Top Albums of November 2009

This month’s music selection varies from twangy country to roots reggae to experimental jazz-hip-hop and dub. Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked is chalk-full of creativity and musicianship.  Glasper, a pianist originally from Houston, Texas has performed with Erykah BaduThe Roots, Maxwell, and Mos Def. On this new album Glasper mixes hip-hop, jazz, and experimental music into a beautiful soundscape.
Conrad Crystal and Suga Roy have put together a fine album with help from some of reggae’s icons. The legendary Toots & The Maytals joins the duo on “God Bless You.” The singjay Gyptian performs “Jah Jah See Dem”  in tribute to Joseph Hill and Culture. The dancehall jam “She Call Mi Phone” features “king of the dancehall” Beenie Man and the amazing vocalist Barrington Levy. Deejays U Roy, Dillinger, and Big Youth join the fray while Reggae superstars Lee “Scratch” Perry, Max Romeo, Eek-A-Mouse, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, The Congos, and Inner Circle all lend their vocals. Even the amazing danechall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers makes an appearance on “Girl You Rock My World.”
The Stephen Marleyalbum Mind Control originally dropped more than a year ago. Now a newer acoustic version of the disc has been released called Mind Control Acoustic. The smooth beautiful track “Chase Dem” features Capleton layering rhymes through the original tune. Brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley appear on the record as does rude boy Spragga Benz.
  1. Robert GlasperDouble Booked [Blue Note 2009]
  2. Conrad Crystal & Suga RoySuga Roy, Conrad Crystal and the Great Reggae Icons [Fire Ball 2009]
  3. Stephen MarleyMind Control Acoustic [Tuff Gong 2009]
  4. Danny BarnesPizza Box [ATO Records 2009]
  5. Corb LundLosin’ Lately Gambler [New West 2009]
  6. Beres HammondSomething Old, Something New [Penthouse Records 2009]
  7. Morgan HeritageThe Journey Thus Far [VP Records 2009]
  8. DrakeSo Far Gone [Young Money/Cash Money 2009]
  9. B.B. SeatonReady For The World [Soul Beat/Roots International 2009]
  10. Various Artist Joyful Noise [I Grade Records 2009]
  11. Geoff Maldaur & the Texas Shieks – Texas Sheiks [Tradition & Moderne 2009]
  12. James Hand – Shadow on the Ground [Rounder 2009]
  13. Jack Johnson En Concert [Brushfire Records 2009]
  14. SeraniNo Games [Phase One 2009]
  15. The Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective One More Reason [Red Earth Music 2009]
  16. Del Tha Funkyhomosapien & Tame OneParallel Uni-Verses [Gold Dust 2009]
  17. Mike Zito Pearl River [Eclecto Groove Records 2009]
  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt BandSpeed Of Life [Sugar Hill 2009]
  19. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Clearance [VP 2009]
  20. LorenzoMovin’ Ahead [Irie Ites 2009]
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Top Albums of November 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)