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February 24, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 24th February 2018

Featuring an interview with Australian producer Mista Savona, the man behind the Havana Meets Kingston album and upcoming live show. Plus the Destiny riddim from Young Pow, and new Fikir Amlak.

THE ROOTS – Mash Down (Greensleeves)
ZAP POW – Reggae River (Zap Pow)
ZAP POW – Last War (Zap Pow: Island)
RAS MICHAEL & THE SONS OF NEGUS – Truth and Right (Rastafari: Top Ranking)
RAS MICHAEL & THE SONS OF NEGUS – No Hoppers (Kibir Am Lak: Rastafari)
MICHAEL PROPHET – World Of Confusion (Certify: Burning Sounds)
KING KONG – Money Could A Buy (Repatriation: Irie Ites)
EEK A MOUSE – For Hire and Removal (Volcano)
CORNEL CAMPBELL, LEROY SIBBLES, PRINCE ALLA, THE JEWELS, CALI P, LUTAN FYAH, EXILE DI BRAVE – 100 Pounds Of Collie (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
RANDY VALENTINE & SOLIS – Carnival (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
MISTA SAVONA & JULITO PADRON – Carnival Horns (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
ERNEST RANGLIN & THE HAVANA KINGSTON ALLSTARS – 410 San Miguel (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
FRANCE NOOKS & PRINCE ALLA – Dubwise (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
LUTAN FYAH, I MAALI, BRENDA NAVARRETE, FRANCE NOOKS – Heart Of A Lion (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona & ABC Music)
THE HAVANA KINGSTON ALLSTARS – Chan Chan Instrumental (Mista Savona)
RANDY VALENTINE & ANYILENA – Vibracion Positive (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
I OCTANE – Weh Di Fire Gone (Destiny riddim: Young Pow)
BLACK AM I – Fire Burning (Destiny riddim: Young Pow)
PRESS KAY – Destiny (Destiny riddim: Young Pow)
POPCAAN – Where We Come From (Destiny riddim: Young Pow)
KRAIGGI BADART & QRAIG – Where Is The Love (Dub Wi Love riddim: BaDArt Muzic)
JOSHUA HALES & BRIZION – Iya Pray (Passing Through: Lumosapien Records & DubStrand Music)
FIKIR AMLAK – Rose of Sharon (Lewi Showcase: Blackheart Warriors)
FIKIR AMLAK – Grace Alone (Lewi Showcase: Blackheart Warriors)
JAH9 – In The Midst (9: VP)
ALKALINE – Load Up (Levels riddim: Yellow Moon)

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

February 17, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 17th February 2018

Featuring an interview with Chronixx ahead of his upcoming Melbourne show, the full run of songs on Monkey Marc’s new riddim “Yaad N Abraad”, the Straight Step riddim from Warrior Musick, and new music from Koffee and Torch.

LUTAN FYAH – Chant Down Babylon (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
RC – Starting Up A Fire (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
CHUCK FENDER – No Devil (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
SIR FORD & CAPLETON – The World Today (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
WARRIOR KING – Nuh Fraid (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
TURBULENCE – Where Is (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
BUSY SIGNAL – Rise Again (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
FANTAN MOJAH – Let Us Live (Straight Step riddim: Warrior Musick)
WAILING SOULS – Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live (Channel One)
STEEL PULSE – Makka Splaff, Drugs Squad, Handsworth Revolution (Rastafari Centennial: Live In Paris: MCA)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Little Children (TRS Records)
MARCIA GRIFFITHS – Survival (High Note)
CULTURE – Natty Never Get Weary (High Note)
CULTURE – Citizen As A Peaceful Dub (High Note)
CULTURE – The International Herb (High Note)
RAS MIDAS – Jah Jah Same Love (Harry J)
THE MAN EZEKE – Rasta Man A Come (Ja-Disc)
CHRONIXX & CAPLETON – Help The Weak (Zincfence Records)
CHRONIXX & CHRONICLE – Big Bad Sound (Chronology: Soul Circle Music)
CHRONIXX – Spanish Town Rocking (Chronixx Music)
< interview with Chronixx >
CHRONIXX – Start A Fyah (Game Theory riddim: Jungle Josh)
< interview with Chronixx >
CHRONIXX – Here Comes Trouble (Rootsman riddim: Overstand Entertainment)
CHRONIXX – Di Youth Dem (Start A Fyah mixtape)
CHRONIXX – Most I (Scriptures riddim: Don Corleon)
CHRONIXX – Capture Land (Dread & Terrible: Chronixx Music)
KRANIUM – Draw Me Out (Rumours: Atlantic)
KOFFEE – Raggamuffin (Frankie Music)
DRE ISLAND – Yaad N Abraad (Yard N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
5 STAR – Cold City (Yard N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
EARTH AND THE FULLNESS – Living In The Joy (Yard N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
IBA MAHR – Come Out (Yard N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
TORCH – 10k Lions (Fire and Light: Evaburningflame)

