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February 20, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 20th February 2021

Paying respect the legendary Ewart “U Roy” Beckford, 1942-2021. Plus the “Vibes Man A Build” riddim from Marshall Neeko and Idler’s Corner Records, and new music from the likes of Popcaan, Tarrus Riley, Masicka, Kabaka Pyramid, Tanya Stephens, the Marley grandkids, and more…

U ROY – Babylon Burning (Prince Tony)
U ROY – Wake The Town (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Wear You To The Ball (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Tide Is High (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Version Galore (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Flashing My Whip (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Ain’t That Loving You (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Tom Drunk (Treasure Isle)
U ROY – Rule Of The Nation (Treasure Isle)
U ROY & THE WAILERS – Kingston 12 Shuffle (Tuff Gong)
U ROY – Rightful Reggae (King Attorney/Channel One)
U ROY – Crashie Sweep (King Attorney/Channel One)
U ROY – Full Time (King Attorney/Channel One)
U ROY – Chalice In The Palace (Prince Tony)
U ROY – Natty Rebel (Prince Tony)
U ROY – Evil Doers (Prince Tony)
U ROY – The Great Psalms (Prince Tony)
U ROY & SANDRA CROSS – Smile A While (Smile A While: Ariwa) –request
U ROY & AISHA – A Chapter A Day (Smile A While: Ariwa) –request
U ROY & BUNNY RUGS – Know Who I Am (Tabou 1)
U ROY, DENNIS BROWN, CHEB AISSA – Half 3 The Hard Way (Tabou 1)
U ROY – Caan Dun (Blacker Dread)
BUSHMAN – Come My People (Blacker Dread)
BERES HAMMOND & BEENIE MAN – Selector Pull Up (Blacker Dread)
PRINCE LEVY – Walk With I (DJ Frass)
CHEVAUGHN – Wake Up and Live (Jambian & Frankie Music)
GENERAL JAH MIKEY – Ethiopia Calling (Issachar Muzik)
JAH CURE & BLACKOUT JA – Vibes Man A Build (Vibes Man A Build riddim: Idler’s Corner)
DAWEH CONGO – No Peace (remix) (Vibes Man A Build riddim: Idler’s Corner)
INI KAMOZE – No Watch No Face (remix) (Vibes Man A Build riddim: Idler’s Corner)
PREZIDENT BROWN – Heathen (remix) (Vibes Man A Build riddim: Idler’s Corner)
SHABBA RANKS – Heart Of A Lion (remix) (Vibes Man A Build riddim: Idler’s Corner)
SKIP MARLEY, JO MERSA MARLEY, TANYA STEPHENS, TIFA, AGENT SASCO, KABAKA PYRAMID – Survival 76 Cypher (Tuff Gong)
POPCAAN, ZAMUNDA, DRE ISLAND – Jah Love (T3M Music)
TARRUS RILEY & MASICKA – Corner (Dunwell)
THE WAILERS & U ROY – Keep On Moving (My Cup Runneth Over: Tafari)

listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-02-20/17-00-00

February 13, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 13th February 2021

Featuring some classic Garnett Silk & Sizzla, new riddim “Raised” from Fogata Sounds, great new remixes featuring dancehall artists Skillibeng and Chronic Law on reggae riddims, new Jaz Elise, and the premiere of Mista Savona’s first single from the forthcoming “Havana Meets Kingston II” album.

DESMOND IRIE – Babylon You Must Go Down (Channel One)
DON CARLOS – I Like It (Volcano)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Robin Hood (Volcano)
FREDDIE McGREGOR – Big Ship (Thompson Sound) –request
NAGGO MORRIS – Su Su Pon Rasta (Joe Gibbs)
PRINCE FAR I – Heavy Manners (Joe Gibbs) –request
PRINCE FAR I – Working For My Saviour (Musical History: Trojan)
THE CONGOS – The Wrong Thing (Heart of the Congos: Black Art) –request
THE HEPTONES, THE CONGOS, JR MURVIN – Play On Mr Music (Black Art) –request
BUNNY RUGS & THE UPSETTERS – I Never Had It So Good (Upsetter)
JUNIOR BYLES – Curly Locks (Upstter)
BARRINGTON LEVY & BEENIE MAN – Murderation (Xtra Large) –request
GARNETT SILK – Disadvantage (Digital B)
GARNETT SILK – Green Line (Taxi)
GARNETT SILK – Retreat Wicked Man (Tan Yah)
GARNETT SILK – Sayonara (Kariang)
SIZZLA – Takes Only Time (Kariang)
SIZZLA – Guide Over Us (Black Woman and Child: Digital B) –request
KOFFEE – Pressure (Columbia Records) –request
PROTOJE, LILA IKE, AGENT SASCO – Not Another Word (In.Digg.Nation Collective & Zion I Kings) –request
LILA IKE & SKILLIBENG – Thy Will (remix) (In.Digg.Nation Collective)
JAZ ELISE – Good Over Evil (In.Digg.Nation Collective)
MISTA SAVONA, MICAH SHEMIAH, PUCHOMAN, THE GIDEON, ANYILENA – The Fire From Africa (Havana Meets Kingston II: Baco Records)
ANSWELE & CHRONIC LAW – Jah Is In Control (remix) (Ghetto Youths International & Chronic Law)
JOHNNY OSBOURNE & RAS DEMO – The Right Time (Raised riddim: Fogata Sounds)
CAPLETON – Ah No People Dem Love (Raised riddim: Fogata Sounds)
TROY BERKLEY – Born and Raised (Raised riddim: Fogata Sounds)
BEENIE MAN – My Salvation (Raised riddim: Fogata Sounds)
CONROY SMITH – Dangerous (Jah Life) –request
SUPER CAT – Ghetto Red Hot (Wild Apache)
PINCHERS & BOUNTY KILLER – Twenty One (Riding West) (Kingston 11)
CAPLETON – Who See It (Good So: VP Records)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-02-13/17-00-00

February 6, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 6th February 2021

Featuring some new local reggae releases, plus new tunes from Nga Han, Jah Izrehl, Romain Virgo, Busy Signal, Khalia, and more.

