Playlist: Our Favorite Reggae Riddims
*Photos: Various sources
Greetings everyone! The holiday season has officially begun and like Santa, we’ve been getting lots of special requests for music. During these past few months, no other riddim has received as many requests as The Uptown Julie Riddim (2014 FME Recordings).
Why is this riddim so popular? According to our fans, they love the fusion of urban dancehall rhythms, uplifting reggae melodies and soothing pop strings that remind them of summer. The Uptown Julie Riddim features Ricky Blaze, Zoelah, Gyptian and Kes the Band on four hot tracks:
Ricky Blaze “All I Need”
Zoelah “Sell Off”
Kes The Band “Endless Summer”
The riddim’s producer, Ricky Blaze, describes the making of the Uptown Julie Riddim in this interview video. Also, be sure to watch the riddim’s two music videos – Gyptian’s “Stunta” and Kes the Band’s “Endless Summer”. Finally, listen to the full riddim mix by Dr. Bean Soundz.
How do you like the Uptown Julie Riddim? Comment below!
Making of the Uptown Julie Riddim
Gyptian “Stunta” (Official Music Video)
Kes The Band “Endless Summer” (Official Music Video)
The Uptown Julie Riddim Mix by Dr. Bean Soundz
*All photos courtesy of Conkarah and used with permission.
Who says artists should only hire one producer for their album? If there were a strict rule for that, Conkarah would be a true rebel. On his new EP album, Conkarah To The World, Conkarah embodies the theme of “reggae around the world” to the fullest by collaborating with producers from the United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, Austria, Germany, Australia, India, Poland, France, Indonesia and Jamaica.
Conkarah tells us, “for my new EP album, I wanted to showcase how reggae music has spread worldwide and I’m very proud of the outcome. Each of the producers got to showcase their work and add their own unique flavor to their own riddim for each song. Even though this was all done online, I just love how it has all come together.”
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Tennille Amor
International reggae superstar, Shaggy, sure knows excellent artists when he hears them. His most recent find, Tennille Amor, is no exception and she’s been working hard on her debut album “EVOLVE through LOVE”. Her latest single, ‘Lion,’ is a conscious roots reggae song that shares the powerful message of staying strong in difficult times. It sounds very different from Tennille’s first single and music video, “Not the One” (produced by Shaggy), which is an empowering anthem about women standing up for themselves under pressure. Her sweet, smooth vocal style appeals to a broad audience and her album’s lyrics of love resonate with everyone. Similar to Shaggy, Tennille is also a generous philanthropist. She heads up her own charity foundation that drills clean water wells in Tanzania, which also inspires much of her music’s lyrics. We got a chance to chat with Tennille about her upcoming album, working with Shaggy, her own charity and much more!
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Million Stylez
Beyoncé, Gentleman and J Boog are just a few names Swedish reggae star, Million Stylez, has collaborated with. Whether it’s R&B, reggae, dancehall or hip-hop, he injects his signature vocal style that is a combination of singing, rapping and deejaying. Although, he’s worked with many artists, Million Stylez maintains a strong solo career and has multiple albums under his belt. His latest EP, Songs About You (2013), showcases his softer side that’s full of positive lover’s rock, one drop riddims. Recently, we caught up with Million Stylez to chat about his upcoming new music, reggae’s popularity in Sweden and much more!
*All photos courtesy of and provided by Jaime Hinckson
Reggae music has no limits. Whether he’s blending the genre with jazz, R&B or pop, Jaime Hinckson’s eloquent and passionate piano melodies soothe listeners everywhere. At the age of 17, this talented young jazz pianist, from Miami, Florida, had the honor of sharing the stage with musical icons John Legend, Shaggy, Patti LaBelle, Al Green and Air Supply at the 2006 Jamaica Jazz Festival. Now in his 20s, Jaime’s music has evolved into a unique style that appeals to a broad audience. It can be heard on his debut album (Take Flight) that features both original songs and various cover tunes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Bob Marley and Tarrus Riley. Recently, we got a chance to talk to Jaime about his new album, career highlights, the story behind “Miss Mac” and much more.
*Photos: Various Sources
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked all of you (the viewers) to submit your favorite reggae and dancehall love songs from around the world. Thank you everyone for your excellent song suggestions. Although we couldn’t include every single video, we included the most requested songs. In no specific order, here are your top picks for this lovely month of February (which is also National Reggae Month). Happy Valentine’s Day!
Alexus Rose “Left Out” (USA)
Romain Virgo “Soul Provider” (Jamaica)
*All photos courtesy of Golden Chyld and used with permission.
Have you ever been cheated on? If so, you can definitely relate to the lyrics of Golden Chyld’s brand new song “Joanna Wine”. This Canadian dancehall/reggae artist addresses the issue of infidelity that plagues our society. During the chorus, Golden Chyld sings to his unfaithful significant other:
“Well you got Joe, well meet Miss Joanna Wine.
[She doesn’t] only love me my for my dollar card.
When I’m with you, she’ll be on my mind,
And all she wants is my time.”
In this plot driven music video, Golden Chyld handles his situation on his own terms. Instead of getting mad, he gets even and finds a mistress of his own. Watch until the end to see the conclusion of his story (there’s a nice twist that we won’t give away)!
What do you think of Golden Chyld’s music video for “Joanna Wine”? Comment below!
*All photos courtesy of VP Records, Gyptian & Angela Hunte
Check out Gyptian‘s brand new music video for his latest single, “Vixen”, from his upcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records). The song features songstress, Angela Hunte, who has worked with many reggae artists including Major Lazer and Slightly Stoopid.
What do you think of Gyptian & Angela Hunte’s “Vixen”? Comment below!
*All photos courtesy of NBC’s The Voice
Last night on NBC’s The Voice, Jamaica’s pride and joy, Tessanne Chin impressed all four judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) with her amazing cover of Pink’s pop hit “Try”. All four judges instantly hit their button in excitement to signify they wanted her on their teams. The crowd went wild and as she sang her final note!
After her performance, Adam complimented her by saying, “You can easily win The Voice this year, I don’t have a doubt in mind!” He added that reggae music is his favorite musical genre in the world. After much battling between the judges, Tessanne finally picked Team Adam!
We wish Tessanne Chin all the best of luck this season of The Voice! She could be the first Jamaican in history to win the contest! Go #TeamTessanne! Make sure you vote for her if she makes it to the live shows!
Check out her performance from last night below and also our video of her lover’s rock hit “Family”! What do you think of Tessanne Chin? Comment below!