Published Dec 14, 2016This year, Jamaican dancehall-inspired pop reached peak saturation. Call it "tropical house" if you will — but please don't — the fact is, thanks to acts like DJ Kygo, Major Lazer and Justin Bieber's ever-present hit "Sorry," electronically charged Caribbean reggae and Latin reggaeton-and moombahton-influenced rhythmics were heard a lot over the past months. Here are some notable "tropical house" tracks of 2016, from good to not-good.
This dancehall-drenched single leans in on Rihanna's West Indian heritage — complete with classic dancehall riddim and heavy patois.
Drake "One Dance"
Equal parts soca and reggae rhythms, Drake's hit also mines UK funky and Nigerian groove points of reference for a thump-heavy track.
AlunaGeorge "I'm In Control"
UK dance-pop duo calls on Jamaican dancehall king Popcaan for added authenticity, making its "tropical house" synth riffs all the groovier.
Sia "Cheap Thrills"
Originally penned for Rihanna, this Sean Paul-featuring track lounges like a stay at an all-inclusive Caribbean resort — a "there without being there" tropical house flair.
Tyga "1 of 1"
An egregious example of chasing the "tropical house" trend, Tyga kills this steel drum-flavoured dancehall wannabe track — although not in the way that he intended.