Blaxx – Same Way

Blaxx - Same Way

2020 has been a year of change and transformation. From the COVID-19 pandemic to exacerbated race relations across the world. Now, more than ever, we need differences to bring us together. Now more than ever, we need to remember what makes us strong. Now more than ever we need to celebrate diversity. Now, more than ever we need to jump up and party like we always have. Same way. This contribution from the Legendary ‘Blaxx’, authoritatively invites every person of every socioeconomic class, nationality, ethnic background and creed to join hands and embrace the Carnival within. Whether screened or quarantined, indoors or on the frontlines, now is a time to unite and strive collectively… Same Way…we know how!

Artiste: Blaxx
Title: Same Way
Produced by: XplicitMevon
Writers/Composers: JONESY, Dexter Stewart & Mevon Soodeen
Background Vocals by: JONESY, Dexter Stewart & Mevon Soodeen
Recorded by: Mevon Soodeen @ Xplicit Entertainment
Mixed & Mastered by: Andre “Dre Major” Stewart

Kes – We Home

Kes - We Home

Icons of soca music and ambassadors of Caribbean culture, Trinidad’s KES deliver their first new full-length album in over five years, with We Home. Led by charismatic frontman Kees Dieffenthaller (aka KES), the group breathes new life into its catalog of Carnival hits (“Hello,” “Savannah Grass,”) and island pop jams (“Endless Summer,” “Magic”) with fresh renditions showcasing their prowess as a live band par excellence.

Tracklist:
1. Kes – Prelude [Endless Summer]
2. Kes – Hello
3. Kes – Fallin
4. Kes – Na Let Go / (when ah) Jamdong / (with d) Boss Lady
5. Kes & Jimmy October – Magic (feat. Etienne Charles)
6. Kes – Reason To Love
7. Kes – Savannah Grass
8. Kes – Beautiful Life

Saccharine Riddim – Mastamind Productions

Saccharine Riddim Mastamind Productions

Mastamind Productions is Back!
His name is synonymous with hit Soca songs and beloved Christmas anthems.

His, is a career that has touched and flowed through the many diverse and colourful paths that only music can take you through.

His talent is undeniable; just like the endless call for him to once again create riddims and songs with his signature Mastamind Midas touch.

At long last, Shawn “Mastamind” Noel is heeding that call. He has returned to give Soca connoisseurs teasing chords and zealous guitar riffs, all suffused with a heartfelt passion that only someone as gifted as he is, can translate from energy and inspiration into unforgettable serenades.

With this release, Mastamind Productions has triumphantly reestablished its rightful place in Soca music production, through the irresistibly sweet, ‘Saccharine Riddim’. But this is more than a riddim. It is in fact, a honeyed invitation that enticingly draws listeners in, via rhythms and lyrics fashioned to seduce the senses.

Also adding their own smooth flair to this, are four versatile singer/songwriters, whose alluring vocals and deliciously dulcet lyrics make this riddim an instant classic to all discerning ears.

Lyrikal leads the way as he charms and delivers a liberating number with “Drop That”, while Teddyson John regales and uplifts females everywhere in “The Woman”. Meanwhile, Nadia Batson cheekily professes that she can no longer “Hide It”, and Mistah Shak shows a tender side as he croons to his “Chocolate Goddess”.

Mastamind’s Saccharine Riddim is the deeply satisfying and melodious twist to Soca music fans worldwide have been anticipating, since rumours of Shawn being in studio producing again, have surfaced.

Hit play on this one as soon as you can, for it will fill every inch of your soul, with the kind of moving Mastamind music we have all sorely missed.

-Written by Mystie Thongs

Credits

Saccharine Riddim
All songs mixed and mastered: Shawn Noel
Executive Producer Natasha Andrews and Shawn Noel for Mastamind productions
Graphics created by Mali Walcott Graphics

Lyrikal x Mastamind Productions – Drop That
Lyrics written by Devon Martin
Music composed and produced by Shawn Mastamind Noel for Mastamind Productions

Teddyson John x Mastamind Productions – The Woman
Lyrics written by Devon Martin and Teddyson John
Music composed and produced by Shawn Mastamind Noel for Mastamind Productions

Nadia Batson x Mastamind Productions – Hide It
Lyrics written by Nadia Batson and Erikkson George
Music composed and produced by Shawn Mastamind Noel for Mastamind Productions

Mistah Shak x Mastamind Productions – Chocolate Goddess
Lyrics written by Selvon Noel
Music composed and produced by Shawn Mastamind Noel for Mastamind Productions

Gyptian – Gimme Some

Gyptian - Gimme Some

Admittedly these are some serious times that we are living through, but for the romantic at heart quarantined with the object of their affection, these austere moments also served as a time to exude romance or cheekiness, and multi-Billboard top charting recording artist Gytpian promptly delivered the soundtrack with “Gimme Some”.

Produced by Stanley “Rellee” Hayden (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Notorius BIG, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Usher, and Mary J Blige and more) and Dennis “Soulplusmind” Coronel for A-Team Music, “Gimme Some” written by Gyptian gives way to melodious memorable verses, stacking each with saucy lyrics. “Baby gimme some .. Gimme some.. Gimme some ah di thing weh caun done.. Ah you mi wan fi wine pon me.. And ah you me see sexy..”

When asked about the creativity of the song, renowned producer Relle Hayden stated, “This song was actually created seven years ago and feels right now to release the record, especially with the concept of him and a special lady being lockdown. With the current state of the world and the pandemic (COVID-19) right now having that special someone to lockdown with this song is definitely relatable to many.”

Gyptian, who came to prominence to a global audience with multiple Billboard charts, notably with the gold-selling single ‘Hold Yuh’, is also known for a number of hits including “Serious Times”, “Beautiful Lady”, all three hit tracks which the international reggae and dancehall star recently performed to rave reviews at this year’s online version of Reggae Sumfest, dubbed the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.

Kes & Jimmy October – Magic ft. Etienne Charles

Kes & Jimmy October - Magic ft. Etienne Charles

Icons of soca music and ambassadors of Caribbean culture, Trinidad’s KES (aka KES THE BAND) bring their first new full-length in over five years, We Home, on August 28th. The group, led by charismatic frontman Kees Dieffenthaller, breathes new life into its catalog of Carnival hits and island pop jams on the live album, with fresh renditions showcasing their prowess as a live band par excellence.

Kes – Hello – We Home Album

Kes - Hello - We Home

Icons of soca music and ambassadors of Caribbean culture, Trinidad’s KES (aka KES THE BAND) bring their first new full-length in over five years, We Home, on August 28th. The group, led by charismatic frontman Kees Dieffenthaller, breathes new life into its catalog of Carnival hits and island pop jams on the live album, with fresh renditions showcasing their prowess as a live band par excellence.

The second of four single releases leading up to the release of We Home, “Hello” puts a fresh spin on KES’ biggest hit to date. First released for the 2018 Trinidad Carnival season, the original version of “Hello” has organically grown into one of the most streamed soca songs of all time, with over 70 million streams across YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud. On YouTube, where “Hello” has amassed over 42 million views, only the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out” and Kevin Lyttle’s “Turn Me On” have more spins within the genre.

The new version of “Hello” takes the track out of the soca fetes and Carnival processions and brings it into the broader world of melodic pop anthems. Lilting flutes, jangly guitars and insistent bass and drums surround its addictive refrain, creating a feel that’s distinctly tropical and undeniably universal. A brilliant illustration from Trinidadian artist creative director Nicholas Huggins, who’s brought his distinctive vision to the artwork for the album and all four singles, rounds out the package.