Friday, December 31, 2010

Roots Riddims 2010 - a broad selection of tunes

In a few hours the year will be over and 2011 will be there. The new roots / conscious side of reggae didn't get much of my attention this year, simply couldn't find the time to start mixing and, even before that, listening. As usual the year was filled with criticism on the 'state of modern reggae', though often not fully backed up by insight knowledge on what actually has been released. I too hope to see improvement in musical compositions (more bass, more quality control, more musically challenging riddims; same hopes I had last year I realize now that I write 'm down), but at the same time heard numerous tracks these last couple of weeks when catching up on the year that I enjoyed a lot and made me move my feet! Jamaica still got lots of vocal talents that, with a right flow and lyrics, can also lift a weaker riddim up to a nice tune all the same. Did 2010 bring tunes among the best I've heard? No. Does that have to be the case? No! I just want to enjoy music, it doesn't really matter if I've heard better in the past, if it pleases me at that moment it's good enough for me. Usually I make up lists each year of the best tunes and all, but since I only just started checking most of the 2010 output out I decided to not do that, but just list a whole heap of riddims (with a link to a youtube clip of one of the tunes on it) and some loose tunes that I found 'potentially interesting' on first listen for a variety of reasons (riddim, vocal, flow and vocal melody, lyrics or combinations of these) and in varying degrees. When I heard 'm and thought "ok, with the right vocal this could possibly work, let's check out a next cut on it", then I put it on the list. So as said, not all memorable and such, but I really had enough of that discussion, I've heard things I like and that's all that counts, for the rest: listen and decide for yourself. My wishes for the new year musically (reggaewise that is) have been mentioned, so that leaves me wishing all visitors of BMC's Reggae Blog a great and musical 2011. Respect!

This is the list of riddims and tunes, in alphabetical order (I have my preference, but keep it to myself this time), check it out, maybe there's a few riddims and tunes to your liking. Even if it's only one, well, then enjoy that one cause better one than none, right? Riddims range from very soft lovers style to more slow roots to heavier vibes. Enjoy!

One last note, I picked riddims and / or tunes with Jamaican involvement. That can mean a JA production, but also other productions with mainly Jamaican vocalist, I didn't limit myself to productions from the island alone.

Roots Riddims and Tunes (JA or with one or more JA artists) 2010:

Best Trick riddim - Weedy G
Lutan Fyah:

Big Stage Riddim - Penthouse
Romain Virgo:

Billie Jean Riddim - Irie Ites

Boops Riddim - Juke Boxx
Tarrus Riley:

Bread Fruit Riddim - Flyroots
Mix (Luciano!):

City Life Riddim - 2 Hard Music
Queen Ifrica:

Coming In From The Cold - John John

Dunza 2010 riddim - Maximum Sound

Entitlement Riddim - Leaf Life

Eternity Riddim - Techniques
Beres Hammond:

Everlasting Riddim - Pow Pow
Natural Black:

Feelings Riddim - Don Corleon
Tarrus Riley:

Ghetto Steam Riddim - Cut Stone Records

Give Thanks Riddim - Cash Flow
Tarrus Riley:

Go Fi Her Riddim - Penthouse
Romain Virgo:

Good Ova Evil Riddim - Sankofa

High Horse Riddim - Dejavu Lifestyle Music
Fantan Mojah:

Hit Riddim - Super 100 Entertainment

Home Sweet Home Riddim - Swallowbird Production

Hustlin' Riddim - Bost & Bim
Peetah Morgan:

Jaguar Riddim - Weedy G
Fantan Mojah:

Jam 1 Riddim - Necessary Mayhem
Busy Signal & Million Stylez:

Love & Life Riddim - Heart To Art Music

Major Riddim - Don Corleon
Tarrus Riley:

Minor Riddim - Don Corleon
Lutan Fyah:

Mirror Riddim - Goldcup

Nah Bow Down Riddim - Reality Chant
Natty King:

Nine To Five Riddim - Breadback
Lutan Fyah:

No Hypocrite Riddim - Rogland
Turbulence & Kananga:

Party Time - Irie Ites
Glen Washington:

Rebellion Riddim - Maximum Sounds
Tarrus Riley:

Roll Out Riddim - Irievibrations Records

Screw Dem Riddim - African Beat
Million Stylez:

Serve & Protect Riddim - Penthouse [may have been late 2009]
Romain Virgo & Etana:

Shoulder Move Riddim - Lenky
Buju Banton:

Snowflake Riddim - Snowcone
Lutan Fyah:

Songs aka Jah Jah Give Us Life Riddim - Joe Frasier
Big Youth:

Soul Riddim - Oneness

Stagalag Riddim - Juke Boxx
I Octane:

Take A Lick - Irie Ites
Lutan Fyah:

The Light Riddim - Courtney Johnson

Tranquilizer Riddim - Free Willy

Water Pumping Riddim - John John

You Don't Need Me Riddim - Joe Frasier

Zion Gate Riddim - John John

50 Pound Riddim - Loud Disturbance
Admiral Tibet:

Loose tracks:

Kymani Marley - New Heights (Don Corleon)

Mr. Vegas - Sweet Jamaica (Vibes Mix) feat. Shaggy & Josey Wales (Clifford Ray Music)

Pressure - Shield and Guide (Xterminator)

Peetah Morgan Ft Fiji - Rock & Come In (Don Corleon)

Spragga Benz - Shotta Culture

Spragga Benz - No Way No How ft. Marcia Griffiths

Tarrus Riley - My Mother (Cannon)

Tarrus Riley - Nyahbinghi Pickney (Bombrush)

Happy New Year all!