THE EXPANDERS CELEBRATE SECOND CONSECUTIVE #1 BILLBOARD REGGAE RELEASE “OLD TIME SOMETHING COME BACK AGAIN, VOL. 2”
Now celebrating their second consecutive #1 Billboard Reggae Album following 2015’s Hustling Culture, The Expanders’ Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 sees the band reaching another impressive #1 milestone in the midst of their “Roots Train Fall Tour” with Iya Terra & For Peace Band, running through the end of October.
The Expanders consist of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organs), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals). Pristine three-part harmonies shine throughout the band’s entire catalog, bringing back memories of the nostalgic “golden age” of reggae. As ardent students of the genre, the California-based band seeks influence from places, times, and people that are often overlooked in the echo chamber that can be the American reggae scene.
Stick Figure teamed up with Humboldt's Finest Farms to bring you batch 004 of the "Stick Figure Sour." This limited edition drop is available exclusively in California and features compostable, recyclable packaging consisting of pre-roll 6 packs & pre boxed 1/8ths. This hybrid sativa was grown in Humboldt County and is powered by only sun, soil and rainwater. The fusion of these two brands is a nod to the ability of both to push the envelope and expand beyond traditional boundaries.
Internationally renowned Jamaican artist Jesse Royal will release his first album Lily of Da Valley via Easy Star Records on October 6th, 2017. After multiple successful singles and mixtapes, including the breakthrough song “Modern Day Judas,” which has over 10 mil YouTube views, the 14-track Lily of Da Valley marks Jesse’s debut full-length release.
Recognized by Vogue and Vice for his vital role in the current burgeoning Jamaican reggae scene, Jesse Royal’s music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond. Life as a globetrotter has opened up Royal’s worldview, which shines through in his lyrical stylings. The 28-year old Royal uses his music to push for positive changes, returning to the roots first planted by legends like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jacob Miller, in a pop culture climate that seems to praise and reward narcissistic, material-driven personalities.
New York, NY- VP Records’ iconic “Strictly the Best” compilation series is back with two new albums (Volume 56 & 57) that set the standard in today’s hottest Reggae and Dancehall music. Both volumes will be available for physical worldwide distribution on November 17th. Volume 56 is now available for pre-order.
Volume 56 features current and emerging lover’s rock and roots reggae jams such as “Trouble” from Romain Virgo and “Better than the Stars” from Christopher Martin, in addition to exclusives such as “This Is Love” from Gentleman, “Smile from Jah-Lil, and “No Soul, No Heart, No Love” from Junior Kelly. Other standouts include ‘Hustling’ by Huntington Beach California based band Simpkin Project who recently released their album “Beam of Light” on Dub Rockers label (A VP Records imprint) on September 29th. Newcomer Spiritual’s passionate ‘Time has Come’ is also a gem on the compilation. A new remix to ‘Would you Love Me’ by Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah featuring Brazil's Cidade Negra and Queen Ifrica’s ‘All That I’m Asking’ and more bring the album full circle.
Huntington Beach, CA- Orange county’s Simpkin Project are proud to announce the release date for their upcoming album Beam of Light. The six-piece band will release their fourth studio album on September 29, 2017 on VP Records’ Dub Rockers imprint. Pre-orders launch on August 11th.
The Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae, blues, rock, and Americana, steeped in soulful harmonies that varies greatly on its exterior layers, but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising…blending authentic roots reggae rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style.” The lyrical compositions of frontman Phil Simpkin range “from the simply truthful to the stirringly anthemic.” The SoCal based band has devoted themselves to reggae since they came together in the early aughts. Phil Simpkin and Shawn Taylor, co-lead vocalists, have been with the band since its inception when they opened for Steel Pulse, which somewhat unbelievably served as the band’s first live performance. As they said when they signed with VP Records/Dub Rockers, “We love reggae music period. What other genre of music exists solely as the vehicle that carries with it messages of peace, positive vibes, respect, love, empowerment and spiritualism?”
New York, NY- Grammy® winning artist Estelle will be performing this Saturday, September 30th at the annual Circle of Sisters (COS) event, the largest expo for women of color. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from 10am to 10pm, the massive event is produced and hosted by WBLS-FM, HOT 97, WLIB – AM and Emmis Communications. COS hosts a variety of panel discussions, seminars, food tastings, concerts and a fashion show in addition to over 200 vendors and small businesses selling unique items and services.
MARCHING ORDERS – THE REGGAE POWERHOUSE’S FOURTH ALBUM - SET TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 20, VIA EASY STAR RECORDS
Reggae fans have reason to get excited. It’s been four years since The Greenreleased Hawai’i ’13, which further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best in the genre and won the group an unprecedented three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in its home state of Hawaii. The Green have now released the second single and title track off of the new album “Marching Orders,” out now on all major digital outlets (stream here). Marching Orders is due out October 20th through longtime label partner Easy Star Records. Pre-orders are available here: http://www.thegreen808.com/.
NEW YORK, NY- VP Records is excited to announce the official Reggae Gold 2017 Album Release Party this Friday September 29th at Grey Dolphin Lounge in Queens. The party will feature a live set from powerhouse reggae singer, Ikaya who has an exclusive track on the compilation, ‘Leave you Alone’ featuring Jesse Royal. Junior Key (Stateside Revolution) will provide music and additional performances by VPAL (VP Record’s subsidiary label) artists Jahmika, Duane Pressure and Da Professor will start the night. Doors open at 7pm and showtime is at 11pm.
NEW YORK, NY- It’s not every day you have the opportunity to sail away with a few of reggae, dancehall and soca greats. Staging their second annual Love and Harmony Cruise, Rockers Island Entertainment, in association with Best of the Best Entertainment and Massive B, are proud to announce the complete line up for Love and Harmony Caribbean Cruise, set to sail from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, March 24th – March 29th 2018.
Brought to you by the esteemed promoters of Best of the Best Music Fest, who recently celebrated 11 years of success, the Love and Harmony Caribbean Cruise is the perfect getaway to share with friends, family and loved ones. The six days, 5 nights cruise consist of 10 parties, 4 concerts and a comedy show along with international DJs to keep you entertained all day.
NEW YORK, NY- New York, NY- On November 3rd, VP Records/17 North Parade will release “Havana Meets Kingston.” The innovative, culture-centric album pairs legendary and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians to reimagine classic songs and create new compositions, infused with Jamaican reggae and dancehall, traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Produced by Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer Mista Savona (aka Jake Savona), ‘Havana Meets Kingston’ is the first full-length project to present the blended sounds of these two distinct island nations supported by an all-star cast of musicians.