This week Reggae In NYC met up with VP Records at a listening party for Jamaican Producer Bulby York's Debut LP Epic & Ting. The new LP is a diverse Reggae & EDM compilation featuring a host of Jamaican superstars including: Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Tenor Saw, Assassin, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jesse Royal, Maxi Priest, Cherine, Sizzla & Busy Signal.
Producer and engineer Collin "Bulby" York rallies Jamaican superstars - Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Tenor Saw, Assassin, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jesse Royal, Maxi Priest, Cherine, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Lutan Fyah and more - for his debut album Epic & Ting, out May 13, 2016 on VP Records. Bulby's sound spans multiple genres - merging reggae, dancehall, dub and EDM into a style of his own.
As one of Jamaica's most in-demand studio men, the Kingston-born producer has put his touch on signature dancehall records by Sean Paul, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man and also worked with the who's who of pop music, including No Doubt, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Madonna. After years of bringing other people's projects to life, Bulby now has a masterpiece he can call his own in Epic & Ting.
The album features a mixture of reggae staples (Sizzla, Maxi Priest) and up-and-coming talents (Lennox, Ch'an) from across the Caribbean. "The concept is me being the artiste/producer who makes the beats and gets the best songs with talented artistes from the Caribbean," he told the Jamaica Observer. "It is similar to a David Guetta or a Calvin Harris project."
Fans of reggae music will be treated to some truly epic collaborations. "Anything Goes"teams dancehall warlord Bounty Killer with the King of Jamaican Lovers Rock, Beres Hammond. On "Whom Shall I Fear," he pairs dancehall boss (and Kanye and Kendrick collaborator) Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco with some lost vocals from Tenor Saw, the late icon known for "Ring the Alarm." And "Soul Almighty" makes the unexpected connection between up-and-coming conscious crooner Jesse Royal and Lee "Scratch" Perry.
"This album has a lot of different vibes on it," Bulby explains. "I want people to put this album on and get the urge to go to work or school with a positive attitude. It can be played while you're working out in the gym, or just driving to the grocery store. I think it's the perfect vibes builder."
Bulby got his start inside King Tubby's Waterhouse studio in Kingston, Jamaica, learning the ropes from the iconic dubmaster himself. He went on to mix records top Jamaican producers like Winston Riley, Steely and Clevie as well as Sly and Robbie, who tapped him to engineer their original reggae productions as well as remixes for international artists like Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O'Connor. In the 90s, Bulby created the Hot Wax riddim, an inventive dancehall production which spawned Bounty Killer's "Suspense" and Beenie Man's "Memories" The riddim can still be felt today as "Memories" was recently sampled by Kanye West for "I'm In It," a standout track from 2013's critically-acclaimed Yeezus album. As dancehall sounds went mainstream in the early 2000s, Bulby was right in the mix, engineering tracks for No Doubt's double-platinum rocksteady album, as well as Sean Paul's era-defining dancehall classic, Dutty Rock. As his reputation grew internationally, he also began to travel as a live engineer, which he continues to do to this day with the likes of Michael Franti andSpearhead, among others.
Bulby will tour with Michael Franti this summer in support of the release. Tour dates will be announced at a later date.
Album Track Listing:
1. Psalm 21 (Praises) ft. Sizzla
2. All Night Long ft. Maxi Priest & Brigadier Jerry
3. Anything Goes ft. Beres Hammond & Bounty Killer
4. Babylon Shame ft. Anthony Redrose
5. Held Down ft. Lutan Fyah
6. Let You Go ft. Lennox
7. Whom Shall I Fear ft. Tenor Saw & Assassin (Agent Sasco)
8. Trippin ft. Ch'An
9. Long Distance Love ft. Eric Bellinger & Candy Gloster
10. Moola ft. Cherine
11. Streets ft. Busy Signal
12. Soul Almighty ft. Lee "Scratch" Perry & Jesse Royal