2019 was a busy year for Hache who released his debut EP “Gully One”. The EP featured single releases including Gully One (GRM Daily) and Seasoning (Link Up TV), accompanied by freestyle on Mixtape Madness. Killydem is the final drop for the Gully One EP before Hache moves into EP two, which is set to take him on a new journey not just within UK Dancehall and Rap, but with elements of Drum&Bass infused too, plus some heavyweight features. For his debut EP, Hache has joined forces with south London producer JR James to tell the story of his early years growing up in Jamaica. Being born in Spanish Town and raised Saint Catherine meant Hache grew up with Dancehall and Reggae as his foundation. Coming to England aged seven and living in south London then saw him fall in love with U.K culture – in particular grime and rap music, but never forgetting his roots and where he came from, as reflected in the “Gully One” EP. Gully One represents where is from and is a fusion of U.K slang and Jamaican patios. “Gully” has been referred too as being “sick” or “cool”, something he has enthused over the years as the cool-kid of his ends, always in the latest fits and putting his peers onto the latest hits. Gully One EP has so far been supported by BBC Radio 1Xtra as a Record of the week on the station and a Weekend Anthem, it has had plays from MistaJam, Twin B, Seani B and Sian Anderson to name a few. It has received plays from Rellik and Joe Walker at Reprezent Radio, been picked in the “Best New Song In The World” feature by Julie Adenuga on Beats 1, had support from Ras Kwame at Capital Xtra and love at Pulse FM with Cookie Dough, and Rinse FM with Chris Da Capo and Jamie Rodigan. His debut EP also saw him frequent popular shows for performances in 2019 such as Fusion, Big Chill and Wray Takeover as well as perform at events at popular London clubs such as Oval Space, Brixton Jamm and Temple Bar.
Pius Mayanja known by his stage name Pallaso is a Ugandan recording artiste, songwriter, producer and videographer. He sings in Luganda, mixes with English and sometimes Kiswahili. His music genre specialty is Afrobeats, Hip hop, Dancehall, Afropop, and RnB. His musical journey started back in 2000 when he started out at Leone Island, a musical group that is owned by his older brother, Dr. Jose Chameleon. He later moved to the USA, where he lived for 10 years, before returning to Uganda in 2014. Upon his return, he set out to establish his now very celebrated musical career, and formed the group, “Team Good Music.” which seems to be working well in the Uganda Music Industry
Bermudian EDM DJ and Producer Noise Cans put his electronic touch on Major Lazer & Mr. Killa’s soca hit “Soca Storm”. “It was a no brainer to be a part of this project…both of these artists have been very influential in pushing the culture forward ” said Noise Cans. Mr Killa added “Noise Can’s remix gives ‘Soca Storm’ an international feel.”
The remix is part of a 2 song remix package for the “Soca Storm” EP and is available now on all platforms.
As we approach this shift in time, in ages, in the consciousness of man, many things can be said but who is really listening? So much trouble in our world, yet are we aware? The battle lines have been drawn and it’s simple. Good vs. evil.
I am not here to tell you the side you should be on, rather my offering of music is meant to guide, inspire, uplift, educate and eradicate negativity from the minds of the masses.
We, who have been the political football of many, the economic underdog nations, say no! No more to this upside down system. This one sided view of justice and all the other issues affecting us as a people.
While I seek to highlight the systemic problems around the world, I am aware of the need of preserving dancehall culture along with the real essence that reggae music offers but these are not normal times so things cannot continue as normal.
We are the change we seek and it’s our time to cement this thought in the minds of our youth. To open their eyes, thus enabling future generations to continue on a firm path and solid foundation with music doing it’s job as the great healer, teacher, comforter and above all, the restorative force that propels human beings to higher heights.
My gift from Jah to you. Let’s get this UPSIDE DOWN 2020 world right side up.
Written by James ‘Jamesy P’ Morgan
Produced by Kevin ‘Shadee’ Sardine (Kode786 Productions)
Mixed and Mastered by Parry Jack (Jack Spaniard Productions)
Background Vocals by Anderson Armstrong and Michael Mercer
Vocals Recorded by Reddhead Studios
Vocal Production by Vocaldini
Lyric Video by Danny Reid for Oak
Coming on the heels of the ‘Stories’ and ‘Street Code’ rhythm compilations, two of their most successful productions to date. Recording imprint New League Music known for working with a plethora of stalwarts in the Reggae and Dancehall genre is once again stepping to the fore with a solid offering for the summer.
The project titled, ‘Live For The Summer’ is a collaborative effort and features dancehall heavyweights, Busy Signal, Stylo G and potent lyricist Ajji (formerly known as Ajrenalin) boastfully flexing their lyricism on the sauce-filled record as they sing about the opulent lifestyle and all its trappings. Privy to an exclusive listening session the song has been touted by a myriad of noted industry players as a ‘must-have’ on your playlist and one to watch for the summer.
Conceptualized by label executive Michaelius Phipps, he explained the creative process behind the record, “I wanted a hit, and so I started working on a beat with Marlon Easy. Once I had the instrumental I then reached out to Ajji who has been doing his thing on the New York circuit. He wrote the track and then presented it to Stylo G as a collaboration. Stylo G liked it and immediately recorded his verse and said the song was perfect for the summer. Like a stroke of luck or good fortune while the song was being mixed Busy Signal walked into the studio session and heard the project and immediately wanted a piece of the action. The final product is like ‘magic’ and I’m even more impressed with the effort and delivery of all the artistes.”
Phipps says he is very optimistic the dancehall community will embrace this project.