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.
Wildly talented, heavily streamed, yet still in the throes of international discovery, Jamai-ca’s musical sensation Vershon releases new single ‘Reality’ featuring the UK’s front run-ner in Rap, Chip.
Previously named as BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For 2016’ artists alongside J Hus, Kehlani and Mabel, Vershon made his first chink in the armour of global breakthrough with his hit single ‘Inna Real Life’. His music profile has since built to include over 11 million streams, 346K followers on Instagram and his own YouTube channel is home to over 44 million views, yet it is the release of his forthcoming ‘Only One’ EP, which also features Trillary Banks and Busy Signal, that is set to bridge the gap between Jamaica and the UK.
Taken from ‘Only One’, produced by award-winning British trio The Fanatix, responsible for cuts with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Giggs and Stylo G, the genu-ine Caribbean vibes run to the very roots of ‘Reality’. The track comes as the second up-front slice of the highly anticipated 6-track, released via Saint Music/Parlophone in his first freshly inked deal with a major label, and arouses the heat on the sensuous side to Ver-shon as he divulges his enamour for no-filter, natural beauty. Having previously released the bold and gritty ‘Original’, ‘Reality’ offers an insight in to the lyrical dexterity and musi-cal diversity of Vershon, demonstrating that he’s equally as skilled at hitting out hard bars with a livewire spark as he is at articulating tender moments and emotion.
Featuring a delicate pulsating key synth and serene bird-like calls, the stripped back in-troduction puts a spotlight on to Vershon as he confidently takes the stage, lyrically ca-ressing the track with tangible lyricism before the deep tremble of bass begins to stir. Although raised in London, Chip’s Jamaican roots have always maintained a strong influ-ence over his music and whilst he is a master at skipping rings around any beat and bar-ring with the best, his inclusion on ‘Reality’ highlights the capabilities of the duo and their ability to command an exhilarating record.
“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to show the world different sides of my lyrical versatility. My upcoming EP “Only One”, showcases a little window into my lyrical and musical diversity and I am quietly buzzing to begin this new chapter in my career. I am very anxious to see how my fans and a wider audience will react to the music and diversity, but there’s much more to come – going to need bigger windows lol” – VERSHON
Garfield Walters also known as Gary “Poo” Walters by most of his fans was born on the island of Barbados. Gary Walters the vocalist and songwriter began entertaining at an early age. By fifteen he had already appeared on the Vic Brewster talent show on CBC TV and through that one appearance he received many bookings at such popular nightspots of the time, like the Caribbean Pepper Pot and the South Winds Hotel.
Gary shared the stage with the late Jackie Opel, The Dukes, Egbert Sayers, and his Fontains and Mike Wilkinson. Shortly after Gary joined a musical group called The Revelations to establish a reputation of a fine quality within the music industry in Barbados.
Since then Gary left the island to further his experience in the field of music. While living in the U.S.A. he sang with a trio for a little while, he now currently does concerts, parties, and shows. Ever so often Gary goes back to Barbados because that’s where his heart is.
Gary currently has three albums to his credit including “Caribbean Favorites” and “Gary Walters Sings His Originals.” Gary Walters is known for singing ballads, but he also wrote a song titled Bajan Woman, which is done in the Soca style and makes him one of the only artists to praise the Bajan Woman.
Can’t Fly is an electronic / reggae dancehall crossover track from UK-based producer Patrick (formerly D-DOTs), featuring legendary Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer Wayne Marshall. The song, produced on Patrick’s recent writing trip to the island’s capital, Kingston, is a genre-bending, reality tune that brings forth a powerful, uplifting message for those struggling. It is a result of the two sharing their distinctly unique experiences living in the “concrete jungles” of London and Kingston, respectively.
Marshall melodically blesses the chorus with the type of positivity ever so needed during this critically challenging time in history, “With every tick-and-a-tock of the time, It’s a process to free your mind . . . Seek freedom of the mind, Cause you can’t fly in a cage.”
With album art by photographer Grayson Lauffenburger depicting a skateboarder flying high in the streets of Kingston, the song is also reflective of the budding skateboard culture rising out of the city’s notoriously mean streets. An uplifting opportunity for children, teens, and young adults, skateboarding is increasingly becoming a positive alternative on the island for those who find themselves at a crossroads in life. With the opening of the Freedom Skatepark and Youth Centre in Kingston this year, the growth of this much needed, positive shift in culture and sport is quite clearly evident.
With Can’t Fly, Patrick and Wayne Marshall are poised to create an anthem for the streets that helps the masses keep pushing, literally and figuratively.
Written by: Wayne Marshall, Patrick Denny & Godwin Sonzi
Produced by: Patrick Denny
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Label: STAY FREE
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