Riddimz – Wanty Wanty (Dub & Rock)
20. Lila Iké – Where I’m Coming From (In.Digg.Nation Collective)
21. Qraig – Where Is The Love (BaDArT Muzic)
I Octane – Karma (BaDArT Muzic)
Anthony B – Pull It Up Selectah (BaDArT Muzic)
22. Pressure & R City – Streets Keep Calling (I Grade Records)
23. Marcus Gad – Leggo Ego (Zion I Kings)
24. Fikir Amlak – Walk with Jah (Akashic Records)
25. Buju Banton – Holy Ground (We The Best)

REGGAE HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Akae Beka – By Day
Akae Beka – Nah Talk
Akae Beka & Protoje – Mek A Menshun
Anthony B – Faya Red
Aza Lineage – Can’t Sit Down
Aza Lineage – Sound System
Azizzi Romeo – Age Of Truth
Azizzi Romeo & Xana Romeo – Final Warning
Buju Banton – Steppa
Chezidek & The Ligerians – Beat Dem
Christopher Martin – General A General
Cocoa Tea & Louie Culture – Beat Dem
Collie Buddz – Love Is Life
Danny I – Life Is In The Blood
Danny I – Lost Kings
Danny I – Storm Within the Storm
Danny I – We Miss You
Derajah – What Yuh Gonna Do Now
Dre Z – Rainclouds
Exco Levi – Time To Live Up
Flames Eye – Ina Dis Yah Time
Gappy Ranks – Greedy (Simeon)
Jah Cure, Capleton, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo – Street Kings
Jah Izrehl – Nuh Chattings
Jah Izrehl – Regular Yute
Jah Tung – Queen Alpha
Jah Tung & Aza Lineage – Tropical Breeze
Jah Wiz – Slavery
Jahdan Blakkamoore – Play The Role
Jesse Royal & Protoje – Lion Order
Junior Natural – Get Aktive
Kabaka Pyramid – Mr Gunman
King Mas – Flat Earth
King Mas, Randy Valentine, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Hymphatic Thabs, Kabaka Pyramid – Definition Of A King
Lutan Fyah – Foundation Fi Di Youths
Lutan Fyah – Pick and Choose
Mackeehan – Blazing Fire
Marcus Gad – Nature Calling
Meleku – How Great Is This Moment
Messenjah Selah – Can’t Wipe We Out
Morgan Heritage – Bedrock
Mpress Kandace – Let Us Unite
Pressure – It Red
Pressure – King Selassie First
Pressure & Reemah – Burn Down
Protoje – It Nuh Safe
Push Reggae Band – Pushing
Queen Ifrica – To See
Rasta Unity & Lutan Fyah – Youth Rise Up
Samuel Medas – Harder Than Before
Shenseea – Streets Nuh Right
Singer J – More High Grade
Skip Marley – Enemy
Stephen Marley – 40 Days and 40 Nights
Stonebwoy – Black People
Stranjah Miller – Sailing
Tarrus Riley – Still Rest On My Heart
Third World & Damian Jr Gong Marley – Not The Only One
Third World & Pressure Busspipe – People of a Different Color
Treesha & Queen Ifrica – Fyah Daughter
Young Shanty – Blessings
Zamunda – Fast Lane

BEST OF 2019 DANCEHALL

It should surprise nobody that Vybz Kartel is the name that appears most on this list, especially when the “honorable mentions” are taken into account. The Worl’ Boss was once again the king of dancehall music, with less competition this year than in recent ones, as Aidonia took most of the year off, and Alkaline and Popcaan didn’t have quite as much impact as usual.

The big story of the year was the eruption of dancehall from outside of Kingston, most notably the Montego Bay artists of the “6ix”, including Squash, Chronic Law, and Daddy1. They certainly gave credence to the catchphrase “6ix is real”, with a huge impact on the Jamaican scene, and indeed on the very sound of the music. Never has dancehall sounded more like trap music than in 2019, and I believe that the 6ix-affiliated producers such as Hemton Music, Attomatic, and Shabdon Records played a big part in that.

Fellow Mo Bay artist Teejay was my personal pick for most-improved artist of the year, as he stepped up with a bunch of deadly tunes and firmly established himself as a name artist. His anthemic “Owna Lane” was my favourite song for the first part of the year, though I’ve listed it in the “best of the rest” category, as it doesn’t fit comfortably in either the dancehall or reggae listings.

While trap-dancehall might have been the hot sound of 2019, demand for classic bashment riddims is clearly still very strong, and plenty of veteran producers were happy to capitalise. Producer Linton White of TJ Records had an outstanding year, with multiple big riddims and several hit singles, all spanning a range of dancehall styles.

It was particularly exciting to see the return of one of dancehall’s greatest, as Buju Banton returned to Jamaica after serving 7 years prison time in the US on drug charges. Buju’s first new releases (with Penthouse records producer Donovan Germain and We the Best Music’s DJ Khaled) were well received, but things really got exciting when he collaborated with legendary producers Dave Kelly for “Trust”; a straight-dancehall killer that features Buju riding the kind of timeless dancehall riddim that Kelly is known for.

Of course, the other big influence on dancehall in 2019 was afrobeats, with many notable artists either voicing on afrobeats riddims, or working with afrobeats artists. Here in Melbourne, the healthy relationship between the two genres was obvious, as we saw more parties advertising both styles than ever before.

The global popularity of UK dancehall became more noticeable in 2019, possibly a result of the way that streaming services deliver new music. Whatever the reason, it worked out well for UK-artist Stylo G, who even managed to crossover into the Jamaican scene (admittedly helped by remixes with high-profile artists), and the UK’s Wiley, Stefflon Don & Idris Elba, who joined Sean Paul for the inescapable hit “Boasty”.