DEVON IRONS – When Jah Come (Black Art)
THE UPSETTERS – Zion’s Blood (Super Ape: Island)
THE HEPTONES – Crying Over You (Party Time: Island)
LEROY SIBBLES – Jah Soon Come (Strictly Roots: Micron) 1979
JOHNNY OSBOURNE – Two Bad Daughter (Fally Lover: Greensleeves & Jah Guidance)
THE WAILERS – All Day All Night (Catch A Fire: Island)
THE WAILERS – No More Trouble (Catch A Fire: Island)
THE WAILERS – Iron Lion Zion (Songs Of Freedom: Island) –request
BUNNY RUGS – Murder Tonight (Chant Down dubplate special)
ALPHA BLONDY – Jerusalem (Shanachie)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Exodus (Skillydon Remix)
ASWAD – Behold (Hulet: Island)
ASWAD – Ethiopian Rhapsody (Aswad: Hulet)
MORGAN HERITAGE – Earthquake (Digital B)
PEETAH MORGAN – Shine Pon Yuh (Ghetto Lifestyle riddim: Romeich)
JAH VINCI – Ghetto Pain (Ghetto Lifestyle riddim: Romeich)
I OCTANE – Ghetto Lifestyle (Ghetto Lifestyle riddim: Romeich)
SAZZY ALILIE – Treasure (Sazzy Alilie)
SAZZY ALILIE – Youth (Sazzy Alilie)
FLAMES EYE – Never Give Up (D.dan Productions)
MASIA ONE & GENERAL LING – Not All That Glitters Is Gold (Jahwise Productions & Nusantara Records)
RUBI DU – LockUp (jAfA Sound)
RAPHA PICO & NGA HAN – Haile Selassie I (Roots Unity)
BUNNINGTON JUDAH – Always There (Roots Unity)
ZAMUNDA – Marijuana (Bad Bwoy riddim: Mizik Muzik)
JAH IZREHL – Sleeping Lion (Bad Bwoy riddim: Mizik Muzik)
SUKUWARD – Bad Bwoy (Bad Bwoy riddim: Mizik Muzik)
BUSY SIGNAL, ROMAIN VIRGO, ESCO LEVI – Running From The Law (Reggae Music Again: VP Records)
ROMAIN VIRGO & BUSY SIGNAL – Pray (Kirkledove)
KHALIA – Free (K-Licious)
POPTAIN, ANITA JACKSON, MC KAMPTON, PROSPER FI RIL, KANTER DI JANTER – Duffle Bag (Yardbwoy’s Mixtape) –request
SK SIMEON – Rub A Dub (Heartcore: La Gorda Records)
SK SIMEON – Got You Lady (Heartcore: La Gorda Records)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-02-06/17-00-00

January 30, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 30th January 2021

Less new music than normal, but more classics, including some big Fat Eyes riddims from the late 90s.

EDLEY SHINE – Babylon Breeze (Shinealous Records)
THE AGGROVATORS – Bell Road Rock (When Jah Shall Come: Pressure Sounds)
THE BLACK BROTHERS & THE NEW ESTABLISHMENT – School Children (Bongo Man)
JOHN HOLT & DENNIS ALCAPONE – A Love I Can Feel (Studio One)
IM & THE INVADERS – Midnight Soul (Studio One)
MAX ROMEO – Blood Of The Prophet (Open The Iron Gate: Blood and Fire)
MAX ROMEO – A Quarter Pound Of Ishence (Open The Iron Gate: Blood and Fire)
CARL MOORE – My Forefathers Died In The Sand (Sunshot)
DON CARLOS – Say You Will Be My Baby (Roots and Culture: Jah Guidance) –request
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock) (Natty Dread: Island) –request
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Survival (Survival: Island) –request
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Pimper’s Paradise (Uprising: Island) –request
THIRD WORLD – Feel A Little Better (96 Degrees In The Shade: Island) –request
BUNNY LIE LIE – Don’t You Try (Strong Like Sampson)
GREGORY ISAACS – Uncle Joe (Virgin)
GREGORY ISAACS – Tribute To Wa De (African Museum)
GREGORY ISAACS – Storm (Mr Isaacs:  Cash and Carry)
WARRIOR KING – Education Is The Key (Penthouse)
COLLIE BUDDZ – Not For No Chain (Harper Digital)
CHRONIXX – Spanish Town Rocking (Overstand & Chronixx Music)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Prison Oval Rock (Volcano)
J BOOG, GRAMPS MORGAN, BUJU BANTON – Raggamuffin (Wash House)
ANTHONY B – Grandma Grandpa (Wise Man Chant: Black Scorpio)
KHALIA & I OCTANE – One Dance (K-Licious)
BERES HAMMOND – What One Dance Can Do (Penthouse)
BERES HAMMOND & TERROR FABULOUS – Not Impossible (Never Fail I riddim: Fat Eyes)
FREDDIE McGREGOR – Jah Never Fail (Never Fail I riddim: Fat Eyes)
NORRIS MAN – Work Be Done (Never Fail I riddim: Fat Eyes)
BERES HAMMOND & LOUIE CULTURE – Extra Loving (African Beat riddim: Fat Eyes)
RICHIE SPICE – Robbery (African Beat riddim: Fat Eyes)
ANTHONY B – Watch What Yu Eat (African Beat riddim: Fat Eyes)
TERROR FABULOUS – Jah Works (African Beat riddim: Fat Eyes)
CAPLETON & YAMI BOLO – Put Down Your Weapon (African Beat riddim: Fat Eyes)
CAPLETON & YAMI BOLO – Chosen People (Set Up Shop Vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS – Still Go A Dance (Set Up Shop Vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
CAPLETON & YAMI BOLO – Hotness (Worries In The Dance riddim: Fat Eyes)
TERROR FABULOUS – Ready (Worries In The Dance riddim: Fat Eyes)
ANTHONY B – Fire Come Now (Worries In The Dance riddim: Fat Eyes)
MIDNITE – Same Boat We (Beauty For Ashes: I Grade)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-01-30/17-00-00

