TEN OF THE BEST: Week 1
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am a huge music fan, even before considering my own work. I guess being an avid listener of a variety of genres, and bordering on obsessive when it comes to particular sounds and styles, it was natural that I ended up being involved with music. I must confess though, since we got back in the studio early in 2016, I have found less time to really listen to any music as I have fallen into the trap of focussing on my own work without paying much attention to what’s going on elsewhere. So recently I made a conscious decision to listen to new music on my daily commute to my 9-5 workplace. As I have been catching up on all the songs I missed out on over the years, and continue to discover new artists, I decided that I will start picking 10 tunes that stand out to me on a weekly basis and share the music with anyone else that might be interested. In comes, TEN OF THE BEST!
The majority of tunes in these lists will be Reggae/Dancehall, but I do like to mix things up so don’t be surprised if there are a few random tunes in the mix.
Check out the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post:
In no particular order, this week’s list is:
The Chant – Ky Mani Marley
From the melancholic keys and militant drums in the production, to the simple yet poignant lyrics, this song is solid.
Ojuelegba – Wiz Kid
Before hearing this song I had only heard one other Wiz Kid tune. This though, is the song that made me take this guy seriously. The jazz infused afro-pop instrumental goes hand in hand with star boy’s crisp vocals.
This Morning – Jesse Royal
I actually got wind of this song watching Jesse Royal’s live set at Summer Jam 2015. Though I think the live version is better, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a great song with positive lyrics and a rather catchy riddim.
Freestyle – Dexta Daps
A tough offering from Jamaica’s king of slackness. This track showcases Dexta’s lyrical ability as he rides on this classy riddim, no hook just fire bars.
Shut Up – Stormzy
This tune was quite the introduction to the brand that is Stormzy. Another freestyle format tune with bars for days.
Pop In My Headphones – Konshens
Ok, so I’ve known this song for some time and when it played in my headphones I had to include it. The tune has a super long intro which adds to the narrative, and the song itself is pure class. Nuff said.
Where Were U – Jahmiel
Jahmiel is an artist that has grown from strength to strength since he first hit the scene. This tune is great, I absolutely love the message. The yout has real talent.
Sugar – M.anifest feat. Brymo
What hooked me to this song is how polished it sounds. Here M dot addresses the issue of affection for favour (Sugar daddy life). The production is dope, and the delivery in both the verses and the hook is on point.
My Dream – Nesbeth
Big up to the one Tobi Jafa for putting me onto this track. I have been hooked on this tune since i first heard it, and to be fair it’s not hard to see why.
Keep My Head Up – Kelissa
For me, this song stands out. Kelissa’s vocals are very soulful and make this song easy to keep on repeat.
Check out the spotify playlist below: