After a slew of collaborations earlier this year, exciting London-based artist Alicai Harley is back with her new single ‘I Just Wanna Know’, out today via Parlophone.
Sampling R&B classic ‘Leaving (Always On Time Part II)’ by Ashanti, ‘I Just Wanna Know’ sees Alicai channeling a new energy to her previous singles, paying homage to the original track’s early noughties vibe.. Throughout the track, Alicai makes smooth transitions between singing and rapping, the latter of which is a nod to the artist’s earlier music days and a testament to her versatility as an artist.
Speaking about ‘I Just Wanna Know’, Alicai muses, “this song reminds me of my younger self… back when I was rapping. That’s what I wanted to bring back. And it’s touching on real subjects, on a real relationship. I wanted this to feel like my own version of 50 Cent’s ‘21 Questions.’”
A romantic visual starring Alicai in tinged blue and pink-tinged silky backdrops respectively, the video for the track sees her caressing her significant other and writing in her notebook as she muses on the dilemmas of her relationship.
‘I Just Wanna Know’ marks her first official single release of 2020, following collaborations throughout the year. Her most recent was a killer verse on the official remix for M.I.A & Cadenza’s fire tune ‘Up Inna’ alongside rapper BEAM, which followed collabs with Afro-Dancehall superstar Stonebwoy (‘Understand’), dance music legend DJ Zinc (‘Bubble’) and respected producers Jim Ouma (‘Kids’).
Alicai Harley first broke through with ‘Gold’, an irresistible slice of summer which was heavily supported by an array of tastemakers, including Seani B, DJ Target, Sian Anderson, Mistajam, Toddla T, David Rodigan, Trevor Nelson, and Charlie Sloth across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Across Capital Xtra, she has garnered support from Robert Bruce, Rad Kwame, Manny Norte, Tim Westwood, Yinka and Shayna Marie amongst others. She also recently made a number of incredible virtual performances across Notting Hill Carnival weekend, at events hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra and Island Records.
Showing the range and depth of her musical talents, Alicai Harley is a UK artist destined for the top.
The track, a fusion of dancehall, afrobeats and EDM sounds which takes lyrical inspiration from reggae classics by Black Uhuru and Baby Cham, is the first single from Mr Eazi’s Something Else EP out in October.
“This record was really fun to make,” Mr Eazi says, “and it’s crazy how it went from hearing a K4mo intro in the studio with Fred Again, to me jumping on it and then Diplo hopping in! And Walshy hitting me up to say it’s a banger—next thing Nicki is on it! Been a journey really, like two years in the making and I can’t wait to perform it at my next festival!”
Wah Gwaan inna Jamaica?
Zagga, known for hits such as My Destination, Free Up featuring Tarrus Riley & recently Keep Calm on the Aircraft Riddim, has joined forces with buzzin reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid best known for hits such as Well Done, Kontraband featuring Damian Marley & recently Babylon Fallin, to bring you the smash single titled “Jamaica Wah Gwaan”?
This hard driving dancehall anthem highlights topical issues such as how Jamaica is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis amidst a general election, rasta students being banned from entering certain schools and the ungoing crime and violence problem the country faces.
The Amini Music produced track comes at an opportune time- some would say controversially so, while others may say it’s the perfect timing as it echoes the voice of the people.
The single is available on all digital platforms & is accompanied by a music video
MAKE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT!
Sometimes a song is performed and that song speaks truth on many levels. Queen Ifrica’s recent release, “Mih Love You” speaks truth on behalf of many around the world who are experiencing relationship problems.
“Mih Love You” comes from Reggae Gold 2020 which was released by VP Records on August 28th, 2020.
Known for incorporating social issues in song (“Daddy,” “Serve and Protect” and “Black Woman” to name a few), it is not surprising that our reigning Queen puts the dynamic of honesty between man and woman front and center. Also included in her lyrics are the consequences to not being honest. Queen Ifrica sings: “me really shoulda tell yuh from the day when we meet say me is a girl who just love things / yuh shouldn’t borrow no car fih come look me / dat did kinda just shaky / if me did know den you wouldn’t get nuttin caw no walk-foot-bwoy can date me ….”
Although the song was released for Valentine’s Day 2020, Neil Diamond, Senior A&R for VP Records felt the track should be included on Reggae Gold. Neil says “this is a song that still brings up conversations that are needed in relationships. It’s a great song and I’m glad it’s included on Reggae Gold.”
