lunedì 4 novembre 2019

Taiwan MC feat. Paloma Pradal: ‘Colombian Gyal’

Following the release of his latest EP Nah Leave Me Corner, the French Taiwan MC returns with a new single Colombian Gyal, taken from his forthcoming album which is scheduled for release at beginning of the 2020. It is a song with a Latin flavour produced together with talented singer Paloma Pradal
Thanks to the huge success of the single Catalina which came out in 2017 on Taiwan MC's first album Cool & Deadly, the link up with Pradal has already brought fire to dancefloors around the world with more than 50 million downloads worldwide but mostly in Latin America.  
Produced by S.O.A.P  (Son Of A Pitch) and published by Chinese Man Records, Colombian Gyal is available now on all digital platforms.

martedì 29 ottobre 2019

Borderline, the second album by The Young Tree


Italian band The Young Tree present their second album, Borderline, produced by Madaski (Africa Unite). It's a work rich in human and social themes: that address aspects of everyday life and the society in which we live, alongside more introspective reflections and tributes to music and nature.
Preceded by the title track single, Borderline continues the journey begun with debut album Seed, moving away from the strictures often imposed in a musical genre like reggae. This time, the production helps define the group's sonic identity, thanks to the expert hand of one of the members of the historic Africa Unite collective.

Speaking of the album, Madaski says: "It was undoubtedly the most interesting artistic production I've ever done for a reggae band. The themes included in the album range through wide and diverse moods, influences, sounds and styles. The vocals were very precise, and created rather unusual melodic lines that fit very well into the musical fabric. The band showed a great mental openness and the will to renew an often ossified sound, escaping from the commonplace. In my opinion, The Young Tree is the most talented group of this kind to be found in Italy today".
Borderline is available on all digital platforms - and on CD format  at the band's concerts.

lunedì 28 ottobre 2019

Saime And The Cool Rulers - High Volume

After two years of hard work through studio sessions,  
Saime and The Cool Rulers proudly presents their new album.
High Volume, available from 25th of October HERE
 A mix of reggae roots, dancehall, a bit of rap and electroswing, in 9 tracks
and 4 featuring artist such as Shakalab,Bunna,Gheesa,Heavy Hammer.

The album includes the single Ocean Of Blood, feat Bunna from Africa Unite,
released on 11th of October 2019.

Since the first step of writing the tune Ocean Of Blood,
the band felt the need to talk about the long standing situation 
in the mediterranean see, identified it as a blood-red cemetery coming
from the numbers of victims resting in its deepth.

To give more temper to the song, and giving a melodic refrain
different from the verses, the idea was to involve a great artist with great voice,
always committed to spread a message of peace and respect among
all cultures: Bunna from Africa Unite

The aim of the song is to have a social concrete commitment.
For this reason the artist and the publisher have choosen to 
devolve the income from the on-line sales, to 
Mediterranea Saving Humans association;
one of the most active in saving lives in the metiterranean sea.

domenica 27 ottobre 2019

Stargate Backing Band - B. U Riddim

Stargate Backing Band, present their first album project: B. U Riddim.

Released on September 2019; a title that is a declaration of intent:
Pronounced "Be You", means litterally "Be You, don't cheat, be yourself"
Title simbolizes the desire of the band for accomplishment
and realization through this first production.

One riddim album that brings together 17 singers, who sing personal style,
different lyrics and voices on the same unique riddim.
Listening the album is easy to recognize big reggae names such as
Luciano ‘The Messenjah’, Jah Mason, Exco Levi e Denham Smith aka Chilli,
among new talents to discover such as the Jamaicans - Darrio, Kenny Smyth, Jah Torius,
Jahlani Muziq (Luciano's young protégé) - and Makkan J from Senegal.
It also features Fitta Warri, Deliman, Sun Sooley, Faïanatur, Marcus Davidson,
Jerry Julian, King Lorenzo and Lan Netty. 

 The album release coincides with the new video clip for
True To The Music by Luciano ‘The Messenjah'
the flagship artist of the B.U Riddim project.
This track is a hymn to the melodies and groove of reggae music,
Jamaica's real heartbeat,its mysticism and fostering
of positive sentiment across the world since its inception.

