Sean Paul – Live N Livin

Sean Paul - Live N Livin

SEAN PAUL RELEASE MONUMENTAL DANCEHALL ALBUM
‘LIVE N LIVIN’ HIGHLIGHTING COLLABORATION OVER CONFRONTATION

“Dancehall is alive and well. Check the pulse. This album is one I hold very dear to my heart for many reasons. It’s the first album of mine being released off my own label, Dutty Rock Productions, and a body of work which has allowed me to work so closely with artists I revere in my genre.”

Grammy® Award-winning global megastar, philanthropist, Sean Paul release his seventh studio album – LIVE N LIVIN – arriving on all platforms March 12th. LIVE N LIVIN is produced by Dutty Rock Productions and distributed by ONErpm.

LIVE N LIVIN is now available HERE

LIVE N LIVIN features some of reggae and dancehall powerhouses the likes of Buju Banton, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Agent Sasco, Mavado and newcomers such as Govana, Chi Ching Ching, Intence, and several other artists that play a pivotal role and whose sound remains a cornerstone of the genre. With a collection of traditional and fresh sound of dancehall Live N Livin captures the essence of dancehall and the unity, which exists within the culture.

Dancehall has recorded tremendous success over the years, with amazing fusion offered by the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, and genres like Reggaeton and Afro Beats. The genre has continued to impact the world and Sean Paul aims to highlight the significance of dancehall while collaborating with different talented artists.

The 16-track album was produced with a collaboration over confrontation undertone, 15 collabs and one single from Sean Paul. In the midst of this great body of work highlighting dancehall from Jamaica, Ghanian dancehall artist Stonebwoy is also featured on the album on “Guns of Navarone” remix.

“Stonebwoy, very talented artist from Ghana who always pay homage to the dancehall genre, and visits the island of Jamaica. It was clear to me when he stated he wanted to be a part of this project I could not say no” says Sean Paul.

“Live N Livin is loaded with collaborations demonstrating to the world the versatility and excellency of Jamaican dancehall music. And most important, it demonstrates that unity can be achieved. Sean Paul could easily leaned back and collect, but he chose to fight for the genre he loves and address important issues that have stopped dancehall from reaching the top – where it belongs” Riddim Magazine (Ellen Kohlings & Pete Lilly)

With over one year at home, due to the pandemic, like many artists, Sean Paul has been unable to hit the stage and tour vigorously as he is used to. Using his time to record two albums, ‘Live N Livin’ & ‘Scorcha’ Sean Paul has partnered with Dreamstage and is set to perform virtually for his fans Live from Jamaica. Fans are in luck as they will “get to teleport to the Caribbean for feel-good music through Dreamstage’s superior hi-def visual virtual concert stage that brings dancehall ambassador Sean Paul and surprise musical guests into homes where fans can dance like no one’s watching in unison with others. He will perform live from the sandy beaches of Jamaica on Saturday, April 10 at 4:00pm EST.”
www.dreamstage.live.

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ABOUT SEAN PAUL
Ryan Francis Henriques (born January 9, 1973), who performs under stage name Sean Paul, is a Jamaican Grammy winning reggae artist who is the former lead vocalist of the Dutty Cup Crew. Sean Paul broke through with “Gimme The Light,” the first single from his 2002 album, Dutty Rock, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Paul won his first GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album for Dutty Rock for 2003, the same year he was nominated for Best New Artist. To date he has released six studio albums including Dutty Rock, 2002; for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, The Trinity, 2005; which was certified platinum in Europe and by the Recording Industry Association of America. He also went on to release Imperial Blaze, 2009; Tomahawk Technique, 2012, and most recently Full Frequency in 2014.

Album Tracklist
1. Buss A Bubble Remix – Sean Paul ft. Sotto Bless, Looga Man, Ras Ajai, Chi Ching
Ching
2. Boom – Sean Paul Ft. Busy Signal
3. Space Ship – Sean Paul ft Suku Ward
4. Real Steel – Sean Paul ft. Intence
5. The Plug – Sean Paul feat Chi Ching Ching
6. Dem Nuh Ready Yet – Sean Paul feat Left Side
7. Crazy – Sean Paul Ft Buju Banton
8. Schedule – Sean Paul ft Jr. Gong, Chi Ching Ching
9. Money Bags Sean Paul ft. Govana
10. Protect Me – Sean Paul ft. Serani
11. Lion Heart – Sean Paul
12. Guns of Navarone – Sean Paul ft. Jesse Royal, Mutabaruka & Stonebwoy (Remix)
13. Danger Zone – Sean Paul ft. Bugle, Sotto Bless
14. Life We Livin – Sean Paul feat Squash
15. I’m Sanctify – Sean Paul feat. Mavado & Agent Sasco (Remix)
16. Everest – Sean Paul ft. Masicka and Skillibeng

‘Live N Livin’ album – https://ffm.to/livenlivin.

