Sunday, 24 February 2013

Etana - Better Tomorrow - Review

By simply looking at her name; Etana which translates from it's Swahili origin to meaning 'The Strong One,' we instantly begin to see the courage and strength that Shauna McKenzie carries with her throughout this journey that we call life. Having recognised the power of music and it's widespread influence in the early 2000's, Etana has continued to combine her desire to bring forth change with her distinctively sweet vocals and her natural, cultural presence.

Whilst her raw talent has previously been exhibited on her debut album 'The Strong One' and once more on the sophomore album 'Free Expressions,' the new album 'Better Tomorrow' is said to be her most confident and cohesive collection of work to date. Recorded at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong Studios, this album saw Etana team up with Shane C. Brown of Kingston’s Juke Boxx Productions (one of the producers behind Busy Signal's "Reggae Music Again,") and Stanley “Rellee” Hayden of New York’s A Team Music. Stating herself that she “wanted this album to feel like a concert performance and have everything go together, like chapters in a book, with all of the tracks played live by musicians (not digitally generated),” it is of no surprise that we have been presented with such a masterpiece.

With each track telling a story of an experience or withholding a moral, the exquisite songwriting which we often associate with Etana has to be applauded once again.  Featuring the hit Reggae which was also featured on the 3 track digital EP released back in November, the album entails tracks Better Tomorrow; encouraging the celebration of life's blessings which we often take for granted, 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over) which is already obtaining a lot of attention worldwide, and more personal tracks such as Til' You Get Old where Etana makes a moving pledge of love to her infant daughter, this album is a must-have for your music collection.  

Overall, the positive vibrations that are instilled within this album are truly uplifting and inspirational to anyone who is willing to lend an earI was personally captured from the moment that I pressed play on the very first track Spoken Soul where we see Etana speaking from the soul discussing life as it is today.
"In these selfish, sexual and demonic days, young minds find it hard to concentrate, cyan (can’t) meditate, confused, drowning in electro waves/in everything there is good and bad but everything in due time and due season, which is the reason I say there’ll come a time to sing a brand new song, there’ll be Better Tomorrow."
Together, we can bring about a better tomorrow.

Etana - Better Tomorrow
UK Release Date: Monday 25th February 2013
Purchase on iTunes (UK) here
Find 'The Strong One' on Facebook & Twitter


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Busy Signal - Royal Night (Official Video)

Busy Signal - Royal Night
Produced by Juke Boxx Productions & Penthouse Records
VP Records
Purchase on iTunes (UK)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Christopher Ellis ft Bay C - Don't Change Your Number (Official Video)

Christopher Ellis ft Bay C - Don't Change Your Number
Ghetto Youths International
Purchase on iTunes (UK)

Konshens - Jiggle (Official Video)

Konshens - Jiggle
The Baddest Riddim
Purchase on iTunes (UK)

Christopher Martin - Fi Mi Friend Dem (Official Video)

Christopher Martin - Fi Mi Friend Dem
Corner Shop Riddim
Produced by Adde & 21st Hapilos Digital
Purchase on iTunes (UK)


Monday, 4 February 2013

Romain Virgo - Rich in Love (Live Performance)

Not really needing an introduction, this performance from Jamaican singing sensation Romain Virgo has been stuck in my head for the past week. The track which he performs entitled 'Rich in Love' is actually featured on his latest album 'The System,' but there is definitely something about this performance that almost makes it feel like a new song altogether.

Romain Virgo - Rich in Love
Live at Miss Lily's, NYC 

Friday, 1 February 2013

Gyptian - Wine Slow (Official Video)

You may recall me writing about this riddim some months ago when it first came out whereby I called it my riddim of the month. In actual fact, Rio Riddim has turned out to be one of my favourite riddims to come out of 2012, and moreover, one of my all time favourites produced by Rvssian. With consistency across the riddim in terms of the different tracks featured on it, this particular track voiced by Gyptian really is something special. I could definitely wine slow to this one...

Gyptian - Wine Slow
Rio Riddim
Produced by Rvssian (Head Concussion Records)
Purchase Wine Slow on iTunes (UK)