Saturday, 15 March 2014
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Reggae music is very much alive, and this piece is dedicated to celebrating just that. A few months back, I discovered a mixtape which has not only supplied me with great listening pleasure, but one that has also caused me to reflect. This mixtape entitled Back To Roots Volume 1 is brought to us by a very competent musician going by the name of Clay, and is one that you simply cannot afford to leave out of your music collection.
Already withholding an impressive list of musical accomplishments, some may say that the release of Clay’s debut mixtape was well overdue, but the most important thing is that it has arrived. With this mixtape, I was initially lured in by Clay’s sweet and mellow vocals with his rendition of a classic Bob Marley hit. However as I continued to listen, the originality and uniqueness of this artist’s talent became more and more evident. With my only criticism of the mixtape being that it isn’t long enough, it would be safe to conclude that I am now a supporter of the Clay movement, and cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next. For now, check out the video to Trodding which you will find featured on the mixtape.
Having released a compilation of such quality as his debut mixtape, I can firmly say that his aspirations of becoming an icon within the music industry are very much within his capabilities, and we definitely look forward to more and more of Clay in 2014.
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Monday, 10 March 2014
November 2013 saw the release of Christopher Ellis’ debut EP entitled Better Than Love. It would be an understatement to refer to the release as ‘long awaited,’ because there is no denying that this compilation was heavily sought for by people worldwide for a very long time. If the first single from the EP which was too entitled Better Than Love was anything to go by, we knew that we were in for a real treat.
On this EP, we see Christopher exhibit his talents on riddims produced by none other than Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. With the release coming from the Ghetto Youths International camp, we did expect an EP which spoke volumes in terms of quality, but never really knew what to expect musically, as a result of some of Christopher’s most recent releases. Having already breached any boundaries that we may have had in place for the singer, this EP has seen Christopher return to the traditional reggae and rocksteady sound that we first associated him with. The riddims themselves encompass a much more classic reggae sound, as a result of the authenticity in the way in which they were recorded. In accordance with this, this 5 track EP seems to emphasise the natural essence of Christopher Ellis’ vocals that we have fallen in love with over the years, all through the means of his very own songwriting.
Commenting on his debut EP, Ellis has added that he is very pleased with the final outcome, as well as the support which he has received for it over the last few months. In fact, the support has been so tremendous that it has seen the EP topping iTunes charts in various parts of the World. On top of this, he has added that the EP’s fundamental purpose is not for financial profit, but is for the love of music and the convenience of his supporters. Available for purchase across a number of platforms, this EP is one that can be said to be ‘easy on the pocket,’ and a significant mark in Christopher’s musical journey thus far. I personally still can’t wait for the debut album, but if I do know anything about this artist, it is that quality will always outweigh quantity, as is reflected in his releases to date.
Having gone quiet for a number of months and leaving us with not much more than kisses for breakfast early in the morning, Lea-Anna dropped her debut mixtape Take Control in the latter part of 2013 as the year drew to a close.
Whilst this artist has previously introduced us to her sound with a few tracks, Take Control is the first real compilation of tracks that really showcases what this young lady is all about. Over the 18 tracks of this EP, I feel that Lea-Anna manages to reveal a very sassy and creative side that can adapt to a number of genres, but one that the listeners have not had the chance to become acquainted with just yet. Exhibiting this style over some very familiar, well-loved riddims courtesy of Wundah, this mixtape has proved to be an eye-opener for some, but for many, a reminder to keep a close eye on this lady.
It has to be said that one of my favourite aspects of this project was seeing Lea-Anna stepping out of the Dancehall genre and exploring more, which has most certainly added to the creative flair of this mixtape. In fact, this seems to insinuate that future projects from Lea-Anna may very well entail other genres, but only time will tell. I guess until then, we will have to stay tuned to see what moves she makes next as she continues to take control.
Download the Take Control mixtape here.
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