The World of Reggae Music Collection: Lover’s Rock

LOVER’S ROCK

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the sweet side of reggae music. Since the early origins of reggae music, love songs have formed an important part of the musical landscape. The sultry voices of Beres Hammond, Ken Boothe, and Dennis Brown alongside the  falsetto voices of Courtney John and Bitty McLean bring real soul power to lover’s rock. And the reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Sugar Minott, and Freddie McGregor shined in this style.

Many legends of reggae, including Bob Marley & the Wailers and Jimmy Cliff have made some beautiful lover’s rock tunes, while some artists like Maxi Priest, Peter Hunningale, and Tarrus Riley have relied on the genre producing a plethora of lover’s selections. And there are some classic cuts here, including Tyrone Taylor’s “Cottage in Negril” and Terry Linen’s “No Time To Linger.”

Some artists surprise their audiences with softer sides, for example, roots reggae artist Alborosie and dancehall singjay Busy Signal have recorded sweet songs for the ladies. And there are many women, including EtanaMarcia Griffiths and Hortense Ellis, who have recorded lush reggae songs filled with love. From Alton Ellis to Sean Paul, love music has been an integral part of reggae.

Courtney John – Lucky Man

Delroy Wilson – I Want To Love You

Beres Hammond – Love Mood

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Sugar Minott Good Thing Going

Busy Signal – Sweet Love (Nightshift)

Terry LinenNo Time To Linger

Tarrus RileyShe’s Royal

Delroy Wilson – I’m Not A King

Cocoa Tea & Cutty Ranks – Rip and Run Off

Heavy D – Queen Majesty

Gregory Isaacs Love Is Overdue

Courtney John – Love Is

Bob Marley & The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide

Tyrone Taylor Cottage In Negril

Dennis BrownLove Has Found Its Way

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own

Busy Signal – Come Over (Missing You)

Estelle – Come Over

Beres Hammond – There For You

Freddie McGregor – Lovers Rock, Ja. Style

Gyptian – Beautiful Lady

Johnny Clarke – Do You Love Me

Heavy D – Hugs and Kisses

Sean Paul & Keri Hilson – Hold My Hand (I’ll Be There)

Slim Smith – Love and Devotion

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round It

Courtney John – So Beautiful

Delroy Wilson – Your Love Is Amazing

Beres Hammond – Can’t Say I Never Tried

John Holt – Love I Can Feel

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart

Horace Andy – The Love of a Woman

Busy Signal – Tempted To Touch

Tarrus Riley & Dean Fraser – Cry No More

Heavy D – No Matter What

Ken Boothe – Moving Away

Tanya Stephens – If You Only Knew

Etana & Busy Signal – Love Love Love

Sizzla – Give Me A Try

Tarrus Riley – Burning Desire

Cornell Campbell – Please Be True

Denyque – Summer Love

Barrington Levy – Vice Versa Love

Courtney John, Sly & Robbie – Baby Tonight

Bitty McLean – Walk Away From Love

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Satisfy My Soul

Cocoa Tea – Can’t Be Real

Beres Hammond – Songs of Happiness

Etana & Alborosie – Blessings

Mikey Spice – Roller Coaster

Gappy Ranks – Heaven In Her Eyes

Courtney John – Like Magic

Beres Hammond – No Disturb Sign

Jah Cure – Never Find

Cherine Anderson & Chuck Fender – Coming Over Tonight

Busy SignalOne More Night

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

Beres Hammond – Groovy Little Thing

Shabba Ranks – Slow and Sexy

Tarrus Riley & U-Roy – Sail Away

Horace Andy – Riding For A Fall

Heavy D – Chasing Windmills

John Holt – After All

Courtney John – Run To You

Dennis Brown – I’m Coming Home

Barry Biggs – Love Come Down

Richie Stephens & Maxi Priest – My Girl Dis

Beres Hammond – Hold On

Gyptian – Where You Belong

Gregory Isaacs – Promised Land

Collie Buddz – Won’t Be Long

Tarrus Riley – Version of Love (My Story)