Singer/producer DEL B and Major Lazer’s WALSHY FIRE connect Africa and the Caribbean on “Consider II” featuring vocals from soca superstar KES alongside Naija/afropop icons WIZKID and FLAVOUR. Nigeria’s DEL B (producer of Runtown’s global smash “Mad Over You” along with hits by Wizkid, Davido and Mr Eazi) made the original “Consider” with Wizkid and Flavour for 2019’s Afrodisiac: The Mixtape.
Now in 2020, Walshy Fire has added his touch to the track, applying his trademark Caribbean x afrobeats fusion to create a trans-Atlantic conversation in the spirit of 2019’s Abeng album. The final ingredient in “Consider II” is the addition of featured vocals from Trinidad’s KES, who comes to the track riding a wave of acclaim from the newly released live album, WE HOME. Arriving right in between last week’s virtual Notting Hill Carnival feting in London and this weekend’s NY Carnival, “Consider II” is sure to satisfy listeners’ craving for one last dose of summer.
With his first single and video release in two decades ! Yes, Don Dada is back joining Salaam Remi for “Push Time” just in time for Labor Day weekend. Watch as the dancehall legend creates his own parade in the heart of Brooklyn and Queens, exclaiming how they push crime and injustices on our communities. “Push Time” the single comes off Salaam Remi’s Black on Purpose LP due out later this fall. “Since the 90s SuperCat and I have always been able to reason. And recently reasoning about the state of the communities and worldwide unrest led to this song” says Salaam.
The Black on Purpose LP will feature NaS, Jennifer Hudson ,Case, Teedra Moses, Bilal, Busta Rhymes, Chronixx, Spragga Benz, MuMu Fresh, and Doug E Fresh along with more from Black Thought, Stephen Marley, Cee-Lo Green, and Anthony Hamilton.
From the upcoming LP “Black on Purpose”, the new Single ‘Push Time’ By Super Cat & Salaam Remi
Wild Apache / Louder Than Life Records 2020
VIDEO Directed By NEWD4Y JOVI & Salaam Remi
Only a master musician can put life events into focus through song, and our Master musician, Beres Hammond has done just that. Today (Friday August 28th, 2020) is Beres Hammond’s birthday, and instead of asking for gifts, he has gifted us with the song “Call to Duty.”
Using a symphonic backdrop, Beres calls us to the duty of living our lives purposefully. While at the beginning of the song he asks us ‘what’s the purpose in us living,’ he goes on to encourage us to think about a child (the future). He sings “when a little baby is born / we can guarantee / that the little child grows up to be / one that we’re proud of / one with so much love / one that we can build the future on ….”
Recorded at Harmony House in Jamaica, Beres intends the song to be an inspiration. Whether DJs choose to play this song at the beginning of their broadcast, or at the end, the songs vibration inspires and is a clear ‘call to duty.’
Available for you to exclusively download today is “Call To Duty” by Beres Hammond. Make sure you wish our icon and legend a Happy Birthday. When you play the song, tag Beres @bereshammond and me @vprecords @thesonicexecutive
Kabaka Pyramid has become an iconic artist representing the younger generation of performing artists. The enthusiasm he brings to his artistry, and his fierce lyrical word play make him one of the most respected creators of music. If you have ever attended one of his shows (when show did ah keep), you know that fans get into his lyrics and sing them as if they wrote the phrases!
“Nice Up The Dance” showcases Kabaka’s respect for two icons who came before him (Michigan & Smiley). The track is also the second release from the Jeremy Harding produced compilation, Dancehall Anthems, for VP Records. The projects official release date is October 9th, 2020.
Performed to a remake of the Real Rock riddim, Kabaka’s version incorporates original lyrics and brings the song into a contemporary context with slight lyrical edits that come een like weapons! Not only will this vibes-filled chune nice up your speakers and earphones, the music video will have you glued to your smartphone! The visually rich video was shot in Jamaica; produced by Davida-Mae Chambers and directed by 300K, and will be released in the next few days.
Dancehall Anthems is a collection of new recordings of classic reggae and dancehall songs. Dancehall Anthems features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, and Royal Blu among others, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, et al. The first track from the album was Beenie Man’s take on Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.”
Kabaka Pyramid is one of the most celebrated and versatile MCs of the Reggae Revival movement, breaking out with the popular 2017 album Kontraband, produced by Damian Marley. Pyramid’s work shows a generational interest in hip-hop, integrating the MC’s flow with classic reggae and contemporary dancehall rhythms.
In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (Playground riddim); and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (Liquid riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her “Note To Self” album.
When you drop “Nice Up The Dance” by Kabaka Pyramid make sure you tag @kabakapyramid and me @vprecords @thesonicexecutive