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I had to dive deep to find it, when you search for reggae on this forum you just get a load of posts from people declaring that they don't like reggae.

 

It does feel like we're reaching a time when a lot of these artists are getting to the end of their lives unfortunately :(

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13 hours ago, esar said:

It does feel like we're reaching a time when a lot of these artists are getting to the end of their lives unfortunately :(

 

It’s sad. It is similar in the jazz thread. 
 

However, the jazz thread is more active than this one and I am in particular very interested in the contemporary jazz scene and finding new stuff. What is the contemporary reggae scene like?  I’d love to hear contemporary reggae but am not at all in touch with it. That said I mainly listen to 1970s reggae and newer stuff like ragga isn’t my thing. 

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I'm a bit too old to have my finger on the pulse of contemporary music and the reggae influence is everywhere nowadays in mainstream pop music and has merged into latin and African pop music, it all sounds a bit manufactured nowadays, but newer artists who are trying to inject some of old feel into their music are Chronixx (who is massive around the world):

 

 

Or Proteje:

 

 

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7 minutes ago, englishbob said:

Once new reggae embraces the autotune it'll be massive.

 

Vybez Cartel is one of the biggest artists in the world, so your analysis checks out.

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Top three reggae albums of all time for me:

 

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Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution. This album captures the spirit of living in late 70s Birmingham perfectly. The Handsworth riots of course but also the mellow vibe of hearing reggae increasingly from people's homes and cars as the scene got popular. This album has it all - great lyrics, beautiful production and wonderful musicianship and singing. Saw them live a few times and have never felt so moved by pure musicianship like that. A top 10 of all time album for me in any genre.

 

Linton Kwesi Johnson - Dread Beat An' Blood.

 

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Kinda the London version of the Steel Pulse record. A document of its time, political but so accessible because of the exemplary vocals and playing. Sonically this is my favourite record of all time, always the first LP I play on a new system. The timing on some of this record is astonishing but sounds effortless and relaxed, they play slightly off the beat and it just makes you want to move.

 

Black Uhuru - Sinsemilla

 

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This is the band that got me into reggae after seeing a live concert video, all black leather, cool hair, distorted guitars and a cool as fuck vibe. They were a natural crossover from the rock and metal that I usually listened to and definitely a gateway drug into reggae. I just loved them instantly and  then getting into the history of the band and discovering that Sly and Robbie were involved all made sense.

 

Compilations -

 

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Not strictly only reggae but it's the main genre, just a brilliantly sequenced and compiled album that will introduce you to a lot of cool stuff you may not have heard before.

 

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Hard to find on streaming but it's on the tubes. Dark, deep and kind of cinematic. One of those albums you can have on loop all day and not get bored of it.

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41 minutes ago, englishbob said:

You hear dancehall beats on just about every major pop/rap/autotune track played on Radio 1

 

I think that's more reggaeton, which I guess has dancehall lineage but is technically Puerto Rican. Jamaica's influence is everywhere though, incredible really.

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19 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

Top three reggae albums of all time for me:

 

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Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution. This album captures the spirit of living in late 70s Birmingham perfectly. The Handsworth riots of course but also the mellow vibe of hearing reggae increasingly from people's homes and cars as the scene got popular. This album has it all - great lyrics, beautiful production and wonderful musicianship and singing. Saw them live a few times and have never felt so moved by pure musicianship like that. A top 10 of all time album for me in any genre.


 

 

Such an amazing record!

 

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20 hours ago, englishbob said:

You hear dancehall beats on just about every major pop/rap/autotune track played on Radio 1


Which is not my thing at all. 
 

I guess I was wondering who was doing contemporary roots style reggae or dub rather than dancehall or reggaeton. 
 

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1 hour ago, The Hierophant said:


Which is not my thing at all. 
 

I guess I was wondering who was doing contemporary roots style reggae or dub rather than dancehall or reggaeton. 
 

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It's not really roots or dub, but Koffee is great:

 

 

First woman to win a grammy for best reggae album too.

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Nice to see Bass Culture and Handsworth Revolution on the same page, surely the best UK reagge albums?

 

Steel Pulse are so fucking tight as well compared to most reggae bands, surely this is the best track from Bass Culture though? Me wanna skank

 

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Bass culture is a fine record.  I understand the record before this is the one to get.... I haven't got round to it yet,  although I've known about it a while... Lost a few bidding stuff.... Its only a £10-£20 record. 

 

I've happily lay in my room and listened to big youth all day.  I'd recommend him to anyone new to reggae... Fun music... Sweet voise... Some amazing rhythms.  I have 3 big youth records with one being a compilation.... If I had to sell my records... Big youth and beefheart would be the last to go! 

 

Inglan is a bitch and route 66 on bass culture are really good tracks too. 

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