Delroy Wilson – I’m Still Waiting

Junior Reid – Love Is The Answer

Heavy D – All I Have

Cocoa Tea – All Night Saturday Night

Alton Ellis – I’ll Be Waiting

Luciano – Love & Devotion

Wowski – Everything Seal

Horace Andy – Take My Hand

Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, & Jovi Rockwell – Can’t Stop Now

Courtney John – Everyday

Terry Linen – Look Like Love

Beres Hammond – See You Again

Seeed – She Got Me Twisted

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Cocoa Tea – Tek Weh Yu Gal

Beres Hammond – Where Is The Love

Vybz Kartel – Spend Tim Dubb’n

Romain Virgo – Alton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree

Pat Kelly & the Uniques – Daddy’s Home

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Dermott Lynch – Adults Only

Dennis Brown – If I Had The World

Shabba Ranks – Let’s Get It On

Maxi Priest – Should I

Cornell Campbell – Only Lover

Jamelody – Love Crazy

Tarrus Riley – Love’s Contagious

Heavy D – Delilah

Gyptian – Rendezvous

Beres Hammond – Love You Like That

Slim Smith – Everybody Needs Love

Sugar Minott – Lovers Rock Medley (Part 1)

Tyrone Evans & The Paragons – Lovers Rock Medley (Part 2)

Sade – No Ordinary Love

Jah Cure – Forever

Cocoa Tea – Come Love Me

Alborosie – Moonshine

Tarrus Riley – Lost For Words (Speechless)

Green – Alone

Freddie McGregor & Roots Radics – Don’t Play The Fool

Peter Hunnigale – Oh Honey

Alborosie & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Johnny Clarke – If You Should Loose Me

Ky-Mani Marley – Love in the Morning

Gregory Isaacs – Coming Home

Da’Ville & Sean Paul – Always On My Mind Remix

Tarrus Riley – 123 I Love You

Willie Williams – Easy

AswadMy Love

Rebelution – Count Me In

Tarrus Riley – Young Heart

Jah Cure & Phylissa – Unconditional Love

Busy Signal – Royal Night

Raging Fyah – Far Away

Ini Kamoze – Rapunzel

Alborosie – Good Woman

Frankie Paul – Ain’t Nothing In This World

Errol Dunkley – Darling Ooh

Cornell Campell – Whenever You Need Me

Barry Biggs – Why Must You Cry

John Holt – My Desire

Beres Hammond – Emptiness Inside

Kymani Marley – The Conversation

Tarrus Riley – Superman

Sugar Minott – You’ve Got the Love

Alborosie & Perfect Harmony – Rude Bwoy Love

Slim Smith – Sitting in the Park

Jah Cure – To Your Arms of Love

Gramps Morgan – Come Back To Bed

Johnny Clarke – Satisfaction

Andy Livingston – My Promise

Cornell Campbell – Undying Love

LUSTJust As I Am

John Holt – It’s A Pleasure

Peter Hunningale & Janet Lee Davis – We Can Work It Out

Frankie Paul – I Wanna Sex You Up

Hortonese Ellis – Unexpected Places

Beres Hammond – I Surrender

Gyptian – So Much In Love

Slim Smith & The Uniques – Born To Love

Romain Virgo – Dark Skin Girl

The Heptones – Pretty Looks Isn’t All

Phyllis Dillon – Win Or Lose

Bitty McLean – Forever Be Mine

Sugar Minott – Mr. Fix It

Pat Kelly – Ebony Eyes

Seeed – Love Is The Queen

Jackie Edwards – Come On Girl

Steel Pulse – House of Love

Alton Ellis – Play It Cool

Beres Hammond – Fly Like An Angel

Di Genius – Need My Love

Chris Martin – What Can I Do (Without A Woman)

Jah Cure – How Can I Forget

Copper Cat – Since You Came In

Maxi Priest – Strollin’ On

Cornell Campbell – I Love You Madly

Ken Boothe – Without Love

Brent Dowe – Swing & Dine

Shuga – Wet Dream

Al Campbell – Lover To Lover

Chris Martin & Alaine – Still In Love

Johnny Clarke – Wating in Vain

Tifa – Into The Night (If I Could Fly)

Ambelique – Sharing the Night

Jamelody – This Time

Ken Boothe – Don’t Stay Out Late

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Claudette Miller – Tonight Is The Night

