We ready fi di summa! Unforgettable parties, cool drinks and romance….. while these good vibes don’t fully encapsulate the season, they make it more bearable in conjunction with the sweltering heat. And of course, music is the catalyst and a reminder of a fun-filled, feel good summer. Here are five chunes that provide the right amount of fiah.
Light it Up featuring Nyla – Major Lazer
Hotter, hotter, hotter. The latest single from Major Lazer’s third album Peace is the Mission, congeals a satisfying blend of dancehall and EDM. Ex-Brick and Lace member Nyla steers the track with sultry vocals that hinge on despair, yet lures an assuming crowd of hotsteppers (aka dancing fiends), lyrics dripping in Jamaican patois. One thing’s for certain, production trio Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire know how to make a winning song.
Like Yuh Miss Me – Collie Buddz
Bermudian-American reggae artist Collie Buddz has been heavy on the tour circuit these past few months, which may explain his carnal longing in the fresh dancehall single, “Like Yuh Miss Me.” Produced by Johnny Wonder & Adde Instrumentals, Buddz convinces his leading lady to get buck wild in the bedroom, and add some acrobatics while she’s at it. This riddim is straight for di party!
Perdido En Tus Ojos ft. Natti Natasha – Don Omar
Don Omar, one of the biggest names and game changers in Reggaeton, has returned with a new album, The Last Don II, and continues a history of favorable music with the pop-tinged track, “Perdido En Tus Ojos (Lost in Your Eyes).” Featuring pop protégé Natti Natasha, who is signed to Omar’s indie label, Orfanato Music Group (OMG), this charming single could arguably be the 2015 love song for couples everywhere, or at least until the excitement of your seasonal fling wears off. Omar and Natasha mix pure musical chemistry with interchanging lyrics of passion and yearning.
Money Done – Patrice Roberts
Work hard, play hard… er. At least that’s what Trinidadian Soca singer Patrice Roberts requires, and she’s going to spend a little change in the process. The perfect weekend ditty, “Money Done” is all about enjoying yuhself – fetin’ and drinkin’ – and spending the money yuh done wuk for all week. Although the sweet, feel good tune doesn’t deliver the best financial advice, Roberts’ buoyant vocals calls for self-determination and the freedom to do whatever the hell you want.
Foundation featuring Sylo G and Busy Signal – Cadenza
It’s a celebrashun. London composer/producer Candenza bridges old school with the new, speeding up the classic Real Rock riddim and bringing some energetic dancehall elements for a big summer tune.
Rude boyz Busy Signal and Stylo G exchange fiery verses that nod to Jr. Gong Marley, Lt. Stitchie, and “every general”, bringing positive vibes only.
Making VEVO UK’s track of the week in early June, the accompanying video explodes with vibrant colors and illustrations that rep JA hard. Check out the video below: