World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Electronica Fusion

Electronica-Reggae Fusion

African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix)

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of reggae and electronica music. From the hard driving Drum and Bass and Jungle rhythms to the house and dance remixes to the ambient and dubbed out versions, electronica and reggae have fused in interesting and vibrant new ways.

Super Hi-Fi – “Q Street (Subatomic Sound System Remix)”

Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Give It Away”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – “Rock The Rhythm

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sun is Shining (Yes King Remix)

I-Man & Slightly Stoopid – “What Goes Around”

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – “Man Next Door

U-Brown & Gorillaz Vs. Spacemonkeyz – “Strictly Rubbadub (Slow Country)”

Noiseshaper – “The Only Redeemer”

Thievery Corporation – “The Outernationalist (Rewound)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Mr. Brown (DJ Spooky Remix)”

Dubmatix – “My Selecta

Rockers Hi-Fi – “Sexy Selecter”

Boozoo Bajou, Joe Dukie & U-Brown – “Take It Slow

Noiseshaper – “Automatic”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix)”

Black Uhuru & Dub Syndicate – “Higher Than High”

Dub Syndicate – “Higher Than High Dub”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “One Love (Cordovan Remix)

Daweh Congo – “Steppin

Daweh Congo – “Dubstep

Thievery Corporation – “2001 Spliff Odyssey”

Noiseshaper – “Bushmaster”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rainbow Country (DJ Spooky’s Subliminal Funk Remix)”

Turbulence & Major Lazer – “Anything Goes”

Jamiroquai – “Drifting Along”

Prodigy – “Out of Space”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Is This Love (Jason Bentley Remix)”

Slightly Stoopid – “Above The Clouds”

Seeed – “Pressure”

Gorillaz Vs Spacemonkeyz – “Lil’ Dub Defin’ (A1 A1)”

Prezident Brown & Yes King – “Tomorrow is Another Day”

Thievery Corporation – “From Creation”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix)”

Noiseshaper – “The Creator”

Cutty Ranks – “Limb By Limb (Diplo Remix)”

Steel Pulse “KKK in the Jungle”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Jamming (Nickodemus & Zeb Remiix)”

Top Cat, Prince Fatty, & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Herbalist”

Noiseshaper – “Vice Vanity”

Notch & Thievery Corporation – “Amerimacka

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix)

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Greater David”

Jimmy Riley & R Cola – “A1 Sound”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)

Daddy Scotty & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Wicked Tings A Gwaan”

Dawn Penn – “No No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore) (DJ Spooky Remix)

Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and DJ Z-Trip – “Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix)”

Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)

Sweetie Irie & Yes King – “Style Come Different”

See-I & Thievery Corporation – “Assault on Babylon”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Satisfy My Soul (Beats Antique Remix)”

Marina P & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Divorce l’italienne”

Thievery Corporation – “Until the Morning (Rewound)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rainbow Country (Funkstar Deluxe Remix”

DJ Spooky & Rob Swift – “Creation Rebel”

Willi Williams & Dubmatix – “Re-Action”

Willi Williams & Dubmatix – “Re-Action (Dubmatix meets Nate Wize Remix)

Rockers Hi Fi – “Going Under (Love and Insanity Dub)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “I Shot the Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)”

See-I & Thievery Corporation – “.38.45 (A Thievery Number)”

Cornell Campbell & Dub Syndicate – “Nothing Comes Easy”

Seeed – “Psychadelic Kingdom”

Collie Buddz – “Come Around (DJ Yoda Remix)”

Sleepy Wonder, Gunjan, & Thievery Corporation – “Warning Shots”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – “Hard Livin'”

Noiseshaper – “Fire Me Roots (Automatic Reel to Reel Edit)”

Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle – “Babylon You Lose”

Notch & Thievery Corporation – “Blasting Through The City”

Barrington Levy – Under Mi Sensi (DJ Spooky Remix)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Small Axe (Paul & Price Remix)

Alton Ellis & Dubmatix – “Blessings of Compassion”

Bugle, Arama, & Major Lazer – “Playground”

Thievery Corporation – “Radio Retaliation”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix)”

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – “Angel

Massive Attack – “Angel (Mad Professor Remix)

Zeroleen – “All Good”

Fat Freddys Drop – “Wild Wind”

Mr. Lex, Santigold, & Major Lazer – “I’ll Make Ya”

Thievery Corporation – “Overstand”

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Emmanuell”

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Emmanuel (Version II)”

Love Trio in Dub and U-Roy – “Flight in Dub (DJ Cil Organic Remix)”

Roots Manuva – “Movements”

Amber Coffman & Major Lazer – “Get Free”

Noiseshaper – “Bushmaster (Kid Kenobi Session Remix)”

Sleepy Wonder & Thievery Corporation – “Sound the Alarm”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – Hard Livin’

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sun Is Shining (Funkstar Deluxe Remix)”

Mad Proffesor & Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Super Ape Inna Jungle

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Don’t Rock My Boat (Stuhr Remix)

Major Lazer & Ms. Thing – “When You Hear the Bassline”

Noiseshaper – “All Dem A Do”

Seeed – “Next!”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Small Axe (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

Tony Matterhorn – “Dutty Wine (Ape Drums & Diplo Remix)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “What Goes Around Comes Around (Alex Natale Remix)”

Thievery Corporation – “Truth and Rights”

Roger Robinson & The Bug – “You & Me”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sugar Sugar (Marcal Remix)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sugar Sugar (Gum Vs Flighcrank Remix)”

Major Lazer & The Partysquad – “The Original Don”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Kaya (Groove Deluxe Remix)

Noiseshaper – “Me Done”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel (DJ Spooky Remix)

Major Lazer, Leftside, & Supa Hype – “Jump Up”

Dollar Man, Bob Sinclair, & Big Ali – Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “African Herbsman (Groove Deluxe Remix)

Noiseshaper – “Wise Up”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Falling In and Out of Love (Alex Natale Remix)”

Sista Pat & Thievery Corporation – “Wires and Watchtowers”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rock Steady (Remix)”

The Upsetters and Mutabaraka – Dis Poem Burns Babylon

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Keep On Movin’ (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

Thievery Corporation – “Stargazer”

Ricky Ranking & The Bug – “Judgement”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Bend Down Low (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

NEED

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Put It On (Groove Corporation Remix)”

Big Youth – “Waterhouse Rock (Groove Corporation Remix )

Yabby You – “The Conquering Lion (Groove Corporation Remix)”

Gregory Isaacs – “Night Nurse (Kruder & Dorfmeister Session)”

Anthony Red Rose – “Hotter Junglematical Style (Drum & Bass)

Barrington Levy, Rebel MC, & Supercat – Tribal Base

Debaser – A! Sound

Jungle Royale & Future Troubles – Can’t Smoke Weed In Peace

Sizzla – Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Dub Mix)

International ObserverThe International Pts 1&2

Genaside II & Eek A Mouse – Just As Rough

Junkyard ProductionsSister Let him Go

Mad Professor – Drum and Bass in the Asylum

Dubmatix – Sensi

Ragga Twins, Auquasky, & Master Blaster – Dem No No We

Barrington LevyHere I Come Drum ‘N’ Bass

Horace Andy & Massive AttackOne Love

Rebel MC aka Congo NattyStreet Tough (Club Mix)

Roots ManuvaAgain & Again

Re: Jazz – Torch of Freedom (Frost & Wagner Horn Rub Version)

Dawn Penn & Bounty KillerYou Don’t Love Me (No No No) [Reel II Reel Junglist Mix]

Wicked Beat Sound System – Be Humble

Mad Professor, Chuck D, & The Fire This Time – At Least the American Indians Know Exactly How They’ve Been Fucked Around

Congo Natty & Top Cat – Herbsman 2

Top Cat Friend With Weed

Top CatA Friend In Need (Panik and M-Rode Mix)

Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (Jungle Spliff) (X-Project Remix)

Tester – Top Shotta

The Magic Fly –Wicked Devil

Horace Andy & Ron Tom – Money, Money

Demolition Man & Debaser – 4 The Children

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Gal Wine Junglist Grind

Beenie Man & Chuckleyberry – Murder

Kulcha Ites & Dubmatix – Burn Out the Rich

Rockers Hi-Fi – Push Push (Re-Rub)

Congo Natty aka Rebel MC – Just Keep Rocking

Paulie Walnuts & Desmond Dekker – Israelites

Fat Freddy’s DropFlashback

Congo Natty aka Rebel MC – The Junglist

Ten Pound Sound – Bust Outta Dis

Debaser – Armagideon Time

The Magic Fly & Ricky RankingTwo Planets

Ragga TwinsJuggling

Top Cat & Boozoo Bajou Killer

International ObserverWelcome

Flowdan & the Bug – Warning

Scoop – Dub Addict

DiploDiplo Rhythm

Poison Chang – Press the Tiger

DubmatixJump & Twist

See I – The King

Bounty KillerNew Blood Spilt (Drum & Bass)