Maxi Priest – Woman In You

Cornell Campbell – Never Found A Love

Derrick Harriott – Being In Love

Glen Ricks – Story Book

Pat Rhoden – What About You

John Holt – Memories By The Score

Johnny Clarke – I’ve Got The Handle

Leroy Mafia – Sweet Like Honey

Max Romeo – Out of Reach

Pat Kelly – Loving Pauper

Maxi Priest – Let Me Know

NEED

Beres Hammond – Sweetness

Beres Hammond – Love You Like That

Beres Hammond – Come Back Home

Janet Kay – Silly Games

Dennis Brown Caress Me Girl

Christini – Runnings Run

Freddie McGregorForever My Love

Janet KayLovin’ You

June Powell – Please Mr. Please

Errol Dunkley – Peekaboo

Gregory Isaacs – Next To You

Cynthia Schloss & U Brown – Sad Movies

Barbara Jones – This Love Makes Me Happy

Matumbi – After Tonight

Audrey Hall – Heart of Stone

Doreen Schaeffer – That Wonderful Sound

Sugar Minott – Never Too Young

Pat Kelly – No Love

Pam Hall – Perfidia

Susan Cadogan – If

Alton Ellis & Tony Sexton – Telephone Love

Angela Stewart – When Love Comes Knocking

Jimmy London – A Little Love

T.T. Ross – I Will

Yvonne Sterling – If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

The J. Sisters – I Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)

Sharon Foster – She Wasn’t I

Jennifer Day – Together

Marie Pierre – Can’t Go Through Life

Janette Silvera – I’ve Never Been To Me

Audrey Hall – I Can Not Wait (No More)

Barbara Jones – The Power of Love

Barry Biggs & Rudy Thomas – Reflections of My Life

Carol Brown – Just Enough to Keep Me Hanging

Marcia Griffiths – There’s No More Without You

Hortense Ellis – My Willow Tree

Freddie McGregor – Push Come to Shove

Cynthia Schloss – Cha La La, I Need You

Dennis Brown – Lips of wine

Paula Clarke – Skip and Dance

T.T. Ross – Last Date

Gregory Isaacs – All I Have Is Love

John Holt – Memories by the Score

Dave Barker – Lonely Man

The Ethiopians – Sad News

Bob Andy – Honey Child

Glen Adams – Rich in Love

Delroy Wilson – It Hurts

The Heptones – Let Me Hold Your Hand

Ken Boothe – Now I Know

Dennis Brown – Silhouette

John Holt – Why Can’t I Touch You

Inner Circle – You Make Me Feel Brand New

June Powell – The Best Thing For Me

Paula – Dynamic

The Mighty Diamonds – Tonight I’m Gonna Take It Easy

J.C. Lodge – Let Me Down Easy

Morgan Heritage – All I Want

Romain Virgo – Love Doctor

Mr. Vegas – Rise

Sanchez – Can We Talk

Barrington Levy – The Vibe Is Right

Don Carlos – I’m Not Crazy

Mykal Rose – Where Is That Love

Dennis Brown – Hello

Gregory Isaacs – Caught You In A Lie

Junior Delgado – Love Tickles Like Magic

Delroy Wilson – I’ll Never Hurt You

Bitty McLean – Baby Tonight

Sanchez – I’m Missing You

Cocoa Tea – Getting Closer

Bushman – Your Love

Frankie Paul – Let Me Be

The Gaylads – Can’t Hide The Feeling

Gregory Isaacs – Objection Overruled

The Heptones – I Do Love You

Junior Murvin – Let’s Fall In Love

Richie Spice – Prime Time Girl

Pinchers – Got To Be Me

Morgan Heritage – Best of Me

Junior Kelly & J.C. Lodge – Love You Like That (Someone Loves You Honey)

Slim Smith – I Need Your Loving

J.C. Lodge & Sugar Minott – Since You Came Into My Life

The Heptones – Every Day, Every Night

Sugar Minott – Roof Over My Head

Sly & Robbie – Pure & True

Gyptian – This Love

The Heptones – Fallin’ In Love

Morgan Heritage – If There’s No Tomorrow

George Nooks – Call on Me

Sanchez – For My Lover

Gyptian – Love Against the Wall

Da’Ville – Never Gonna Cry

Dub SpecialistLove of a Dub

BushmanScent of a Man

Honeyboy – You Are Mine

Courtney John – Back Into Love

Bitty McLean – Tell Me

Tinga Stewart – Dry Up Your Tears

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The World of Reggae Music Collection: Lover’s Rock

