VP Records on Nov. 22, 2019 celebrated the 60th edition of one of the label’s staple compilation brands, with the release of “Strictly the Best Vol. 60.” The set includes current and breaking hits from some of the top artists in roots reggae and dancehall.
As a kick-off to the label’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, a first ever live show “Strictly The Best – Live Montego Bay” was broadcast in January from Usain Bolt’s Tracks and records in Montego Bay.
For this latest release, the label produced another live show, which was aired on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from the BRIC production facility in Brooklyn, New York at 7 pm. The event was be the first time that a broadcast was done from New York and aired live on Jamaica’s RETV and VP Records YouTube channel. Those who participated included Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Richie Spice, Noah Powa, Dovey Magnum, D Major, Red Fox, The Danca family and more.
The event will be hosted by On The Riddim’s (OTR- VP Records YouTube show) Kevin Crown and Queen Bremmer who will also be filming the season finale in the same space earlier that day in which some of the same artists will be apart of.
STB 60 combines two discs of hits in one package. Disc 1 consists of reggae and lovers rock tracks. Featured tracks on the disc include “General” by Christopher Martin and “Together we Stand” by Richie Spice. The powerful anthem tells a story of being united in a time when division is more prevalent than ever. Exclusives on the album include a remake of Lorna Bennet’s “Breakfast in Bed” by former Voice winner Tessanne Chin and “Lost My Heart” by emerging solo reggae artist, Kumar Bent.
Disc 2 features dancehall tracks. Stand-outs include “One Way” by Vybz Kartel and “Glow” by Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin. The music video for “Glow” has recently amassed over 628K views on YouTube. Another exclusive to STB 60 is “No Stress” by Noah Powa who has been making waves in New York City and beyond with recent interviews on Breakfast Club, Lip Service and an appearance on Angela Yee Day.