Howie Smart & DubmatixHeavy Living

Overproof SoundsystemWatch What You Put Inna

Ragga TwinsRagga Trip

Dillinger – Cocaine in my Brain (Groove Corporation Remix)

Ricky Ranking – Keep Them Skanking

Treason & Dubmatix – Praise Jah

South Rakkas Crew, Kid Foreigner, & Bigga Boss – Hotter Than Them

Ragga TwinsIllegal Gunshot

Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, & Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot

General Levy & M BeatIncredible

Mikke Metal – Frico

Belleruche – Drum at Dusk

Martin Campbell and Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – Jah Soon Come

Fat Freddy’s DropPull the Catch

Overproof Soundsystem – The Model

Capleton – Prophet Rides Again (Jungle Remix)

Daft Punk & the Bombist – Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster (Sponji Riddim)

South Rakkas CrewMad Again (Club Edit)

Ahser Senator – One Bible

LucianoWhat We Got To Do (GCorp Remix)

Michael RoseThrow Some Stone (Disciples Remix)

Radio Retaliation

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Electronica Fusion

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses on the fusion of hip hop, rap, and reggae music.

Notorious B.I.G. – B.I.G. Live In Jamaica Intro)

Notorious B.I.G. & Diana King – Respect

Horseman & Prince Fatty – Insane In The Brain

Ini Kamoze – Listen Me Tic

Eazy-E – Nobody Move

Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Nah Mean

Notorious B.I.G. & Bob MarleyHold Ya Head

Heavy D – Sincere

Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley – Guns Up

Slightly Stoopid – Runnin’ With A Gun

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Food For The Masses

Guerilla Black & Beenie Man  – Compton

Fat Joe, Buju Banton, & Fat Joe – Good Times

Mr. Cheeks, Big Youth, & Tarrus Riley – Five Days

Bob Marley & The Roots – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Beyonce & Sean Paul – Baby Boy

Wayne Marshall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – Go Harder

KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions – 9Mm Goes Bang

B-Real & Wayne Smith – Under Mi Sleng Teng (DJ Muggs Remix)

Cypress Hill – What’s Your Number?

Rahzel & Sean Paul – Top of the Game

Guru, Barrington Levy, & Jigsy King – One 4 Me

Nas & Spragga Benz – This Is The Way

Slightly Stoopid – Killin’ Me Deep Inside

Cherine Anderson, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ssay Hey (I Love You)

Seeed – Release

Kriss Kross, Sean Paul, & Super Cat – Jump (Reggae Remix)

T-Pain, Chris Brown, & T.O.K. – Kiss Kiss (Reggae Remix)

Notorious B.I.G. & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Welcome to Jamrock (Rob Dinero Remix)

Spice 1 – East Bay Gangster

Wyclef Jean, Redman, & Beenie Man – Love Me Now (Rockwilder Remix)

The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry

Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Chali 2Na Fish, Half Pint, Ives, & Tippa Irie – Life Goes On

Big Pun & Beenie Man – Make Me Sweat

Collie Buddz & Paul Wall – What A Feeling

Chali 2na & Slightly Stoopid – Just Thinking

Supercat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip-Hop Remix)

Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley – Road To Zion

Biz Markie & Elephant Man – Let Me See U Bounce

Guru & Bob Marley – Johnny Was

Mims, Cham, & Junior Reid – This Is Why I’m Hot (Blackout Remix)

Black Sheep & Half Pint – Level The Vibes

Guru & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley  – Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change)

K-Os – Superstar, Pt. 1

Seeed – Ocean’s

KRS-One & Shabba Ranks – The Jam

Yung Berg & Collie Buddz – Lonely

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Bobby Brown – Beautiful

Slightly Stoopid – Everything You Need

Michael Franti & Steel Pulse – Black Enough

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love

Bun B & Sean Kingston – That’s Gangsta

Q-Tip & Capleton – Original Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Pray For Grace

Rakim & Bob Marley – Concrete Jungle

Elephant Man, Wyclef Jean, Assassin, Swizz Beatz, Yung Joc, & Diddy – Five-0 (Remix)

K’Naan & Damian Marley – I Come Prepared

Kid Cudi & Collie Buddz – Day and Nite

Slightly Stoopid – Breakbeat

The Grouch, Eligh , & Slightly Stoopid – People of the Sun

Lil Wayne, Nas, & Damian Marley – My Generation

Chuck D & Bob Marley – Survival

Alicia Keys & Junior Reid – No One (Remix)

