UK’s number one crooner Bitty McLean is back with yet another solid collaboration with Sly & Robbie. Heart, Mind & Soul EP follows the beautiful The Taxi Sessions released two years ago.
This fresh new EP is presently only available on vinyl, which also comes with a CD, and collects six tracks of which four are previously unreleased. Anything and Everything is available on Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate’s The Reggae Power and In and Out of Love was also featured on The Taxi Sessions.
Heart, Mind & Soul continues where The Taxi Sessions left off. Bitty McLean sings his heart out over vintage Sly & Robbie riddims, originally laid at Channel One by the Hookim brothers. His voice is as elegant as ever and the bass and drums are rock solid and completed by smooth horns.
Bitty McLean has a great presence in his performance and it’s easy to imagine him singing in a small club, walking effortlessly around the floor singing genuine love songs for all the lovers and couples out there.
UK singer Bitty McLean has been around for some time now. He dropped his debut album in 1994, but was then away from the limelight for about seven years.
In 2006 a career-changer came about. That’s when he met veteran riddim section and production duo Sly and Robbie. Three years later they put out the excellent Movin’ On set and now it’s time for yet another first-rate effort.
The Taxi Sessions isn’t however a new Movin’ On. This ten track album – eight on the LP – is built on loops from familiar Sly and Robbie riddims from the early to mid 80s complete with freshly recorded horn overdubs.
It’s a mix of cultural and lovers themes and Bitty McLean’s honey-drenched voice suits the easy-going and bouncy riddims perfectly. This is harmonious and beautifully arranged reggae with lots of soul and charm.
The initial run of the LP and CD is already sold out. It will be available on high resolution audiophile online stores like Qobuz and HDTracks before it hits the regular digital platforms. So go and grab a copy while you can.