MadeLoud Mix: Reggae

With so much music and so many genres, a listener can have a difficult time knowing just where to jump in. You could also try the ol' random browse, picking and listening based on your whims. That's all well and good, but we've decided to curate some of our favorite tracks from set genres and to compile a mix that we think serves our fans and artists.

Today we'll be wading into our artist's contributions to the genres of reggae, dub, and dancehall. We've got everything from live band roots reggae to more electronic-based dancehall here, and while the playlist is a bit smaller than our religious music mix, that's really our fault - we didn't add "reggae" as a genre from which to choose until we launched MadeLoud 2.0. So, we're sorry for the oversight, and we hope you enjoy.

1. FitterDub Walk Through a Parallel Universe (The Bodhi Tree)

This Los Angeles band isn't straight-up reggae by any means, but also incorporate rock and a bit of world music into a melange that should appeal to anyone who appreciates a good groove from a faraway place. While tracks like "Ojos" blend a more strictly rock approach with outside influences, "Dub Walk Through a Parallel Universe (The Bodhi Tree)" cleaves closely to the echoing, odd worlds of experimental dub.

2. One Love Uprising Band"Baby Come Back"

This isn't the Player jam, but we're okay with that. A song that traces the regret and "what-ifs" that follow around any spurned lover, the bouncy synthesizers and beat on this song belie the somber tone of the lyrics. The Dallas group make getting dumped sound somewhat happy, which is just fine - the world is thick with mopey songs for the heartbroken. We're sad - let's dance!

3. Niko Marks"Midnight Ravers"

Marks calls this track "a tribute to the original Wailers...Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston and Bob Marley. It's a smooth number with an electronic backbeat and soulful vocals.

4. Jerry Criner – "Cryout Tribe"

The Wichita, Kansas born artist Jerry Criner runs his own label (Unemployment Records) and he's got a new album called Kansas Strut coming out later this month.

5. The Liveman - “Never Felt”

This jam kicks off with "A for Apple/ B for Booty" and spends little time establishing a dancehall pulse and party vibe that has The Liveman toasting and singing over a beeping, insistent electronic melody.

6. The Neddy - “Heaven Everywhere”

An uplifting number, "Heaven Everywhere" correctly points out that "Life in hate can only make you suffer" over a relaxed reggae beat propped up with some wicked lead guitar work and a somber organ track. Serious, but not a downer.

7. Tony Gits - “Help Myself”

Tony Gits (that's his picture above) has an awesome backstory. Born in Kingston, he moved to Canada in the seventies where he played with Ernie Smith and his Roots Revival band. He later played in the band Blood Fire, and has recorded as a solo artist. The song here comes from his album of the same name, Help Myself, which came out in 1994.


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