Vershon – Only One EP

Vershon - Only One EP

The brightest UK x JA link up arrives as Vershon releases 6-track ‘Only One’ EP, marking an evolution of sounds and styles between the two counties with the artist at the helm. With a bountiful collection of music releases to his name already, tipping over 11 million streams, Vershon’s visionary musical flair explores two countries rich with musical heritage and buzzing with talent. To celebrate the EP launch, Vershon threw an exclusive online party, hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Seani B, and featured Trillary Banks and executive producers The FaNaTiX as he delved in to conversation about the creation of the project, giving fans an upfront listen of previously unreleased tracks.

Ahead of the EP release, Vershon, who has previously been tipped for stardom on the BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For’ list, dropped introductory track ‘Original’ before teaming up with UK rap star Chip on ‘Reality’. Most recently his single ‘Stick By Me’, co-written by BRIT & Ivor Novello award winning singer/songwriter Plan B, premiered with Wonderland Magazine and was also chosen by Yasmin Evans as her record of the week on BBC Radio 1Xtra as the “dancehall-inspired rhythm with smooth vocals and romantic lyricism” (Won-derland), grasped hold of its listeners with loving intent.

Executively produced by UK production trio The FaNaTiX, the ‘Only One’ EP musically ex-poses Vershon in varying perspectives. From the bold, bass-heavy menacing tone of ‘Original’ that insists on taking the rap capabilities of Vershon seriously, to the senti-mental undertones of ‘Stick By Me’ that provide a counter-balance of emotion and per-fectly crafted melody, the 6-track record is an arrival at an organic, meaningful and careful-ly crafted destination. Highlighted further by the magnificent feature list, which includes Busy Signal on ‘Thingz’ and Y Cee on ‘Shake It Up’, the instrumental elements stirred in with the wealth of artists delivering an array of genre experience sees the records deco-rated with chinks of dancehall, soca, R&B, grime and afrobeats

Celebrating his unique, equivocal style, ‘Only One’ masterfully balances Vershon’s credi-bility with an international pop sensibility, bridging the gap between London and Jamai-ca assisted by a carefully curated line-up of contributors.

Romain Virgo Ft. Busy Signal – Pray

Romain Virgo Ft. Busy Signal - Pray

AN old-fashioned studio brainstorming session resulted in Pray , the new song from Romain Virgo featuring Busy Signal. Produced by Kirk Bennett for Kirkledove Records, it was released in January.

Bennett, considered the top session drummer in Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer that he created the rhythm last year with Virgo in mind. It evolved into an inspirational single “between two musical brothers”.

According to Bennett, in the age of the novel coronavirus, songs like Pray are critical.

“It’s a good vibe dat everybody needs…intervention. Prayer is important every day in our life for protection an’ we need healing right now,” he said.

Pray is the latest collaboration between Bennett and the two artistes. He has produced songs by both, and played drums on hit singles by Virgo ( Mi Caan Sleep) and Busy Signal ( Come Over).

Bennett credits their relationship for Pray coming out as it did.

“Me an’ Romain were in di studio vibing an’ Romain came up with some melodies an’ thing, an wi jus’ lay di tracks with some good energy.

Couple of months later Busy, who is like mi brother, I said, ‘Yow! I have dis track an’ I would like yuh to be on it because it’s showing a positive message to di world,’ “ he recalled.

Pray is among a flow of releases from Kirkledove Records. Last year, Bennett released two self-produced EPs — Rolling and Straight 4 To The Crown. He also has a single, Look Gud Body, on which he plays drums and sings.

The Trelawny-born Bennett has established himself as dancehall/reggae’s premier drummer. He held the drum roll for Beres Hammond’s Harmony House band for 17 years and is currently a member of Busy Signal’s band.

His lengthy credits include songs like I Feel Good by Hammond, Tarrus Riley’s Lion Paw, Thank You Mama and S olid As A Rock (Sizzla), and the Nesbeth anthem, My Dream.

Meraki Riddim – Various Artists – Retlaw Tha Future

Meraki Riddim - Various Artists - Retlaw Tha Future

Following the success of his production on Busy Signal’s album Parts of the Puzzle, and follow-up single releases such as “Something New” by D-Major and Busy Signal, Retlaw Tha Future of Future World Production closes the year with the vibe-filled Meraki Riddim.

Using a mid-tempo groove, Retlaw Tha Future draws the best from all artists who perform lyrics on topics that range from celebrating the good life with friends, to the lies people tell in relationships, to men’s assets that can make a woman fall in love.  When constructing the riddim, Retlaw Tha Future said “I was in a vibe in the studio one day and the vibe reflected by approach to production – anything I do I have to do it with soul, creativity and love.  This riddim reflects that and that is what Meraki means.” 

Balancing the spotlight between known and upcoming artists, Retlaw Tha Future features Reggae star Romain Virgo (“Wicked So”) as well as his younger sister Tahleii Virgo (“Motivation).”  For as long as Retlaw Tha Future has known Romain while attending college together, this is the first time they have worked together on a recording.

Upcoming Dancehall sensation Renee 6:30 used soothing vocals to express some of the raw thoughts women have about men (“Fall In Love”).  The track was recorded by collaborator and fellow producer Jovi DiPree.  Singer / actress Asabi stands out with her track “Winey Don;” her energy is described as infectious.