January 23, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 23rd January 2021

Featuring new Eesah, Capleton & Lutan Fyah, Junior Natural, Tarrus Riley, and Tilibop; and revisiting a couple classic riddims from the 90s and 00s…

JAHLLANO – Stand Up (Rubber Bullet riddim: Chromatics Music Studio)
SAMMY JO – Tun Up D Heat (Rubber Bullet riddim: Chromatics Music Studio)
LINVAL THOMPSON – Jah Jah Is The Conqueror version (Striker Lee)
JOHNNY CLARKE – False Rasta (Stop Them Jah) (Jackpot)
HUGH MUNDELL – Stop Them Jah (Blackman’s Foundation: Mun Rock)
JACOB MILLER – Who Say Jah No Dread (Rockers)
JACOB MILLER – Roman Soldiers Of Babylon (Tenement Yard: Top Ranking)
LINVAL THOMPSON – 12 Tribes Of Israel (Thompson Sound) –request
PRINCE FAR I & CULTURE – Message From The King (Message From The King: Virgin) –request
VERSION – A Message (Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1: Hitrun)
GREGORY ISAACS – Material Man (Night Nurse: Island) –request
BRIGADIER JERRY – Drifter In 79 Style (Freedom Street) –request
SISTER NANCY – Money Can’t Buy My Love (Techniques) –request
SISTER NANCY – One Two (Techniques) –request
SERGE GAINSBOURG – Aux Armes Et Caetera (Phillips) –request
DACTAH CHANDO – Te Queria (XXL: Achichech Productions)
TILIBOP – Psalm (Marvin Amos)
JESSE ROYAL – Natty Pablo (Easy Star Records)
JUNIOR NATURAL – Glory (Junior Natural)
EESAH, CAPLETON, LUTAN FYAH – The Beginning Of Time (King I-Vier Music, Loud City, Caspa Productions)
DALWAYNE – Deal Wid It (Irie Yute Records)
BLACKOUT JA, RANKING JOE, BLAKKAMOORE – Wrath of the Supreme (Love Dancehall: Liondub International)
BLACKOUT JA & SOULS LIBERATION – Hidden Truth (Love Dancehall: Liondub International)
ANSWELE – Jah Is In Control (Set Up Shop vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
CHUCK FENDA – Gash Dem (Confessions riddim: Juke Boxx) –request
FANTAN MOJAH – Jah Time (Confessions riddim: Juke Boxx) –request
ICHELLE COLE & THE ARCHIVES BAND – Boof Baff (Archives: Trane Trax)
TARRUS RILEY – Be Great (21 Greatness riddim: Innovation Muzik)
DAMIAN MARLEY – Holiday (Ghetto Youths International)
SIZZLA – Til It Some More (Xterminator)
COCOA TEA – Who Jump The Gun (Xterminator)
GREGORY ISAACS – A Friend Of Mine (Xterminator)
LUCIANO – Can’t Stop Jah Works (Xterminator)
SIZZLA – Homeless (Xterminator)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-01-23/17-00-00

January 16, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 16th January 2021

Noting the passing of Techniques singer Rupert Alexander “Johnny” Johnson, featuring more from the Ghetto Youth’s produced compilation Set Up Shop vol 4, and juggling the Reggae Lover riddim Style A Style riddims…

