VP Records Releases Reggae Gold 2013

VP Records' Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

*Photos: Various sources including VP Records

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right, summer’s here and you know what that means … the release of VP Records’ annual compilation album Reggae Gold!  This year’s long-anticipated edition features top hits from today’s most popular reggae and dancehall artists including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Konshens, Shaggy & Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, KES The Band, Etana and many more!  The double-disc set also features classic songs from Desmond Dekker, Yellowman and Beenie Man (just to name a few).   Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online.

Watch some of the music videos from the album!  What do you think of Reggae Gold 2013?  Comment below!

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Maxi Priest Returns and Proves He’s Still ‘Easy To Love’!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with "Easy to Love"!

Maxi Priest returns this summer with “Easy to Love”!

*Photo courtesy of Maxi Priest

Country/Region: England (Europe) 

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from everyone’s favorite British lover’s rock crooner, who mixes R&B, pop, soul and reggae all into his own style.  Maxi Priest returns with his feel-good,  summer jam “Easy to Love” (VP Records).  This catchy contemporary tune’s relaxing rhythms, mollifying melodies  and smooth harmonies blend effortlessly to create the perfect sun-splashed summer anthem!

What do you think of Maxi’s Priest’s “Easy to Love”?  Comment below!

NBC’s The Voice Star Brings Soulful Pop-Reggae to the World: Our Interview with Naia Kete

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NBC The Voice’s star, Naia Kete

After appearing on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, Naia Kete’s musical career has continued to blossom.  This bright, young singer/songwriter from Massachusetts, best known for her signature style of soulful pop-reggae with a hint of jazz, has been working with great artists such as Colbie Caillat and Linda Perry on her brand new EP, Fire Breather (digital version now available).  In addition to writing her original music, she also arranges impressive reggae covers of pop songs on her You Tube Channel.

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Catch Naia performing live this summer at various festivals!

When she’s not in the studio, you can catch Naia Kete doing what she does best – performing live!  Recently, Naia performed the Monterey Bay Reggaefest that featured artists and bands like Rebelution, Slightly Stupid, Collie Buddz and Matisyahu.  She’ll be back on tour this summer and will appear at various music festivals.

We caught up with Naia to talk about her experience on The Voice, her new EP and much more!

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Bruno Mars, Damian Marley and Apache Indian Create Superb South Asian Reggae

*Photos: Various sources

Country/Region: Hawaii (USA), Jamaica (Caribbean), England (Europe), India (South Asia)

What do you get when you combine traditional Indian music, a Hindu prayer, roots reggae and three of the most successful international multi-platinum artists?  You get two wicked versions of an Indian reggae song that have both become immensely popular!  Everyone knows Bruno Mars and Damian Marley’s hit “Liquor Store Blues” from Bruno’s debut album Doo – Wops & Hooligans (2010); but, did you know it is derived from Apache Indian’s song “Om Numah Shivaya” that appears on his album Time for Change (2005)?

British born, Apache Indian proudly displays his East Indian heritage on “Om Numah Shivaya”, which is a Hindu prayer that translates into “adoration to [the God] Shiva”.  He incorporates Hindu chants, a classical Indian flute, tabla drums and various Indian percussion instruments into this roots reggae “riddim”.  Apache’s English lyrics describe his personal journey of discovering his true identity in a multicultural world.

On “Liquor Store Blues”, Hawaiian native, Bruno Mars brings strong vocal chops to his version of the tune as he trades verses with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.  Bruno’s slightly faster rendition infuses more rock elements with an Indian sitar-styled guitar solo towards the middle of the track.  Damian’s rapped verses mimic the rhythmic melody perfectly as he brings his signature blend of roots, reggae and DJ toasting.  This dynamic duo definitely has chemistry and should consider doing a collaboration album together.

Whose version of the song do you prefer?  Comment below!

Morgan Heritage Returns with “Perfect Love Song”

*Photos courtesy of Morgan Heritage and VP Records

The “Royal Family of Reggae” Morgan Heritage has returned!  That’s right … Peetah, Gramps, Una, Lukes and Mr. Mojo Morgan are all back  and sound tighter than ever.  The band signature reggae style mixes roots, R&B, dancehall and of course lover’s rock.  “Perfect Love Song”is filled with mollifying melodies and heavenly harmonies that are sexy enough to serenade your significant other.  Peetah and Gramps lead the group with passionate vocals as Lukes, Una and Mr. Mojo supply the warm musical tones, textures and rhythms.  Morgan Heritage definitely knows how to start the summer right!

“Perfect Love Song” is their first single off their upcoming summer album, Here Come The Kings (available June 11th on VP Records).

How do you like Morgan Heritage’s new song?  Comment below!

Katchafire “Best So Far”: New Zealand Reggae Veterans Release Greatest Hits Album on VP Records

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“Best So Far” available now on VP Records

*Photo courtesy of VP Records

With over a decade of hits in the South Pacific, legendary New Zealand reggae band, Katchafire, has released their greatest hits album, “Best So Far” (VP Records).  The record features their most popular songs from the early 2000s to the present.  Katchafire’s signature roots, culture and lover’s rock sound has influenced many of today’s popular Hawaiian and Californian reggae bands, including Common Kings, The Green and The Hot Rain Band.

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Healing Boston with Reggae’s Remedy: Our Interview with Mighty Mystic

Mighty Mystic Live ColorBoston based singer/songwriter, Mighty Mystic, has become a leading trail blazer in the East Coast Reggae Movement.  He and his live band combine elements of rock and hip-hop into their distinct “Hard Roots” style.  His hits “Need Your Love”, “Lamb or Lion”, “Original Love” and most recently – “Concrete World” are all  featured on the prestigious VP Records’ You Tube Channel.  Additionally, Mighty has shared the stage with reggae heavy-hitters such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Beenie Man (just to name a few).  We got a chance to sit down with Mighty to talk about music, life and reggae’s healing powers.

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Cardiac Keys Riddim Mix [May 2013] Produced by CR203 Records

Produced by CR203 Records

Produced by CR203 Records

Check out the Cardiac Keys Riddim (produced by Cr203 Records).  This romantic one drop lover’s rock riddim features:

Jah Cure – Stronger Than Before
Christopher Martin – Reggae Road Block
Romain Virgo – My Word
Ce’Cile – Read No Book
Tifa – Fairy Tale
Alaine – What A Lot Of Love
Voicemail – How Is It To Love
Christopher Martin – I’m There

*Photo courtesy of CR203 Records

What do you think of the Cardiac Keys Riddim?  Comment below! 

Our Interview with Brick and Lace’s Nyanda: Reggae and Dancehall’s Newest Rising Star

Nyanda Blue with Glasses 2Remember that popular summer hit, “Love is Wicked”, by the sister duo Brick and Lace?  VP Records featured the jam on their Reggae Gold 2009 compilation album.  Now in 2013, Nyanda, (one half of that duo) has gone solo and has been heating up the charts across the world.  Her sexy dancehall remix of Taylor Swift’s “Trouble” has spent 6 Weeks on UK’s Urban Club Chart and is not showing any signs of slowing down!  Not only does she cover songs, she writes her own as well.  Her recent hits “Slippery When Wet” and “Boom and Rave” (featuring Mr. Vegas) are blazing the dancehalls.   We got a chance to talk with Nyanda about her music, songwriting and much more.

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