  The video was directed by Romain ‘Sherkhan’ Chiffre and features
the famous dancer-choreographer Orville ‘Xpressionz’ Hall,
artistic director of the Xpressionz theater and judge of
Jamaica's number one dance TV series Dancin' Dynamites.
In the video, Hall embodies the role of an elder in a comedy that immerses us
in the everyday conflicts of the protagonists George and Esmeralda.
Both entertaining and captivating, these two octogenarians,
immobile and inseparable, rediscover their youth,
kinship and  love for dancing while listening to the True To The Music track.
 The album was mixed by Denis Terry at Studio K
and mastered by Olivier Planchard at Middle Side Mastering,
both privileged partners of Stargate Productions.
The B.U Riddim album is available on all digital platform with distribution by Dibyz-Music,
in rotation on RQL radio,
and soon also at in CD digipack format.

giovedì 24 ottobre 2019

"Love Is All I Bring"

Trojan Records announce the release of "Love Is All I Bring" 

A collection of reggae hits and rarities by the queens of Trojan,
will be released on the 25th of October 2019.

Love Is All I Bring; A compilation from the queens, such as Doreen Shaeffer,
Susan Cadogan, Marcia Aitken, Dawn Penn, Althea & Donna, and
other talented female performers of Trojan Records.

2 vinyl LP, cd's; 49 tracks of hits on one record and rarities on the other.
Available from 25th of October, on digital platforms as well.

This release comprises some of the greatest reggae tracks,
whilst highlighting the importance and talent of Jamaican female artists. 

Curated by Trojan to spotlight the many influential women that embody its synonymous sound, the record pays homage to the leading female figures that paved the way for today’s reggae artists all whilst shaping and defining the Trojan story though powerful, meaningful music that continues to resonate at the core of reggae culture and across the globe.

Reggae singer Rhoda Dakar has played a pivotal role in bringing the concept to life and when speaking of the record said “I have been privileged to see some of these great artists live and thank them for the music”.

venerdì 18 ottobre 2019

Mauna - Steven Sedalia new album

The first time we listened to Steven music's early 2016. We had been so enchanted by his style that in march we published an interview with him just few weeks before the release of "Words of the River "
Since than, Steven has lived and made music in the Hawaiian land, nurturing his love for Mother Earth and the universe itself.
At the beginning of October ( the 2nd) Steven has released a full length album "Mauna" ( a wonderful word which means mountain in the Hawaiian language and Silence in Sanskrit ).
Mauna is a blend of sonorities, styles and once again Steven proved himself to be an ever-growing poet and shaman expressing his magic through words.
Here following a short interview with Steven himself and our personal review of Mauna.

It has been more than 3 years since our last interview. It was soon before the release of your E.P. Words of the River.
What have you done during this time?

During this time I’ve made my home base an organic farm on Kaua‘i and scaled down my lifestyle and focused my energy and resources into my creative expression. When I first came to the Hawaiian islands all I did was write songs, probably sixty songs in the first six months, and counting since. So the seed of my new album was born from that initial explosion of music. Since I’ve moved I’ve travelled all over the islands and the mainland U.S. playing shows and festivals and sharing the songs.

Tell us something about Mauna.

The album is a template for the journey of the soul from before birth to beyond death. Mauna is an expression of what I feel the spiritual purpose of our creative power is, my inclination as creation and we as creators is to worship the wholeness that I call The True Love. It can be given any name, the Mystery, Great Spirit, God, the Infinite Meow, the Eternal Now, etc. My sadhana, spiritual practice, has always been to listen. And listening is receiving. The other half of receiving, is to sing, and singing is giving. These songs are about the climb, the climb to the heart, from the basic instincts, up to the heart, up to the eternal knowledge, through the crown and beyond, to the Holy Calm, the Silence that is sacred. What I like to call the Original Quiet gave birth to the First Sound, which is resonating today, and our hearts vibrate with it naturally and music is about harmonizing with the First Sound, that which created everything. Mauna is an album about finding the middle of Shiva and Shakti, in between is the guardian and the grace, the mountain of silence, from where all creation comes. Mauna means ‘mountain’ in Hawaiian and ‘silence’ in Sanskrit. So the title is used here to indicate the journey to the Holy Calm, and that really means an inner serenity. A 20th century saint of India, Sri Anandamayi Ma, said something that guides me… “It is through sound that one penetrates into silence..."

Which is the track you are most fond of, on Mauna ?

That’s like asking to choose your favorite child! I can’t, well maybe I could, I’ve never had a child so I don’t know if you can. hahaha I’m joking. but really they all hold special places and express different aspects for me. they each have their own story and fit into the larger story of the album. What matters is they all carry the Aloha Spirit. That really means boundless compassion. With the record, I wanted to express the beauty and emotions of this ‘aina (land), and some of the profound discoveries that can be made within any human heart. Every song is a love song to different parts and aspects of our journey here on Earth. Every part of the heart holds art.

