Top Ranking Albums of April 2013

Top Ranking Albums of April 2013

Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City [XL Recordings 2013]

BonoboThe North Borders [Ninja Tune 2013]

Junior KellyPiece of the Pie [VP Records 2013]

Gregory IsaacsNecessary Mayhem Presents Gregory Isaacs [Necessary Mayhem 2013]

Jherek BischcoffComposed [Brassland 2013]

Adrian Younge & Ghostface KillahTwelve Reasons to Die [Soul Temple 2013]

Snoop LionReincarnated [RCA 2013]

ChezidekThe Order of Melcheidek [JahSolidRock 2013]

PhoenixBankrupt! [Glassnote 2013]

LowThe Invisible Way [Sub Pop Record 2013]

Major LazerFree the Universe [Mad Decent 2013]

Hey MarsiellesLines We Trace [Onto 2013]

Meta and the CornerstonesAncient Power [VP Records 2013]

SavagesSilence Yourself [Matador 2013]

James Blake Overgrown [Universal Records 2013]

WavvesAfraid of Heights [Mom + Pop Records 2013]

Taj Weekes and AdowaPariah in Transit [Megawave 2013]

Kurt VileWalkin on Pretty Daze [Matador 2013]

Adrian Younge & the Delfonics Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics [Wax Poetics 2013]

JokerThe Face Off [Kapsize 2013]

Top Ranking Albums of April 2013

The Best Albums of March 2010

The Best Albums of March 2010

I listened to a lot of music this month. I caught some of the South By Southwest festivities this month increasing my music intake. I have starred the albums directly related to my SXSW experience.

  1. She & HimVolume Two [Merge Records 2010]*
  2. Romain Virgo Introducing? Romain Virgo [VP Records 2010]
  3. Brooklyn Rider Dominant Curve [In A Circle 2010]*
  4. Solo Banton Walk Like Rasta [Reality Shock 2009]
  5. GyptianRevelations [VP Records 2010]
  6. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2010[VP Records 2010]
  7. Various Artists Police In Helicopter Riddim [Necessary Mayhem 2009 and 2010]
  8. Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh [Universal Motown 2010]
  9. JonsiGo [XL 2010]
  10. Various Artists Best of Bangers R Mashed: Volume Two [Bangers 2010]
  11. Wedding Dub Steppactivism [Sounds Around France 2010]
  12. Surfer Blood Astro Coast [Kanine Records 2010]*
  13. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! [Lost Highway 2009]*
  14. Black Joe Lewis & the HoneybearsBlack Joe Lewis & The Honeybears [Lost Highway 2009]*
  15. CALLmeKAT – I’m In A Polaroid, Where Are You? [Playground Music 2008]*
  16. Visqueen Message To Garcia [Local 638 Records 2009]*
  17. Adam Carroll & Michael O’ConnerHard Times [Self 2010]
  18. Method Man, Ghostface Killah, & Raekwon Wu Massacre [Island Def Jam 2010]
  19. Joanna Newsom Have One On Me[Drag City 2010]
  20. Vadoinmessico – Vadoinmessico – Ep [Vadoinmessico 2009]*
  21. Bright Light Social Hour Back and Forth [Bright Light Social Hour 2009]*
  22. Timber Timbre Timber Timbre [Arts & Crafts 2010]*
  23. Freelance Whales Weathervanes [Mom & Pop 2009]*
  24. Joe Pug Messenger [Lightning Rod 2010]
  25. Local Natives Gorilla Manor [Frenchkiss 2010]*
  26. E-40 Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift [Heavy on the Grind 2010]
  27. The Band of Heathens One Foot In The Ether [BOH Records 2009]*
  28. The Daze – Straightjacket Hymns [The Daze 2009]*
  29. Speak Hear Here [EP] [Playing in Traffic 2010]*
  30. Gil Scott-Heron I’m New Here [XL 2010]
  31. Band of Skulls Baby Darling Doll Face Honey [Shangri-La Music 2009]*
  32. Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep [Nonesuch 2010]
  33. John Hiatt The Open Road[New West 2010]
  34. Texas Tornadoes Esta Bueno [Bismeaux 2010]
  35. Ludacris – Battle Of The Sexes [Disturbing the Peace 2010]
  36. The Minor Prophets Oscar [Single] [The Minor Prophets 2010]
  37. Mother Falcon Still Life [Mother Falcon 2010]*
The Best Albums of March 2010

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

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