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.

Born To Love You Riddim – Various Artists (Reggae)

Born To Love You Riddim - Various Artists (Reggae)

Produced By Ainsworth Higgins for Footstepzz Prod. All Instruments played by Nereus Joseph except guitar by Chris Lane. Mixed By Christopher Birch.

THE BORN TO LOVE YOU (BTYL)RIDDIM IS THE LATEST PROJECT FROM THE FOOTSTEPZZ CAMP AND FEATURES BANGERS FROM SEVERAL OF THE GENES TOP CROONERS AND SHOWCASES A FEW EMERGING ACTS.
JACK RADICS. STEVIE FACE ANTHONY B ROMAIN VIRGO AND HEZRON LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE NATHI PRINCE NAIL POINT AND WAYNE LYRICS HAVE ALSO MADE IMPRESSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS.
FOOTSTEPZZ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF VETERAN BROADCASTER AND EVENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST AINSWORTH BIG A HIGGINS AND BUSINESS PARTNER LYNDON LAZZER HULL.
THEY HAVE PRODUCED SEVERAL SUCESSFUL PROJECTS INCLUDING THE BOOM BLAST RIDDIM (2001)
HALF WAY TREE (2010) AND THE ONE CHANCE RIDDIM (2017)
‘I AM A FAN OF THE MUSIC OF THE 70S AND 80S. THERE IS SOMETHING INFECTIOUS ABOUT THE RHYTHMS OF THAT ERA AND I DO BELIEVE THAT IT IS THOSE BEATS THAT HAVE GIVEN US THE ESSENCE OF OUR MUSIC.’ HIGGINS REMARKED
I WAS GETTING READY TO DROP ANOTHER PROJECT BUT WASN’T QUITE SURE OF WHICH DIRECTION I SHOULD GO.
THEN ON A VISIT TO THE UK LAST YEAR I WAS INVITED TO A STUDIO WHERE NAIL POINT WAS DOING WORK ON A SINGLE THAT HE ASKED BE TO CO PRODUCE. IT WAS A REMAKE OF THE TEMPTATIONS CLASSIC BORN TO LOVE AS INTERPRETED BY SLIM SMITH AND COXSONE DODD
I WAS IMMEDIATLEY IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH HIS VOCAL DELIVERY BUT ALSO THE WAY IN WHICH THE RIDDIM WAS LAID. I IMMEDEATLEY STARTED HEARING OTHER ARTISTS IN MY HEAD.
AS SHAABA RANKS NOTED. ‘DJ EARS COCK UP WHEN DEM HEAR BOOM RIDDIM’. THIS DJ JUST HEARD A BOOM RIDDIM.THEN AND THERE WE DECIDED TO FINISH UP THE TRACK AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT A FULL PROJECT.AFTER RECORDING MY FRIEND WAYNE LYRICS ON THE RIDDIM I TOOK THE RIDDIM BACK TO JAMAICA AND STARTED TO WORK FURTHER ON THE PROJECT. I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE COUNRTY’S FINEST VOICES AND IN PAYING IT FORWARD I HAVE GIVEN NEW TALENT THE OPPOURTUNITY TO RISE TO THE OCCASION.
THAT IS THE CONCEPT OF FOOTSTEPPZZ RECORDS. WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREATNESS AND LEAVING BEHIND A TRAIL SO OTHERS MAY WALK IN YOURS.
THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GETTING RAVE REVIEWS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE UK WHERE IT IS A STAPLE ON BOTH LEGAL RADIO AND PIRATE STATIONS. IN NEW YORK IRIE JAM RADIO HAS BEEN SHOWING IT LOTS OF LOVE.ARTISTS HAVE BEEN GETTING CALL FOR PERFORMANCES IN THE UK BASED ON THE SONG THEY HAVE DONE ON THE PROJECT.
LOCALLY IT HAS BEEN GETTING A LOT OF RADIO SUPPORT IRIE FM ZIP FM HITZ SUN CITY AND FAME FM HAVE ALL ENDORSED THE PROJECT BIG TIME. MEANWHILE THE ARTISTS ARE ALL SUPPORTING THEIR SINGLES BY PROMOTING IT ON THEIR PLATFORMS AND HIGHLIGHTING IT IN THEIR INTERVIEWS.
AS A DJ I HAVE MADE MY BRAND BY PLAYING QUALITY MUSIC AND BREAKING NEW TALENT FOR THE PAST 3 DECADES. AS A PRODUCER MY VALUES ARE THE SAME. EACH OF MY PROJECTS WILL APPEAL TO DIFFERENT NICHES BUT IT WILL ALWAYS BE OF A HIGH STANDARD AND SOMEWHERE IN THE LINEUP OF ACTS WILL BE NEW TALENT, GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE EXPOSED.

Jugglerz – Jugglerz Radio – Jugglerz Records

Jugglerz - Jugglerz Radio - Jugglerz Records

Jugglerz Radio is back. After more than seven years of providing dancehall fans worldwide with a weekly online radio show, Jugglerz Records teams up with several international superstars to create an album full of vibes and badness, love songs and party tunes.
It is the second label sampler after “Jugglerz City” which hit #6 in the US Reggae Billboard Charts in 2016 and is known as a milestone in German reggae culture. Jugglerz Radio stands for up to date Reggae music and uncensored Dancehall passion, in true Jamaican style. All of this is compiled with beats and riddims of the most successful German producers! The album contains 11 tracks plus the corresponding instrumentals.

ROMAIN VIRGO – WHO JAH BLESS – HITGRUVES MUSIC / BOM DEM RECORDS

Romain Virgo - Who Jah Bless - Hitgruves Music / Bom Dem Records

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Romain Virgo – Who Jah Bless – Hitgruves Music / Bom Dem Records

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