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Wicked combination of reggae and hip-hop on Randy Valentine’s Radio Music

0a0720b89cUK’s Randy Valentine is one of the best and hottest contemporary singers around and he has recently put out his fourth project – a blazing mixtape where he has voiced hip-hop beats from the 90s, including Dr Dre’s Xxplosive, Dead Prez’ Hip Hop and Puff Daddy’s Missing You.

Radio Music Raptape collects 19 tracks and is produced by Hemp Higher and Tek-9 Movement. It’s a continuous flow – flavoured with sonic effects – mixed by Straight Sound and presented by Walshy Fire, Bobby Konders, Seani B, Jugglerz, Ninja Crown and King Lagaze.

It also contains only exclusive material and features guest performances from Kabaka Pyramid, Gappy Ranks, Cali P and Big Bullz.

I’ve been a huge fan of Randy Valentine ever since he dropped his first mixtape Bring Back the Love, which has since then been followed by two excellent EPs – Still Pushing and Break the Chain.

Randy Valentine has a unique urgency and energy in his delivery and every word and syllable is sung with passion and love.

Check Radio Music Raptape below and download the full set here.

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Another strong EP from Randy Valentine

RV-still-pushingtry13-1024x1024Jamaican-born and UK-raised singer Randy Valentine has teamed up with Mad Professor’s son Joe Ariwa for another strong EP.

Still Pushing is just like its predecessor Break the Chain released via Hemp Higher and it offers more of the same rootsy reggae with a contemporary flavour. This new set might however be a bit more on the dubby side of reggae.

Randy Valentine is one the best – if not the best – European singers right now. He has a great energy and melody in his voice and he can probably make any track interesting.

Still Pushing comes with eight tracks, of which one is a dub version and one is a mighty fine slice of a cappella where Randy Valentine gets the chance to showcase his strong and emotional vocals.

This is another beautiful set from Randy Valentine and after two EP’s and several strong singles and one riddim album cuts I’m definitely ready for his debut album.

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Randy Valentine breaks the chain and unleashes debut EP

1398977718_coverFor me three relatively young and up and coming UK artists are at the very forefront of the European reggae scene – Stylo G, Christopher Ellis and Randy Valentine. None of these have yet presented a full album, even though Christopher Ellis dropped a vintage sounding EP earlier this year. Now he’s however followed by Randy Valentine, who unleashed his debut EP Break the Chain yesterday.

This contemporary nine track set issued via Swiss label Hemp Higher is pure and bright shining gold. Randy Valentine has a golden voice and a style packed with energy, which gives slower jams like Nah Sell Out, Inna di Ghetto and Dear People a nice boost.

More up-tempo tracks like Break the Chain and the dubstep-flavored Sound the Alarm are certainly intense thanks to his energetic approach. And really enjoyable are Sweet Reggae Music and Lock Me Up. Both of these offer unexpected and fresh tempo changes.

Did someone say bright future?

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