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Powerful fourth album from Christos DC

unnamedGreek-American producer-turned-singer Christos DC has recently put out his fourth album Tessera, meaning four in Greek. It’s a rootsy set full of catchy melodies, infectious hooks and brilliant arrangements.

Christos DC started his career back in the early 90s when he produced US hip-hop and R&B artists. But he increasingly turned to reggae and spent several years on the road with Don Carlos and The Itals singing backing vocals and playing guitar.

His debut solo album Time to Rise dropped in 2008 and he has come a long way since. On his new and skillfully produced album he creates long-lasting sounds with epic horns and smooth bass lines.

Standout cuts include album opener Speak the Fire, featuring Bulgarian chanter Zafayah, the emotional version of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold and the anthemic Communion, with Kenyatta Hill and Groundation’s Harrison Stafford on guest vocals.

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Kenyatta Hill carries his father’s legacy on Riddim of Life

Riddim of Life IV CYMK high qualityKenyatta “Jr Culture” Hill rose to prominence in 2006 when his legendary father Joseph Hill – formerly lead singer in vocal trio Culture – died while on tour in Europe. Kenyatta Hill was travelling along and stepped up from behind the mixing desk and completed the tour. About a year later he dropped his emotional debut single Daddy, recorded together with a rooster of top Jamaican musicians, including Sly Dunbar and Dean Fraser.

The single was also featured on his debut album Pass the Torch, released the same year. It was in 2011 followed by the live tribute set Live On: A Tribute to Culture.

Three years have passed and Kenyatta Hill has recently put out his third album, a set on which he has certainly refined his song writing and singing skills. It’s a mature set where Kenyatta Hill almost sounds like a reincarnated version of his father with a dash of Burning Spear. His raspy tone is rural, passionate and intense.

Riddim of Life collects ten tracks, of which six are vocals and six are dub versions. It’s mainly produced by Greek-American singer and song writer Christos DC and recorded together with members from the legendary Roots Radics and U.S. reggae band The Archives.

It’s a strong set and offers some brimstone and fire riddims and emotive pleas to Jah. Listen to the peaceful Jah is My Friend or the darker and more intense Afrikan and Pressue Drop.

Kenyatta Hill keeps his father’s legacy alive and waves the red, gold and green banner high and proud.

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