Jahbar I – Ancient Journey – Cruise In Riddim

Jahbar I - Ancient Journey - Cruise In Riddim

The Firehouse Crew have played on countless hit songs, many of them for producer Philip “Fatis” Burrell’s Xterminator Records. Their latest project is the Cruise In Riddim, a compilation album which is scheduled for release on June 24 by VPAL Music.

It has 11 songs by artists the veteran band has worked with over the years including Sizzla, Lieutenant Stitchie, Anthony Red Rose and Turbulence.

George “Dusty” Miller, drummer for The Firehouse Crew, said production on the Cruise In started last November and was completed in May.

“The direction we always have is just to do music and to be expressive, in tune with what the energy is feeling. The Cruise In Riddim consists of 11 songs and artist selection happened naturally. These are artistes who I have frequently worked with over the years, so that was a smooth process,” he said. Lead single for the album is A nuh Nutn by Sizzla and Jahbar I. The latter is Miller’s son who also contributes Ancient Journey to the album.

Other songs on the Cruise In Riddim are L.I.F.E. by Lieutenant Stitchie, Indo from Turbulence, and Dem Time Deh by Anthony Red Rose.

The Firehouse Crew are proteges of legendary engineer/sound system operator Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, who operated his recording studio in the Waterhouse (aka Firehouse) area of Kingston, Jamaica.

Credit: Clinton Lindsay

Bulby York presents The Far East Riddim

Bulby York presents The Far East Riddim

Award‐winning Producer, Bulby York, travels Far East in his latest release

“Bulby York presents The Far East Riddim”

Kingston, Jamaica March 1, 2022 Collin “Bulby” York’s super talent was formed and developed through an original

foundation studio in Waterhouse, Jamaica, King Tubbys. His musical calling would see him in the studio after school each

day. Eyes, bulbous in nature – hence the nickname‐ would take in the full scenery including the engineers on the boards

and the artists in the booth. After closing time, he would practice the same knobs and controls he saw being used by

Steven Stanley, Steely& Clevie and Sly & Robbie to name a few.

2016 saw Bulby York branch out independently under his label, Bulby York Music. His premiere release “Epic and Ting”

(VP Records) showcased his genius of mixing retro sounds with a new age feel. Supporters were treated to

collaborations bridging the generations between veteran artiste and rising star; Lee “Scratch” Perry & Jesse Royal, Tenor

Saw & Agent Sasco and, Beres Hammond & Bounty Killer. With the success of this formula, he went on to release

“Master Blaster” (2018 – VPAL Music) and “Heartcrafted” (2020 – VPAL Music).

Reggae fans worldwide waxed nostalgia of a time when basement parties and sunrise bashments were the norm. Bulby

searched his memory banks and released “Padang Padang Riddim” (2021) utilizing his star alongside star formula. This

would be his first release to reach Top 10 on the Billboard Reggae Chart (debuted at #10). “Padang Padang” is a sample

of a Steely & Clevie ‘unnamed riddim’ most celebrated with the single from Admiral Bailey “Kill Them with It”.

It’s no wonder that March 2022, he would breathe life into one of your favorite original riddims. Known as “Far East

Riddim”, made popular by Barry Brown’s “Far East” (1978 ‐ Channel One), this 9‐track release ranges in topics from love

to social injustice. Yes, that is Barry Brown’s voice you hear at the beginning.

“I grew up on this riddim, I had to give it my own twist and toast the masses!” Collin “Bulby” York”.

Sizzla Kalonji kicks off this riddim with “Rumors”; a song on the awareness of false narratives on the internet and in the

news. The title track is Spragga Benz with “Race to Waste Your Life”, his homage to youth crime and on‐going fights

between private citizens and political figures in Jamaica. “Love Like Never Before” is a sweet serenade from Bushman

dedicated to obtaining the object of his affection and the many ways he’s going to maintain that relationship. Anthony

Redrose heeds a warning “Watch What You Doing”, as your negative words/actions will have a huge impact on your

future activities. Focused on a higher power, Red Fox deejays “We Nuh Fraid” of anything that comes against him. Rising

Rastafarian artist Jahbar I encourages you to put your everything in all you do. Kim Pommel, with the strength in her

voice of a lioness, wants to know when will the “Blood Stop”? Female artist Shav‐A rounds up the riddim with “Bring

Back the Niceness”, a perfect ending which embodies the feeling of the compilation.

“The Far East Riddim” releases for download/stream globally on Friday, March 4th. A VPAL Music distribution.

Sobriety Test Rhythm – Symphony B Records

Sobriety Test Rhythm

Ralston Barrett Launches New Label With Sobriety Test Rhythm

Prominent entertainment publicist Ralston Barrett has returned to his musical roots.

The humble Negril native who began his career in the early 1990s as a producer and artiste manager has decided to take a stab at music production once again.

“I’m happy to get back in the production game. It’s a part of the business that is very dear to my heart. I love working in the studios with talented musicians, artistes and engineers to create music. I have a high level of appreciation for the creative process that it takes to produce good music,” said Barrett.

Barrett’s latest effort is a hard-driving dancehall rhythm titled the Sobriety Test rhythm. This is the first project to be released on the Symphony B Records imprint; a label that was created as gift for his five year old daughter Symphony Barrett.

The nine-track rhythm album features songs such as Capleton’s Nuh Friendy Thing, Delly Ranx’s Blaze It Blaze, Jahbar I’s Rebel With a Spirit, Sudu Mos-I’s Man a Winner, Tellah’s Peace and Love, Furious’s Clean Mi Clean, Venjahnce’s Ganja Train, Jah Wiz’s You’ve Got To Try, and Fyah Stick’s Education is the Key.

“I’m pleased about this project; the songs on this rhythm are excellent. It’s my first project in a long while, and I hope it will be well received. I’m going to put a lot of promotion behind it to ensure it’s success,” he said.

The Sobriety Test rhythm is distributed by VPAL Music and is available worldwide on all digital platforms, including iTunes, AppleMusic, Amazon, Deezer and Spotify.

Ralston Barrett is one of Jamaica’s top entertainment publicists; over the past two decades he has worked with some of the biggest acts in Reggae and Dancehall music including Richie Spice, Protoje, Mr Vegas, Spice, Ninja Man, Gyptian, Rygin King and Chronic Law.

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