Saw’s Alter Ego out

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NEVER one for the conventional, Lady Saw enters new territory with her latest album, Alter Ego, which was released Tuesday by her Hall’s Productions through a distribution deal with VP Records subsidiary VPAL Music.

Though Hall’s Productions has released songs by Spragga Benz, Beenie Man, Assassin, Sizzla and Ce’Cile, Alter Ego is the first album bearing its seal. Saw told the Jamaica Observer that the set is rounded.

“It’s Marion Hall (her real name) with a touch of Lady Saw. It’s different,” she said.

Alter Ego has duets with lovers’ rock king Beres Hammond, rapper Flo Rida and UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell.

Saw decided to go the independent route after her previous album, My Way, which was distributed by VP. My Way was released in 2010 and did fairly well in the United States, but the bawdy deejay said it was time to get her productions out on Hall’s and Diva’s Records, her other label.

“I’ve been producing songs for some time yuh nuh, but a lotta people don’t know,” she stated. Saw added that while hit songs are critical to keeping artistes fresh in the dancehall, her interest lies with releasing albums.

“It still plays a great role in exposing the artiste. People get to see what you are about with an album,” she said.

Lady Saw is the latest act to sign a distribution deal with VPAL which was launched five years ago by VP. The company feeds albums to its international digital, compact disc and vinyl network under distribution deals with artistes, most of whom are dancehall.

Konshens (Mental Maintenance), Busy Signal (‘IT’ Incomparable Talent), Anthony B (Tribute to Legends) and New Zealand band House of Shem (Harmony) are some of the acts who have similar agreements with VP.

— Howard Campbell

HOUSE OF SHEM’S NEW ALBUM ‘HARMONY’

After releasing their new record in New Zealand back on December 6th 2013, House of Shem has signed a US & Europe distribution deal with VPAL Music (VP Records Music Group), setting a release date for Harmony on January 28th.

The 12 tracks of Harmony follow the 2010’s Island Vibration which debuted #1 on the New Zealand Top 40 album chart and is currently certified Gold. The third album for this Kiwi reggae outfit was recorded in a variety of studios across New Zealand throughout 2013 and mixed at the Marley’s Tuff Gong studio in Jamaica with the legendary Errol Brown, producing and engineering the release.

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House of Shem hail from Aotearoa, New Zealand and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format. At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with over thirty years experience writing and playing reggae music. As a former member of ‘Herbs’, ‘Mana’ and ‘The Twelve Tribes Of Israel’ amongst others, Carl’s musical credentials are impeccable.

Joining Carl are two of his sons Te Omeka and Isaiah who not only provide harmonies and play keyboards, they are both lead vocalist and composers in their own right. It is this blood link and family bond that renders the sum of their combined voices as something really extraordinary. Each of the three has their own distinct song writing style and voice, effectively giving the band three lead singers. The harmonies are sublime and the precision of their ensemble performance is phenomenal.

You can pick up Harmony on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

House of Shem Links:
House of Shem Website
House of Shem Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti from ThePier.org

CURRENT / FALL 2013 VPAL RELEASES – LUCIANO, RAPHAEL, GAPPY RANKS, ANTHONY B, HIRIE, PERFECT GIDDIMANI AND TAKE UP THE CROSS VOL.3

AUG 20
Anthony B – Tribute To Legends

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Roots reggae crusader Anthony B pays homage to his musical icons on Tribute To Legends, his latest album featuring production from Anthony B / Born Fire Music and Train Line Records (amongst others). “I chose to make a tribute album to show how much these legends influence my music and my life. I think a lot of our young people need to know where we are coming from musically and to help them be better in the future,” says Anthony B. The 16-track album features covers of songs from musical icons including Bob Marley, John Lennon, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh, Ini Kamoze and Israel Vibration.

Check out Anthony’s music video for his Ray Charles’ cover “Can’t Stop Loving You” off of the new album:

Purchase album on iTunes now:

Order CD on VP Reggae:

http://www.anthonybmusic.net
https://twitter.com/AnthonyBReggae
https://www.facebook.com/ANTHONYBOFFICIAL

AUG 27
Various -Take Up The Cross Vol.3

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Producer Lloyd Campbell releases a new gospel album Take Up The Cross Vol.3. Filled with a blend of inspirational contemporary gospel, this compilation is now in its third series. Christian and gospel music are steadily growing genres and Take Up The Cross Vol. 3 presents the best of the new breed. This album soothes the soul with sweet reggae riddims and inspirational messages of hope.

