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32 Issue 61 / 2014 REGGAE / DANCE HALL I Octane's new album, released at the beginning of March, is composed of 16 marvellous tracks and features interesting collaborators such as Alaine, Gentleman, Ky-Mani Marley. ALBUM OF THE MONTH MY JOURNEY - BY I OCTANE TRACK OF THE MONTH BAD MIND WAYS - BY SIZZLA Kingston born and raised Sizzla has just released his debut single 'Bad Mind Ways', and it was a pleasure listening to it for you. Debut album 'First To The Nation' found the right balance between reggae and dancehall, with several tracks sitting in the middle. I Octane's latest effort "My Journey" puts reggae sounds ahead, but merges into familiar territory before the song's climax. The record proposes computer enhanced beats alongside instrument based sounds. And where Crying had a harsh, almost bleak mood, My Journey is more sophisticated, upbeat and gentle in tone. Which we could take as a sign of maturity by the Jamaican artist. A versatile singjay-style vocalist with a gruff, gravelly tone, Sizzla is capable of both rapid-fire chatting and powerful, melodic singing, and his best backing rythms are among the strongest in contemporary reagge scene. Beyond all of this, in this track you can find his characteristic lyrics, full of consciousness and hope. Check it out! OUR PLAYLIST Reggae Royal ft. Mr. Vegas Terri Be Your Lover Jah Vinci Who Knows ft. Chronixx African Brothers We present you with 4 of the hottest tracks right now... Oje Ken Ollivierre was born in Jamaica in the early '80s. Being his parents deeply involved in the island's reggae scene, his big des- tiny was written since he started leading the militant band, Indig- gnation, alongside whom he is set to tour intensely during 2014. This powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation, and he is now estab- lishing himself as a Revival master. Try to catch him in one of his numerous live shows this year, and listen to his latest track featur- ing Chronixx. Jamaican Weed Turbulence ARTIST OF THE MONTH PROTOJE More @ With a recent collaboration with Chronixx that lead to an amazing track, "Who Knows", the Jamaican artist surely represents an easy pick for this month's choice.

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