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

February 10, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 10th February 2018

Featuring a killer new Iba Mahr tune produced by Melbourne’s own Monkey Marc, plus the new Iba Mahr album “Get Up and Show” from Oneness Records, new Chronixx & Capleton, an interview with local reggae artist Ras Jahknow, some classic Bob Marley & The Wailers ahead of the annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash, and some Speng Bond ahead of his Melbourne show next week. Also paying respects to the upcoming artist France Nooks, who was tragically murdered last week in Kingston.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Burnin’ and Lootin’ (Talkin’ Blues: Island)
THE WAILERS – Ammunition (Tuff Gong)
THE WAILERS – Concrete Jungle (Tuff Gong)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Talkin’ Blues (Talkin’ Blues: Island)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Rock It Version (Tuff Gong)
THE WAILERS – Craven Choke Puppy (Tuff Gong)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – I’m Hurting Inside (Songs of Freedom: Island)
RAS JAHKNOW – Obrigado Jah (Jah Sta Li: Ras Jahknow)
RAS JAHKNOW – People’s Dub (jah Sta Li Dub: Ras Jahknow)
RAS JAHKNOW – Jah Jah Man Dub (jah Sta Li Dub: Ras Jahknow)
RAS JAHKNOW – Can’t Change Jah Jah Man (Jah Sta Li: Ras Jahknow)
RAS JAHKNOW – Rastaman (Jah Sta Li: Ras Jahknow)
BUNNY RUGS & THE UPSETTERS – Be Thankful (Upsetter)
PABLO MOSES – Dubbing Is A Must ( A Song: Island) –request
THE GLADIATORS – Jah Works (Proverbial Reggae: Virgin) –request
KING SPORTY – Don’t Kill The Goose (Kingston) –request
JOE GIBBS & ERROL T – Jubilation Dub (African Dub Almighty Chapter 3: Joe Gibbs) –request
THE GLADIATORS – Looks Is Deceiving (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
DAMIAN MARLEY – Looks Are Deceiving (Stony Hill: Ghetto Youths International)
IBA MAHR – No Vanity (Get Up And Show: Oneness)
IBA MAHR & UMBERTO ECHO – No Vanity Dub (Get Up And Show: Oneness)
IBA MAHR – Come Out (Yaad N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
MONKEY MARC – Yaad N Abraad riddim (Monkey Marc)
FRANCE NOOKS & PRINCE ALLA – Dubwise (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona & ABC Music)
LUTAN FYAH, I MAALI, BRENDA NAVARRETE, FRANCE NOOKS – Heart Of A Lion (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona & ABC Music)
CHRONIXX – They Don’t Know (Lance-A-Lot Productions)
CHRONIXX & CAPLETON – Help The Weak (Zincfence Records)
TRADESMAN & SPENG BOND – Fight Fi Come In (Scotch Bonnet)
SPENG BOND – Big Brother (March Of The Gremlins: Jahtari)
SPENG BOND – Dread Outta Road (Red Robin)
NARAM – Gizmo Riddim (March Of The Gremlins: Jahtari)
CHRONIXX – Likes (Soul Circle Music) –request

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

January 27, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 27th January 2018

Featuring the Episodes riddim from Yellow Moon, the new album Passing Through by American singer Joshua Hales, and some new sounds out of Asia courtesy of Toke and Syed Mahdzar.

KNOWLEDGE – Fire Burn (Tamoki Wambesi)
KNOWLEDGE & PRINCE FAR I – Negusa Negast (Tamoki Wambesi)
THE ROYALS – Nose Hole Dub (Dubbing With The Royals: Pressure Sounds)
THE ROYALS – If You Want Good (Tamoki Wambesi)
THE ROYALS – Peace and Love (Tamoki Wambesi)
THE ROYALS – Peace, Love and Dub (Dubbing With The Royals: Pressure Sounds)
ROOTS UPRISING – Family Tree (Asha T)
KIDDUS I & INNA DE YARD – Jah Power, Jah Glory (The Soul Of Jamaica: Chapter Two)
KEN BOOTHE & INNA DE YARD – Let The Teardrops Fall (The Soul Of Jamaica: Chapter Two)
BOB MARLEY – I Know A Place (Ascension)
PETER TOSH & MICK JAGGER – Don’t Look Back (Bush Doctor: Rolling Stone) –request
SUPER CAT – Glory Glory (Powerhouse)
KING KONG – Let Jah Arise (Jammys)
KING KONG – Gwaan (Repatriation: Irie Ites)
ZION I KINGS – Humble Thyself Dub (Dub In Zion: Zion High Productions)
JOSHUA HALES & BRIZION – Diamonds (Passing Through: Lumosapien Records)
JOSHUA HALES & BRIZION – Holographic (Passing Through: Lumosapien Records)
JOSHUA HALES & BRIZION – Amerikkka Tha Terrorist (Passing Through: Lumosapien Records)
KRISTINE ALICIA – Cry (Songs From Zion: RoryStoneLove & Black Dub)
KRISTINE ALICIA & ZIA – Come Home Natty (Songs From Zion: RoryStoneLove & Black Dub)
TARRUS RILEY – Ah Me And Jah (Episodes riddim: Yellow Moon)
ETANA – Green Card (Episodes riddim: Yellow Moon)
RICHIE SPICE – Revelation (Episodes riddim: Yellow Moon)
RAGE – I Am Not A Lonely Girl (Episodes riddim: Yellow Moon)
I OCTANE – Why Should I (Episodes riddim: Yellow Moon)
CORNEL CAMPBELL, LEROY SIBBLES, PRINCE ALLA, THE JEWELS, CALI P, LUTAN FYAH, EXILE DI BRAVE – 100 Pounds Of Collie (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
MORGAN HERITAGE – Down By The River (Fat Eyes) –request
TOKE – Rockers Asia (Deh Pon Stereo vol 2)
TOKE – Asia Afrika Dub (Deh Pon Stereo vol 2)
RAUZAN RAHMAN & SYED MAHDZAR – Our Revolution
DIONNE REID – She Can’t (Tuff Scout) –request

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

January 13, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 13th January 2018

Featuring an interview with Scottish singer Tom Spirals, plus the Nice And Ruff riddim from Heavy Beat, brand new Akae Beka from Zion I Kings, and the debut of Melbourne producer Monkey Marc’s new single with Jamaica’s Dre Island.

ANTHONY B – Bun Dem (Maroon riddim: Down Sound)
FANTAN MOJAH – Hail The King (Maroon riddim: Down Sound)
JAH CURE – Congo Man (Maroon riddim: Down Sound)
THE VICEROYS & INNA DE YARD – Love Is The Key (The Soul Of Jamaica: Chapter Two)
LLOYD PARKS & INNA DE YARD – Slaving (The Soul Of Jamaica: Chapter Two)
AUGUSTUS PABLO – Chain Gang (Rockers)
DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES – Intensified (Beverley’s) –request
GREGORY ISAACS – Too Late (Opportunity Records)
GREGORY ISAACS – Cool Down The Pace (Night Nurse: Island)
FRANKIE PAUL – Pass The Tu Sheng Peng (Volcano)
DON CARLOS – Laser Beam (Jackpot)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Under Mi Sensi (Time 1)
RC – Passenger Seat (Penthouse)
CULTURAL ROOTS – Can’t Fight Reality Version (Germain)
EXCO LEVI – Wahdada (Penthouse)
BURNING SPEAR – African Postman (Hail HIM: Burning Spear) –request
RAS MICHAEL & THE SONS OF NEGUS – Zion Land (Kibir-Am-Lak: Top Ranking)
MIDNITE – In The Race So Far (Ras Mek Peace: Wildchild)
SAMORY I – Serve Jah (Black Gold: Rorystonelove & Black Dub Music)
KRISTINE ALICIA – Blessed (Songs From Zion: Rorystonelove & Black Dub Music)
DEZARIE – Keep Praising Jah (Love In Your Meditation: Benjamin Newton)
AKAE BEKA – Felt Love Surely (Perfect Storm riddim: Zion I Kings)
TOM SPIRALS – Cool and Deadly (Escape Roots)
TOM SPIRALS – No Fear (Escape Roots)
< interview with Tom Spirals >
TOM SPIRALS – Stress Makes Worries (live in studio)
TOM SPIRALS – Architects of Chaos (Pure Niceness Records)
BERES HAMMOND – Invitation To Downtown (Nice and Ruff riddim: Heavy Beat)
EVERTON BLENDER – So Black So White (Nice and Ruff riddim: Heavy Beat)
PRESSURE – Wi Larger Than Life (Nice and Ruff riddim: Heavy Beat)
DRE ISLAND – Yaad N Abraad (Yaad N Abraad riddim: Monkey Marc)
KABAKA PYRAMID – Ready Fi The Road (Chant Down dubplate special)
DAMIAN JR GONG MARLEY – Here We Go (Stony Hill: Ghetto Youths International) –request

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

January 6, 2018

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 6th January 2018

Featuring Jesse I’s annual “best of the rest” review, looking at notable songs from 2017 that aren’t really straight reggae or dancehall and didn’t fit into last week’s countdown. Plus some killer new reissues from TRS Records.

