Top Ranking Songs of April 2012

Norah JonesLittle Broken Hearts [Blue Note 2012]


Jack WhiteBlunderbuss [Third Man Records 2012]

Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls [ATO Records 2012]

Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2012 [VP Records 2012]

Gramps MorganReggae Music Lives [Dada Son 2012]

SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe [Atlantic 2012]

Robert GlasperBlack Radio [Blue Note 2012]

The Ting TingsSounds From Nowheresville [Columbia 2012]

MynabirdsGenerals [Saddle Creek 2012]

Top Ranking Songs of April 2012

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth (Over 230 Singles from Reggae’s Youth)

This week the Jam-Tex selector continues his exploration of the history of reggae music. The category “Reggae’s Superstars” has been divided into two volumes. The first volume included roots reggae masters from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. It was entitled “Reggae Superstar’s: The Lions of Jah” and can be found by clicking this link. This second volume entitled, “The Lion Youth,” focuses on the most current superstars of the Reggae movement (from the 1990s and 2000s). Many artists made the list, including reggae queens Queen Ifrica, Tanya Stephens, Etana, Cherine Anderson, Natasja, and Jah9; male roots reggae crooners like Junior ReidMichael RoseTarrus Riley, Cocoa TeaLuciano, Gentleman, Alborosie, Jah Cure, Courtney John, Romain Virgo, Duane StephensonJunior Kelly, and Daweh Congo. Singjays Half PintMavado, Sizzla, Anthony B, Capleton, Jah Mason, Ranking Joe, and Richie Spicethe Marley Brothers including Ziggy Marley and the Melody MakersJulian Marley, Stephen Marley, Kymani Marley, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley; dancehall favorites like Sean Paul, Collie Buddz, Buju Banton, YTSweetie Irie, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, and Spragga Benz; artists steeped in the roots and cultural tradition like Chronixx, ProtojeChezidek, Bushman, I-Wayne, Perfect, Gentleman, Lutan Fyah, Natty King, and Gyptian; and contemporary producers and reggae groups like Mungo’s Hi-FiSOJA, RebelutionSly & Robbie, Raging Fyah, Uprising Roots BandMorgan Heritage, Rootz Underground, Dubmatix, Rockamovya, Hot Like Fire, Inner Circle, Thievery Corporation, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, and Dub Syndicate assemble on this chart for a great selection of modern reggae music.

The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars—The Lion Youth

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marle– Welcome To Jamrock

Collie Buddz – Come Around

Alborosie & Dennis Brown – Can’t Stand It

Stephen Marley, Capleton, & Sizzla – Rock Stone

Luciano – Messenger

Bushman – You Can’t Blame the Youth

Richie Spice – Righteous Youths

Tarrus Riley – Lion Paw

Queen Ifrica – Lioness On The Rise

Anthony B – Waan Back

I-Wayne – Living In Love

Damian Marley, Nas, & Dennis Brown – Land of Promise

Ky-mani Marley – Royal Vibes

Stephen Marley – Chase Dem

Julian “JuJu” Marley & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Violence in the Streets

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Protoje – Black Ciderella

Solo Banton – Walk Like Rasta

Alborosie – Kingston Town

Stephen Marley, Buju Banton, & Akon – My Conclusion

Junior Kelly – Love So Nice

Gyptian – My Fadah Seh

Gentleman – On We Go

Marlon Asher – Ganja Farmer

Sizzla – Solid As A Rock

Daweh Congo – Straight Up Conscious

SOJA & Collie Buddz – She Still Loves Me

Jah Mason – My Princess Gone

Busy Signal – Kingston Town

Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture

Morgan Heritage – Brooklyn & Jamaica

Luko Adjaffi – Brand New Day

Half Pint – Mind Over Matter

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Tanya Stephens – What A Day

Sean Paul & Sasha – I’m Still In Love With You

Chezidek – Harvest Time

Cocoa Tea – Israel’s King

Buju Banton – Bobby Reds

Rootz Underground – Victims of a System

Ray Darwin – People’s Choice

Jah Cure – Sticky

J Boog & SOJA – Fuck Your System

Capleton – Mark of the Beast

Rebelution & Lutan Fyah – Good Vibes

Kabaka Pyramid – World Wide Love

Shaggy & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Romain Virgo – Mi Caan Sleep

