Monday, January 30, 2012

Royal Video and the Sounds of Freedom

Jesse Royal, a singer from the Xterminator Records camp, keeps the memory of recently departed producer Philip "FatisBurrell fresh with the release of his new video "One Eye Open." 

The track, recorded on the Danger In Your Face riddim, is one of Burrell's final productions before his untimely passing. The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica by Royal Ras Production and directed/editted by Samo 'Kush-I' Johnson. Watch it below at the end of this post.

Freedom Shines is the excellent new riddim set from Jamaica's Truckback camp. An interpretation of Roy Richards' dearly beloved instrumental track ("Freedom Blues"), Truckback producers Steve and Adrian Locke invited some of reggae's finest talent to record on the new version. 

The riddim also pays homage to earlier dancehall licks of the instrumental popular during the late-80s and '90s. The Locke brothers chose the historic melody to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, coming up August 6, 2012.

In a press release Steve Locke commented that Freedom Shines riddim is one way for Jamaica's older and younger generations to come together through the music. "Going into the project, we wanted to use the power of music to unite Jamaica. Freedom Shines brings together the old and the new -- everything old is new again!"  Adrian Locke adds,  "Tarrus, Gyptian, Busy, Warrior and Turbulence loved the idea of reintroducing a classic with a special spin on it."  Follow @truckbackrecord on Twitter.

Track Listing:
Tarrus Riley - Original Dancehall
Busy Signal - Tell Dem Already
Gyptian - In My Arms
Warrior King - Time & Wisdom
Turbulence - Respect Woman

17 North Parade Records also looks back historically at Jamaica's dancehall music origins with the new release Live At The Turntable Club, out January 24 for the first time on CD. 

Produced and recorded in 1974 by Niney The Observer Turntable Club is the first Jamaican recording of live reggae music. A taste of the creative atmosphere in Kingston clubs at the time, the set features live performances from Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, Big Youth backed by the Soul Syndicate band

The songs were mixed by King Tubby at his renowned studio on Dromilly Avenue and mastered in London at The Beatles’ Apple Studio on Saville Row. The new CD collection includes an interview with Turntable club owner Winston “Merritone” Blake

Catch rising dancehall artist Konshens when he rolls through California in March. His recent singles “Good Girl Gone Bad” and “The Realest Song” are still getting lots of club and radio spins internationally. Konshens' strong, distinctive voice and thought-provoking lyrical content has made him a go-to artists for producers and labels like Jam II, Jukeboxx and Maximum Sound.  There are still a few bookings left for the tour. Interested promoters can contact RudeGal Entertainment for more information.

Jesse Royal – One Eye Open (Official Video) Xterminator Productions