The Guardian’s playlist: the best reggae, dancehall and soca of 2014, with Popcaan and Bunji Garlin

Published January 12, 2015 by soundquake

What’s your best of 2014?

Repeating Islands

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In the London’s Guardian special end-of-year playlist series, they pick five of the very best tracks of 2014 from the Caribbean. The article includes videos of each song, which you can access through the link to the original report below.

Popcaan – Everything Nice

The moody Dubbel Dutch-produced riddim is representative of the whole of Popcaan’s Where We Come From album, released on MixPak in June. Yes, it’s a song about partying, but the Raving King’s plaintive discussion of champagne, girls and “high grade” seems to leave a bit of doubt as to whether or not everything is, indeed, nice. This ambiguity keeps the song creative, and, in tandem, seems to indicate that dancehall – the genre whose demise is constantly heralded—is alive and well and interesting.

Chronixx – Clean Like a Whistle

In 2015, nu-reggae…

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