The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

Top 200 Singles of 2009

Here is a list of the top 200 songs from 2009…

  1. Courtney JohnLucky Man
  2. Estelle & Sean PaulCome Over
  3. Screw Driver & Inner CircleNever Give Up
  4. Daweh CongoStraight Up Conscious
  5. Sean Paul So Fine
  6. Michael Franti and SpearheadSay Hey (I Love You)
  7. Luciano & Easy Star All-StarsWith A Little Help From My Friends
  8. Luciano, U-Roy, & Easy Star All-Stars With A Little Dub From My Friends (Version 2)
  9. Chali 2na, Damian Marley, and Stephen MarleyGuns Up
  10. John Legend & Buju Banton – Can’t Be My Lover
  11. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline
  12. Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train
  13. YT, Million Stylez, Mr. Williamz, Blackout Ja, Jah Knight, & Iverse – Champion Sound
  14. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelFan It
  15. The Decemberists The Rake’s Song
  16. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  17. M. Ward Stars of Leo
  18. K’Naan & Chubb RockABC’s
  19. Norah JonesIt’s Gonna Be
  20. Elephant ManDance and Sweep
  21. The Avett BrothersI And Love And You
  22. Daweh CongoOne Day
  23. K’Naan & Damian Marley I Come Prepared
  24. Michael Franti & Spearhead Rude Boys Back In Town
  25. LadenTime To Shine
  26. Queen IfricaLioness On The Rise
  27. Brother Ali Fresh Air
  28. WilcoWilco (The Song)
  29. Michael Rose, Menny More, & Easy Star All-StarsA Day In The Life
  30. Kid CudiDay ‘N’ Nite (Nightmare)
  31. Julian Marley Boom Draw
  32. Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose
  33. K’Naan – Take A Minute
  34. The XXVCR
  35. SeraniPlaying Games
  36. Major Lazer, Jovi Rockwell, & Mr. VegasCan’t Stop Now
  37. Tarrus RileyHerbs Promotion
  38. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoundsystem
  39. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel Never Had Nobody Like You
  40. Ziggy Marley & Toots Hibbert Take Me To Jamaica
  41. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelSweet Jennie Lee
  42. Daweh CongoSteppin
  43. Yim YamesMy Sweet Lord
  44. The Avett Brothers – January Wedding
  45. George Strait – El Rey
  46. Bounty KillerCorrupt
  47. Mayer HawthorneMaybe So, Maybe No
  48. Michael Franti & SpearheadA Little Bit Of Riddim
  49. Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is
  50. Jay-Z & Mr. HudsonYoung Forever
  51. Monsters of Folk Say Please
  52. Julian Marley & Damian Marley Violence In The Streets
  53. Tarrus RileyHuman Nature
  54. Spoon – Writing in Reverse
  55. PhoenixLisztomania
  56. Andrew BirdOh No
  57. M WardRave On
  58. Yim YamesAll Things Must Pass
  59. Modest MouseSatellite Skin
  60. Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros Home
  61. Slaid CleavesCry
  62. Phish Backwards Down The Number Line
  63. Graham Wilkinson, Hayes Carll, and Lloyd MainesRagamuffin
  64. The ItalsLet Dem Talk
  65. Sean Kingston Fire Burning
  66. Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow
  67. Black RynoReal Stingers
  68. Romain VirgoAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree
  69. Jah CureSticky
  70. Pearl Jam – The Fixer
  71. Vybz Kartel Life Sweet
  72. Q-TipEven If It Is So
  73. Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
  74. CapletonAcres
  75. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
  76. Mariah CareyObsessed
  77. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, Barrington Levy, & Beenie ManShe Call Mi Phone
  78. Passion PitSleepyhead
  79. The Swell SeasonFeeling The Pull
  80. George Strait Arkansas Dave
  81. ChinoNever Change (From Mawning)
  82. Sean PaulPress It Up
  83. Queen Ifrica Coconut Shell
  84. Lyle Lovett Loretta
  85. Beres Hammond Can’t Say I Never Tried
  86. Chali 2na Comin’ Thru
  87. Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
  88. K’NaanWavin’ Flag
  89. BeirutThe Shrew
  90. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelRight or Wrong
  91. MetricSick Muse
  92. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.Flyin’ Shoes
  93. Regina SpektorEet
  94. Bon Iver Blood Bank
  95. Soja & RebelutionHere I Am
  96. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Nikorette
  97. John Fogerty & Bruce SpringsteenWhen Will I Be Loved
  98. Julian Marley & Stephen Marley – Things Ain’t Cool
  99. George StraitLiving For The Night
  100. Frankie Paul & Easy Star All-StarsLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  101. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township Boys and Girls
