Diel – Pretty Melanin – VPAL Music

Diel - Pretty Melanin - VPAL Music

Diel shines a Spotlight on the Beauty of Melanated Skin’

Jamaican Musician Diel Releases visuals for his roots reggae single ‘Pretty Melanin’ an anthem of empowerment for the black woman.

Hot on the heels of the Black Lives Matter and Challenge Accepted social movements, Diel has delivered another message strong anthem for women in ‘Pretty Melanin,” this time paying tribute to the unique molecule that gives pigment to the skin. The once unappreciated melanin is the subject of his praise, and his beautifully written lyrics explore nuances that uplift and glorify the black woman.

Crooning in a style reminiscent of reggae great Garnet Silk, his smooth falsetto vocals bring to life the “joy” of which he sings. This follow up to “Majesty” is produced by Dwain ‘Wiya’ Campbell, and is a tribute to authentic roots reggae – to positivity, Afrocentrism and love.

Speaking of his inspiration behind the song, Diel says, “ Even though I am a new artiste, I am at a place mentally where I want to release music that will last past my lifetime. So in sitting down and writing this song, I looked carefully at all that is going on, and thought about what I would want to say to my daughter. Although she is not born yet, it is a love song to her… and really to every woman that can connect with and appreciate the message.”

The anthem is brought to life perfectly by Ikon Media. Diel’s childhood friends turned partners, produced stunning visuals showcasing the range and beauty of the “melanated” woman by using a simple, but creatively profound concept. It’s easy to see what has so captivated the singer to bring this piece of art into being, this anthem is one for the musical history books.

Written by Danielle Thomas for OneTeam Entertainment

Toddla T x Jada Kingdom – Happy Place

Toddla T x Jada Kingdom - Happy Place

Platinum selling producer Toddla T joins forces with Jamaica songstress Jada Kingdom resulting in a love song like no other.
Heralded as ‘Jamaica’s voice of pain’ and freshly signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent record label, Jada has taken the island by storm, recently achieving both #1 and #2 spots on the YouTube trending chart.
For Toddla T, entering a new season of his life both professionally and personally, the essence of ‘Happy Place’ is inadvertently spot on.
TODDLA T says “It’s quite timely where I’m at in my life right now with a new chapter in many ways not just professionally but with family and my mental state, I truly am in a happy place; so the timing is unintentionally correct, natural vibes!
I’ve been a fan of Jada for a long time. We finally got together at my West London studio last year and wrote the song from scratch with Adrian McLeod, it flowed so easily. I love the sentiment of the song, it’s a beautiful message and the chords compliment that.”
JADA KINGDOM adds “Toddla has great vision musically and he’s been supporting me from day one so it was a natural fit when we got in the studio to make music. Hopefully one day I will be able to understand his accent!”

Gyptian & Collie Buddz – Deh Yah Produced By Ricky Blaze

Gyptian & Collie Buddz - Deh Yah Produced By Ricky Blaze

Gyptian – ‘Deh Yah’ (ft. Collie Buddz), Produced by Ricky Blaze
The team behind Gyptian’s hit single “Hold Ya” —2010’s song of the summer—is back together, with super producer Ricky Blaze reuniting with Gyptian for this instant dancehall classic “Deh Yah”. This time they have brought in Bermudian reggae/dancehall superstar Collie Buddz to solidify this infectious romper.
Via Ineffable Records

Black Liberation – Olatunji & Good Times Ahead

Black Liberation - Olatunji & Good Times Ahead

Award-winning Soca artiste, Olatunji Yearwood and International EDM Producers, Good Times Ahead, formerly GTA, collaborate on ‘Black Liberation’. The track fuses Black Empowerment and Caribbean influence, highlighting the importance of the freedom, liberation and the celebration of black people.

Yohan Marley – Brickell (ft. Jo Mersa Marley)

Yohan Marley - Brickell (ft. Jo Mersa Marley)

Yohan Marley, son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley is writing another chapter in Jamaican music with his foray into Reggae inspired music with a global fusion.
Friday Sept 4th, teaming up yet again with his brother Jo Mersa Marley; he released his new single “Brickell (When Tears Fall)” produced by Karloff. A modern R&B/Pop infused single capturing the feel of South Miami’s city lights, streets and vibrant culture in particular in the famous “Brickell” Downtown center. This is the brothers second collaboration since their release “Burn it Down”.

Alicai Harley – I Just Wanna Know

Alicai Harley - I Just Wanna Know

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.

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.