For now, just a quick mention of a few new and recent releases ForwardEver has been enjoying. First up, VP & 17 N Parade's Reggae Anthology series looks at Barrington Levy in the '80s with Sweet Reggae Music, a 2CD and DVD set out Nov 2. It features "Black Roses," "Like A Soldier," "Mini Bus," "Under Mi Sensi" and more.
Bunny Rugs, issued his new solo album Time on September 11, 2012. The 15-track album features production by Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Mikie Bennett and Richard "Star Trail" Bell.
Bunny Rugs sings with soul and thoughtfulness on the set, which includes both conscious one-drop tracks and romantic ballads. If you like his delivery on Third World classics like "96 Degrees In The Shade" or "African Woman," you'll enjoy songs like "It's Time" or "Bed of Roses" from this project. Rugs's voice has only sweetened with, well, time, and he uses all of his powers to deliver one of the year's finest reggae albums.
Da'Ville is back with a big new album. Krazy Love is as consistent as his previous efforts, and songs like "This Love," "When I'm With You" and "I Was Wrong" might be charting very soon.
The album also sees Da'Ville exploring dancehall and even British club production, as with Cadenza's remix of "You Got Di Ting," a rough, garage-y refix.
Focus Riddim set. It's sure eye catching, almost an optical illusion if you stare at it too long. But long listening is also what this album demands as you get fantastic performances from D'Major, Tidal, Exco Levi and Timeka Marshal. Produced by Dawin "Vikings" Brown and Omar Brown from Vikings Productions house, the riddim is a solidly polished mid-tempo one-drop riddim (think Penthouse or Don Corleon-type productions) and the artists all shine. As a teaser, check Exco Levi's "Save The Music" right now.
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