MAX ROMEO – War In A Babylon (Black Art) –request
THE UPSETTERS – Sipple Dub (Black Art)
LEROY BROWN – Stand Up Strong (Color Barrier: Cartuna) –request
JUNIOR DELGADO – Devil’s Throne (Incredible Music)
WINSTON & THE NEW ESTABLISHMENT – Creation Version (Studio One)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Pimper’s Paradise
THE ROYALS – Blacker Black (Pick Up The Pieces: Tamoki Wambesi)
THE ROYALS – Sufferer Of The Ghetto (Pick Up The Pieces: Tamoki Wambesi)
THE ROYALS – Tekla (Dubbing With The Royals: Pressure Sounds)
TONY SCOTT – Freedom (Ultra Records & TRS Records)
THE ETHIOPIANS – Another Moses (Tropical Records)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Oh Jah Can’t You See (TRS Records)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Hypocrites (TRS Records)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Jah A The Creator (TRS Records)
WAYNE WADE – Down In Iran (Thompson Sound)
TOM SPIRALS – No Fear (Escape Roots)
TOM SPIRALS – Cool and Deadly (Escape Roots)
CAPLETON, FANTAN MOJAH, SIZZLA – No Surrender Megamix (Monkey Marc)
MUNGA HONORABLE – Situations (Quiet Lamb riddim: Netspen Entertainment)
EESAH – Run Ova Dem (Vybznation)
EESAH – High Grade (Yardcrime Remix)
EESAH – Main Volume (High Shelf Entertainment)
ALANDON – Stop Chat (Thompson House Music)
BUSY SIGNAL – Ghetto Life (Stainless)
ALKALINE – Nice and Easy (Lee Milla)
ALKALINE – Hard Tackle (Chimney)
ALKALINE – Suave (All Night riddim: Chimney)
TARRUS RILEY & KONSHENS – Simple Blessings (All Night riddim: Chimney)
ZAGGA – Lit (All Night riddim: Chimney)
KRANIUM – Meet N Beat (Atlantic)
KRANIUM & MASICKA – Fire In The Rain (TMG Productions)
SHANE O – Ungrateful (Exhortation riddim: Jones Ave)
MAVADO – Red Rose (Big Ship)
POPCAAN – Family (Cotton Swab riddim: Pure Music)
JAHMIEL – Dem Too Hype (DJ Frass)
DRE ISLAND – Jah Is For Us (Kingston City riddim: Notnice)
POPCAAN – Preserve My Life (Kingston City riddim: Notnice)
VERSHON – All Fi Dem (Kingston City riddim: Notnice)
VYBZ KARTEL – Watch Over Us (TJ Records)

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

December 30, 2017 (best of 2017)

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 30th December 2017

JESSE I’S 2017 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. Some songs from the previous year often sneak into the countdown – slow burners that took a while to catch on, or became popular when a music video was released some time after the song itself.

The songs were aired in reverse order, counting down from #20 to #1, with reggae in the first hour, and dancehall in the second.

BEST OF 2017 REGGAE

Few followers of contemporary reggae music would be surprised to see Chronixx and the Marley offspring in the top 5, but the names Samory I and Claye may not be as familiar. Samory I was clearly the breakthrough artist of the year, and his “Black Gold” release (produced by veteran Stone Love selector and producer Rory Gilligan) is also my pick for the best album of the year. Even more than the “roots revival” sound of recent years, Black Gold is a throwback to the classic roots reggae of the 70s, a very organic sound featuring deep one-drop riddims and majestic horns, perfectly matched with Samory I’s superb singing. Again, the subject matter is classic reggae music – songs of sufferation, Rastafari, love, and ghetto life – yet somehow it still manages to sound fresh and not cliched. On the other hand, Claye comes with a very modern sound, and a sing-jay style I never tire of. This UK-based artist has quietly been doing his thing for a few years now, and still remains criminally under-rated despite releasing two of the better reggae albums of the last few years. Not just a first-rate singer/songwriter, Claye also self-produced and played all of the instruments on his 2017 album “Perception”, and his purely independent approach also shines through in his uncompromising lyrics – particularly in songs like “F**k You”, “Black Sheep”, and “Speak My Mind”. Looking further down the list, it’s a joy to include a production from Melbourne boy Jake “Mista” Savona, taking the #5 spot with the hit lead single from his epic “Havana Meets Kingston” project, with help from top-class UK artist Randy Valentine, and Cuban singer Solis. Jamaican sing-jay Bugle is one of the most consistent artists of the decade, and always seems to take multiple spots on my countdown every year, despite never really getting a great deal of hype generally. This year was no exception, his “Be Yourself” album supplementing his usual strong single releases, and giving me a personal favourite for the year in “Devalue” – a song too slow for most dances, but which earned serious time on my car stereo. Other new names on the list are Eesah (emerging from Chronixx’s shadow as a solid artist in his own right) and Koffe (who came out of nowhere to have a hit with “Burning”, literally her first single ever).