Guru & Ini Kamoze – Who Goes There

Lil Jon, Stephen Marley, & Damian Marley – On De Grind

Seeed – Can’t Hold Me

Bob Marley, Mr. Cheeks, & The Lost Boys – Gultiness

Capleton – East Coast to the West Coast

Ini Kamoze – Ballistic Affair

Shabba Ranks – Rough Life

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Comin’ To Gitcha

Supercat, Puff Daddy, & Notorious BIG – Dolly My Baby (Remix)

Guru & Slightly Stoopid – The Otherside

Matisyahu – Smash Lies

Kardinal Offishall – Nina

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Light Up Ya Lighter

Half Pint, Barrington Levy, & Dres of Black Sheep – Level The Vibes

SOJA – Not Done Yet

Snoop Dogg, Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Traffic Jam (Remix)

Busta Rhymes, Flipmode Squad, & Bob Marley – Rastaman Chant

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

Kardinal Offishal & Rihanna – Numba 1 (Tide Is High)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Listener Supported

Baby Cham – Ghetto Story

Baby Cham & Alicia Keys – Ghetto Story Chapter 2

Baby Cham & Akon – Ghetto Story Chapter 3

Missy Elliott, Vybz Kartel, & M.I.A. – Bad Man

K’Naan, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space

Elephant Man, Twista, Young Bloodz, & Kiprich – Jook Gal

Wyclef Jean – Redemption Songs

Foxy Brown, Morgan Heritage, & Spragga Benz – We Set The Pace

M.I.A. – Galang (South Rakkas Remix)

Jay-Z & Mavado – On the Rock

Daara J – Hip Hop Civilization

Lady Saw, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Shake It

Rahzel, Shaggy, & Toots & the Maytals – Bam Bam

Eve, Stephen Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – No, No, No

The Fugees – Fu Gee La [Sly & Robbie Remix]

Collie Buddz & Krayzie Bone – Defend Your Own

Ini Kamoze – Hotter This Year (Hot Steppa Remix)

DMX, Mr. Vegas, & Sean Paul – The Boom

Missy Elliott & Lady Saw – Mr. DJ

Handsome Boy Modeling School, Barrington Levy, Del tha Funkyhomosapien, & Alex Kapranos – The World’s Gone Mad

Slightly Stoopid – Somebody

Ernest Ranglin, Michael Franti & Spearhead – I Got Plenty O’ Nothin’

ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Migos, & Shabba Ranks – Shabba

Ini Kamoze – Hole In Ya Head

Heavy D & The Boys – Mood For Love

Chali 2na & Beenie Man – International

Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, & Spliff Star – Make It Clap (Remix)

B-Real & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Fire

Foxy Brown & Mavado – We’re On Fire

Slightly Stoopid – Officer

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hello Bonjour

Queen Latifah & Serani – If He Wanna

Wyclef Jean – Jaspora

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan (Hip Hop Mix)

Kardinal Offishall & Akon – Dangerous

South Park Mexican – Pass Da Killaz

Wyclef Jean & Sizzla  – Welcome To The East

Yung Berg, Collie Buddz, & Eve – Victory Lap

Lil Jon, Ice Cube, The Game, & Elephant Man – Killas

Foxy Brown & Demarco – She Wanna Rude Bwoy

Shawnna & Kardinal Offiishal – Block Reincarnated (Remix)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control Version)

Seeed – Goldmine

Flo Rida & Sean Kingston – Roll

Rihanna & T.I. – Live Your Life

Juelz Santana, D.E.Y., & Sean Kingston – There’s Nothin

Michael Franti & Spearhead – All I Want Is You

NEED

Doug E. Fresh – Freaks

Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Cypress Hill Remix)

Ini Kamoze & GuruInsert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine (Medley)

Usher & the Bombist – Love In This Club (Marvel Riddim)

Kardinal Offishall, Akon, & Sean Paul Dangerous (Remix)

E-40, B-Legit, & Rankin Scroo Bust Yo Shit

Junior Reid & Bun B If It Was Up To Me

Snoop Dogg, B-Real, & the Bombist – Vato (Lightaz Up Riddim)

Barrington Levy, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kardinal OffishallNo War

Mary J. Blige & the Bombist – Family Affair

Wu-Tang Clan & Junior Reid – One Blood Under W

T-Pain, Akon, & the Bombist – The Bartender (Soprano Riddim)

Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, & the Bombist – Sweetest Girl (Soprano Riddim)

The Fugees – Fu Gee La Rock (Guantanamo Camp Remix)

Chris Brown, TI, T-Pain, & the Bombist – I’m A Flirt (Dis Ya Time Riddim)

E-40 & Rankin ScrooAct A Ass

Junior Reid & Lil Wayne Rappapompom

Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes, & Shaggy The Way We Roll