Mauna Review

Mauna is a full length album made of 14 wonderful songs. 
It opens with Polikua, a short soothing tune just to get us into the right mood for listening. 
Followed by the powerful Horizon we get ready ready to dive into Eastern Sunrise, a bright and positive song, whose heartbeat-like pace makes it a perfect wake up song to listen to while sipping morning tea, meditating and setting the intentions for the new day to come.
Follows Love Country, catchy and hunting and Children of the Land, a personal favourite, sang in a soothing voice with a captivating rhythm, filled with hope and oneness. Almost an anthem for Rainbow warriors. 
We find then Mountain Woman, in which we find country and southern nuances, warm as a summer evening. 
Patterns in the sand, almost a shamanic chant, brings you away in the arms of wind in the brim of waves, among the grains of sand.
Listen, delicate as a lace woven with words and music, covering everything in grace.
Mauna, the title track, just surrender and listen to the shaman voice, let it reach the depth of your soul.
Kalalea, a prayer in music.
Where is home ? Wondering and wandering, in a storyteller style, Steven bring us in a journey looking for home. Home within the love of a dear one.
Polihale: like a tribal gathering around a bonfire, ancestors watching us from above.
Amaya, a grounding and entering tune and to close the album, In your love, a love song for our collective mother: the earth. A strong connection with the whole.

Here at RQL we loved Mauna, Steven has sure fulfilled our expectation and we feel honoured to witness so closely the growth of such an amazing artist and human being.

Steven´s website :
You can find Mauna HERE ( Spotify) and HERE ( iTunes )

venerdì 4 ottobre 2019

Searcing The Waves Blind Reverendo

L'atteso album "Searcing The Waves" di Blind Reverendo, e' disponibile da oggi, 
                4 Ottobre, sulle piattaforme digitali.

Noi di RQL 106FM abbiamo avuto il privilegio di incontrare Mario Rivoiro,al Rototom Sunsplash, per una breve intervista.Siamo rimasti colpiti dalla profonda umanita', dall'amore per la vita e dai temi trattati nei testi delle tracce.

Rql : Grazie per averci dedicato il tuo tempo. Insieme ai fan di RQL,Siamo qui al Rototom Sunsplash, con Mario Rivoiro Blind reverendo, per parlare un po' dell'album "Searcing The Waves" che uscira' il 4 Ottobre.

Blind : Grazie a voi per avermi dedicato il vostro tempo. Un saluto a tutti gli ascoltatori e ascoltatrici.

Rql : Per noi di RQL e per nostri ascoltatori e fan, ci puoi parlare della band Blind Reverendo?

Blind: Basicamente Blind Reverendo ha una baking band, ha alcuni musicisti che son come me da anni e altri che ruotano, ma è un progetto un po mio, sono io di fatto il Reverendo. Il progetto inizia nel 2008, questo è il quarto lavoro. Io come Reverendo ho sempre suonato il altre band come musicista, questo me lo porto dietro da piu di vent’anni.

Rql : Quale strumento suoni?sei il cantante ?

Blind:  Io in questo progetto canto e scrivo, ho studiato chitarra classica e percussioni, quindi suono un pò poi batteria, tastiera, chitarra. Questo disco per esempio, quasi tutte le partiture le ho scritte io.
Rql: Quindi c'e' un grosso lavoro dietro la realizzazione ?
Blind: Si, c’e’ un anno e mezzo  di lavoro, un anno e mezzo dove avendo uno studio di registrazione mio a Barcellona , nei ritagli di tempo dove non avevo clienti, mi mettevo li. Per certi versi è positivo perché non devi pagare le ore di studio, per altri versi entri in un loop che non esci piu' dallo studio, che veramente passi li oltre 18 ore e non te ne rendi conto. Entri in una dimensione completamente alienata e con un jet leg costante.

Rql: Cosi' sfrutti anche le ore piu' notturne, quelle piu' meditative.

Blind : In realtà io funziono meglio al mattino, preferisco svegliarmi presto, andarmi a fare una surfata, poi d’inverno che c’e’ un po di onda nel mediterraneo, acqua fresca e sono li tranquillo e posso andare in studio fresco.

Rql: Quindi prendi ispirazione anche da quest attivita', diciamo sotto il punto di vista artistico? 

