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It is a rare thing indeed when a music producer is able to conceptualize a riddim project that reflects the tenor and vibe of a particular moment of time in dancehall, but Justus Arison, the brilliant beatmaker of JA Productions has done just that with his High Life riddim.

The ice cream smooth riddim is already providing the backdrop for party events and street dances all over the Corporate Area because of the great mix of heavyweight acts and superstars that make this the riddim to watch in the last quarter of 2014 and beyond. Dancehall superstar Mavado leads out the project with ‘High Life’ where he boasts about his international weed-smoking credentials which crisscrosses time zones and continents. He drops a brilliant R and B-influenced hook where he bleeds all over the track with his love for Mary Jane. Gyptian compliments the riddim perfectly with ‘All On Me’.

Red hot dancehall act Ishawna has the breakout hit on the riddim with the emotionally-charged ‘Restraining Order’ which seems to have taken a life of its own because of its delicious subtext and real-life references to the end of her high-profile relationship with popular selector Foota Hype. The streets are buzzing with rumours about the fallout of the stormy relationship between Ishawna and Foota Hype, and it appears to have fuelled this song’s popularity on mix tape and radio.

Dancehall star QQ delivers a sweet-sounding soca-flavoured hook with ‘Find It’ but it is Beenie Man who arguably delivers the best song on the riddim with ‘Million Gal’. Beenie returns to his ‘gallis roots’ as he name drops Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Katey, and outlines his gallis credentials with brilliant lines like “gal say mi sweet like pastry/it is mathematically crazy cause mi have more…much more than a million gal”.

Blak Ryno channels Justin Bieber on the as he expresses his love for his ‘Side Chick’, while Singer J, one of the best dancehall vocalists ever, shows off the incredible range of his voice on ‘Your Love’. Singer J’s well-written song swings in the groove of the riddim. Chi Ching brings his humour and street credentials to ‘Up’. Mr. Lexx impresses with ‘Do Road’, while Munga teams up with producer Justus Arison himself for ‘I Life’.

All in all, High Life is one of the best project released in 2014, and somewhere, the late Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is looking down, and smiling.
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