Friday, March 16, 2012

Gold Cup Records and Vibes Point present "So Precious" by PieroDread featuring Anthony B

Milan, Italy
PieroDread, Italian and European reggae artist debuts in 2012 with “So Precious”.  A single loaded with timely issues, the tune is in combination with international singjay Anthony B.

The sound is warm and draws from the beloved atmospheric roots of Jamaica's golden years. The music flows nicely. The lyrics, which are inspired by the scenes of the revolution in north Africa, are put in the foreground, warning of the political/social scene that will influence Europe in the coming years.

The two voices melt nicely together which brings you to the super guest who needs no introduction. The easily recognizable voice of Mr. Keith Blair, a.k.a. Anthony B, highlights the rage of a rebellious generation as only a soldier of Jah can do.He chants for unity of the people by means of peace and brotherhood.

The song is now available in all music stores online (iTunes, Soundquake, Amazon, Juno download/Juno records, Napster and more ...) and is the harbinger of a series of singles that PieroDread, the artist formerly known as the voice of the acclaimed Franziska band from Milan, will propose during 2012.

In respect for reggae tradition, the single is accompanied by a riddim and dub version, where the rhythms are intertwined with echo and reverb, creating analog-style sounds typical of the famous dub master Lee Perry.
Of note is the gorgeous a cappella track for DJs who like to produce remixes of other riddims to remix the vibes again. That single contains 4 tracks.

So Precious (Remixes) [feat. Anthony B.] - EP - PieroDread

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A-Train and Zion High to release real authentic roots compilation on April 3rd

JAH GOLDEN THRONE is a brand new various artist compilation for 2012 delivering a rich, full-bodied, and rootsy survey of the best in contemporary roots from the most respected voices and rising stars in reggae today. Featuring artists old and new from across the reggae spectrum, Zion High Productions presents an album of all original riddim tracks with studio work anchored by Zion I Kings (David “Jah David” Goldfine/ Zion High Productions, Alfred “Tippy” Laurent/ I Grade, and Andrew “Moon” Bain/ Lustre Kings). Staying true to the legacy of the music, JAH GOLDEN THRONE offers a seat at the reggae table where the roots of the music and the message stimulate heart, mind and soul.
Conventional wisdom maintains that ‘music has no boundaries’. In Jamaica, traditional African-derived drumming styles and mento melded with rhythm and blues, jazz and latin music to form a distinctive and transcendent pop music –first ska, then rocksteady, reggae, and dancehall. The resilient expansiveness of Jamaican music is communicated by its artists as a philosophy–independent, triumphant and forward thinking. It was inevitable then that boundary-crossing and similarly independent-oriented A Train Entertainment would hitch itself to the Caribbean vibe. This energy is communicated quite clearly with the upcoming release on April 3rd of JAH GOLDEN THRONE, the result of a new relationship between A Train and the leading contemporary roots reggae production house, Zion High Productions (ZHP).
Standout tracks from leaders of the new school of reggae singers and chanters including Rastafarian standard bearers like the young veteran Lutan Fyah (“Race Of Life”), Messenjah Selah (“Life Is To Live”) and the Virgin Islands’ native son, Pressure (“Culture InnaYuh Face”). Vocalists such as Toussaint(“Crown I Got”) and Arkaingelle (“Y Shood Yee”) represent the soulful side of the roots of reggae whileJahdan Blakkamoore adds a progressive and truly multidimensional imprint on “World Needs Love”.  Long established artists are equally well represented with essential contributions from former Stevie Wonder bandmate, Glen Washington (“Fall On Me”), Lloyd Brown (“Just So That You Know”) and Rasta elder General Jah Mikey (“Set A Way”). President Brown (“Towerful”)  and Marcia Ball(“Nowhere To Run”) capture the social and inspirational element of contemporary reggae.
Other notable tracks include the British invasion of ‘lovers’ reggae singer Lloyd Brown in combination with renowned UK toaster, Tippa Irie, on “Make It Work”. Jah Bless blows sax on the instrumental “Highway To Zion”, and lesser known, but sure and effective vocalists Chet Samuels (“Empress Omega”) and Mr. Mention (“Showers Of Blessings”) give a hint of what the future has in store. Closing out the album, pioneering toaster U Roy joins forces with the soothing vocals of the veteran singer Cornel Campbellon “Babylon You Wrong” — their first-ever studio collaboration — a fitting capstone to a milestone-making album.
Zion High’s Elliot Leib notes that the release of JAH GOLDEN THRONE  marks not only the start of the new digital distribution agreement between ZHP and A-Train, but one that emphasizes the musical strengths of each. “We’re building an exciting partnership with Zion High Productions and A Train Entertainment coming together. From its independence to its commitment to artistic creativity, which are also determining factors in reggae music, the synergy with A-Train has no boundaries,” says Leib.
A-Train’s CEO, Al Evers, doesn’t miss the significance of reaching out to roots reggae music fans who share the company’s mission. Evers explains how, “A Train’s core objective is to help bring forward independent music in a way that stays true to the artistic process while maximizing the audience’s access to the significant artists of our time. I am looking forward to watching the relationship between Zion High Production and A-Train accelerate appreciation for roots reggae and independent musicians worldwide.”

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Freedom Shines Riddim from Truckback Records

Tarrus leads the way with the tune 'Original Dancehall'.
Truckback Records has released a brand new version of one of dancehall reggae's best loved rub-a-dub riddims, Freedom Blues, to mark the 50th  anniversary of Jamaican Independence in 2012. Starting with the bubbling, seductive melodies and bass line originally made a staple of Jamaican dancehalls by Pinchers, Admiral Tibet, Ninja Man, and Brigadier Jerry, Truckback producers Adrian and Steve Locke injected the dancehall classic with up-to-the-time vibes for Jamaica's biggest stars. Now, for the first time, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Busy Signal, Warrior King, and Turbulence contributed contemporary narratives and are excited to team up with Truckback on this brand new commemorative release called "Freedom Shines", that will connect longtime dancehall fans and the newest generations. Truckback's Steve Locke says the Freedom Shines Riddim is one way for Jamaica's older and younger generations to come together through 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, Busy, Gyptian, Warrior, and Turbulence loved the idea of reintroducing a classic with a special spin on it." Indeed, freedom certainly shines on Truckback's first release of 2012.

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