BIG YOUTH – Dread Inna Babylon (Augustus Buchanan)
VERSION – Only A Smile riddim (Observer)
THE TECHNIQUES – Travelling Man (Treasure Isle)
THE TECHNIQUES – It’s You I Love (Treasure Isle)
ALTON ELLIS – Hurting Me (Studio One)
HORACE ANDY & TAPPA ZUKIE – Natty Dread A Weh She Want (Tappa)
THE UPSETTERS – Bird In Hand (Black Art)
LEE SCRATCH PERRY & DUB SYNDICATE – Jungle (Time Boom X Di Devil Dead: On-U Sound)
LEE SCRATCH PERRY & DUB SYNDICATE – Kiss The Champion (Time Boom X Di Devil Dead: On-U Sound)
ISRAEL VIBRATION – Cool and Calm (RAS) –request
PRINCE FAR I – Jah Footsteps (Cry Tuff)
EDI FITZROY & THE ROOTS RADICS – First Class Citizen (Check For You Once: Musical Ambassador)
EDI FITZROY – The Gun (Dread At The Controls)
BARRINGTON LEVY – Shine Eye Girl (Jah Guidance)
GENERAL ECHO – Track Shoes (Black and White)
CHRISTOPHER ELLIS – Still A Go Dance (Ghetto Youths International)
CAPLETON & YAMI BOLO – Chosen People (Set Up Shop vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
JO MERSA MARLEY – Nothing’s Gonna Harm You (Set Up Shop vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
BLACK AM I – Wants and Needs (Ghetto Youths International)
TANYA STEPHENS – Man Fi Rule (Marshall Neeko Remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 9: Idler’s Corner)
LUKIE D & DETERMINE – Perilous Time (Marshall Neeko Remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 9: Idler’s Corner)
SIZZLA – Babylon Cowboy (Marshall Neeko Remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 9: Idler’s Corner)
SHUGA – Children Of The Jungle (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
RAS FRASER JR – Down and Out (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
JAH VINCI – Mr Bitter (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
LUTAN FYAH – Dem Nuh Really Care (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
EXCO LEVI – Not Another Gun (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
ROMAIN VIRGO – Reggae Lover (Reggae Lover riddim: Danger Zone Music Group)
ZUGGU DAN – Realist Ting (Irie Yute Records)
RIK JAM – Realist Ting (Irie Yute Records)
RIK JAM – Guide and Protect Us (Irie Yute Records)
GOVANA – Undefeated (Raheef Muzik Group & Bing Bang Studios)
SHENSEEA – Upset (Style A Style riddim: Chimney)
JAHMIEL – Dream Chaser (Style A Style riddim: Chimney)
JAHVILLANI – Lizzad Pon Limb (Style A Style riddim: Chimney)
AIDONIA – Dat Eazy (Style A Style riddim: Chimney)
KABAKA PYRAMID – Ready (Jugglerz)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-01-16/17-00-00

January 9, 2021

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 9th January 2021

Some classic oldies in the first hour, followed by my annual “best of the rest” selection – genre-crossing songs that didn’t quite fit in to either the reggae or dancehall wrap-ups from last week’s 2020 review.

YABBY YOU – Get Lost Babylon (Dread Prophecy: Vivian Jackson)
MAX ROMEO – 2000 Years Ago (Impact)
JUNIOR BYLES – A Place Called Africa (Upsetter)
SKIDDY & DETROIT – The Exile Song (Mafia)
KEITH HUDSON – The Michael Talbot Affair (Atra)
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS – Time Tough (Jaguar)
THE ACTIONS – Giddy Up (Coxsone)
SOUND DIMENSION – Summertime (Studio One)
THIRD WORLD – Irie Ites (The Story’s Been Told: Island)
THIRD WORLD – Journey To Addis (Journey To Addis: Island)
ROD TAYLOR – Ethiopian Kings (Freedom Sounds)
SYLFORD WALKER – Cleanliness Is Godliness (South East Music)
SYLFORD WALKER – Burn Babylon (Joe Gibbs)
AL CAMPBELL – Wise Words (Tuff Scout)
T’JEAN – Abyssinia (Tief In Di Night: Izreal Records)
JO MERSA MARLEY & DAMIAN MARLEY – Point Of View (Set Up Shop vol 4: Ghetto Youths International)
5 STAR CELESTIAL – The Wire (Divinine Majesty riddim: Sonovic Music & Izreal Records)
JELLISS – Watch Dem Stumble (Divinine Majesty riddim: Sonovic Music & Izreal Records)
CHRONIC LAW – Anointed (Divinine Majesty riddim: Sonovic Music & Izreal Records)
CHRONIC LAW – Talk Di Truth (Sonovic Music & Timestamp Music)
KASH – Oh Lord part 2 (Attomattic & Hemton Music)
SKILLIBENG – Mr Universe (Cubanlynk Records & Eastsyde Records)
SKILLIBENG – Torpedo (Lonedon Entertainment)
RYGIN KING – Ruption (Pain Of Life riddim: Kai Kai)
KABAKA PYRAMID – Never Trod Alone (Pure Time riddim: One Time Music & Island Wav Ent)
POPCAAN – Friends and Family (Alvin Brown Beats)
JAHMIEL & BUGLE – Signs of the Times (Patriotz Music)
TEEJAY – Day One (DJ Frass)
TEEJAY – From Rags To Riches (Damage Musiq)
JAZ ELISE & GOVANA – Fresh and Clean (In.Digg.Nation Collective)
SHANE O – Appreciation (Zimi Ent & Franc White)
SHANE O – Menace (Pen Ink Ent)
CHRONIC LAW – Fake Sentence (Collect Di Bread Ent)
TURBO, GUNNA, SKILLIBENG, KRANIUM – Quarantine Clean (Playmakers)
AIDONIA – Numero Uno (Dats A Trap: 4th Genna)
WASP & VYBZ KARTEL – Vybz Kartel
KABAKA PYRAMID & DAMIAN MARLEY – Kontraband pt 2 (Ghetto Youths International)
RUNKUS, JESSE ROYAL, ROYAL BLU, KABAKA PYRAMID, MUNGA HONORABLE – 5Gs (Runkus Music & Delicious Vinyl Island)

listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-01-09/17-00-00

January 2, 2021 (best of 2020 review)

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 2nd January 2021

JESSE I’S 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

For the last two decades, I’ve compiled a list of the best reggae and dancehall releases at the end of each year. Normally it is reflective of both my own personal taste, and songs that got the biggest response in the dance. With no local live events since March, and nightlife elsewhere in the world similarly curtailed, this year’s countdown is much more biased than normal. This is particularly evident on the dancehall side of things, where my love of slow and dark dancehall wasn’t balanced by having to take dancefloors into account. As usual, I’ve tried to avoid including more than one song on a particular riddim, though in some cases an honourable mention must be made where songs were equally big and always got played together.  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.

