Busy Signal – Cruising

Busy Signal - Cruising - Nuh Rush Records / Tuff Gong International

“Busy works his Auto-Tune magic on the vintage hook before delving into the intricate lyrical patterns that have distinguished him as one of Jamaican music’s grand masters.” – VIBE

Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal cruises into the spring season with a reimagined version of “Cruising,” the legendary love song that took Motown icon Smokey Robinson back to the top of the charts when he first released it in 1979. Busy Signal dropped the single today on all DSPs and premiered the official video with VIBE and Boomshots.

Always an originator, Busy adds his unique island flavor and a touch of class to the endeavor as he dons a crisp suit, designer shades, and a straw fedora on the single cover art. He includes the letter “g” in the updated title for a proper spelling of “Cruising” — originally “Cruisin'” on the Smokey version — but slyly dips into rudebwoy patois over a lush R&B instrumental track, partially built by Busy himself, alongside composer Danny Bassie (of the legendary Firehouse Crew) and producer Junior Brown, for a fresh original verse that paints the details of an intoxicating afternoon of leisure with his lady:

Gyal mek wi cruise
Gone pon ah sail
Mi ah chop ah snappa
You have up ah lobsta tail
Margarita inna glass
Pineapple pale
Highest grade to mi meds that mi a inhale Inna di bedroom you know mi nah go fail
Beat yuh skin wid out no bruises or no wale
Yuh mek it shake and it read pon ricta scale
Because you’re not the normal or the typical female girl

The official video, directed by 300K, premiered on R&B/hip hop hub VIBE and its reggae/dancehall partner platform Boomshots today. Filmed in the Saint Andrew Parish of Jamaica, the new visuals show Busy Signal epitomizing the “classic man” image as he takes his girl cruising through the winding hillside roads of Gordon Town in a vintage British Racing Green MG.

“Some of Busy Signal’s biggest hits have been on the lovers records like ‘One More Night’ and ‘Come Over (Missing You)’ so I had the concept to recreate ‘Cruisin’ but with a Jamaican twist,” explains Nuh Rush Records chief Junior Brown. “Danny Bassie of Firehouse Crew built a track, and when I presented it to Busy Signal, he immediately loved the idea.”

“This will be one for the books and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do such a classic song in my own way and style,” added Busy Signal, who quickly laid down the vocals at Jamaica’s famed Big Yaad Studios in Kingston after hearing the track. Busy masterfully delivers Smokey’s chorus with the unique vocal tone that is unmistakably his alone, before peppering the verse with original lyrics that showcase his creative wordplay. Initially scheduled for release in 2021, Busy’s version of “Cruising” got delayed with some publishing clearance hurdles that finally got resolved.

Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin'” was released in 1979 on Motown Records’ Tamla label. The unexpected hit marked a resurgence in the singersongwriter’s career and eventually went on to reach #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Neo-soul pioneer D’Angelo released another critically acclaimed version on his 1995 debut album Brown Sugar. Additionally, the song has been covered in a 2000 duet by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis that fared well in the U.S. and topped international pop charts in Australia and New Zealand.

Busy Signal, whose government name is Reanno Gordon, hails from Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica. He is known for his international reggae hits like “Come Over (Missing You),” “Jamaica Jamaica,” and “One More Night,” as well as dancehall staples like “Bedroom Bully” and crossover collaborations like his appearance on Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This (Bumaye).” Current tracks making noise on the scene include the Afrobeats tune “Bad Gyal” and his collaboration “Bang Bung” alongside Bounty Killer. Busy Signal has collaborated with Junior Brown and Nuh Rush Records a number of times through the years on tracks like “Margarita,” “Bruk Dung Di Bed” “More Strength,” and “Never Get Tired” off the recently released album The Redemption Project. Their take on “Cruising” injects new culture into Smokey’s time-tested ballad that will introduce the beloved melody to the next generation of music fans.