Natasja – Mysterious

Sweetie Irie – Rebel With A Cause

Wayne Marshall – On the Corner

Jah 9 – New Name

Natty King – No Guns To Town

Protoje – Roll

Courtney John and Sly & Robbie – Ready to Go

YT – Tightrope

Screw Driver & Inner Circle – Never Give Up

Notch & Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon

Mavado – Money Changer

Warrior King – Virtuous Woman

Hot Like Fire – Hot Like Fire Tonight

Chronixx -Warrior

The Uprising Roots – Skyfiya

Tanya Stephens & Seeed – Double Soul

Perfect – Hand Cart Bwoy

Joseph Israel – Gone Are The Days

Taj Weekes & Adowa – Hollow Display

Cherine Anderson – Good Love

Tony Rebel – Another Bill Again

Morgan Heritage – Nothing to Smile About

Etana – I’m Not Afraid

Richie Spice – The Plane Land

Ranking Joe & Dubmatix – Tornado

Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island

Fantan Mojah – Hungry

Luciano – Sweet Jamaica

Busy Signal – Wicked Man

Richie Spice – Youths Dem Cold

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rude Boys Back In Town

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Protoje – Who Dem A Program

SOJA & Rebelution – Here I Am

I-Wayne – Book Of Life

Gentleman & Sizzla – Lack of Love

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Alborosie – Dutty Road

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

Tanya Stephens – These Street

Half Pint & The Long Beach Dub All-Stars – Pass It On

Collie Buddz – Blind To You

Capleton & Dub Syndicate – Time

Queen Ifrica – Dem Nah Learn

Tarrus Riley – Start A New

Jahmali – El Shaddai

Winston Francis & Prince Fatty – Dry Your Tears

Junior Kelly & Queen Ifrica – Too Late

Lutan Fyah – Crystal Clear

Busy Signal – Hard Drugs

Pressure – Love and Affection

Jah Cure & Mavado – Like I See It

Iba Mahr – Sound a Alarm

Natasja – 45 Questions

Sizzla – Babylon Ah Listen

SOJA – Rest of My Life

Richie Spice – Earth Ah Run Red

Pinchers & Dubmatix – Rock And A Hard Place

Chezidek – Ghetto People

Luciano – Sweep Over My Soul

Rebelution – Bright Side of Life

Daweh Congo – Ghetto Skyline

Alborosie – Mama She Don’t Like You

Cocoa Tea – Let The Music Play

Rockamovya – Horse Dance

I-Wayne – I Need Her In My Arms

Mavado – Last Night

Rootz Underground – Hammer

YT & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – World News

Sanchez – Feel Good All Over 

Romain Virgo – Who Feels It Knows It

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – All Day, All Night

Julian Marley – Systems

Kymani Marley – Brave Ones

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – More Justice

Stephen Marley & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Traffic Jam

Stephen Marley & Capleton – Break Us Apart

Capleton – Babylon A Use Dem Brain

Half Pint Dollar Man – Babylon Release The Chains

Richie Spice –  Wrap Up a Draw

Etana – Roots

Sizzla – Crucial Time

Busy Signal & Morgan Heritage – Run Dem Whey

SOJA, Gentleman, and Tamika  I Tried

Queen Ifrica – Keep It To Yourself

Duane Stephenson – Cottage in Negril

Alborosie & Gramps Morgan – One Sound

Mykal Rose & Dubmatix – Easy Down

Mykal Rose & Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Shootout

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – We’re Gonna Make It

Turbulence – Only Love

Chezidek & Perfect – Journey

Mavado – On The Rock

Gentleman – Changes

Gentleman & Morgan Heritage – Man of My Own

Morgan Heritage Raid Rootz Dance

Cocoa Tea – Tune In

Alborosie & Steel Pulse – Steppin Out

Tarrus Riley – Ease Off

Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life

Gyptian – I Can Feel Your Pain

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait In Vain

Richie Spice – Gideon Boot

Gappy Ranks – Butterflies

Rootz underground – Farming

Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day

Sizzla – Be Strong

Half Pint & Sizzla – Bad Boy

Half Pint and Sly & Robbie – Blessing Darling

Gyprtian & Dean Frazer – Where You Belong

Kali Blaxx – Farmer Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Only Thing Missing Was You

Mr. Easy – Moving

Alborosie & Horace Andy – Money

Anthony Cruz – Halfway Tree

Richie Spice & Gentleman – Let’s Go

Queen Ifrica – Daddy

Sizzla – Pressure

Morgan Heritage – Gun Town

Jah Cure – Miles Away

Spragga Benz, Stephen Marley, Queen Ifrica, Sizzla, & Jah Cure – More Life

Christopher Ellis, Stephen Marley, & Jah Cure – End of Time

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Capleton & Stephen Marley – Sunshine Girl

Capleton – I Rise

Stephen Marley & Capleton – Chase Dem (Acoustic Version)

Stephen Marley Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Mission

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – One Loaf of Bread (Something For You)

Julian “JuJu” Marley & Bugle – Move Dem

Ziggy Marley – Reggae in my Head

Chronixx – Ain’t Know Giving In

Daweh Congo – Joy Brings Pain

Duane Stephenson – August Town 

Tarrus RileyEtana, & Duane Stephenson – Let Peace Reign

Etana – Warrior Love

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Soundsystem

Michael FrantiGentleman, & Spearhead – Is Love Enough?