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 2019.

BEST OF 2020 REGGAE

I feel like it was a solid year for Jamaican reggae. Covid lockdown and more time spent on the island obviously helped increase the productivity of a lot of artists, such as Kabaka Pyramid, who was far more prolific than normal and had a bunch of tunes that only just missed out on the top 25. Protoje was my artist of the year for reggae, almost entirely on the strength of his excellent album “In Search Of Lost Time”. Interestingly, on first listen I thought the album was too crossover-oriented, but the more I listened, the more I loved it. Marcus Gad (from New Caledonia) released the other album that I really loved in 2020, “Rhythm Of Serenity”, produced by Zion I Kings.  It was also great to see some fresh Rasta artists stepping up in 2020 – names like Royal Blu, 5 Star Celestial, Runkus and Nga Han just to name a few. I feel like the “Reggae Revival” movement has needed a breath of fresh air, and it got it in 2020.

  1. Tarrus Riley, Teejay, Dean Fraser – Babylon Warfare
  2. Lutan Fyah & Royal Blu – Watch Over Me
  3. Protoje & Popcaan – Like Royalty
  4. Busy Signal – Juvie Slow Down
  5. Khalia – Easy
  6. Monkey Marc, SOS Dynamikz, Fyah Roiall, Jah Izrehl – Amun Ra
  7. Protoje & Koffee – Switch It Up
  8. Marcus Gad – Oh Mama
  9. Keznamdi – Chillumpeng
  10. Blessed – Herb Dream
  11. Black Am I – The Edge
  12. I Octane – All I Got Is Me
  13. Protoje – Deliverance
  14. Protoje – Weed and Ting
  15. Protoje – Self Defense
  16. Koffee – Pressure
  17. Tilibop – All That
  18. 5 Star Celestial – One Away
  19. Nga Han & Roots Unity w The Signal One Band – Great Honor
  20. Chronixx – Dela Move
  21. Jah9 & Chronixx – Note to Self (Okay)
  22. Chronixx & Kabaka Pyramid – Same Prayer
  23. Junior X – Revolt
  24. Alborosie – Unprecedented Time
  25. Chezidek & The Ligerians – No Solutions In Their Lies