1) CHRONIXX – Skankin Sweet (Chronology: Soul Circle Music)
2) CLAYE – Black Sheep (Perception: Countrybus Music)
3) SAMORY I – Black Gold (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
4) DAMIAN MARLEY & STEPHEN MARLEY – Medication (Ghetto Youths International)
5) RANDY VALENTINE & SOLIS – Carnival (Mista Savona)
6) SAMORY I – Black Gold (Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
7) ROMAIN VIRGO & BUGLE – No Problem (Season Change riddim: Berta Music)
8) KABAKA PYRAMID – Can’t Breathe (Ghetto Youths International)
9) COLLIE BUDDZ – Glass House (Good Life: Harper Digital)
10) BUGLE – Devalue (Be Yourself: An9nted Entertainment)
11) CLAYE – F**k You (Perception: Countrybus Music)
12) I OCTANE & JAH LIL – The Most High Live (Satta Rebirth riddim: Mr G Music)
13) PROTOJE – Blood Money (Indiggnation Collective)
14) KOFFE – Burning (Ouji riddim: Upsetta Records)
15) AKAE BEKA – Kind Words (Jahsaydo: Uhuru Boys Productions)
16) BUGLE – Endurance (Be Yourself: An9nted Entertainment)
17) CHRONIXX & CHRONICLE – Big Bad Sound (Chronology: Soul Circle Music)
18) BLACK UHURU & BUGLE – Jah Guide (Ajang)
19) PRESSURE – Sensi (In The Ghetto riddim: Jah Mikey One & Haze St Dub)
20) EESAH – Kingston Town (Caribic Night)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
ARKAINGELLE – Be Good (Tru Da Fyah: Zion High Productions)
ARKAINGELLE & AKAE BEKA – Beloved (Tru Da Fyah: Zion High Productions)
AZA LINEAGE & SMILEZ – Smoke Weed Today (Back Alley Music)
BRAZAMAN & RAS JAHKNOW – No Black, No White (Jah Works: Brazaman)
BUGLE – Once A Man, Twice A Child (Be Yourself: An9nted Entertainment)
BUSY SIGNAL – Hold A Medi (Ouji riddim: Upsetta Records)
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN – Better Than The Stars (Big Deal: VP Records)
CHRISTOS DC, HARRISON STAFFORD, KENYATTA HILL – Communion (Tessera: Honest Music)
CHRONIXX – Country Boy (Chronology: Soul Circle Music)
CHRONIXX – Ghetto Paradise (Chronology: Soul Circle Music)
CHRONIXX, JAH PINKS, TOKE – Reggae Alive and Well (Bamboo Bench riddim: Ijayhi Records)
CLAYE & GENTLEMAN – Back Up (Perception: Countrybus Music)
COLLIE BUDDZ – Good Life (Good Life: Harper Digital)
COLLIE BUDDZ – Lovely Day (Good Life: Harper Digital)
CORNEL CAMPBELL, LEROY SIBBLES, PRINCE ALLA, THE JEWELS, CALI P, LUTAN FYAH, EXILE DI BRAVE – 100 Pounds Of Collie (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
COURTNEY JOHN – Jah Love Is Waiting (Ecosystem: Soul Man Records & Fiwi Music)
DAMIAN MARLEY – Here We Go (Stony Hill: Ghetto Youths International)
DAMIAN MARLEY – Looks Are Deceiving (Stony Hill: Ghetto Youths International)
DAMIAN MARLEY – The Struggle Discontinues (Stony Hill: Ghetto Youths International)
DEXTA DAPS – Love Vacation (Intro: Daseca)
DIZZY DEE – What’s Wrong With The World (Jungle Josh)
DIZZY DEE & TORCH – Remain Silent (Lion Riddims)
DRE ISLAND – Ganja I’m Smoking (Upful Reggae riddim: Black African Museum)
FARI DIFUTURE – Farmer Man (12 Yaad Records)
FYAKIN – Steamin (Class One)
GAPPY RANKS – Dung Dung Diggy (Digital Salute riddim: Larger Than Life)
GAPPY RANKS & JAH TUNG – Nice and Early (117 Records)
HEMPRESS SATIVA – Boom (Unconquerebel: Conquering Lion Records)
HEMPRESS SATIVA – Fight For Your Rights (Unconquerebel: Conquering Lion Records)
