Sunday, February 02, 2014

Tarrus Turns Up Rocksteady

Reggae vocalist Tarrus Riley, son of classic Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, drops his latest album Love Situation, Tuesday February 4 (VP Records). The highly anticipated full length sees the Tarrus exploring rocksteady-inspired ballads, including adapting The Gaylads "ABC Rocksteady" as "1-2-3 I Love You," and sampling familiar Treasure Isle Records melodies.

Guest artists include both legends and newer names: U Roy, Konshens, Big Youth, Dean Fraser (on saxophone) and Whippa Demus.

The rich, melodic production was overseen by Fraser of Cannon Productions and Shane Brown of Jukeboxx principally.

In many ways Tarrus is continuing the traditions set down by  timeless Jamaican vocalists like Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond who've managed to bring a classy soulful and lasting quality to their songs. This is a very good situation!

Check out the preview clip below.