REGGAE HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Akae Beka – Heartbeat Of A Dub
Akae Beka & Chronixx – Black Carbon
Akae Beka & Tiken Jah Fakoloy – Everything Bless
Alborosie & Jo Mersa – Ready
Archives & Puma Ptah – Home Is Where The Hatred Is
Archives, Puma Ptah, Mustafa Akbar – Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul
Arkaingelle, Kabaka Pyramid, Pressure – Light Tha Torch
Aza Lineage, Monkey Marc, Escape Roots – Prosper
Bella Blair – Gimmie A Light
Belly & JahWise – Star
Black Am I – King Of Kings
Blakkamoore – Red Ites
Blakkamoore – Mek It Play
Bramma – Sensie Ride
Buju Banton – Beat Dem Bad
Buju Banton – Rising Up
Buju Banton – Ganja Man
Busy Signal – Jamaica Jamaica
Busy Signal – Hang On
Capleton – Day Mi Born (Marshall Neeko Remix)
Chezidek & The Ligerians – Over The Mountains
Chino McGregor – Riddim Ryda Style
Chronixx – Another Youth
Collie Buddz – Brighter Days
Collie Buddz – Close To You
Collie Buddz – Hold Firm
Disun Future – Mama Africa
Disun Future – So No To Racism (Black Lives Matter)
Dre Island – Never Run Dry
Dre Z – Get Together
Dre Z – Praise His Name
Dre Z & Akae Beka – Loving Jah and Life
Dub FX – Fire Every Day
Dub FX – Transmission
Dub FX & Sahida Apsara – Pull Up
Etana – 100 On The Highway
Fikir Amlak & Go A Chant – Without A Doubt
Ginjah – Trying Times
I Wayne – Oxtail
I-Taweh – Danger Zone
I-Taweh – No Mediocre Vybz
Ikaya – All Woman
Ilements – Glory To The Most High
Inna Vision – Stick To Your Roots
Isaac Chambers & Dub Princess – Back To My Roots (Deep Fried Dub Refried Remix)
Jah Cure – Chatty Mouth
Jah Izrehl – Hop Off
Jah Tung – Warning
Jah Tung & The Natural Order – Slumber
Jah9 & Tarrus Riley – Ready to Play
Jeb Loy Nichols – To Be Rich
Joshua Hales – Crisis
Kabaka Pyramid – Trample Dem
Kabaka Pyramid – Black Liberation
Kabaka Pyramid – Stress Relief (Tun Up The Sound)
Kabaka Pyramid – Tribulation
Kabaka Pyramid – Love Mi Bad
Kaibanon – Fade Away
Kamrun & Collie Buddz – Planter’s Paradise
Keznamdi – Skyline Drive
Keznamdi – State of Emergency
Keznamdi & Mortimer – Bloodline
Late Ones – Babylon Exists
Late Ones – Brother’s Keeper
Lila Iké – Thy Will
Lila Iké – Stars Align
Lila Ike – I Spy
Lloyd Brown – The Usual Suspects
Lucky Daye, Chronixx, MediSun – Roll Some Mo (Remix)
Lutan Fyah – Mr Two Face
Lutan Fyah – Suspicious
Mackeehan – Government Yaad
Mackeehan – Rock and Come In
Mackeehan & Chevaughn – My Way
Marcus Gad – Cane and Cotton
Marcus Gad – Nature Like Scripture
Marcus Gad – Overcome
Marcus Gad – Rhythm of Serenity
Marcus Gad – Take Some Time
Marcus Gad & Blakkamore – InI Royal
Marvin Priest – Require
Marvin Priest – I Tried
Midnight Riders & Naram Rhythm Section – Yardie Skanking
Mitch – Just Chill Chill
Mitch – Place a Run Red
Monkey Marc – Positive Vibes
Monkey Marc, Yeza, Blvk H3ro, Turbulence – Rebel Code
Mpress Kandace – Be Strong
Mr Williamz & Chief Rockas – My Heavenz
Munga Honorable – Glory to the King
Naptali – Pure and Devine (Rob Smith remix)
Nga Han – Better Days
Nga Han – Blessed Is The Man
Nga Han & Roots Unity – Covering
Nga Han & Roots Unity – The Living Stream
Nga Han & Roots Unity – Nazarene
Nga Han & Roots Unity w The RAW Rhythm Section – Holy
Nga Han & The Hi-Flyers – Anew
Nga Han & The Hi-Flyers – One Drop Analogue Style
OBF & Aza Lineage – Rebel Daawtaz
OBF & Sr Wilson – Party Ram
Perfect Giddimani & Loud City – Social Splifftancing
Protoje & Lila Ike – In Bloom
Push Reggae Band – Corruption Talk
Rachel By The Stream – What You Gonna Do (Radio Mix)
Ras Attitude – Marijuana (We Ah Bun)
Ras Attitude – Please Mr Police
Ras Demo & Little Lion Sound – Bad Habits
Ras Fraser Jr – One Set A Artiste
RC – Suffering Too Long (Mama)
Richie Spice – Valley of Jehoshaphat (Red Hot)
Richie Spice & Dre Island – Murderer
Royal Blu – Without Love
Sazzy Alile – Youth
Stevie Face & Anthony B – One Prayer A Day
SumeRR – Old School
Torch – Crucial
Viktorious & Earl Cunningham – Hotstepper
XL Mad – Real Reggae Music
YT – Nuttin But The Rent

BEST OF 2020 DANCEHALLIf 2019 was the year that trap really started to influence dancehall in a big way, 2020 was the year that it really took over as the dominant sound. There were some retro-sounding “bashment” riddims of note (such as the “Loco” and “Blessed” riddims) but dancehall riddims on the whole have never sounded more like hip hop. While some dancehall purists hate it, I have no complaints personally (apart from the gulf between reggae and dancehall being so huge now that a lot of crowds here in Melbourne just can’t join the dots between the two sounds).

As mentioned above, my personal bias is much more evident in the countdown this year, with no local dances since March to help influence the listings with crowd favourites. This is noticeable not only stylistically, but also in terms of artist representation. The most notable omission from my list is Vybz Kartel – undoubtedly the biggest name in dancehall music for more than a decade now. Kartel was as busy as ever this year, and he definitely had hits – just none than connected with me personally enough to warrant inclusion in my top 25. I realise this will cause some to question the credibility of my list, but hey – this is Jesse I’s top 25, not an objective list of the biggest dancehall songs of the year. Similarly, Aidonia didn’t make it despite having some really strong tunes, and Popcaan only just snuck in. I think it’s also worth noting that Alkaline only had one entry on my countdown, despite being my favourite dancehall artist for quite a few years running – I feel like he lost the magic this year, and most of his output was underwhelming. My favourite dancehall artist for 2020 was actually the man who I rated the “most improved” artist of 2019 – Teejay. The Montego Bay based artist stepped it up again this year, and earned himself more time on my home and car stereos than any other.

The real surprise for me in 2020 was just how much the new breed dominated – in particular Skillibeng, who followed the success of last year’s hit “Brik Pan Brik” with hit pan hit, and Intence, who went from being virtually unknown outside of Jamaica to being one of the biggest names in the genre. If you told me in 2019 that Intence would have 6 songs in my top 25 for 2020, I’d think you were crazy – yet here we are. I still feel like his style is kind of weird, but somehow I still couldn’t stop playing him. His friend IWaata also deserves mention – he’s been around for a few years now, but he only really “buss” in 2020, and he’s another I didn’t expect to see in a top 25 countdown.

