To start the new year, this #ThrowbackThursday I decided to share with you a sort of sum up of 2014 with a list of the top downloads on the site and some of my favorite riddims.
Top 5 downloads on Jamworld876 in 2014
- Jump for Joy Riddim (Splatter House Records) – Reggae
- Promiscuos Riddim (Full Charge Records) – Dancehall
- Heat Rave Riddim (Birchill Records) – Dancehall
- Duet Riddim (Notnice Records) – Dancehall
- Evidence Riddim (Patron House Productions) – Dancehall
Jamworld876’s favorite Reggae & Dancehall music of 2014
Many riddims are released on a daily basis. Some are bad, some are good, very few are outstanding. I could not really rank these riddims because each and every good production is one of a kind. Here are a couple of Riddims and singles that I really enjoyed last year.
A Living Riddim: The western-like sound of the melodica is filled with emotion. The riddim conveys tangled feelings of hope and melancholia at the same time. In the acoustic version, the delicacy of the acoustic guitar underpinned with the soothing rhythm of the nyhabinghi drums make the whole riddim resonates with my soul. In my opinion, the best song on the riddim was “I’m Living” voiced by Sizzla. Those who love conscious and spiritual Reggae music should enjoy this riddim as much as I did.
The Cultivator Riddim: A mellow vibe brought by a horn section and a couple of high-pitched piano leaks make the riddim particularly pleasant to listen to for chilling and/or holding a meditation. “Perfect Tree” by Chronic is the song I preferred on this compilation, at least it is the one I listened to the most.
Good Book Riddim: A simple yet strong drum and bass backbone with some airy synths from time to time and a very characteristic flute-sounding-like lead. On top of that, you add Demarco‘s stinging badman lyrics and you get a very good Dancehall riddim.
Wul Dem Again Riddim: A hardcore Dancehall riddim with sonorities remembering the sound of the metal of a bullet hitting the ground and a military-driven rhythm pattern mainly featuring badman songs. I particularly liked “Clear The Way” by Mavado and “Teeth & Lip” by I Octane on this compilation.
There were more good riddims that were released in 2014 than the ones I mentioned above… such as the “Elastic Riddim”, “Spitfire Riddim”, “Patty Crumz Riddim” in Dancehall and the “Islababad Riddim”, “Jump For Joy Riddim”, “Village Riddim”, “In Love Riddim” in Reggae and more. I selected the ones I really loved and remembered.
Do not hesitate to share an comment. Let us know what was your favorite Riddim and/or single of 2014.