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.

Etana – Bubble – Gemini Album

Etana - Gemini Album Cover
Etana's brand new studio album GEMINI is available today May 22nd which also happens to be her Birthday. The 12 track album will be fully available on June 19th.
The album features collaborations with Kabaka Pyramid, Bugle, The No-Maddz, Wiya & Yahsha. Its Produced by Freemind Music LLC & Distributed by Zojak Worldwide
New single from the album Bubble is produced by TJ Records.

Jonathan Emile – Canopy Remix feat. Etana

Jonathan Emile - Canopy Remix feat. Etana

Jamaican-Canadian singer, rapper, activist, conference speaker, poet, and cancer survivor, Jonathan Emile has teamed up with Grammy-nominated reggae songstress Etana for the remix of his latest single “Canopy.” The collaboration finds the pair contemplating their Utopian vision of love and security, as they whimsically trade vocals:

Hate could be a thing of the past
Some things are just not meant to last
And I just want to rock it with you
The sky and the ocean blue
I wanna be free
Under a canopy

About the collaboration, Emile offered, “‘Canopy’ is a lovers song with an old time ska vibe that transports you to the tropics. The remix was pure joy to create with Etana, whose voice flies the listeners to a Caribbean paradise. Some of the most memorable and love-filled moments of my life were spent in the sun and on the beach with my queen. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to revisit these memories as lovers, and plan to create new ones. Can’t thank Etana enough for joining me on this remix. I’m grateful for the energy, soul, and creativity she brought to the tune.”

Etana added, “the vibe of the song is about all around free love. I truly enjoyed working with Jonathan.”

The “Canopy” remix drops hot on the heels of Emile’s latest album, Spaces-in-Between, which released on January 24th via the artist’s own MindPeaceLove label (distributed by reggae legend Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International). Before landing the coveted top spot and cover image of music streaming service TIDAL’s flagship “Roots Revival” playlist, the track first premiered on SiriusXM The Joint last weekend during Emile’s interview segment with DJ Gringo. The program was pre-recorded during a recent NYC promotional run that also featured an album launch event hosted by Caribbean music, arts, and culture hub LargeUp, at Brooklyn hotspot Bembé. Emile also held album launch events in Toronto and his hometown of Montreal.

Jonathan Emile’s debut album The Lover/Figher Document featured guest vocalists like Kendrick Lamar, Murs, and Buckshot. Spaces-in-Between finds Jonathan exploring dub, reggae, and dancehall. The album was produced by Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Cargnello.