  1. Teejay – Guard Ring
  2. Koffee – Lockdown
  3. Kranium – Gal Policy
  4. Zerimar – Covid 19
  5. Intence – Grimey
  6. Alkaline – Cree
  7. Govana – Sleep
  8. Skillibeng – Fifty Bag
  9. IWaata – Press Ee
  10. Intence – Pull Up
  11. Intence – Through The Gate
  12. Teejay – Who You
  13. Intence – Antisocial
  14. Chronixx – Cool As The Breeze – Friday
  15. IWaata – Stay Real
  16. Chronic Law – Count My Blessings
  17. Mavado – Artillery
  18. Tarrus Riley & Shenseea – Lighter
  19. Skillibeng – Clean Everyday
  20. Intence – Yeng
  21. Intence – Authentic
  22. Buju Banton – Blessed
  23. Shenseea – Sure Sure
  24. Popcaan – Buzz
  25. Skillibeng – Brik Pan Brik (*2019 release)

DANCEHALL HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Agent Sasco, Bounty Killer, Kabaka Pyramid – Loco (Remix)
Aidonia – Look
Aidonia – Mi Nuh Care
Aidonia – Peppa Sauce
Alandon – Antisocial
Alexx A-Game – Litty
Alkaline – Ocean Waves
Alkaline – Gladdest Night
Alkaline – High Props
Alkaline – Nah Fi Like
Alkaline – We Up
Bugle – Guide I
Buju Banton & Patoranking – Blessed (Remix)
Busy Signal – Dirt
Busy Signal – Blessings
Busy Signal – Do Mi Own Ting
Chino – The Process
Chronic Law – Don’t Rush
Chronic Law – Good Name
Chronic Law – Lock Down
Demarco – Fix Tings
Dexta Daps – Call Me If
Ding Dong – Watch A Style Yah
Ding Dong – Inside
Govana & Aidonia – Yeah Man
Govana – Hamant Convo
Govana – Hamant Convo pt 2
Hoodcelebrityy – Run Di Road
I Waata – Start It
Intence – Friday
Intence – Dawg Dem
Intence – Nuh Talk Long
Intence – Tears Dem Dry
IWaata – Clip Tall
IWaata – Dues
IWaata – Reebok
J Hus & Koffee – Repeat
Jada Kingdom – Yuh Betta (50 Bag Freestyle)
Jada Kingdom & Vybz Kartel – Heavy (Remix)
Jahmiel – Lava
Jahmiel – Shepherd
Jahmiel – The World
Jahvillani – Fire
Jahvillani – Kentucky
Jza King – Who Run Things
Kabaka Pyramid – Love Mi Bad
Kash – Antics
Kemar Highcon, Spice, Shaggy – So Saucy (Remix)
Lutan Fyah – Talking Parrot
Masicka – Better Days
Masicka – I Wish
Mavado – Enemy Line
Mr Vegas – Stay A Yuh Yard
Munga – Outside Again
Munga – Outside Postpone
Popcaan – Jealousy Die Slow
Popcaan – Mamakita
Popcaan, Stylo G, Dane Ray – Fresh Polo
Prince Akeem, Stylo G, Chezeeko, Showa Dali – Sterling (Remix)
Rygin King – Cautious
Rytical – My World
Shaneil Muir – Quick N Fast
Shaneil Muir – Yamabella
Shenseea – Bad Habit
Shenseea – Bad Alone
Skillibeng – Fear Not
Skillibeng – YK Dat Guh
Squash – Potus
Squash – Different Rankin
Squash – Still A Roam
Squash & Vybz Kartel – Skillful (Remix)
Squash, Vybz Kartel, Chronic Law – Money We Love
Stylo G – Bam Bam
Stylo G – Too Hot
Takeova – Alien Mode
Teejay – Henny and Big Spliff
Teejay – Give Thanks
Teejay – Internet Badness
Teejay – High Grade
Teejay – Expensive Style
Teejay – From Rags To Riches
Teejay – Suh Di Badness Guh
Teejay – Want Party
Twani & Skillibeng – Honda (Remix)
Vybz Kartel – Thickiana
Vybz Kartel – Sociopath
Vybz Kartel – Yami Bolo
Vybz Kartel – World Government
Vybz Kartel – Skate
Vybz Kartel & Sikka Rymes – Gaza Run The World
Vybz Kartel & Teejay – Big Bizniz
Zagga – New Hail (Carona)
Zagga & Kabaka Pyramid – Jamaica Wah Gwaan
Zerimar – Arima

BEST OF THE REST 2020
Songs that didn’t fit comfortably into either the reggae or dancehall countdown but deserve mention.

5 Star Celestial – The Wire
Aidonia – Numero Uno
Chronic Law – Anointed
Chronic Law – Fake Sentence
Devin Di Dakta – Dear Hon Bro Gad
Jahmiel & Bugle – Signs Of The Times
Jaz Elise & Govana – Fresh and Clean
Jelliss – Watch Dem Stumble
Kabaka Pyramid – Never Trod Alone
Kabaka Pyramid & Damian Marley – Kontraband pt 2
Kash – Oh Lord part 2
Popcaan – Friends and Family
Runkus, Jesse Royal, Royal Blu, Kabaka Pyramid, Munga Honorable – 5Gs
Rygin King – Ruption
Shane O – Appreciation
Shane O – Menace
Skillibeng – Torpedo
Skillibeng – Mr Universe
Skillibeng & Pop Smoke – Dior (remix)
Teejay – Day One
Turbo, Gunna, Skillibeng, Kranium – Quarantine Clean (remix)
Wasp & Vybz Kartel – Vybz Kartel

listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2021-01-02/17-00-00

December 26, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 26th December 2020

Featuring more remixes from Marshall Neeko, plus some throwback 90s Xterminator and Penthouse tunes, and some throwback 00s Big Ship productions from Di Genius… plus new tunes from Royal Blu, Runkus, 5 Star Celestial, and T’Jean.

