Reggae has grown considerably since the days of Bob Marley. Tad Records has released two new CDs that feature some of the most popular artist in the contemporary reggae and dancehall scene.
Reggae Jammin Vol. 1 includes one of the biggest new names in the international reggae scene, Jah Cure. Other familiar voices include Anthony B, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond and Third World. But the sampler goes beyond familiar names and includes numerous lesser known artists (outside of Jamaica) that nonetheless appeal to reggae fans.
Reggae Jammin Vol. 1 may surprise roots reggae fans. While roots reggae is included, other forms of contemporary reggae included and sometimes the musical pieces sounds closer to R&B, reggaeton, and dancehall, with some artists using vocoders to modify their vocals electronically. The radio friendly album flows seamlessly and will surely please fans of contemporary reggae music.
The compilation The Ultimate Reggae Dancehall X-Perience 2008 is portrait of the dancehall music that Jamaicans are listening to at the moment. The dancehall acts use more electronics than reggae artists, including dub techniques. As with contemporary reggae, current dancehall has evolved into forms that incorporate chart friendly R&B elements.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.