  102. Major LazerCash Flow
  103. Zee AviBitter Heart
  104. Etana & Alborosie Blessings
  105. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World
  106. Jay Z & Alicia KeysEmpire State Of Mind
  107. Danny MaloneBasement
  108. Black Eyed PeasRock That Body
  109. George StraitEasy As You Go
  110. Jay-ZD.O.A. [Death Of Auto-Tune]
  111. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem
  112. Danny BarnesPizza Box
  113. Major LazerBruk Out
  114. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.The Rose Hotel
  115. Soja, Tamika, & GentlemanI Tried
  116. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black (From The Waist Down)
  117. Courtney JohnI Want To Get Next To You
  118. Major LazerPon De Floor
  119. Rhett MillerI Need To Know Where I Stand
  120. The Low Anthem Charlie Darwin
  121. Beres Hammond See You Again
  122. Micachu & the ShapesGolden Phone
  123. Queen IfricaKeep It To Yourself
  124. Bob DylanBeyond Here Lies Nothin’
  125. Son Volt Dynamite
  126. N.A.S.A., Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold, & Nick Zinner Whachadoin?
  127. Elephant ManNuh Linga
  128. Levon Helm Tennessee Jed
  129. EminemCrack A Bottle
  130. Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson, & Paula Fuga Cry, Cry, Cry
  131. Jay Farrar & Benjamin GibbardCalifornia Zephyr
  132. Boycott BluesGot Beef? (Food Coma)
  133. Snoop DoggI Wanna Rock
  134. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
  135. N.A.S.A., Kool Keith, & Tom WaitsSpacious Thoughts
  136. Max Romeo & Easy Star All-Stars – Fixing A Hole
  137. The LemonheadsWaiting Around To Die
  138. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Air Mattress
  139. Neil YoungJohnny Magic
  140. Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, & Cedella MarleyI Love You Too
  141. Queen Ifrica Daddy
  142. Cunninglynguists – Never Come Down
  143. MavadoSo Blessed
  144. Mos Def & Talib KweliHistory
  145. B-Real & Damian MarleyFire
  146. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelCorrine Corrina
  147. Anthony B & Horace AndyEnter The Kingdom of Zion
  148. John LegendCan’t Be My Lover (Curtis Lynch Remix)
  149. Bruce SpringsteenOutlaw Pete
  150. SizzlaBlack Man In The White House
  151. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelBring It on Down to My House
  152. Wasp – Unfair Officer
  153. Sugar Minott & Easy Star All-StarsWhen I’m Sixty-Four
  154. Bitty McLeanFall In Love (Rub A Dub Mix)
  155. Taken By Trees – To Lose Someone
  156. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelHesitation Blues
  157. U-Roy, Bunny Rugs, & Easy Star All-StarsLovely Rita
  158. Daweh CongoDaybreak
  159. Coconut RecordsAny Fun
  160. SeraniWhen It’s Cold Outside
  161. TelekinesisCoast Of Carolina
  162. MavadoOn The Rock
  163. Bill Callahan – Jim Cain
  164. Kirsty Rock & Easy Star All-StarsShe’s Leaving Home
  165. Noah and the WhaleBlue Skies
  166. Daweh CongoJoy Brings Pain
  167. FanfarioI’m A Pilot
  168. MavadoMoney Changer
  169. The Dry SpellsBlack Is The Color
  170. David Guetta & AkonSexy Bitch
  171. Animal Collective My Girls
  172. Taken By TreesMy Boys
  173. Tribal SeedsThe Garden
  174. Norah JonesChasing Pirates
  175. Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard These Roads Don’t Move
  176. MatisyahuStruggla
  177. Black Eyed PeasMeet Me Halfway
  178. Buju BantonRastafari
  179. JuvenileGotta Get It
  180. GroundationBeating Heart
  181. 10 Ft Ganja Plant 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and Weed
  182. MishkaStay By My Side
  183. Raekwon & Lyfe Jennings Catalina
  184. Bebel GilbertoChica Chica Boom Chic
  185. PitbullI Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
  186. Phoenix1901
  187. Bramma – Da Body Deh
  188. Kid Cudi Make Her Say
  189. Mayer HawthorneJust Ain’t Gonna Work Out
  190. Flo RidaRight Round
  191. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, & Ghostface KillahHouse Of Flying Daggers
  192. MatisyahuSmash Lies
  193. Timbaland & Justin TimberlakeCarry Out
  194. ChezidekBorder Line
  195. Bebel GilbertoSun Is Shining
  196. Gregory IsaacsFools Fall In Love
  197. Oba SimbaThe Herb
  198. Robert GlasperButterfly
  199. B.B. SeatonLife Goes On
  200. Johnny Clarke with Soothsayers meet Red Earth CollectiveBad Boys
  201. Sean Paul & Keri HilsonHold My Hand [I’ll Be There]
The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

