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    CD Review: Reggae Gold 2009


    For the past 16 years, VP records have been bringing us up to date Dancehall year after year. Over the years the series has included all the biggest and best reggae tunes including some of the more 'mainstream' crossover tracks featuring major international artists. If you are looking for some up to date tracks and not sure where to go , The Reggae Gold compilation is usually a 'safe ' bet! Under their belt, VP records have ....

    CD Review: Soca Gold 2009


    The Soca Gold 2009 (VP Records) compilation is rammed with classic tunes to make yuh roll yuh batty !!! Whether you made it to Trinidad carnival or maybe even any Caribbean carnival this year or not, Soca Gold could be on in yuh living room and you know yuh gonna get caught dancing like yuh on the big stage !!! Last year’s compilation debuted at the top the U.S. Billboard Reggae Chart for more than three weeks so soca Gold 2009 has big shoes to fill !!! This Soca Gold 2009 compilation features A LOT of big tunes from all over the ...

    The latest musical undertaking from one of Jamaica’s most innovative bass players, Othniel ‘Taddy P’ Campbell has delivered first class goods. The single titled ‘Heart of Stone’ is a daring combination with Tanya Stephens, who undisputedly is the best female lyricist Jamaica has produced.

    The acute, brilliant and compelling Machel Montano HD strikes again for 2008 with his fourteenth (14th) album, but one should note that this is his fifth solo album entitled 'Flame On'. Machel is well known for delivering exciting, and fast paced Soca music accompanied with the usual one or two "love-up" tunes which no doubts add to his repertoire and versatility. 'Flame On' is no different! He remains one of the most consistent Soca artistes from Trinidad and Tobago and his productions always do one of two things - relive Soca from the ...

    CD Review: Soca Gold 2007


    Is it that time of year already? The Reggae Gold compilation is without a doubt the single most popular reggae compilation that there is in the world (which is saying A LOT considering that there are a billion of them) and is probably best used as a litmus test of the music for the rest of the non-reggae listening world. To put it frankly, even people and groups of people who do not really like reggae, check out the Reggae Gold compilation and one could make the point that ...

    CD Review: Reggae Gold 2007


    Is it that time of year already? The Reggae Gold compilation is without a doubt the single most popular reggae compilation that there is in the world (which is saying A LOT considering that there are a billion of them) and is probably best used as a litmus test of the music for the rest of the non-reggae listening world. To put it frankly, even people and groups of people who do not really like reggae, check out the Reggae Gold compilation and ...

    CD Review: Bunji Garlin - Global


    It is now rather timely that Soca music is making a greater and more significant appearance on the international level and finally invading the United States. The last few years alone have seen artists such as St. Vincent's Kevin Lyttle and Rupee and Edwin Yearwood of Barbados take to the international airwaves with their pop-infused style of Soca (most recently known as Popso). Popso has become rather popular as it almost exactly is akin to pop music, with just a tinge of the wildly insane vibes which ...

    CD Review: Strictly the Best 36


    Its Strictly the Best time again! Each and every year I find myself most looking forward to seeing the StB compilation, moreso than perhaps any compilation VP Records Produces outside of Soca Gold. The mixture of tunes is always a tad bit deeper than what you'll find on the more marketable and mainstream Reggae Gold from the summer and they typically rely less on pushing their own artists and more on pushing good reggae music (thus the name). But easily, the best feature of StB (outside of the always MARVELOUS packaging) is that it comes in ...

    CD Review: Strictly the Best 35


    Each and every year (with the exception of one in recent memory) we get treated to some of the most comprehensive, unique and wonderful compilations on the market as reggae fans. Just one trip to your local record store will reveal that reggae houses love releasing compilations, be it because there aren't as many solidified artists who can push an album worldwide from this tiny island or maybe they just love compilations as much as we do; regardless, the reggae shelves are overflowing with a steady diet of mixed artists.

    CD Review: D Soca Zone 7th Flag Up


    I always get in a better mood to write a soca review. And although the music shelves aren't exactly saturated in what is unarguably the most fun musical style ever created, VP Records has shown a nice nice penchant for pushing the music moreso than any other large label. Between the Soca Gold anually wicked compilation, the D'Soca Zone compilations and releasing albums from artist's like Edwin Yearwood, Bunji Garlin and 3Suns all within the last 3-5 years, they've done well (although signing Destra might be a pretty good idea in 2007!) promoting soca.
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