Global Reggae Charts February 2019
The February issue of the Global Reggae Charts magazine is out now. The cover this month belongs to the chart-topping Lila Iké, who’s “Second Chance” is currently dominating the singles chart. A member of Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation Collective, she continues to make a name for herself through her unique voice and style.
There is also an in-depth feature interview with Emch of New York City’s Subatomic Sound System. Currently on tour with Lee “Scratch” Perry in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the landmark Blackboard Jungle Dub album, Emch discusses how their collaboration first came to be, how it has developed over time, the effects of Perry’s Black Ark production style on his own aesthetic, and more.
Back to the charts, on the singles side the remaining top five belong to a nice range of artists: Alborosie & Chronixx at #2, Tarrus Riley at #3, Beres Hammond at #4, and Koffee’s latest “Toast” at #5. Groundation’s “Fossil Fuels” is in at #8, and it’s worth noting that Koffee’s “Raggamuffin” – #1 overall for 2018 – is still at #11 after 11 full months on the charts! Further down there are several debuts with Jah9’s “Heaven” at #16, Samory I’s “Feeling” at #18, and Alika’s “Dreadlocks” at #20.
The albums list finds many expected names, as Alborosie Meets The Wailers United remains at #1, King Jammy presents Dennis Brown is back up to #2, and Protoje’s A Matter Of Time stands strong at #3. Black Uhuru has risen to #6 this month, while Manudigital brings a digital vibe to the seventh position. Jahbar I makes an impressive first month appearance at #8, while other acts include Black Roots, Assassin, and Dubmatix. The bottom four of the chart are all fresh; Popcaan as well as Mellow Mood & Paolo Baldini DubFiles are new entries, and Eesah’s Masterpiece plus Bulby York’s Master Blaster are on their second month.The “Peng Peng Riddim” seems to have the riddim chart on lock-down, still at #1 after four months! At #2 remains the “State of Emergency Riddim,” likewise for the ensuing Green Lion Crew’s “Militant Step Riddim.” Returning to the chart after an absence are the “Old Jack Plug Riddim” and the “Lecturer Riddim” to wrap things up.
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