Street Kings (feat Yami Bolo, Junior Reid & Capleton)
Review: Jamaica's Royal Soldier is the king of contemporary lovers rock and his new album Jah Cure deals with, as the title suggests, modern life as a soldier, as well as issues of love and consciousness. Across the 14 tracks, his forlorn croonings are complimented by guest spots from heavyweights like Damian Marley on the ganga ode that is "Marijuana", Tory Lanez on dancehall cut "Magic" and Popcaan & Padrino on "Life Is Real", a crisp bit of Caribbean trap. Elsewhere, classic roots bleeds into modern day r&b to make for a genre-crossing work that will earn the man behind it plenty of plaudits, as well as new fans.
Review: Since releasing her debut album in 2013, Janine 'Jah9' Cunningham has risen to become one of the genuine underground stars of Jamaican reggae music, with a distinctive vocal style - part singer, part toaster, part spoken word beat poet - that seems to suit a wide variety of reggae-related styles. She's at her diverse best on "Note To Self", singing and toasting over backing tracks that variously touch on contemporary reggae, 1970s roots, dub, dancehall and the kind of digital 'riddims' that were all the rage in the late 1980s and early '90s.