The Fugees & Stephen Marley No Woman, No Cry (Remix)

Alicia KeysNo One (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix)

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC

Top 20 Albums of June 2009

  1. Bob Marley and the Wailers B Is For Bob [Tuff Gong/Def Jam/Island Records 2009]
  2. Various Artists Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) [The Red Hot Organization/4AD 2009]
  3. N.A.S.A. – The Spirit Of Apollo [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  4. AlborosieEscape From Babylon [Greensleeves 2009]
  5. Dave Matthews BandBig Whiskey And The GrooGrux King [Bama Rags 2009]
  6. The ItalsLet Dem Talk [Ital Records 2009]
  7. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley BandOuter South [Merge 2009]
  8. DJ JS-1 No Sellout [Ground Original 2009]
  9. The Dub MachinistWorldwide Dub [Control Tower France 2009]
  10. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2009 [VP Records 2009]
  11. Ini Kamoze 5150 Rule [Hottis 2009]
  12. Amadou & MariamWelcome to Mali [Nonesuch 2009]
  13. Los Granadian del Espacio Exterior Donde Ningun Hombre Ha Llegado Jamas [Liquidator Spain 2009]
  14. Method Man & RedmanBlackout! 2 [Explicit] [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  15. Regina SpektorFar [Sire 2009]
  16. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Interscope 2009]
  17. 311Uplifter [RCA/Jive 2009]
  18. The Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca[Domino Recording 2009]
  19. Natural BlackGuardian Angel [Zion Roots Music 2009]
  20. Sonic Youth The Eternal [Matador 2009]
  21. Paul WallFast Life [Explicit] [Asylum/WB 2009]

“Life is one big road with lots of signs,” Bob sings “So when your riding through the ruts don’t you complicate your mind.” On this album we see why Bob Marley and the Wailers ruled the world of reggae music, especially with roots reggae tracks like “Wake Up And Live – Pt. 1.”  On the new album B Is For Bob executive producer Ziggy Marley reworked some of the Bob Marley classics giving them a kid friendly edge. The album pulsates with positive vibrations. A stripped down acoustic version of “Three Little Birds” leads off the album followed by a classic acoustic version of “Redemption Song.” These two songs make for fun summer road trip  sing-a-longs. I found the version of “Satisfy My Soul” to be very sensual and in my opinion this song could be one of the best lovers’ rock tracks ever cut. A bongo almost-dancehall infused “Jamming” and new takes on “Small Axe,” “Bend Down Low” and “Stir It Up” fill out this nice addition to the Bob Marley discography. “Could You Be Loved” and “One Love / People Get Ready” also fit perfect with the kid album theme. “High Tide Or Low Tide” excellently caps off the work.

Finding their way to the top of the Jam-Tex music charts this June are a cadre of Indie-rockers and rappers. The benefit album and compilation Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) and the N.A.S.A. hip-hop project The Spirit Of Apollo. Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) includes indie rockers collaborating to make wonderful music and really this album needs to be listened to in its entirety for the best effect. The Dirty Projectors team up with David Byrne on “Knotty Pine,” while Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings provide some soulful “Inspiration Information.” The Decemberists perform “Sleepless,” while Feist and Ben Gibbard team up on “Train Song.” Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, and Arcade Fire all appear on the album.

On N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit Of Apollo George Clinton and Chali 2na Fish rock “There’s A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)” and dancheall wonder Sizzla joins Lovefoxxx, and the nasty female rapper Amanda Blank on the track “A Volta (Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx).” My favorite duo on any of these indie compilations appears on the N.A.S.A. album when Tom Waits and Kool Keith collaborate on “Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)”. M.I.A., Santogold, Nick Zinner, and Spank Rock drive the electro-rap jam “Whachadoin? (Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)“. The N.A.S.A. album certainly contains the most interesting lineup of artists, including David Byrne, Gift of Gab, Chuck D, DJ Z-Trip, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, KRS-One, Seu Jorge, Ras Congo, and Scarface on tracks like  “Money (Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip),” “The People Tree (Feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip),” “Hip Hop (Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre),” “Strange Enough (Feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip),” and “The Mayor (Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM).”

Alborosie, Ini Kamoze, the Itals, and Reggae Gold 2009 provide this year’s sweltering summer reggae soundtrack. On the new Dave Matthews Band album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King the track “Funny The Way It Is” proves the band is still putting out quality music. DJ JS-1 gathers some talented indie rappers on No Sellout, for example, Aesop Rock and C Ray Wallz rock the mics on “Karma Killerz.”

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC