LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Beres Hammond’s New Album ‘One Love, One Life’

Words by Jesse Serwer, Images by Martei Korley—

Beres Hammond One Love, One Life

Jamaica’s greatest living singer has a new album, and it is one of his strongest records in years.

We’re still letting it sink in but One Love, One Life, Beres Hammond’s 26th studio album, is sure to go down as one of the best reggae albums of 2012, and maybe even the last decade. Produced by Beres himself (with co-production from Donovan Germain, Collin “Bulby” York and Michael Fletcher), the double-disc LP shows the diversity of the singer known as the “King of Jamaican Lovers Rock,” encompassing dancehall (“Prime Time”), ska (“Can’t Waste No Time,” “Don’t You Feel Like Dancing”), gospel (“I Humble Myself”) and even dub (“The Truth Will Live On”).

Beres fans know he is, at his core, an R&B singer and One Love, One Life could be the album that finally sees him get his just recognition outside of the Caribbean music world. (The Blue Note-esque artwork, designed by Greg Burke and shot by LargeUp creative director and co-founder Martei Korley, should help, finally giving the singer the iconic cover image he deserves). Big tings already a gwan: On Tues., Dec. 11, Beres is set to make his late-night TV debut on Jimmy Fallon. The following night he headlines the Sounds of Reggae concert at Brooklyn’s new arena, the Barclays Center.

One Love, One Life is out Tuesday Nov. 13 but, in advance of its release, VP Records has given us the full album to stream exclusively on LargeUp. Hear the whole thing below, and tell us which tune is your favorite in the comments. (And don’t be afraid to say, “All of them”—that’s pretty much what we’re thinking).

AS OF 11/17: The One Love, One Life streaming link is no longer active. Go here to buy the album, or go here and here to stream selected tracks.

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  • Lu

    The full album is OFF THE HOOK, = KICK ASS AWSOME!!!!!!

  • Annette Hayles

    This new album is great as always Beres is simply the best.

  • great album as usual but I’m loving In My Arms and No Candle light….would love to be at a live concert of this new album. Awesome singer!!!!!

  • Moi

    All of them!!! ~ especially More Time 🙂

  • isabelle

    I love… the cool’night in paris…beres is the best..

  • Harriet Martinez

    i love the Beres Hammond album i am going to buy it

  • DJ Filthy Rich

    Beres is amazing….but sad to see that he didn’t include the song “Pull Up” on here. it’s an amazing track he released in between this album and the last one, and it’s only available on 7-inch vinyl as far as i know

  • tafara

    undoubtedly the greatest voice of lovers rock

  • Seje

    Nairobi, Kenya is listennin! Maad tunes!

  • ams gambia

    m speechless… be honest, this man, this man, the man i must say is full of skills so m gonna call him, the play maker instead of in football, but play maker in music, he knows music, n always comes at a right time….beres i think i owe you, for all the joy you brought to my life…..the voice i cant stand, god send him to us

  • beres jr

    beres hammond said music is life, but think beres himself is life, because beres safe s some from stress, beres a peace maker, beres a joy to every loving soul, n not to mention when he is there on stage, this album should be a world chart number 1 for about a year or more, all tracks are wicked, classic, n goes with the generation, beres is life


  • Cisco

    Beres is a solidified legend.

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  • nakeisha

    Always enjoy your music its a work of art can’t be duplicated. one of the greatest voices of all time. Bought the cd at the jerk festival.loving it!

  • b c

    recorder breaker, what ever he touches turns to gold, music world are u with me? straight to number, i sleep n wake up with this mans musics, two double cd s added to my collections from SOUL REGGAE TO ONE LOVE ONE LIFE, Gambia wanna see you again fadda BERES much love….how you does your things no body knows……MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH WHATEVER YOU WISH FOR YOURSELF N ALWAYS ON TOP

  • Japheth omari

    wicked album his best in my opinion!

  • am

    I bought this CD from my local independent record store the day before the CD was released. I have not stopped playing it. I love “My life”.

  • wilden bunting

    beres is my number one and my school mate love and respect the man 100 per cent

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