British pop superstar Ed Sheeran, his cousin Jethro Sheeran (a.k.a. rapper/producer Alonestar), Wyclef Jean, Sean Kingston and several marquee names in Jamaican music including Sean Paul, Chronixx and Damian and Stephen Marley are all featured on the new compilation Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica. The 15-track album, digitally released by Contractor Music Group (based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica) and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group, drops on Dec. 22 and debuts here.
The tag 'tropical house' has been used in recent years to identify pop hits influenced by Jamaican reggae/dancehall and Trinidadian soca, including several Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers: Omi’s “Cheerleader,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Billboard’s 2017 Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” also the Hot 100 Song of the Year. Executive Producer Sean “Contractor” Edwards, managing director of Contractor Music Group, named the compilation Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica based on his observations of recent developments within the reggae industry. “The biggest things that have impacted reggae music in the last five years are the emergence of the tropical house genre and Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, which became so successful that competitors created The Love and Harmony Cruise. So we wanted to incorporate a cruising feel in our title along with the label tropical house because we are targeting younger fans who know the island-influenced hits of these various pop artists.”