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In addition to their 35th Anniversary, VP Records has released their highly-anticipated, annual compilation, Reggae Gold 2014. As their most successful compilation to date, Reggae Gold consistently tops the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts. The album comprises of the hottest radio anthems of the summer.
This past year, electronic dance music (EDM) has heavily influenced the sound of Caribbean music. On the album’s dancehall section, this can be heard on Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This (Bumyaye)” (featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green), Sean Paul’s “Want Dem All” (featuring Konshens) and many others. Fear not dancehall purists, Spice’s “So Mi Like It” and Agent Sasco’s “Sekkle and An Cease”, remain true to the genre’s raw, gritty style and urban vibe.
The lover’s rock reggae enthusiasts will enjoy the soothing, one drop ballads of Gyptian’s “One More Time” (featuring Melanie Fiona), Etana’s “Richest Girl”, Maxi Preist’s “Holiday”, Romain Virgo’s “Soul Provider” and Jah Cure’s “All of Me” (John Legend reggae cover). These heartfelt ballads are perfect for serenading your significant other on a sexy summer night.
For the first time in history, VP has integrated soca music on Reggae Gold. The album features the massively popular Trinidadian superstar Bunji Garlin with his EDM inspired smash, “Truck On The Road”. In addition to Bunji, VP features Fay-Ann Lyons’ pop-driven “Catch Me” , which is a catchy club banger. Both soca songs diversify the monotony of the predictable dancehall and reggae tunes audiences expect each year.
The album’s eclectic mix of dancehall, soca and reggae make it one of the best Reggae Gold compilations of all time. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, but you just may cherish all the songs.
How do you like Reggae Gold 2014 this year? Are there any tracks you wish VP included on this year’s compilation? Comment below!