Machines Don't Care is out - I dunno how I feel about it exactly. It's so fidget - excellent production values, questionable dance potential outside hardcore communities. I bought some of it cause you gotta support progressive dance music, but the reason I'm interested at all is the rebirth/renewal of ragga house.
Ragga house is at best a loose description of house music with reggae vocals over it. It can go anywhere from really gay big room shit to stuff that is indistinguishable from midtempo soca. Daddy Freddy really did start off the name and no one has really picked up the standard since.
Machines Don't Care take these tracks in a uk ragga jungle rave direction - house tempo for sure, but it doesn't have that special Caribbean bounce to it. They got some good vocalists and samples, but you can't wine to this stuff. Girls LOVE to wine whether they know they are doin it or not.
Here are a few acts that are doin something more sexy with the sound. While their is nothing profound about the vocals on any of these tracks, and the production may be of varying levels of quality, they make you feel sexy and help you move the waistline.
Greg B, Yves Larock, DJ Chuckie, DJ Assad, Cutee B, and before them MAW, Robbie Rivera, Simon Harris and others know that reggae and calypso-tinged 4/4 music is whats up.