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Randy Valentine’s sublime and inspirational new narrative

unnamedUK singer Randy Valentine has joined forces with US production teams Royal Order Music and Loud City Music for the sublime and beautiful New Narrative, a nine track set collecting seven vocal cuts, one dub version and a lovely a cappella intro.

New Narrative is a personal album and Randy Valentine guides the listener through his life journey so far. It’s personal and intimate and throughout the set he conveys the power to manifest one’s own destiny and take responsibility for one’s own actions.

The set starts off strong with Randy Valentine being confident in himself singing “spent my whole life searching for myself in a di books, but the greatness of I story has somehow been overlooked” and then one of the greatest songs of 2017 kicks off.

Happiness Station is an ode to life and puts words to the pleasure and joy only music can give. In Trenchtown Rock Bob Marley sang “one good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain”. Very eloquently put. Randy Valentine’s words isn’t a one-liner, but he movingly describes the power of music:

“Happiness station, that’s my destination, happiness station, that’s my destination, cause I feel like celebrating, just put the record on and keep it on rotation, yeah, I just wanna feel the sweetness, coming through the speakers, music a transportation, next stop, is happiness station, and nothing bothers me, that’s the way that it ought to be, don’t you agree”.

And the badabapbadabap in the chorus is just insanely catchy.

New Narrative is Randy Valentine’s third short-playing album and every set has been a minor masterpiece. And this latest one might just be his best one yet.

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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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Support a groundbreaking project uniting the music of Jamaica and Cuba

Acclaimed Australian producer, mixing engineer and keyboardist Mista Savona is on a mission. He aims to bring about 30 Jamaican and Cuban musicians together in the recording studio for the first time ever.

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Key Jamaican and Cuban artists already confirmed for this landmark project include Sly & Robbie, members of Buena Vista Social Club, Leroy Sibbles of The Heptones, Prince Alla and Randy Valentine.

But Mista Savona and his team need financial support to make this historical new project come true. They have secured support from the Australia Council to help with recording costs in Cuba and Australia. They now need assistance with international travel costs, studio and equipment hire, engineer and artist fees, legal expenses and permits for our artists and film crew.

The team has a Kickstarter goal of $20,000 AUD, and they have already received a little more than $16,000 AUD. Less than $4,000 AUD is therefore needed to reach the goal. If they exceed the target additional funds will be used to record more high profile artists, including Damian Marley, Mos Def, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Tanya Stephens and Tarrus Riley.

This project is a journey to unite the music of Jamaica and Cuba. It will fire up a melting pot of traditional and contemporary Cuban and Jamaican music, and intends to explore and develop new styles and sounds showcasing the best of each island’s musical heritage.

The international artists will come together to record at Havana’s Egrem studios in Cuba. Over the course of eight days the musicians will collaborate, compose and improvise together to create a full length album.

Learn more about the project and how to contribute 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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Another head-nodder from Jah Sun

jahsun-newparadigmFor his brand new album New Paradigm U.S. reggae singjay Jah Sun has teamed up with Austria-based record label House of Riddim.

On the 16 track set they have invited an impressive roster of contemporary reggae artists from Jamaica and Europe – Dre Island, Million Stylez, I-Octane, Randy Valentine, Nikki Burt and Charly B.

House of Riddim has produced all tracks, which is rather unusual in reggae, and the album is solid, cohesive and firmly rooted in contemporary and up-tempo one drop reggae. Jah Sun sings, deejays and even showcases his rapping skills on a few tracks.

Best of the bunch are album opener New Paradigm, the Dre Island combination Carry On, with its dramatic strings, and the fist pumping Morning Sun, complete with intense horns and punky energy.

Included are also a few radio-friendly cuts, for example the slick I-Octane combination Peace Cry and Only Human, a cut sounding a bit like Paul Simon’s pop reggae smash hit You Can Call Me Al from the mid-80s.

Jah Sun is definitely a force to be reckoned with –as he also has proven on previous sets, particularly the excellent Rise as One – but this album means no paradigm shift in reggae; it’s actually rather traditional and the sound of reggae will probably stay the same.

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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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