The 20 best reggae songs of the first half of 2015

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We’re now past the middle of 2015 and that means it’s time to wrap up the year so far. Below, I’ve rounded up 20 reggae and dancehall favorites released this year. It’s always hard to make such a list because there’s a ton of music coming out every week – on vinyl, on iTunes, on Spotify, and on Soundcloud. But I once again managed to dig deep into my archive and the list below might be helpful in navigating the best releases so far this year.

The 20 tracks are of course highlights in my opinion, but some shine a bit brighter than others eg Torch & Bugleis heavy Fire man a bun, Kabaka pyramidis fiercely sarcastic Well done, Protoje & Sevana & Jesse Royalis smooth Sudden flight and The assistant & Jesse Royalis criminally catchy Raging storm.

The list below is as usual presented in no particular order and the songs included are only singles or songs taken from compilations.

Artist – title (label / riddim)

  • The Wizard & Jesse Royal – Raging Storm (Tropical Storm)
  • Fantan Mojah – Nah Vote Again (Live MB Music / Vision)
  • Dreadzone & Earl 16 – Fire in the Dark (King Dread Rumors riddim Remix) (Dubwiser / Rumors)
  • Torch & Bugle – Fire Man a Bun (Weedy G Soundforce / Gate 7)
  • General Diploma – Feeling Irie (Germany)
  • Kabaka Pyramid – Bravo (Ghetto Youths International)
  • Major Lazer & MØ & DJ Snake – Lean On (Mad Decent)
  • Samory I – Take Me Oh Jah (Rorystonelove)
  • Exco Levi – Amour (Jugglerz / Reggaemiles)
  • LUST – She’s Pretty Like (Silly Walks Discotheque / Ram Jam)
  • RDX – Linky (Cashflow / Heart sounds)
  • Tifa – Rock My Body (Mixpak / Blacklight)
  • Sizzla – Think Positive (Special Delivery)
  • Shuga – In Deh (Penthouse)
  • Luciano – Solid as a rock (Larger than life / Hungry Dayz)
  • Shanty B – Feisty Gyal (Max Sound / Clash of the Titans)
  • Protoje & Sevana & Jesse Royal – Sudden Theft (Baco Records)
  • Cornell Campbell – Good Old Days (Tuff Scout / God I God I Say)
  • Cécile & Vybrant – Mr. Right (Loud City Music / Ice Cold)
  • Sizzla – Cold War (acoustic version) (Muti Music)


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