Monday, March 25, 2013

New Reggae Compilations

Two Reggae compilations have been released recently that everyone should have checked out by now.  However, for those that have not, Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 was released through Ghetto Youths International and the more recent #SaveReggae, Vol. 1 through 21st Hapilos.  It is nice that these records were dropped in similar timing because they both provide a different Reggae genre.

Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 is under the Marley-founded record label so there are a ton of Marley's (Damian, Julian, Stephen, and Daniel Bambaata) throughout.  This album had more artists and tunes that I was hearing for the first time, which had me interested hearing more from a few of them — Black-Am-I, in particular. And overall, it seemed to provide more of a Dancehall vibe than the other release.

However, if you keep up on your Reggae you should know almost every song on #SaveReggae, Vol. 1.  Not to say this is a bad thing as they did a good job of highlighting almost every top Riddim and single in the last year, plus some classics from Jah Cure, Sizzla and Tarrus Riley.  The Rootsman Riddim, Chill Spot Riddim, Corner Shop Riddim, and Tropical Escape Riddim are all featured.  And the artist lineup is insane!  I don't know if there could be a better list of young artists that are killing it on the culture/roots reggae scene these days.

Check out both of these albums on iTunes!