Additional artistic performances come from Busy Signal, Christopher Martin, Monifa Goss, Lia Caribe, Gott-Yo, TallGad and Grim Rym – an artist born in Jamaica and now in Surinam.  All tracks were mixed by Michael ‘Factor’ Jarrett.

Busy Signal – Seen It Before – The Prequel to Stay So!

BUSY SIGNAL - SEEN IT BEFORE - THE PREQUEL TO STAY SO!

Three years ago, Busy Signal and Dameon Gayle created one of the biggest hit records in Dancehall. The song is called “Stay So.” More than 38 Million views of the music video on YouTube, millions of streams on SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora and the like, and his album, Parts of the Puzzle (“Stay So” is track 1 from the album), is still on the Billboard Album charts – 1 year after release.

Officially released is “Seen It Before,” the Prequel to “Stay So.”

Produced by Dameon Gayle of Warriors Musick, “Seen It Before” voices the all too familiar response to violent events that are reported in the news: we’ve seen it all before. Using a melodic voice, Busy uses examples of characters who opt for a non-positive path and are met with an untimely fate.

As a DJ / Selector, you will appreciate Busy’s placement of the punchline ‘seen it all before’ and ‘man been there done that.’ Timed perfectly with the music, Busy creates opportunities for fans to sing along with him as they recall times they have experienced in their past.

To accompany “Seen It Before” is a mini-movie. The launch of the mini movie directed by Dameon Gayle for Warrior Musick Productions in association with VP Records began with a Director’s talk back, with members of the cast and key media outlets from around the world. Not the usual set up for a new song and music video but, this is not an average music video. The story line for Seen It Before connects the characters and conflicts from the 2018 mega-video Stay So with the latest Busy Signal release. The experience is like a short film with extensive dialog, peppered by the music from both songs to accentuate this all-too-common ghetto reality -violence begets violence. The lyrics of the song illustrate Busy Signal’s understanding and lament, “Two fren a par, shot fire, skull bore, I’ve seen it all before, prison an’ morgue cyah hol’ nuttin’ more I’ve seen it all before.” The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica between February, and September 2020, by Dameon Gayle, who produced and directed music videos for recent Busy Signal hits “One Way”, “Dolla Van” and”100% (featuring Afro B ).”

Bulby York – Heart Crafted – VPAL Music

Bulby York - Heart Crafted - VPAL Music

Acclaimed Producer/Engineer Bulby York releases his 3rd album titled Heartcrafted.

Bulby York’s highly anticipated album ‘Heartcrafted’ features Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Charly Blacks, Rying King , Stylo G, Etana, Tifa and others.

Kingston, Jamaica (Shuzzr) – As reggae-dancehall music continues to evolve and influence other genres, cultures, movements, and people across the world, to date, it stands unparalleled to any other worldwide. The treasured genre which spans several decades, not just chronicle an islands evolution and its influence globally but promotes the tenants of Rastafarianism whilst strengthening the voice of the oppressed.

On September 18th, 2020, renowned producer Collin ‘Bulby’ York will release his third album titled “Heartcrafted” on his label Bulby York Music. The compilation which features industry icons such as Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Sanchez, Dean Fraser, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Capleton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer is balanced with a few youthful stalwarts such as Busy Signal, Agent Sasco, Etana, Tifa, Konshens, Cecile, Stylo G, Rygin King and a few others.

The album ‘Heartcrafted’ which can be described as a time capsule for future generations, captures not just the traditional sounds of reggae and dancehall but also gives its audience previously released materials with some of the industry’s most prolific, and successful artiste to date, bridging old school voices with a few from the freshman class.

The 17-track compilation which takes you on a musical journey across the breadth and depth of the islands luscious landscape, captures the sounds and melodies that echoes through the mountains and valleys chanted by its people, the pulse of a nation.

Bulby York who is a renowned musical architect as the genre went mainstream in the early 2000s, worked with some of the industry’s rising stars which positioned him to engineering tracks for No Doubt’s double-platinum Rocksteady album, as well as Sean Paul’s era-defining dancehall classic, Dutty Rock.

As time progressed, Bulby’s talent was revered by many, as his talent was noticed which led to other top Jamaican producers like Winston Riley, Steely and Clevie, as well as Sly and Robbie, enlisting him to engineer other productions. This led to him working with/for international artiste like Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O’Connor and is credited to several other noteworthy projects such as Bounty Killer’s “Suspense” and Beenie Man’s “Memories” which influenced Grammy-award winning rapper/producer Kanye West single “I’m In It,” from his 2013’s critically-acclaimed Yeezus album.

York who in 2016 released his debut project titled ‘Epic & Ting’ on Greensleeves Record also followed up with ‘Master Blaster’ in 2018 to rave reviews on his own label Bulby York Music.

‘Heartcrafted’ is distributed by VPAL Music, a subsidiary of VP Records and can be considered as a testament to the legacy of the late reggae icon ‘Toots’ Hibbert plus other reggae-dancehall industry icons.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project and now its here for the world to hear, see and enjoy. Each track has its own meaning and history, just as how each parish in Jamaica captures a piece of what Jamaica represents. I have worked with some of our nation’s best, national treasures and this project captures not just our musical history but who we are” states Bulby York.