HEMPRESS SATIVA – No Peace (Unconquerebel: Conquering Lion Records)
I OCTANE – Thank You Father (Reggae Fest riddim: DJ Frass)
IBA MAHR – Dollar Sign (Body and Soul riddim: Notis)
IBA MAHR – Get Up And Show (Body and Soul riddim: Notis)
JAH VINCI – Ask Yourself (Satta Rebirth riddim: Mr G Music)
JAH VINCI – Mama Africa (Santiago riddim: Soundbank Music & Bright Light Entertainment)
JAH’MILA – Who Feels It Knows It (Riverside riddim: Nah Lef Ya)
JESSE ROYAL – Fyah Fyah (Real Life Story riddim: Life Style Records)
KABAKA PYRAMID – Friends Like Those (Harmonious riddim: Matao Muzik)
KEIDA – Pray Fi Dem (Israel riddim: Rootz Radicals)
KEZNAMDI & CHRONIXX – Victory (Keznamdi Music)
KRISTINE ALICIA – Roll It (Songs From Zion: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
LONGFIYAH – Raggamuffin Yute Run Tings (GuerillJah Productions)
LUKE YEOWARD – Cool Water (Ghosts: Luke Yeoward)
LUTAN FYAH – Six Days (Nugs and Kisses riddim: Giddimani Music)
META & THE CORNERSTONES – Hira (Hira: Dibyz Music)
META & THE CORNERSTONES – Mind Your Business (Hira: Dibyz Music)
MICAH SHEMIAH & GIARK – Rude Bwoy Jamaica (Micah Shemiah & Giark)
MILLION STYLEZ – Jah Kingdom Come (Bamboo Bench riddim: Ijayhi Records)
MUNGA – It Nuh Easy (Live From Kingston riddim: Stainless)
NATTALI RIZE – One People (Nattali Rize/Roots People)
NATTALI RIZE & RAGING FYAH – Fly Away (Body and Soul riddim: Notis)
NATTALI RIZE, KABAKA PYRAMID, NOTIS – Generations Will Rize (Notis)
PRESSURE BUSSPIPE – Roun Yah (Waggy Ras & Le-Gions Music)
PROMISE NO PROMISES – Draw We Out (No Can Do: MacLes Music Factory)
PROTOJE & MORTIMER – Truth and Rights (Indiggnation Collective)
QUASHANI BAHD – That’s Why I Love You (ZJ Heno)
RANDY VALENTINE – Officer Barrage (67 riddim: King Horror)
RANDY VALENTINE – Vigilant (New Narrative: Royal Order & Loud City)
RANDY VALENTINE & ANYILENA – Vibracion Positive (Havana Meets Kingston: Mista Savona)
RANGE – Inward Rasta (Diamond Links)
RAS DEMO – Babylon (Reggae Sax riddim: Reggae Vibes)
RAS MATTHEW – Hand Me The Marijuana
RIK-E-RAGGA & MARVIN PRIEST – Searching For Paradise (Ragga Records)
ROMAIN VIRGO & CHRIS MARTIN – Leave People Business (Bettter Dub riddim: Mr G Music)
ROYAL BLU – On The Side (Sing With God: Foresta Music)
SAHIDA APSARA & SARITAH – Radiant Star (Convoy Unltd)
SAMORY I – Fear Of Jah (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
SAMORY I – Not Because (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
SAMORY I – Serve Jah (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
SAMORY I – Son Of David (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
SAMORY I – Weed (Black Gold: Black Dub Music/Rorystonelove)
SHUGA – Force Ripe (Digital Shade riddim: Digital B)
SHUGA – Onward (Silly Walks)
SIZZLA – Live In Love (Digital Fashion riddim: Digital B)
TEACHA DEE – Emperor Selassie (Burnhard Spliffington riddim: Giddimani Music)
UNO JAHMA – Israel (Israel riddim: Rootz Radicals)
VYBZ KARTEL & KY-MANI MARLEY – Cool and Deadly (Ghetto Rock riddim: TJ Records)
YOUNG SHANTY – Check For You (Burnhard Spliffington riddim: Giddimani Music)
YOUNG SHANTY – Nugs and Kisses (Nugs and Kisses riddim: Giddimani Music)
ZAMUNDA – Burn Dem Down (Scripts and Scrolls: Sweet Waters Spawn)
ZAMUNDA – Greatness (Scripts and Scrolls: Sweet Waters Spawn)

