Toppa Top ’14: The Best Reggae Singles of 2014

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8/7. Tarrus Riley “Dem A Watch”/”123 I Love You”
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Tarrus Riley’s Shane Brown-produced Love Situation was our album of the year for 2014โ€”we wouldn’t be surprised if this superb record continues to produce hits for years to come. The two tracks from the album which were released as singles in 2014, “Dem a Watch” and “1-2-3 I Love You” document different sides. Where “Dem a Watch” details a relationship on the rocks, “1-2-3 I Love You” is an earnest plea to a lover to come back. Both are pitch-perfect updates of classic styles, merging rocksteady with lovers rock and, in the case of “1-2-3 I Love You” and the interlude featured in the beginning of “Dem a Watch” video, even a bit of R&B group harmony. โ€”Jesse Serwer

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