LEE SCRATCH PERRY & JUNIOR BYLES – Dreader Locks (Orchid)
THE BLUE BELLS – Jah Know (Premier)
THE ABYSSINIANS – Forward Unto Zion (Satta Massagana: Clinch)
CULTURE – Love Shines Brighter (April Records)
THE GLADIATORS – Rearrange (Serious Thing: Nighthawk)
JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES – The Rainbow Version (Travel With Love: Nighthawk)
DENNIS BROWN – Love Has Found Its Way (A&M) –request
DENNIS BROWN – My Time (Observer)
DENNIS BROWN – Oh What A Day (DEB)
DESI ROOTS – Warning (Emmanuel Music)
DESI ROOTS – Weedfields (Rockers Plantation)
MIKEY GENERAL & MR WILLIAMZ – Ganja Morning (Green Lion Crew)
KING MAS – As I Rise (Green Lion Crew)  medisun
RAS SHILOH – Hardcore Steppers (Jammys) –request
BATCH – All Ways (Marshall Neeko remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 7: Idler’s Corner)
ABJA – Clear The Road (Marshall Neeko remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 7: Idler’s Corner)
NIYORAH – Apply The Squeeze (Marshall Neeko remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 7: Idler’s Corner)
GARNETT SILK – Bless Me (Marshall Neeko remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
YAMI BOLO – Hot Steppin (Marshall Neeko remix) (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
BERES HAMMOND & ASSASSIN – Be Bold Be Strong (Penthouse) –request
JAHMALI – Cry People (Penthouse)
MARCIA GRIFFITHS & LUCIANO – Hold On Natty (Xterminator)
COCOA TEA – One Bright Day (Xterminator)
SIZZLA – Give Thanks (Xterminator)
SIZZLA – Blackness (Xterminator)
ROYAL BLU & RUNKUS – G (Royal Blu Music, The New Coup, Delicious Vinyl Island)
TENOR SAW & BUJU BANTON – Ring The Alarm Quick (Techniques)
KABAKA PYRAMID & DAMIAN MARLEY – Kontraband pt 2 (Ghetto Youths International)
MAVADO & DI GENIUS – Can’t Take Wi Life (Big Ship)
LADEN & DI GENIUS – We Remember (Big Ship)
LADEN – Time To Shine (Big Ship)
CHINO & DI GENIUS – We Nuh Like Dem (Big Ship)
SHANE O – Menace (Pen Ink Entertainment)
T’JEAN, 5 STAR CELESTIAL, RUNKUS – Negusa Negast (Runkus Music Group)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2020-12-26/17-00-00

December 19, 2020

BABYLON BURNING with Jesse I
106.7 PBS-FM > Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 19th December 2020

Paying respects to Albert Griffiths (1946-2020), founder and lead singer of The Gladiators. Plus the Internet Badness riddim from Romeich, new Busy Signal from Young Veterans, new Collie Buddz, and more remixes from Marshall Neeko.

THE GLADIATORS – Roots Natty (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Jah Jah Go Before Us (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Happy Man (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Tribulation (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Time (Black Art)
THE GLADIATORS – Beautiful Locks (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Freedom Train (Camel)
THE GLADIATORS – Hello Carol (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Bongo Red (Studio One)
THE GLADIATORS – Mix Up (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Bellyfull (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Know Yourself Mankind (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Hearsay (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Looks Is Deceiving (Trenchtown Mix Up: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Pocket Money (Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Jah Works (Proverbial Reggae: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Stick A Bush (Proverbial Reggae: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Naturality (Naturality: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – Sweet So Till (Sweet So Till: Virgin)
THE GLADIATORS – My Thoughts (Calling Rastafari: Nighthawk)
INNA VISION – Stick To Your Roots (2020 Vision: Roots Musician Records)
THE LATE ONES – Brother’s Keeper (Lately: Easy Star Records)
KA’IKENA SCANLAN – Brains (Spoon Meat Entertainment)
BERES HAMMOND – Talk About It (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
RAS SHILOH & SIMPLEMAN – People To Be Free (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
JAH MASON – All I Can See (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
GINJAH – Missa Man Deh (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
YAMI BOLO – Possible (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
YAMI BOLO & MAD COBRA – War Monger (Remix Mi Dis vol 8: Idler’s Corner)
I SENS – P.O.L.I.C.E. (I Sens Music)
COLLIE BUDDZ – Close To You (Harper Digital)
KABAKA PYRAMID – Love Mi Bad (Young Pow & Ghetto Youths International)
DAMIAN MARLEY, BOUNTY KILLER, EEK A MOUSE – Khaki Suit (Ghetto Youths International)
TEEJAY – Internet Badness (Internet Badness riddim: Romeich)
SHENSEEA – Bad Alone (Internet Badness riddim: Romeich)
KONSHENS – Better Life (Internet Badness riddim: Romeich)
J DON – Goals In Life (Internet Badness riddim: Romeich)
DING DONG & ROMAIN VIRGO – Weh Mi People Do (Internet Badness riddim: Romeich)
BUSY SIGNAL – Blessings (TDA riddim: Young Veterans)


listen online at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/babylon-burning/2020-12-19/17-00-00