BEST OF 2017 DANCEHALL

What is left to say about Vybz Kartel? His continued dominance of dancehall music from behind bars has gone from astounding to expected. In 2017, like every other year since his imprisonment in 2011, he simply owned the genre (and in many ways, the country of Jamaica itself). Once again, Alkaline was hot on his heels though, almost all of his releases finding the mark and becoming a hit. Though Chronixx is much more a reggae artist than a dancehall one, I gave his anthem “Likes” the number one spot this year, as I don’t think there was any other song that was as universally played, at least here in Melbourne. Sheensea has to be dancehall’s breakout artist of the year, her career ignited by the huge success of the Kartel combination song “Loodi” (released in 2016 but still huge for the first half of 2017). Thankfully she was able to back up that start with a string of strong releases, including the dancefloor-favourite “Waistline Ting” which also made my top 20.

1) CHRONIXX – Likes (Soul Circle Music)
2) AIDONIA – Yeah Yeah (Emudio)
3) ALKALINE – Red Eyes (La Vida riddim: Lee Milla)
4) VYBZ KARTEL & WIZKID – Wine To Di Top (World Fete riddim: TJ Records)
5) VYBZ KARTEL – Highest Level (Head Concussion)
6) VYBZ KARTEL – Hold It (Studio Vibes)
7) VYBZ KARTEL – Mhm Hm (Jones Ave)
8) VYBZ KARTEL & MASICKA – Infrared (TJ Records)
9) DEXTA DAPS – 21 (Riddim 21 riddim: Ireland Records)
10) POPCAAN – 1 Guh (Young Vibez)
11) VYBZ KARTEL & SHENSEEA – Loodi (So Unique)
12) VYBZ KARTEL – Easy (Adidjahiem)
13) ALKALINE – Impact (Gego Don)
14) ALKALINE – Fast (Yellow Moon)
15) DEMARCO, AKON, RUNTOWN – No Wahala (Konvict Kulture)
16) JAHMIEL – Love Ones (Caliente riddim: Dunwell)
17) MASICKA – 10 Outta 10 (Money Mix riddim: Good Good Productions)
18) MAVADO – Careless Gal (Humbug riddim: CR203)
19) SHENSEEA – Waistline Ting (Mash Up International)
20) BUSY SIGNAL – Stay So (New Box riddim: Warriors Muzik)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
AGENT SASCO – Conqueror (Darker Shades riddim: Sting International & Ranch Ent)
AIDONIA – Hot Tool (JOP & 4th Genna)
ALKALINE – Buss Head (Timer riddim: DJ Frass)
ALKALINE – Golden Hold (Golden riddim: Lee Milla)
ALKALINE – Pretty Girl Team (Forever riddim: Armz House)
ALKALINE – Son Of A Queen (Money House riddim: Chimney)
BEENIE MAN – Dweet Den (Ragga riddim: Elektracute)
DEMARCO – Party Nice Can’t Done (Star Kutt & Konlive)
DEXTA DAPS – Grow Rough (Intro: Daseca)
FAY ANN LYONS – Raise Your Glass (Chicken and Dumplin riddim: Kubiyashi & Walshy Fire)
GAPPY RANKS – Buckingham Palace (Banton Bandits riddim: 420 Sound)
I OCTANE – Mi Ears A Ring (Full Chaarge)
I OCTANE – Party Start (Carib Feeling riddim: Jones Ave)
JAHMIEL – Strongest Soldier (Money House riddim: Chimney)
MAVADO – Love Everything (Humbug riddim: CR203)
MAVADO – Laugh and Gwaan (La Vida riddim: Lee Milla)
PARLY B – Dance (Banton Bandits riddim: 420 Sound)
POPCAAN – Frass Box (Wicked Up riddim: Notnice)
POPCAAN – Still Feel Good (Unruly Party riddim: Notnice)
SEAN PAUL – Suh Mi High (Dutty Rock Music)
SK SIMEON – Live and Direck (unsoundbwoy)
SK SIMEON – Ram Dance Daddy (Naram)
SK SIMEON – Ram Dance Don (King Toppa)
SK SIMEON & COOKIE CUTTERS – Free (Cookie Cuttters)
STONEBWOY & DEMARCO – Say It (Monie Beatz)
TARRUS RILEY – Graveyard (Moscow riddim: Head Concussion)
VYBZ KARTEL – Don’t Come Back (Vybz Kartel Muzik)
YAW FASO – Massive (Alt Music Group)

