WHEN the 62nd edition of Strictly The Best is released on November 18, the project will feature the highest songs of 2022.
Aaron Talbert is vice-president of sales and marketing at New York-based VP Records, distributors of the favored compilation album.
“Since its inception in 1991, there have been many highlights within the Strictly The Best compilation series. Our goal is to serve the audience for core Jamaican reggae with breaking hits in dancehall, roots and lovers rock styles. For a few years, we’ve released two volumes without delay [DJs and singers] and have experimented with variations on this theme through the years,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “For Volume 62, we’ve created an exclusive single disc [physical] CD version with roots, lovers rock and dancehall selections, and a dancehall-only selection for the streaming market.”
Among the many tracks on the digital release are New Waves by Trance 1Gov, Battlefield by Rytikal, Inna Di Benz by Malie Donn, Kingpin by Intence, Meesh by Jahshii, Gone too Soon by Chronic Law, Feel Great by I-waata, Ready by Yaksta, and Money Power Respect by Jahvillani.
The CD release features Love Salute by Tarrus Riley, Really Together by Alaine, Life to Live by Alborosie featuring The Wailing Souls, Frenz by Spice, You will Never Find by Christopher Martin, and Good Woman by Romain Virgo.
Strictly The Best can also be known for its graphic cover art. This 12 months’s design is completed by Spliffington.
Dancehall artiste I-waata is completely satisfied to be among the many artistes included.
“Through the years mi put een a complete body of labor. Dem link mi an’ sey dem need a track wid mi, so mi know sey work a show from over di years weh mi put een. Is an incredible feeling man, an’ we’ve whole heap more major collaborations a forward,” said I-Waata.
Feel Great is a joint production between Spec Records and Seanizzle.