Jah9 – Note To Self (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jah9 – Note To Self (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:04 minutes | 783 MB | Genre: Reggae
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © VP Records

Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her second album with VP Records, ‘Note to Self’, elevates Jah9 to a new musical space, combining her spiritual identity and sultry vocals to radio friendly contemporary reggae rhythms.

Jah9 is a revelation from last decade’s reggae scene, an atypical singer whose particular ‘jazz on dub’ style she has promoted with covers of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Augustus Pablo and Sizzla since her beginnings singing in the Kingston bars. Now a stalwart of the scene thanks to the success of her first two albums, New Name (2013) and 9 (2016) and a collaboration with master of dub Mad Professor (In the Midst of the Storm), she has invited a few featured artists on this new album to boost her spiritual and soulful universe, like Chronixx on the title track or Tarrus Riley on the languid Ready to Play. The rising reggae star from the Virgin Islands, Pressure, features on You and I (a more orthodox kind of reggae), whereas London rapper Akala appears on the hybrid beat of New Race (A Way). But Jah9 is at her most powerful when she is solo, waltzing her flow between spoken word, soul, ragga and dub poetry, like the album’s hit song Ma’at (Each Man). – Smaël Bouaici


1. Heaven (Ready Fi Di Feeling) (3:38)
2. Ma’at (Each Man) (3:33)
3. Mindstorm (0:33)
4. Note To Self (Okay) [feat. Chronixx] (4:04)
5. Field Trip (4:49)
6. New Race (A Way) [feat. Akala] (5:11)
7. Hey You (4:51)
8. Highly (Get To Me) (3:43)
9. Feel Good “The Pinch” (3:08)
10. Love Has Found I (4:34)
11. You And I (feat. Pressure Busspipe) (3:41)
12. Ready To Play (feat. Tarrus Riley) (5:41)
13. The Reflection (1:00)
14. Could It Be (4:36)
15. In The Begining (1:07)