Gentleman & Alborosie – Celebration

Alborosie – Work

Oba Simba – Pressure

Luciano – Trod Out

Luciano & Dub Syndicate – One In A Billion

Dub Syndicate – Jah Rasta

Junior Reid & Dub Syndicate – God Is A Man

Junior Reid – Love Is the Answer

Raging Fyah – Judgement Day

Richie Spice – The World Is A Cycle

Rebelution – Wake Up Call

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

I-Wayne – Pure as the Nile

Busy Signal – Part of Life

Ed Robinson – Our Heroes

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General

Tarrus Riley – Living The Life Of A Gun

Romain Virgo – Murderer

Gyptian – My Number One 

Rootz Underground – In The Jungle

Rockamovya – Red Rose

Ini Kamoze – Hill & Gully Ride

Raging Fyah – Running Away

Jah Cure – Trod in the Valley

Rebelution & Jacob Hemphill – Meant to Be

Richie Spice – Street Life

Alborosie – Kingdom of Zion

Romain Virgo – I Am Rich In Love 

Tarrus Riley – Beware

Tarrus Riley and Sly & Robbie – Pul Up Selector

I-Wayne – Real and Clean

Collie Buddz – Too Watchy

Etana – People Talk

Fantan Mojah – Stronger

Rootz Underground – 20 Centuries

Raging Fyah – Karma

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Tarrus Riley – Protect Yu Neck

Alborosie – Still Blazing

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Romain Virgo – The System

Queen Ifrica – It Hard

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Gentleman – Dem Gone

Cocoa Tea – Young Lover

Exco Levi – Reggae Calling

Bugle – Anointed

NEED

  1. Lutan Fyah – Gangsta Living
  2. Chuck Fenda – I Am For the Poor
  3. Alborosie and the Tamlins – Garrison
  4. Lukie D & Busy Signal – Man A Yardie
  5.  Gappy Ranks & Nerious Joseph – Soul Rebel

The World of Reggae Music Collection–Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth (Over 230 Singles from Reggae’s Youth)

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!

March 2009

  1. Buddy Holly Memorial Collection [Geffen 2009]
  2. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 2 [VP Records 2009]
  3. Queen IfricaRoad to Mobay [VP Records 2009]
  4. Various ArtistsGold Mine Riddim [Gargamel 2009]
  5. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2009 [Greenseeves 2009]
  6. Randy TravisI Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis [Warner Brothers 2009]
  7. Anthony B Rise Up [Greensleeves 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsRiddim Driven: Beauty and the Beast [VP Records 2009]
  9. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Rocksteady [VP Records 2009]
  10. Black CrowesWar Paint Live [Eagle Records 2009]
  11. Willie NelsonNaked Willie [Sony 2009]
  12. Leonard CohenLive in London [Sony 2009]
  13. Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream [Columbia 2009]
  14. Various ArtistsCadillac Records (Original Soundtrack) [Sony 2008]
  15. Various Artists Penthouse Showcase Volume 3: Automatic Riddim [VP Records 2009]

Buddy Holly, the real king of Texas rock n’ roll music, lived a short and prolific life. He was the Biggie Smalls of Lubbock. But instead of a blaze of gunfire, Holly went down in a plane crash. This new collection of recordings bring the raw Buddy Holly to the music world. The skinny and nerdy Texan redefined rock and roll music and influenced the British rockers who invaded America in the 1960s. The Beatles were recycled Crickets. It is very easy to be proud of this lanky Texan genius.

Penthouse Showcase Volume 2 is an important contribution to roots reggae music. Bushman pays tribute to Peter Tosh with sizzlin’ covers of “African” and “You Can’t Blame the Youth.” Sweet reggae tracks include Romain Virgo’s “Mi Caan Sleep”  and Queen Ifrica’s humorous “Below the Waist.” Beres Hammond also lends his voice to some of the tracks adding another layer of sweetness.

The Gold Mine Riddim 2009 includes tracks by Gyptian and Buju Banton. The Riddim hot! The 2009 Ragga Ragga Ragga installment offers the killer tracks Bounty Killer’s “Corrupt,” Laden’s “Time to Shine,” and Vybz Kartel’s “Life Sweet.”

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!