International Superstar Sean Paul Leads Star Studded Lineup on “Swiss Cheese Riddim”Armed with an arsenal of multi-platinum hits in his discography, 6 times GRAMMY luminary Sean Paul knows how to deliver the hits, and such is the intent with his newest release “Swiss Cheese Riddim” produced by Dutty Rock Productions, the label owned and founded by the music icon himself.Sean who has previously collaborated with Beyonce, Sia, Idris Elba, Rihanna and more, enlisted a star studded cast of the biggest names in Reggae and Dancehall music forthis project spearheaded by his production team of Sean himself, News, Jig Zag and Copper Shaun. “Swiss Cheese riddim” features Sean Paul himself with the track “Make the Ting Tense”, multi-Grammy winner Shaggy featuring billboard star Gyptian “We Can Do This”, Dancehall and Reggae star Agent Sasco “Swiss Cheese N Cheddar”, Grammy nominated Reggae star Sizzla “A Better Way Out”, fan favorite Dancehall artist Ding Dong ”Doin It Big”, Reggae soulful crooner Christopher Martin “Smiling Is Ez” and popular entertainer and rising artist Chi Ching Ching with “Hot Like Peppaseed”.As fans excitedly waited on this latest project, the dancehall superstar explained the inspiration for the playful “Swiss Cheese Riddim” name. “The riddim was named after a line in Ding Dong song Titled -Doing It Big. In his pre-chorus he says Big Bank, Swiss Cheese, and as we heard the line we gravitated to it and said Yes that the name of the riddim.””Sean’s track was actually inspired by Shenseea who first recorded on the riddim setting off the star studded domino effect as well as his oh so familiar vibe and style to make the female body move to his sound…… and just like many other track he displays his admiration for the ladies.” stated News, Dutty Rock Productions label manager and producer.”Swiss Cheese Riddim” is available December 4th, on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets through ONEprm https://onerpm.ffm.to/swisscheese
VP Records releases Dancehall Anthems, a set of new recordings that paints a 2020 portrait of classic Reggae and Dancehall Anthems from the golden era of the 70’s and 90’s. This project brings fresh perspectives and voices to timeless classics. Some of the compositions have a storied history with VP Records and others are meaningful to the genre.
The album, produced by veteran dancehall producer Jeremy Harding, features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Ikaya, Ginjah, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, Royal Blu, Naomi Cowan, and Kumar, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, and others.
“Originally, this was going to be a VP Records 40th anniversary project, but it expanded, as I wanted to pay tribute to the history of dancehall in the broadest sense, reconsidering iconic songs and particularly the roots of the genre, including what played heavily on Soundsystems when I was growing up. I wanted to give the artists, new and veterans, the chance to put their spin on these classics,” said producer Harding.
The first tracks released from the album included Beenie Man’s “Mad Kings,” his update of Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.” This was followed by Kabaka Pyramid’s exceptional interpretation of Michigan & Smiley’s “Nice Up The Dance,” followed by Wayne Marshall’s tribute to Tenor Saw’s “Lots Of Sign,” and Runkus’s ode to Papa San’s “Strange.”
While the album features a variety of straight ahead covers, it also includes creative adaptions such as Sean Paul’s “Marijuana Mi Love,” based on Tiger’s “No Puppy Love,” featuring all new lyrics.
In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (all on the Playground Riddim); and Elephant Man’s “Log On” and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (both on the Liquid Riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her Note To Self album.
Harding has been a prominent guest on Jamaican television and other media platforms in recent years, giving his take on industry trends. He is known as one of the most innovative dancehall producers of the 1990s, helping to usher in a new era of music production in Jamaica as an early adopter of ProTools software now industry standards, as well as the still controversial Auto-Tune plug-in. He is one of the first examples of a DJ-turned-producer, now a standard music industry path, having started in college radio while studying at McGill University. He is a trained guitarist and has degrees from the Royal School Of Music London and Trebas Institute and is adjunct faculty in Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies.
Freedom Horns, produced by Seani B and Don Chandler originally saw light as the backing to the title track of the Grammy award winning album by Morgan Heritage.
This period saw a number of tracks recorded including Cali P and Capleton (which also featured a video which has already netted over 3 million views).
This juggling pack of Freedom Horns still has more treats to offer in 2020. Included in this release is the exclusive alternative dub mix of Morgan Heritage, as well as cuts from Exco Levi and two of the UK’s noted reggae artists Randy Valentine & Chucki Starr.
In addition there is a Drum & Bass mix of Randy Valentine’s “No Hype Attached”, produced by Think Tonk.