The Best of April 2009!!!

The Best of April 2009!!!

1. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground TownshipYearbook [Township Records 2009]
2. K’NaanTroubadour [Octone Records 2009]
3. Buju BantonRasta Got Soul [Gargamel 2009]
4. Bob Dylan Together Through Life [Columbia 2009]
5. CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume One [QNS 2009]
6. J.J. Cale Roll On [Rounder 2009]
7. B RealSmoke and Mirrors [Duck Down 2009]
8. Jah CureThe Universal Cure [SoBe 2009]
9. Souls of Mischief Tour Stories [Hieroglyphics Imporium 2009]
10. JahmaliEl Shaddai [Penthouse 2009]
11. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 1: The Origin of the Species [Greensleeves 2009]
12. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 2: The Great Leap Forward [Greensleeves 2009]
13. SizzlaGhetto Youthology [Greensleeves 2009]
14. Bitty McLeanMovin On [Taxi 2009]
15. John Brown’s BodyRe-Amplify [Easy Star Records 2009]

Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township released a new album on Township Records, Yearbook, this month that brings the best of Texas roots music to the fore. Graham Wilkinson has proven himself not only as a songwriter but also as an arranger. Some of the songs on this album come from earlier albums but here they are arranged in new and lovely ways. On the track “Ragamuffin,” Hayes Carll lends his voice and Lloyd Maines plays his pedal-steel guitar. “Let It Go” stands out as an americana roots jam and “La Briza” casts an easy groovy spell. “Boys and Girls” is a reggafied track that has a ska sound.  On the strings laden “Ghosts,” a previously unreleased track,  Alejandro Esovedo adds his voice to this rock n’ roll piece of art. Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township and the boys at Township Records, including producer and bassist Wayne Dalchau, have done it again. And this time the album artwork and concept of the Yearbook make it worth getting the hard copy of this album. Get the digital album if need be but the artwork and music make this album a tangible item one needs to hold, see, listen, and appreciate. Like the old days before the digital single this album harkens back to the good old days of the concept album. This album, Yearbook, captures a year of creativity, music, and Austin vibes.

K’Naan the Somalian rapper dropped sweltering rhymes over fat beats on his new album Troubadour. The track “I Come Prepared” with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley stands out as a powerful song and the track “ABC’s” with Chubb Rock is slamming. Chali 2Na Fish, Mos Def, and Adam Levine also co-star on this album. But K’Naan shines on solo tracks too. The track “T.I.A.,” which stand for “This Is Africa,” samples Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Simmer Down” with heavy bass drops chopping the old rhythm into a new dancehall beat. The Somalian rapper shows his softer side on ballads like “Wavin’ Flag” and “Take A Minute.” I am looking forward to seeing the live show.

The Best of April 2009!!!