Caryl Jacobs – Easy on Me

Caryl Jacobs - Easy on Me

Caryl Jacobs, is a talented singer / songwriter from the beautiful twin isles of Trinidad and Tobago. With a strong musical background, as both parents (Carl and Carol Jacobs) held a very iconic role in the calypso/ soca industry, Caryl began her professional career at the age of 16, singing in the family owned band ‘Islanda’. She migrated to the US during her teenage years, where she became more exposed to the glorious world of music. Her talent spans from performing the US national anthem at the NBA’s Miami Heat game, to doing frontline vocals for bands at major international carnivals, including Trinidad, New York’s Labor Day and Canada’s Caribana. A genuine love for life and passion for different genres of music has lead to her preferred style of a fusion between Reggae, Pop and Soca. This combined with her sultry, sexy style that matches the diverse ranges of her vocals, has lead to her working alongside various international artistes over the years. Some of these highlights in her career thus far include collaborations with the legendary reggae artist Glen Washington; dancehall sensations Beenie Man, Red Rat, Mad Cobra; Sly & Robbie; soca hit makers Rupee, Allison Hinds and the ‘King of Soca’ Machel Montano. Caryl recently signed with ‘Chris Knight Music Group’ where she has begun work on a collection of new releases to look out for.

UNFORGETTABLE! – Kenya “Kiki” Morris

UNFORGETTABLE

UNFORGETTABLE! Kenya “Kiki” Morris
“Sultry, crisp and fresh!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, N.Y. – December 3, 2021 – Kenya “Kiki” Morris marks her entry into the Reggae market with “UNFORGETTABLE”. Also penned by Morris, the single is being released by the Queens, New York based Morris Entertainment music label. “Unforgettable” is a fresh approach, utilizing remixed elements of the always popular “Hypocrite” rhythm. “Unforgettable” is now available at all online outlets.

Kenya, a first generation American, has been writing, singing and performing since age thirteen. While her focus has been on Rhythm and Blues and Pop music; Kenya has decided to explore her Reggae roots upon the request of her Jamaican parents. In addition to being an artist/songwriter, Kenya is also a popular model and social media influencer with thousands of followers. Her guest appearance at the recently held International Women in Reggae concert as well as consistent airplay has garnered many more followers and fans. Music industry insiders are describing her as a mega talent with a fresh voice.

KuttingEdge Media and Publicity Consultants, LLC should be contacted for further information.

Annicia Banks – Love Has Found Its Way – Upfront EP

Annicia Banks - Love Has Found Its Way

Raw Vue Music announces “Upfront,” an EP featuring singer-songwriter, Annicia Banks. According to Richard Rowe, the company’s primary objective “…to promote and publicize the works of both emerging and established artists…” is now fully underway with signings, productions and their trending EP, “Upfront.” Rowe is one of the founding partners and CEO of Raw Vue Music. “Upfront” consists of seven tracks; five of which were co-written by Banks, another written by the late Bob Andy and a rework of the timeless Dennis Brown classic, “Love has Found its Way.” “Upfront” is currently available on I Tunes and all other digital platforms for download and streaming.

Annicia Banks is simply powerful! Her skilled treatment of the tracks and especially her augmentation of “Love has Found its Way” is phenomenal. Peppered with her unique flair, Banks manages to transform this masterpiece into her own without disturbing its fundamental essence. Additionally, Annicia has been one of the “go-to” supporting vocalists for many major acts over the years. She has worked with several renowned voices including Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths and Bunny Wailer. “Upfront” is her first solo effort of this magnitude.

Raw Vue Music is a New York City based, full service music entity that offers a range of services to both emerging and established artistes. Manned by seasoned industry professionals, the firm houses a state-of-the-art studio that utilizes the latest technology for music production. Artist management, music publishing and strategic brand development are only some of the services provided to writers and performers.

EP Track List

1. Jamaica Forever – Ft. King Koahi
2. It’s You 
3. Love Has Found its Way
4. Hush 
5. It’s Too Late
6. Free Free Free
7. Restore My Soul 

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