At the number one spot we have the new Jamaican sensation Koffee, who has nicely followed Chronixx’s path to international stardom (complete with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live). Her huge hit “Toast” was released late in 2018, but it will still getting played heavily (and still getting a reaction) at the end of 2019. It will go down in history as one of the evergreen dancehall hits.

1. Koffee – Toast (Promised Land Recordings) *
2, Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul, Idris Elba – Boasty (Toddla T & Mucky)
3. Munga – Nah Mad (Ajusdivybz Music) *
4. Vybz Kartel – Any Weather (G6ixx riddim: Shab Don Records)
Teejay – Shub Out (G6ixx riddim: Shab Don Records)
5. Aidonia – Aircraft (Aircraft riddim: Chimney Records)
6. Koffee & Govana – Rapture (Remix) (Promised Land Recordings)
7. Buju Banton – Trust (Gargamel Music)
8. Teejay – Henny and Weed (One Don riddim: Shab Don Records)
Vybz Kartel – Badmind (One Don riddim: Shab Don Records)
9. Govana – Olé (Emudio)
10. Koffee & Gunna – W (Promised Land Recordings)
11. I Octane – Gwaan Talk (Big Zim)
12. Masicka – Humongous (Humongous riddim: CR203 Records)
Vybz Kartel – Me Tell U (Humongous riddim: CR203 Records)
Shenseea – Replaceable (Humongous riddim: CR203 Records)
13. Shenseea & Tyga – Blessed (Rich Immigrants & Interscope)
14. Vybz Kartel & Spice – Back Way (TJ Records)
15. Alkaline – Elite Only (Tru Ambassador)
16. Mavado – Flammable (Good Good Productions)
17. Busy Signal – Got To Tell You (Zum Zum)
18. Alkaline – Most Wanted (Tru Ambassador)
19. Popcaan – Party Business (Young Vibez)
20. Masicka – Hazard (Dismay riddim: TJ Records)
Vybz Kartel & Chronic Law – Can’t Kill We (Dismay riddim: TJ Records)
21. Squash & Vybz Kartel – Beat Dem Bad (6ix Real Records)
22. Vybz Kartel – Come Home (TJ Records)
23. Stylo G, Sean Paul, Spice – Dumpling (Remix) (3 Beat Productions)
24. Chronic Law – Nuh Play (Dancehall Posse riddim: TJ Records)
Vybz Kartel – Tip (Dancehall Posse riddim: TJ Records)
25. Squash – Ohh Lala La (Sky Bad Musiq) *

DANCEHALL HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Alkaline – Depend Pon Nobody
Alkaline – Mama Pray
Amindi, Tessellated, Valleyz, Kranium, Popcaan – Pine and Ginger (remix)
Big Zeeks & Stylo G – Happy
Blak Ryno – Juicy (Shab Don)
Bounty Killer – Never Since
Busy Signal – Dem Fake
Busy Signal – Face Dem A Ben Up
Busy Signal – Go Hard
Busy Signal – Jah Know Dawg
Chronic Law – Friendship
Chronic Law – Live Life
Chronic Law & Ka$h – Good Weed
Chronixx, Koffee, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber – I Dont Care (remix)
Daddy1 – Anthem
Davido & Popcaan – Risky
Demarco – Happy
Demarco – Kingston 20
Dexta Daps & Masicka – Leader
Don Pree – Dash Weh
Flames Eye – More Than A Pleasure
Gage – So It Go
I Octane – Pull Up
Jada Kingdom – Execution
Jada Kingdom – Heavy!
Jada Kingdom – Sheng Heng
Jahvillani – Clarks Pon Foot
Jahvillani – Wileside Government
Konshens – Bad Man
Kranium & Alkaline – Just The Style
Masicka – Drug Lawd
Munga – Happy We Arite
Munga – Hustle Everyday
Nicki Minaj – Megatron
Orlando Octave – Simple Things
Popcaan – I’m Blessed With Life
Popcaan – Trouble Deh Deh
Shane O – Culture
Shane O – Question
Shatta Wale – Be Afraid
Shenseea – Limited Edition
Shenseea – Trending Gyal
Spice – Cool It
Squash – Bandit
Squash – Bull Dogg
Stylo G & The FaNaTiX – Touch Down (Dweet)
Tarrus Riley & Stonebwoy – GYAL (Girl You Are Loved)
Teejay – Baller
Teejay – Siddung Siddung
Turbulence, Stacious, Sanjay, Shelly Belly, iotosh, Don Husky – Emergency (Monkey Marc & Pinch)
Vybz Kartel – Can’t Trust
Vybz Kartel – Day Rave
Vybz Kartel – Dem Nuh Ready
Vybz Kartel – Drone Dem
Vybz Kartel – In Stock
Vybz Kartel – Loving Every Minute
Vybz Kartel – One Way
Vybz Kartel – Yardman Style
Vybz Kartel & Sikka Rymes – Like I’m Superman

BEST OF THE REST 2019

Songs that defy easy categorization – not quite reggae, not quite dancehall.

Teejay – Owna Lane
Popcaan – Traumatized
Bugle & Dre Island – Day By Day
Tommy Lee – Blessings
Chronic Law – Bless Me
Chronic Law – Hill Side
Chronic Law – Eyes Wide Open
Chronic Law – Family Different From Link
Chronic Law – Peak
Jah Izrehl – Betta Than That*
Popcaan – Silence*
Popcaan & Agent Sasco – Banks Of The Hope (remix)
Popcaan – Irreplaceable
Popcaan – Level Up
Masicka – King Inna Earth
Masicka – Darkest Times
Izac King – Good Vibes
Busy Signal – It Ruff
Dexta Daps – Real Know Real
Squash – Fight
Iba Mahr – Million Thoughts
Dexta Daps – Flight Mode

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