People love to use Pandora Internet Radio because listeners can easily set a station based on a song, artist, or genre. Recently, the popular music streaming site added a few new genre based stations, including one titled Cali Reggae Radio!
Over the past few decades, the way we listen to music has really changed. Today it seems as if more and more listeners have decided to forgo their physical collection, to rely on the convenience of several of the many online streaming services. Of these services, Pandora Internet Radio has attracted their fair share of the market. Catering to all types of music fans, the site aims to “play only music you’ll love.” Using the the Music Genome Project®, the system selects the next track by scanning their data base for songs with similar features to “the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song, or genre.” Listeners are able to create up to 100 unique “stations,” and refine them as they listen.
Along with the search feature, Pandora has a list of genre stations, and as the site continues to grow, new genre stations have been added. Recently, presumably based on our listening history, we received a promotional email pleasantly headlined: “Ease into your week with our brand new Cali Reggae genre station.” This Cali Reggae station makes the 10th under the Reggae category, in addition to stations labeled Reggae, Dancehall, Contemporary Reggae, Reggae Rock, Ska, Dub, Classic Ska, Rocksteady and i-Pop.
After listing through Cali Reggae for a while, I noticed the station does not play a mix of artists, exclusively from California. However, the automatic selector does spin a nice mix of tracks that embodies the sound of the the Cali-Reggae and Reggae-Rock sound. The playlist consisted of big artists like Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Dirty Heads, Rebelution and Sublime as well as roots artists like Midnite or San Diego locals, One Drop. All songs from the more mellow end of the artists’ catalog of music.
Be sure to check it out for some smooth Reggae jams during the week!
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