Three years ago the vicious and confident Ce’Cile – one of too few successful female reggae singers – dropped her fourth album Jamaicanization, a set where she aimed for a more reggae-oriented sound.
A few weeks ago her fifth album was released and now she has taken a new direction. Still Running (From Love) is probably her most eclectic full-length effort yet and she effortlessly blends ska, reggae and dancehall with soca, dubstep, Eurodance, pop and house.
One of the main themes is energy. Another is fun. Many of the songs are bona fide party-starters directly aimed at shaking up dance floors worldwide. You have Turn It Up, which loans heavily from Alexandra Stan’s monster hit Mr. Saxobeat. They share a similar looped and infectious saxophone, made for popping up in your head when you don’t need it.
There’s also the bright and very repetitive Irie: We Don’t Care and Me Have It and Eye Pon Me, both sexy and sweaty with bouncy bass lines. On the Richie Loop combination Contagious soca meets house, in a way similar to what Bunji Garlin does on his recently released Differentology album. Then there’s One More, a combination with fierce chanter Anthony B over a lazy dubstep beat.
I rarely listen to top 40 radio or Billboard best-sellers. But I think some of those songs and albums sound a little like Still Running with its sing-a-long and anthemic choruses and infectious hooks and memorable melodies. It’s a contemporary and lively Caribbean pop album that could do well on hit lists across Europe and the U.S.
Reggae and dancehall singer and former Portmore Empire associate Jah Vinci drops his debut album Ghetto Born on July 22nd, a collaboration with Khabir Bonner of Grillaras Productions known for his recent album with Lutan Fyah, Life of a King, and the Beenie Man & Ce’Cile single Thug Love.
“Working with Grillaras Productions was almost instinctual, and we have worked on many projects before and they all went well, so naturally I thought to work with him again,” says Jah Vinci in a press release.
The 13-track album features collaborations with legends such as Beenie Man and Junior Reid and is based on reggae, dancehall and crossover sounds, with Jah Vinci taking on societal issues as well as crime, violence and poverty, matters often surrounding Jamaican inner-city life.
“I know this one is going to be a hit! I will continue to raise the bar in music by putting out only quality work. Not only that but these songs are going to be a favourite with my fans,” concludes Jah Vinci.
Righteous rasta chanter Lutan Fyah’s brand new album Life of a King is a super solid 13 track set produced by Khabir “Khabs” Bonner, probably best known for Beenie Man and Ce’Cile’s recent dancehall crossover hit Thug Love.
Life of a King is a completely different affair though. This is not a dancehall or pop album, it’s a spiritual and powerful contemporary roots reggae journey with clear influences from nyabinghi, hip-hop and old school dancehall.
Lutan Fyah blazes, raves, chants and sings about inequality, unity, peace, love and consequences of the current financial crisis in parts of the world. He is angry as a roaring lion and rebels against the society and the system. And he is very convincing.
Lutan Fyah is a prolific artist who has voiced hundreds of tracks. Loads of excellent tunes, and some more mediocre. Protect the Youth is however one of his best this year, or maybe best in years. It has a driving saxophone, a grim piano and two inspired singers – Lutan Fyah who mixes singing with a fiery delivery and the authorative Mr. Lexx. When he talks you listen. Period.
This is the second Lutan Fyah album this year. And a third is set for release soon. If that set is nearly a strong as Life of a King, 2013 will be Lutan Fyah’s year.
Jamaican bad gyal Ce’Cile dropped her second full-length album Jamaicanization a couple of months ago. To get the Jamaican sound she wanted she went to Germany and recorded with producer Ben Bazzarian.
I had the opportunity to talk to Ce’Cile when she visited Europe on a promotional tour. She is outspoken and believes that Bounty Killer shouldn’t sing another gun song. Check the full interview over at United Reggae.
Jamaican singjay Ce’Cile is (in)famous for her lewd lyrics and sexy appearance. Tunes such as Give it To Me (about oral sex) and the Sean Paul duet Can You do di Wuk explains it all.
But for her sophomore album Jamaicanization she is cleaner than ever, and this album showcases a sexy yet mature sound.
Jamaicanization is a diverse set consisting of 17 tunes (whereof one is a spoken intro by Rory of Stone Love Movement). It ranges from straight modern one drop reggae to ska inspired dancehall, as in Want More.
German Ben Bazzazian has produced the majority of the album, an album that includes no less than 13 exclusives. Other producers include Stephen McGregor, Tony “CD” Kelly and Shaggy.
Ce’Cile is still outspoken, but her lyrics aren’t blunt or lewd. Her singing is seductive, energetic and melodic. And several songs could reach high on both dance charts and radio charts around the globe. Check Up on the Dancefloor to get in a weekend party mood.
But Jamaicanization also offers honey drenched pop melodies, great harmonies and hooks that would make Rihanna and Nicki Minaj envious. OK With You, Cheater or Where You Want Me will hopefully appeal to a urban music fans.
The best highlights are however the Agent Sasco duet Hey with its infectious groove and sing-a-long chorus or Singing This Song with its video game-like keyboards.
With Jamaicanization Ce’Cile has shown that she’s a force that could put up a fight with U.S. RnB artists for the top spots in the urban music charts.