Top 10 Albums of 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Here are the selector’s top 10 favorite albums for 2009…

  1. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline [MK-Zwo Records 2009] 
  2. Willie Neslon & Asleep at the WheelWillie And The Wheel [Bismeaux Records 2009]
  3. Easy Star All Stars Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band [Easy Star Records 2009]
  4. Michael Franti and Spearhead All Rebel Rockers [Anti 2009]
  5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You [American Recordings 2009]
  6. Julian MarleyAwake [Tuff Gong Records 2009]
  7. K’NaanTroubadour [A&M/Octone Records 2009]
  8. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Music/FiWi Records 2009]
  9. Chali 2naFish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  10. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Downtown Records 2009]
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Top 10 Albums of 2009

50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009 – Top Reggae Singles 2009

TOP REGGAE SINGLES 2009 – 50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009

  1. Courtney JohnLucky Man
  2. Major Lazer featuring Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell Can’t Stop Now
  3. Daweh CongoStraight Up Conscious
  4. Richie Spice Street Life
  5. Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley Guns Up
  6. Sean PaulSo Fine
  7. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  8. Terry Linen No Time To Linger
  9. Alborosie & I-Eye Mama She Don’t Like You
  10. RockamovyaThe Bounty
  11. Gyptian – Money Man
  12. Julian Marley Boom Draw
  13. BushmanYou Can’t Blame The Youth
  14. Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train
  15. Easy Star All-Star’s, Luciano, & U-Roy – With A Little Help From My Friends Dub
  16. Easy Star All-Stars & LucianoWith A Little Help From My Friends
  17. Sean Paul & Estelle – Come Over
  18. Cherine Anderson Talk If Yuh Talking
  19. Black Ryno Real Stingers
  20. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline
  21. Julian Marley & Damian MarleyViolence In The Streets
  22. Buju Banton & John Legend Can’t Be My Lover
  23. LadenTime To Shine
  24. Romain Virgo Mi Caan Sleep
  25. Tarrus RileyHuman Nature
  26. Easy Star All Stars, Michael Rose, & Menny MoreA Day In The Life
  27. Black Rhyno – Dollar Coin
  28. Major Lazer featuring Ms. Thing & T.O.K. Bruk Out
  29. SeraniPlaying Games
  30. Sean Paul Press It Up
  31. Bounty Killer Corrupt
  32. Easy Star All Stars & Max Romeo – Fixing A Hole
  33. Damian Marley & B-Real Fire
  34. Queen IfricaKeep It To Yourself
  35. Tarrus Riley & KonshensGood Girl Gone Bad
  36. Busy Signal Praise & Worship
  37. Vybz Kartel – Mind Pon Mi Mind
  38. Beres HammondSee You Again
  39. RockamovyaRock in Place
  40. Queen IfricaBelow The Waist
  41. Jah VinciWatch Your Friends
  42. Da’Ville Never Gonna Cry
  43. Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson, & Paula FugaCry, Cry, Cry
  44. Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose
  45. Easy Star All Stars & Frankie PaulLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  46. JahmaliEl Shaddai
  47. Ziggy Marley & Toots Hibbert Take Me To Jamaica
  48. Easy Star All Stars & Steel Pulse Good Morning Good Morning
  49. Easy Star All Stars & the Mighty DiamondsGetting Better
  50. Machel Montano HD & Collie Buddz – Fly Away
50 Reggae Singles for Summer 2009 – Top Reggae Singles 2009