BEST OF THE REST 2017
Songs that didn’t weren’t 100% reggae or dancehall, but deserve mention…

Alandon – Stop Chat (Thompson House Music)
Alkaline – Hard Tackle (Chimney)
Alkaline – Nice and Easy (Lee Milla)
Alkaline – Suave (Chimney)
Busy Signal – Ghetto Life (Stainless)
Capleton, Fantan Mojah, Sizzla – No Surrender megamix (Monkey Marc)
Dexta Daps – Pray More (Kraiggi Badart)
Dexta Daps – Star (Soundbank & Nuh Linga)
Dre Island – Jah Is For Us (Notnice)
Eesah – High Grade (Yardcrime Remix)
Eesah – Main Volume (High Shelf Entertainment)
EEsah – Run Ova Dem (Vybznation)
Fabian – Mr Death (Soundbank & Nuh Linga)
Jahmiel – Dem Too Hype (DJ Frass)
Jahmiel – Nobody Nuh Care (UIM Records)
Kranium – Meet N Beat (Atlantic)
Kranium & Masicka – Fire In The Rain (TMG Productions & Genahsyde)
Mavado – Red Rose (Big Ship)
Munga Honorable – Situations (Netspen Entertainment)
Popcaan – Family (Pure Music)
Popcaan – Preserve My Life (Notnice)
Shane 0 – Ungrateful (Jones Ave)
Tarrus Riley & Konshens – Simple Blessings (Chimney)
Tatik – Till The Party (One Time Music)
Vershon – All Fi Dem (Notnice)
Vybz Kartel – Watch Over Us (TJ Records)
Zagga – Lit (Chimney)

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

December 23, 2017

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 23rd December 2017

Paying respects to the late singer Michael Prophet (1957-2017), and having a chat with Ugandan-Australian dancehall artist SK Simeon ahead of his “Ram Dance Don” album launch.

MICHAEL PROPHET – Love and Unity (Vivian Jackson)
KING TUBBY & YABBY U – Chanting Dub (Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Praise You Jah Jah (Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Fight To The Top (Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Hear I Prayer (Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET & SCIENTIST – Death To All Racists (Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meet Scientist At Dub Station: Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Gunman (Volcano)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Youthman (Arrival)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Rich Man, Poor Man (Love Is An Earthly Thing: CSA)
MICHAEL PROPHET & SCIENTIST – Stop Oppression Now (Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meet Scientist At Dub Station: Vivian Jackson)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Love Is An Earthly Thing (Love Is An Earthly Thing: CSA)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Jah Jah Rain A Fall (Certify: Burning Sounds)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Hold On To What You Got (Volcano)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Back Off (Certify: Burning Sounds)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Righteous Are The Conqueror (Volcano)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Just Talking (Greensleeves)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Help Them Please (Greensleeves)
MICHAEL PROPHET – Super Star (Roots Tradition)
MICHAEL PROPHET – True Born African (Love Linch)
MR WILLIAMZ & JOE LICKSHOT – The General Comes To Town (The General Comes To Town: Green Lion Crew)
SK SIMEON & DEEP FRIED DUB – Stay Strong (Stay Strong: Dubmission)
MARLA BROWN, LA TIFA, KELISSA, TASONIA, ALEIGHCIA SCOTT, NATTALI RIZE, DIONNE REID – Survivor Allstars (Golden Brown Music & Loud City)
IRIE SOULJAH – Dreader Than Dread (Kabaka Pyramid, Genius T & Irie Souljah)
5 STAR – Lightning Storm (Kabaka Pyramid & Genius T)
PROMISE NO PROMISES – Mount Zion Calling (No Can Do: MacLes Music Factory)
JUNIOR REID – Rappa Pam Pam (JR)
NITTY GRITTY – Run Down The World (Jammys)
SK SIMEON – Ram Dance Daddy (Ram Dance Don: Naram)
SK SIMEON – Live and Direk (Ram Dance Don: Unsoundbwoy)
SK SIMEON – Here To Stay (Ram Dance Don: King Toppa)
SK SIMEON – Wheel Them Out (Ram Dance Don: King Toppa)

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