“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many inuences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” - The New Yorker
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against the next Iraq War four years before it started. A decade later, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, called the CD “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals' fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” warned against border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president.
New York, NY- Hailing from Tanzania East Africa, Universal Africa recording artist Diamond Platnumz (real name Nasibu Abdul Juma) has permeated the African market with his unique afro-beats, bongo music style and has recently released his new video “HALLELUJAH” with Grammy award winning reggae band Morgan Heritage. Amassing over 6 million views in only three weeks, the video broke the record previously held by Wiz Kid and Drake, for fastest views on YouTube for an African artist with 2 million in the first two days alone.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (MPR Consulting) - Since singer-songwriter, vocalist Oneil Peart and drummer, percussionist Christopher Downer embarked on their new soulful journey with Myal Soul (formerly No-maddz), a musical rebirth has delivered a distinctive cutting edge sound, the latter displayed on the singles "Slow Wine" and "You and I Can Make It".
With "Slow Wine", Myal Soul has managed to retain their authentic reggae essence, yet fuse Soul, Funk and R&B smooth riffs, upbeat percussion, unique guitar style paired with sultry vocal fluctuations, rhythmic chants and thoughtful lyrics that appeal to music lovers worldwide without pretense. "Slow Wine is a love song. The aim was to create a song that had an international appeal with a predominantly Jamaican style of course. We needed a song to show the versatility to our existing audiences who already knew us from the No-maddz era." explained Slow Wine's writer O'neil.
New York, NY- Reggae artist Jah9 has released her new single “Feel Good”, the first single off her upcoming EP on VP Records. The Clive Hunt produced song is a feel-good, soulful track that introduces a new sound to the reggae roots and dub songstress.
The song which states “Things that make your body feel good” in the melodic hook puts an emphasis on the notion of self-love and self-care. “We must examine the things we put into our bodies and minds and ensure that they add value and do not take away our strength and peace,” said Jah9 on the meaning of the lyrics.
The lively young duo known as The Ries Brothers are gearing up to self-release their first full-length offering, The View From The Outside, out now, available everywhere. This youthful and dynamic literal band of brothers are geared up to make a major splash upon release, already making an impression on and opening for legendary artists like CHICAGO (for two tours), Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers), REO Speedwagon, Daughtry, and funk gods Sly’s The Family Stone. The band’s mix of rock, blues, funk, and reggae is on full display throughout the album’s 13 contemporary tracks.
Vancouver artist/producer Gisto has revealed the details for his upcoming new album "OMW" ", which is scheduled for aDecember 1st release date via Slammin Media in conjunction with Historical Records. GISTO's versatile style that combines Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, and trap that is uniquely his on "OMW. The video "OMW" can be seen online at https://youtu.be/YGbpaLE8SN0.
TRADITION AND INNOVATION COLLIDE IN LATIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER VICTOR RICE’S FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY 15 YEARS
SMOKE, A FINE BLEND OF SAMBA AND ROCKSTEADY, HITS SOUNDSYSTEMS NOVEMBER 3RD VIA EASY STAR RECORDS
Latin GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, producer, and musician Victor Rice is gearing up to release his first solo album in almost 15 years. The subtly-complex elegance of Smoke provides a rich smoothness made available through tastemaker label Easy Star Records on November 3rd. Smoke takes Rice’s knowledge from experience across a realm of genres and cultures and rolls it all into a consistent line of thought, resulting in a fusion Rice identifies as “samba rocksteady,” or SRS. Victor stated his goal for the album “was about finding a way to fuse two different styles of music and dance from the 1960’s, Brazilian samba-rock and Jamaican rocksteady.”
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 are now available for pre-order and will be released for physical worldwide distribution on November 17th.
Volume 57 features new and exclusive dancehall such as “Roll Clean” from Masicka, “Hot Gal” from DJ Spooky, and “Time Up” from current dancehall sensation Shenseea. Also from Shenseea is ‘Movie’, the remix to ‘Loodi’ – the smash single with Vybz Kartel which amassed over 11 million views on Youtube. Alkaline’s “Pretty Girl Team” which has amassed over 12 million views on its audio only song and Ding Dong’s “Fling (Yuh Shoulda)” which recently went viral with reggae sensation Chronixx doing the dance. The energetic ‘Skank & Rave’ by Beenie Man, Voicemail, Ding Dong add tremendous energy while ’21’ by Dexta Daps add the smooth rhythmic vibes. Stonebwoy’s ‘My Name’ rounds out the album with the hot afro-beats jam.
Recently taking social media by storm with her acoustic tribute to Usain Bolt, 17 years old Mikayla "Koffee" Simpson haunting and mesmerizing rich soulful voice as captured the attention of reggae music lovers worldwide.
Under the guidance of her manager Caniggia Palmer, Koffee recently released her official debut single and video "Burning". The reggae production on famed Upsetta Records "Ouji Riddim" also features such reggae stars as Grammy award singer Mykal Rose, billboard charting Busy Signal among others. Koffee the lone female on the riddim, stands out with her infectious delivery and prolific lyrics.
On a riddim filled with male established artists, Upsetta Records Thomas Dubee explained why they took a chance on the young budding star who had yet recorded professionally.
"Between the soulful depth of Koffee’s voice and her natural & humble vibes, you would never know Koffee was 17. Age was never a question or hesitation for us. We also never perceived working with Koffee as chance. The first time I heard Koffee’s voice, I did not make it through the entire song one time before emailing her camp for a chance to collaborate. We’re always keeping our ears out for new talent and I immediately knew producing any song by Koffee would result in greatness. Burning is a strong indication that intuition was accurate."
A KINGSTON STORY: COME FROM FARDUE OUT NOW ON EASY STAR RECORDS
Assimilated into music at an early age thanks to father and bassist Courtney Panton Sr, New York-based trio of brothers New Kingston have emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the reggae scene. Their prolific nature, both on the road and in studio, is once more on display in the form of their new release A Kingston Story: Come From Far, out August 25th, 2017 on tastemaker label Easy Star Records, accompanied by more extensive touring.