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Europe-based indie reggae label Hemp Higher Productions has released a new riddim called 'Unfair Games' which is expected to be a successful follow-up to their previous projects.
The label reaped major success last year on the European Reggae scene with the releases of Randy Valentine's 's debut project "Bring Back the Love".
"We are pleased with the support from leading names in the industry such as Rodigan who playlisted it on his BBC 1 XTRA show, as well as Jugglerz from Germany where it is getting great rotation on their weekly reggae show,and Black Chiney in US," Gary 'Riga' Burke, founder and owner of Hemp Higher Productions, said.
"It's always a blessing to see people appreciate reggae music for what it is: Great music."
Burke has been a fervent advocate against the "payola" system that some DJ's and radio stations have been trying to put in place.
"In some places it feels sometimes like the amount of radioplay you will get depends on the amount of money you have - luckily in Europe, it isn't set like that, and DJ's will set up their playlists according to what they like and not according to the amount of money they get to play a song - so as long as you deliver good quality music and work hard, you can go places and make things happen," he said.
The Unfair Games riddim is composed by Jahnation, and mixed and co-produced by Riga. The riddim has a definite 'nyabinghi' influence, with a heavy bass drum and a beautiful guitar melody.

Hemp Higher flagship artist Randy Valentine who is in the middle of an incredible 30 show tour throughout Europe, represents well with "Rat Race".
Valentine, who now lives in London, but was raised in Clarendon, Jamaica, uses his vocal talents to criticise the system in which we live in which forces the masses to endure the "Rat race" for the benefits of a select few.
A special Dub version of the song was also done featuring Addis Pablo, son of legend Augustus Pablo.
"It was an honour for us to work with Addis and his team, we hope to collaborate on more songs with Suns of Dub in the future," Riga said..
Up-and-comer Jahmiel is s certainly one of the most talented young vocalists to have emerged from Jamaica in the last five years. He first broke out with the single Fly Again on the Evolution riddim which hit ethnic reggae charts in Africa and Europe. He delivers the title track, Unfair Games, a song detailing the hard knock life that we have to endure and survive. He gives a timely reminder that every evil deed comes with its consequences with the well-known aphorism that "unfair game play twice".
Swedish-based Million Stylez never fails to please his listeners, and delivers yet again another uplifting anthem: "Never Give Up" . French dancehall Kings Tiwony and Tairo team up to "Reine sans couronne" (queen without a crown). It's a powerful song in which Tiwony's gravelly voice blends in perfectly with Tairo's melodic harmonies where they praise the efforts of mothers all over the globe. The second French song on the riddim is the first official release on the international market of Djama D Baven. The song, "Juste envie de sourire" (I just wanna smile), is one of the best songs on the riddim. The riddim has a truly international feel and is complimented by the inclusion of artistes Ras Manuel from Costa Rica, who delivers a Latin touch with 'La Visa Es Asi' while Haitian reggae ambassador Rebel Layonn shows great style with "I Remember". "Whether you live in Jamaica, Europe, Africa, US or Japan, ake sure you contact your local radio station and request for favourite song on the riddim, but make sure you don't pay for it (laughs), they gotta play it cos it's good!" Riga said. Hemp Higher has done it again!
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