Blind:Si funziona, perche fare quest’attività come il surf, mi libera la mente, credo che c’e’ una cosa, chi non vede non è ovviamente portato ad avere distrazioni visive, quindi sei portato anche di piu ai pensieri, come un criceto nella ruota che gira tutto il tempo, quindi fare sport di questo genere è l’unico momento in cui sei li nel presente, perché devi stare li in quel momento, quindi ti libera e poi ti da idee su cui lavorare.

Rql: Ci vuoi parlare un po del tuo ultimo lavoro e del nuovo album ?

Blind: Questo album è un album per me, importante, ma credo come ogni album che ogni artista poi fa. L’importanza secondo me di questo album duro e crudo, a parte “Searching the waves” , è questo singolo che avete già passato in radio, fra l’altro grazie ; che è un pò il brano piu positivo, tutto il resto è reggae si, però con una base dub-dubstep, molto scuro perché nei testi stiamo parlando d’immigrazione, stiamo parlando di abusi da parte della polizia, della malagestione politica. Questo nasce da un idea mia, del 2016 in tour europeo, dove abbiamo deciso di stare in vari centri di accoglimento per persone in transito e abbiamo iniziato a fare un documentario e ad intervistare persone che lavorano e che si occupano del problema e dalla situazione della migrazione, piuttosto che dei migranti stessi, dei no border che sono quelli che li aiutano a passare da un confine all altro in montagna e da li ho deciso di fare un disco.

Rql: L'album Searcing The Waves,quale e' la tua traccia a cui sei piu' affezionato, che ha un significato piu' profondo?

Blind: Per me sono tre, Searching The Waves ovviamente perché è il singolo, su internet c’e’, anche su youtube.
Poi la prima traccia dell'album,When I Was 15: nel famoso tour del 2106 ho intervistato un ragazzo, Hassan, la cui storia mi ha toccato particolarmente e dato l'ispirazione.Scappò dal deserto del Mali, a 15 anni perché come tutti i primiogeniti era obbligato ad andare a fare la guerra, il padre lo ha aiutato a scappare è passato per varie peripezie che eviatiamo, ma abusi e quant’altro. In Italia continua poi a trovare predatori anche li, che sono la polizia stessa e i politici. E quindi è una metafora, una metafora di un cucciolo che scappa dal branco e da questi predatori e poi si chiede “dove sono il mio papà e la mia mamma”, perché nel deserto non hanno forme di comunicazione, non hanno telefono, non c’e’ nulla quindi i genitori stessi non sanno se Hassan è ancora vivo e lui non sa piu nulla della sua famiglia, e a 15 anni in Europa sei un bambino ancora, mi ha toccato talmente tanto che ho deciso di farci questo lavoro.
L’ultimo lavoro è la traccia 6 Bury the Weapons now.Ho intervistato una ragazza che lavora per l’istituto della pace di Barcellona,e lei ha fatto una investigazione su un traffico d’armi; di armi che vengono vendute nei paesi dove ci sono le guerre; che poi parlando un po fuori dai denti qua' il paradosso è chiudiamo frontiere però fabbrichiamo armi e le vendiamo.
E li abbiamo fatto una riflessione e abbiamo detto: facciamo questa traccia che questa cosa mi sembra importante, bisogna parlarne. Il paradosso è questo chiudiamo porti e frontiere però vendiamo armi, allora di che cosa stiamo parlando. 

Rql: E' un album che parla di temi attuali,di temi importanti in questo periodo storico , e noi lo stiamo vivendo ora.
Aspettiamo con emozione di ascoltare queste tre tracce; anche se il singolo che porta il titolo dell'album gia' lo conosciamo, ma sicuramente non vediamo l'ora di sentire tutte le tracce e riflettere su cosa succede nel mondo di oggi. Grazie.

Blind: Grazie a voi, appuntamento il 4 di Ottobre.

                                      Un mix di reggae ragamuffin e dub

La sensazione che si ha nell'ascolto sin dalla prima traccia, e' una perfetta sinergia tra sonorita'tipiche del reggae, sintetizzatore e riff di chitarra elettrica. Un mix di reggae,ragamuffin e dub.
Traccia dopo traccia, ci si abitua al suono dei diversi strumenti sapientemente inseriti nelle composizioni rendendole capaci di trasmettere emozioni e vibrazioni:dai fiati alle percussioni,ritmi sudamericani,accenni di flamenco e punk.Un album capace di coinvolgere l'ascoltatore trasportandolo all'interno dei testi,per i temi trattati e i messaggi trasmessi.