Ten Albums of 2016 That Made Life Sweeter

Blessed we are for the music albums of 2016 that made this life feel a whole lot sweeter. Thankful are we to the artists who created those albums. Some, like Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered, came quickly after his last and were released unexpectedly. Other albums like De La Soul’s and the Anonymous Nobody, and The Diary Of from dearly-departed legend J Dilla, were an insanely-long time in coming.

Below are sample tracks from ten albums of 2016 that likely brought happiness to lovers of jazz, hip hop, R&B and reggae music. All can be found in hard copy and added to your Forever-After Music Collection if you haven’t already done so- including in their most supreme format, on sweet sweet vinyl.

1. Anderson .Paak- Malibu

Anderson Paak - Malibu

“Heart Don’t Stand A Chance”



Badbadnotgood - IV (2016)

“And That, Too”


Hear more tracks from IV and watch video footage of  BADBADNOTGOOD performing live here

3. De La Soul- and the Anonymous Nobody

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody

“Drawn” featuring Little Dragon


Find more tracks from and the Anonymous Nobody here.

4. J Dilla- The Diary Of

J Dilla - The Diary Of

“The Ex” featuring Bilal


5. Kaytranada- 99.9%

Kaytranada - 99.9%

“Breakdance Lesson N.1”


6. Kendrick Lamar- untitled unmastered

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered

“untitled 08 09.06.2014”


Check out live concert footage of Kendrick Lamar performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 here.

7. Michael Kiwanuka- Love And Hate

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

“Cold Little Heart”


Find more tracks from Love & Hate here.

8. Miles Davis and Robert Glasper- Everything’s Beautiful

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper - Everything's Beautiful

“Right On Brotha”  featuring Stevie Wonder


Find more tracks from Everything’s Beautiful here.

9. NxWorries- Yes Lawd!

NX Worries - Yes Lawd!



10. Stephen “Ragga” MarleyRevelation Pt. II: The Fruit Of Life

Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life

“Scars On My Feet” featuring Waka Flocka


Find more tracks from Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit Of Life here.


Blessed will we continue to be in 2017 for the existence of those ten albums in our music collections – as well as all new musical delights coming our way this year. Thanks to all artists worldwide who create, record and play music for us live. Life could be unbearable without them, and hopefully we never have to find out.

Kendrick Lamar live concert 2016

Kendrick Lamar live at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

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Stephen Marley – Revelation Part 2- The Fruit of Life

Stephen Marley has given music lovers a hell of a lot to absorb on his new album Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit of Life.

Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life

The album has an epic 19 tracks, more if you access them digitally. It features around two dozen North American and Jamaican vocalists and MCs. And it showcases the roots of reggae and the many musical fruits of that tree: including dancehall, ska, ragga, dub, dubstep, electronic dance music and most dominantly in this here mix, the almighty hip hop.

Its featured artists include Damian MarleyKy-mani Marley; Jo Mersa Marley; Wyclef JeanBlack Thought; Busta Rhymes; SizzlaJunior Reid; Dead Prez;  Rakim; Kardinal Offishall; Rick RossWaka FlockaKonshens; Shaggy; Twista; Jasmin Karma; Bounty Killer; Cobra; DJ Khaled; Capleton and, last and definitely least, Pitbull and Iggy Izalea.

They rap, rhyme, toast and sing about a huge range of topics from doing doughnuts in a carpark with a ferrari- to much more pressing lyrical matters like the many social injustices of the world; and how in their context, the celebration of life and music become all the more vital.

The consistent sonic pleasure throughout The Fruit of Life is the one-of-a-kind, honey-sweet voice of Stephen Marley singing positive messages about giving and showing love. As he so perfectly and succinctly puts it on “The Lion Roars” – “it’s the only law that we must obey”.

Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life

Yep. Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit of Life has a lot to absorb – over many, many listens. From the sexy and sensual vibe of some tracks to the party ones, this album is filled with an incredibly-diverse range of instrumental and vocal pleasures to find, love and make your feel-good soundtrack for dancing, romancing, cooking, cleaning, driving, chilling, partying or anything else you do in this life.

Check out a few sample tracks (compressed mp3-versions) from Revelation Pt. II: The Fruit of Life. If you like what you hear you know the best way to properly know and enjoy all the sounds recorded by Stephen Marley and his collaborators, and thank them, is to buy the full album on vinyl or at least cd 🙂 .

Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 2 - The Fruit of Life

Stephen Marley featuring Capleton & Sizzla – “Rockstone”


Stephen Marley featuring Wyclef Jean – “Father Of The Man”


Stephen Marley featuring Busta Rhymes & Konshens – “Pleasure Or Pain”


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Legend Remixed – Bob Marley & The Wailers Fusion Style

An interlude from fusion music, I thought. It’s Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Bob Marley

But the album is Legend Remixed – Bob Marley & The Wailers.

Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend Remixed - album cover

It’s produced by Ziggy MarleyStephen Marley and Jason Bentley. They, and other world class DJs and producers have tastefully messed with the original Bob Marley & The Wailer Legend songs, to create totally new and great ones.  Songs made up of roots reggae (Bob & co.) with lots of fresh and tasty electronic beats & dub. Bob Marley & The Wailers fusion style.

Legend Remixed is a really cool album. The more I listen, the more I hear and appreciate the different artistry in each song and the better it gets.

Check out the remix artists:

1. Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)

2. Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)

3. Three Little Birds (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix)

4. Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix)

5. No Woman, No Cry (Stephen Marley Remix)

6. Get Up, Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)

7. Satisfy My Soul (Beats Antique Remix)

8. I Shot The Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)

9. Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)

10. Easy Skanking (Stephen Marley Remix)

11. One Love People Get Ready (Photek Remix)

12. Redemption Song (Ziggy Marley Remix)

13. Is This Love (Jason Bentley Remix)

14. Jamming (Nickodemus and Zeb Remix)

15. Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry)

16. Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)

Have a listen. Buy the CD if you want all the extra sounds you’re missing here with MP3. This one will be easy to find.

Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend Remixed - album cover

Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix)

Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix Featuring Lee Scratch Perry)

Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)

The original Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend songs, well, they will stand in greatness always yes? I think the Legend Remixed songs deserve to stand in greatness in their own right.  They are just another very different, but equally great batch of the originals.

Legend and Legend Remixed – 2 bags of musical goodies instead of just 1. Don’t you think so?

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