lunedì 20 gennaio 2020

Christos DC releases fifth album Self Evident

Soulful-toned roots reggae singer Christos DC unveils his new album Self Evident via his own Honest Music imprint. The ten-song project is signposted by first single I Reserve The Right featuring Brazil's Dada Yute.
Two years in the making, Self Evident is the Greek-American singer-songwriter and producer's most profound and traditionally roots reggae album to date. Across ten tracks, Christos' plaintive, delicate voice mingles with a colourful palette of soft yet crisp horns, blissful, celestial guitars, "question and answer" percussion, and gently insistent drum and bass.
In keeping their writer's Greek heritage, the lyrics ask big philosophical questions, encouraging more understanding of life's intricacies. Silence examines the role of saying nothing in our interactions, echoing the Greek philosopher Aristotle in valuing deeds over than words (and closing with a refrain reminiscent of ska classic Wings Of A Dove). Better To Be Free is a rumination on the concept of liberty, ranking it as more important than familiarity or security.
The free-flowing nature of Christos' music is mirrored by his global choice of guests. Amsterdam's Skankin Monks provide the rhythm for Better To Be Free, while Florence Italy's deDUBros supply the backdrop to Be Wise. The sole vocal combination is socially conscious single I Reserve The Right, enlisting a fellow striking vocalist, Sao Paulo’s rising star Dada Yute.
The title track will already be known to fans of the World A Reggae riddim - produced by Poland’s K-Jah Sound and commissioned by World A Reggae online magazine. Closing plea In Peace was co-produced by Tomasz Wojcik, also from Poland, featuring players from the Maleo Reggae Rockers. The Self Evident project was mixed by St Croix dub-master Laurent Tippy Alfred, celebrated for his work with the late Vaughn Benjamin of Akae Beka.
"I have always had a love for old-school reggae and this is reflected in the sound of this album" says Christos of his project. "Horn sections have become quite an integral part of my sound and they play a strong role. I made no attempt to create a modern sound as an organic feel seemed to really suit the project. The songs are quite philosophical in nature dealing with themes such as the connection between our heart and mind. As well as the meaning of silence in our human engagements."
Unified in sound and steeped in feeling, Self Evident dwells in that increasingly rare enclave of soulful, restorative and replenishing cultural reggae music. It's an album that gently ushers you into a deeper, more introspective world. And, as its name suggests, it only needs to be heard to make its truths clear…
Self Evident is available on iTunes and Amazon and the CD format is on sale on Christos DC Bandcamp page.

All songs produced by Christos DC except tracks 2 and 5 produced by Christos DC & The Skankin Monks; track 5 produced by Christos DC & deDUBros; track 10 produced by Christos DC & Tomasz Wojcik.
Mix engineer: Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred for all songs except track 3 and 6 mixed by Sander Baas.
Mastering engineer: Justin Weis - Traxwork.
Publisher: Honest Music DC (ASCAP).
Executive Produced by Christos DC & Honest Music.
Artwork by: Maria Papaefstathiou /

venerdì 17 gennaio 2020

Blind Channel announces 3rd album

Blind Channel, the violent pop band from Finland, just announced their long awaited 3rd album "Violent Pop" which will be released on the 6th of march. It is already possible to pre-order the album -> here

We already had the possibility to have a taste of the album since it was preceded by 5 singles;
Over my dead body, Time bomb ft. Alex Mattson, Snake ft GG6 (from Amaranthe),Died enough for you and Fever which was just released a couple of weeks ago.  

Also to add to the incredible album release announcement, Blind Channel will be heading around Europe with a tour with the Swedish metal band Amaranthe and one headlining tour in clubs all over Germany

Here the tour dates with Amaranthe

 20/01 Dornbirn (AT) - Conrad Sohm
 27/01 Linz (AT) - Posthof Zeitkultur am Hafen
03/02 Monthey (CH) - Pont Rouge Monthey 

10/02 Eindhoven (NL) -Effenaar                                  
13/02 Kardstad (SWE) -Nöjesfabriken

And here are the dates of the headline gigs in Germany 

31/01 Cologne - Tsunami Club
01/02 Mannheim - 7ER club
07/02 Berlin - Cassiopea 
08/02 Stuttgart - ClubCann
09/02 Hamburg - Marias Ballroom 

Seeing these tour dates around Europe, and the 3rd album coming out makes me think back on the first time I saw Blind Channel it was 2016, I remember thinking "mhh this guys will make great things in the future".  They are a huge inspiration for me and I guess for many young people. Keep it up guys <3 

venerdì 10 gennaio 2020

The Lambsbread presents Pass Me The Fire

Hawaii’s reggae family The Lambsbread present their new single Pass Me The Fire, leading up to the forthcoming album release in 2020.
A blazing roots track, and lyrically a scathing commentary of the system. teaming up once again with veteran bass player Chris Meredith, the bassline is heavy, and moves the track. Composed by Jacob Selassie, and mixed by Samuel Levi, children of singers Kaya and Nadia, the Lambsbread family once again delivers some quality roots reggae music for the massive. 
“From the minute you hear the keyboard skank come to the moment you feel the first bass note drop, the vibes are set for a track of epic proportion. As the singing comes in you are immediately drawn to the lyrics and the melody: Pass me the fire, make me burn dem down to ash” explains Kaya.
Pass Me The Fire, which will soon include a new video clip, is available on all digital platforms, distributed by Zojak Worldwide.


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.