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009

July 2009

  1. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Explicit] [Downtown 2009]
  2. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  3. Slaid CleavesEverything You Love Will Be Taken Away [Music Road 2009]
  4. Zee AviZee Avi[Brushfire Records 2009]
  5. Lady Saw Extra Raw: The First Lady of Dancehall [VP Records 2009]
  6. AswadCity Lock [Rhythm Riders 2009]
  7. Rhett MillerRhett Miller [Shout! Factory 2009]
  8. Mishka Above The Bones [J.K. Livin Records 2009]
  9. Bob DylanTogether Through Life [Columbia 2009]
  10. MicachuJewellery [Rough Trade 2009]
  11. ScientistInternational Heroes Dub [Tameki Wambesi Dove 2009]
  12. Mojo Morgangot Mojo? [Gedion Soldiers 2009]
  13. The LemonheadsVarshons [The End Records 2009]
  14. The AggrolitesIV [Hellcat 2009]
  15. The Low Anthem Oh My God Charlie Darwin [Nonesuch 2009]
  16. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Sweet [VP Records 2009]
  17. Dinosaur Jr.Farm [Jagjaguwar 2009]
  18. Ryan Bingham & the Dead HorsesRoadhouse Sun (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  19. EminemRelapse [Explicit] [Aftermath Records 2009]
  20. Jason LytleYours Truly, The Commuter [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  21. Todd SniderThe Excitement Plan [Yep Roc Records 2009]
  22. Son VoltAmerican Central Dust [Rounder Records 2009]
  23. Mos DefThe Ecstatic [Downtown 2009]
  24. Levon HelmElectric Dirt [Amazon Exclusive] [Vanguard 2009]
  25. Tanya MorganBrooklynati [Explicit] [Independent Media/iM Culture 2009]
  26. DoomBorn Like This. [Explicit] [Lex Records 2009]
  27. Laura IzibiLet The Truth Be Told [Deluxe] [Atlantic 2009]
  28. J Dilla Jay Stay Paid [Explicit] [Nature Sounds 2009]
  29. St. Vincent Actor (Amazon Exclusive) [4AD 2009]
  30. Matthew Sweet & Susanna HoffsUnder The Covers: Vol. 2 [Shout! Factory 2009]
  31. WilcoWilco [The Album] [Nonesuch 2009]

Diplo and Switch present Major Lazer‘s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do with special guests Santogold, Mr. Lex, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Mr Vegas, and many more. The creative DJ/producer duo amalgamates and mashes up tunes sampling from soca, calypso, merengue, and reggae, dropping fat beats, gun blasts, reggae air horns, and choice samples. An example of one of the more interesting and creative cuts is “Baby,” which adds an auto-tune to a crying baby. The killer reggae track on this work is “Can’t Stop Now,” which features Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell. The harmonic Rockwell and Mr. Vegas create an easy-sounding classic reggae track among the hard-pounding dance jams. The track “Hold The Line” samples surf guitars from Dick Dale And His Del-Tones classic “Misirlou,” adding heavy beats and the vocal duo of Mr. Lex and Santogold. Some of my personal favorites on this album include the rough shod “Bruk Out” featuring T.O.K and Ms. Thing; “Cash Flow” featuring the roots reggae flavor of Jah Dan; “Anything Goes” with chaotic verses from Turbulance; and the dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel working “Pon De Floor.”

Chali 2Na‘s Fish Outta Water snap, crackles, and pops. A guest appearances by the Marley Brothers, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, on the cut “Guns Up” piles deep booming funky fresh rhymes over a sweet melodic reggae chorus peppered by a Jr. Gong flow. The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man joins Chali 2Na on the tune “International” for searing dancehall reggae/hip-hop fusion. I found the single “Lock Shit Down” with Talib Kweli appealing and the track “Comin’ Thru” to be a hip-hop jam.

Texas songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Rhett Miller, and Ryan Bingham made the list this month. The Austin-based musician Slaid Cleaves sings heart-wrenching ballads playing Texas country music like it should be played. The song “Cry” on the album Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away will rip out your heart and have you reaching for the bottle of whiskey. American folk legend Bob Dylan dropped the new album Together Through Life featuring the ominous dark-sounding hit single “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.

Zee Avi and Mishka add international flavors to the best albums of July, providing fun flip-flop rock and reggae sounds for the summertime. Jack Johnson‘s Brushfire Records handpicked Zee Avi for the label where she fits well with the laid back surfer motive. The Malaysian-born ukulele player’s new album is self titled Zee Avi. Reggae-drenched Canadian/Bermudian seafarer Mishka is the new artist appearing on Matthew McConaughey’s record label JK Livin Records. Mishka’s new album Above The Bones provides good summer tunes and positive vibes.

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009