VP Records has released their latest instalments of the Strictly The Best series ÔøΩ Vol. 44 and Vol. 45.
Whether it's currently on the top of the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets or the massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls, the annual compilation provides the hottest catalog of dancehall/reggae music for the fall, winter and new year to come.
Today, The Fader offers full album streams of both volumes:
There will be two U.S. album release concerts held in Boston and New York City to celebrate this year's compilations and the life of VP Records' A&R Joel Chin, who was a major driving force in the series' success.
The festivities kick off tonight in Foxboro, MA with live performances from Mr. Vegas, I-Wayne, Khago, Demarco, Laza Morgan and Wayne Marshall at Showcase Live. The event is hosted by Hot 97 Boston and radio personality Notorious V.O.G.
The next stop will be New York City at B.B. Kings on Dec 14. The show will be hosted by Power 105's DJ Norie and feature an unparalleled line up including Sean Paul, Demarco, Laza Morgan and Wayne Marshall. A donation will be made in honor of Joel Chin and tickets can be purchased at WWW.BBKINGBLUES.COM.
Strictly the Best Vol. 44 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Freddie McGregor, and Etana, while Strictly the Best Vol. 45 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Mavado, Damian Jr. Gong' Marley, Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Tifa and Laza Morgan.
"This year's Strictly The Best series holds a special spot in our hearts because it was the last record our A&R and nephew, Joel Chin, had a hand in, since his sudden passing this year. As lead A&R, he hand-picked every song and complied the music in a very organic yet strategic manner. He loved the music so much and it showed in his work. This year is no different, and with the help of the rest of our team to complete the project, Strictly The Best Vol 44 and 45 are both one-of-kind collections," states VP Records President Chris Chin.
Established in 1993, Strictly The Best is the longest running reggae compilation series in the business. Following the Reggae Gold release, the annual STB series offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to reggae fans alike. Each year, VP carefully compiles a library of most exclusive dancehall/reggae tunes to keep the pace with the biggest Jamaican hits.
Showcasing the most buzz-worthy and talented artists, STB series has been the proving ground for many of reggae's biggest stars including Sean Paul, Mavado, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Capleton and many others. If you want to know what the next big reggae hit is in the streets or on the airwaves, Strictly The Best is the go-to compilation.