Purchase album on iTunes now:

Order CD on VP Reggae:

 

 

 

SEPT 3
HIRIE – HIRIE

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The young, talented and ambitious Hawaiian singer-songwriter HIRIE stirs up island-inspired roots, reggae and pop on her self-titled debut album (Roots Musician Records/VPAL). In support of her new release, HIRIE is currently touring the U.S. until November 23 with Tribal Seeds and Fortunate Youth. “HIRIE is a lifestyle I want people to love and become accustomed to. The island-way of living is contagious; healing the mind, body and spirit. The same goes for its music. When people hear my songs, I want them to feel disconnected from their troubles. Music that brings you to a positive place, that’s reggae. Music that lifts you to a higher place: that’s HIRIE,” the singer reveals.

Watch her debut music video for the album’s first single “Sensi Boy”:

Purchase album on iTunes now:

Order CD on VP Reggae:

www.HIRIEmusic.com
www.facebook.com/HIRIEmusic
www.twitter.com/HIRIEmusic

SEPT 10
Perfect Giddimani – Over The Top

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Perfect, one of the greatest gems of modern roots reggae, bursted onto the scene in 2006 with his smash hit “Handcart Bwoy.” Perfect Giddimani has released a host of albums and hundreds of singles showcasing his various musical influences and styles. Following the release of Journey of 1000 Miles, he teams up with Sam Gilly’s House of Riddim in Austria to produce this brand new 20-track collection of mellow modern roots.

Check out “Better Days” video off the new album Over The Top:

 

Purchase album on iTunes now:

Order CD on VP Reggae:

http://www.perfectgiddimani.com

SEPT 17
Gappy Ranks – Shining Hope

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Dancehall artist Gappy Ranks was born and raised in Harlesden, London. In 2010, Gappy signed to Greensleeves Records and released his debut album Put The Stereo On. The album was well-received worldwide and featured hits including the title track and “Heaven In Her Eyes,” which was #1 for 16 weeks on the UK charts. This success also led Gappy Ranks to score a nomination for Best Reggae Act at the 2010 MOBO Awards. In 2011, Gappy Ranks followed up with his sophomore effort Thanks & Praise on his independent label Hot Coffee Music distributed by VP Records. The album included the smash hit “Stinkin Rich” by Italian producer Macro Marco. That same year, Gappy Ranks made his late night television debut performance on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. Gappy Ranks recently released his third album Shining Hope this fall and is touring in support of the new album.

Check out his latest video “Tomorrow Loves You

Purchase album on iTunes now:

Order CD on VP Reggae:

https://www.facebook.com/GappyRanks
https://twitter.com/GAPPYRANKS

NOV 12
Raphael – Mind vs Heart

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Raphael, the Nigerian-Italian reggae singer songwriter, presents his long-­-awaited solo debut album Mind vs Heart on Irievibrations Records. Since he was a little boy Raphael has been inspired by Bob Marley. At age 16 Raphael founded the band Eazy Skankers, so it was a dream come true when his band was able to record an album at the Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica. Years later after perfecting his craft, Raphael has become in staple in the Italian reggae scene and toured across the globe with his distinctive sound. The new album Mind vs Heart features his soulful vocals filled with revolutionary lyrics.

Check out his latest video “Sound Blaster”:

 

Purchase album on iTunes now:

https://www.facebook.com/raphael.nkereuwem

DEC 3
Luciano – The Qabalah Man

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Reggae roots icon Luciano will release his brand new studio album The Qabalah Man on December 3, 2013. The album features guest collaborations from reggae legends like Bob Andy and U-Roy as well as rising stars including Vido, Mark Wonder, Naptali and Ziggi Recado. The Qabalah Man shares Luciano’s love for Rastafari, peace, unity and love over soulful reggae riddims provided by some of the genre’s best producers – including Luciano himself, Anthony Senior, Michael Edgehill, Nasir Gowdie, Lawrence Gowdie, Cedrica ”Soljie” Hamilton and more.

LISTEN to stream of upcoming album: LISTEN TO STREAM

Pre-order CD on VP Reggae:

http://www.lucianomessenjah.com/

IT IS TIME, BUNNY RUGS OF THIRD WORLD RELEASE HIS 5TH SOLO ALBUM

PrintBunny Rugs – the lead singer of Third World, one of the most successful international pop reggae band since 1980s – unleashes his new studio album TIME on September 11th off his own label Raw Edge Productions distributed exclusively by VPAL. Featuring Rugs’ infectious pop and rock reggae vibes and top-notch live instrumentation and production, his new album will stand the test of TIME. In the ever-changing world, Bunny Rugs proves that some things remain constant and love conquers all.

Those familiar with the Third World band (“96 Degrees In The Shade”7 “Reggae Ambassador”) will undoubtedly recognize the inspirational vocal style that Rugs helped translate into an international pop sound. Songs on Bunny’s new solo album like “Don’t Give It Up” and “Never Gonna Give Up” boast the quintessential roots rock reggae sound, while plaintive love ballads like “It’s Time,” “Just Deny,” “We’ve Got The Formula” and “Settling Down” will strike a chord among soul aficionados. Fans will also enjoy the soft reggae rock heard on “Heaven Sent – Dat Feeling” and “Bed Of Roses” and the easy pop listening evoked on “What Kinda Man.”

The album’s first single “Land We Love” is a modern day praise anthem celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence. The proceeds from the single will benefit their charity Jamaica Children’s Heart Fund / Chain of Hope. The accompanying video, directed by Ras Tingle, features cameos from Dean Fraser, bassist Taddy P, Cat Coore and Tony “Ruption” Williams of Third World.

Check out the video for first single “Land We Love”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllKjgJ1fZo

TIME employs the same illustrious musical standards that has earned Third World numerous hits and countless awards over the past 39 years. Rugs’ top notch cast of producers and songwriters includes: the music mixing and mastering maestros Rohan Dwyer & Steven Stanley, aforementioned Mikie Bennett, Jamaica’s premiere drum & bass duo Sly & Robbie, saxophonist Dean Fraser, Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, Dean Pond of Rymshot, Delroy Pottinger, Sheldon “Young Veterans” Pennicott, Anthony “506” Blair, Elise Kelly of Irie FM and Richard “Bello” Bell, who co-wrote seven of the album’s fifteen tracks with Rugs.

Third World was formed in 1973 and has released over 20 albums and Rugs himself has released 5 solo albums. Bunny Rugs has been nominated 10 times for the prestigious Grammy Awards as a member of Third World. Collectively, Third World has received numerous awards, including the New York City Ambassador Award in November 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal and Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Bunny Rugs, along with his bandmates Cat Coore and Richard Daley, are the spokespersons for the Jamaica Children’s Heart Fund / Chain of Hope.

Album Pre-Order Purchase Link:

JUNE/JULY VPAL RELEASES – C-SHARP, JAHCOUSTIX, PENTHOUSE COMPILATION STREET GOLD & STEPHEN ³DI GENIUS² MCGREGOR’S LABWORK VOL. 3

JUNE 18 (Out This Week)
JAHCOUSTIX – FREQUENCY

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Jahcoustix’s youth was a nomad’s life, spending years in Mexico, Liberia, New York, Kenya and Egypt. He discovered music in Kenya where he began writing his first songs. After returning to Germany at the age of 20, Jahcoustix fully dedicated his life to music. Since then, Jahcoustix has released five studio albums and played over 1000 live concerts around the world in the last decade.

On this new album Frequency, out this week, Jahcoustix provides his fans with uncompromising roots reggae. The album features collaborations with Israel Vibration’s former singer Apple Gabriel, Horace Andy, Dub Inc and Kabaka & Raphael.

 

 

http://www.facebook.com/JAHCOUSTIXmusic / http://jahcoustix.net / www.twitter.com/Jahcoustix2 / www.youtube.com/JAHCOUSTIXvideo

Purchase album now on iTunes here:

TRACK LISTING

1. FREQUENCY
2. CALLING FOR RIGHTS
3. SOUL COLLIDE
4. LOVE SAVE I
5. CONTROLLER FEAT. APPLE GABRIEL
6. ROCKS
7. SCREW IS LOOSE
8. STRONG MAN FEAT. HORACE ANDY
9. BLAZE IT OUT
10. DON’T SHOOT FEAT. KABAKA & RAPHAEL
11. BETTER DAYS FEAT. DUB INC
12. FAIL HARD
13. KINGS OF DEMOCRACY
14. ECHO
15. NOTHING A CHANGE (BONUS)
16. FAITH KEEPER (BONUS)
17. CONTROLLER (DUB VERSION)

JUNE 25
C-SHARP – THE INVITATION
c-sharp-the-invitationIn 2001, five students started jamming out in Room 13 at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Over the years the group become known as C-Sharp. After honing their musical craft in both production and performance, C-Sharp’s popularity and presence rose to an international level.

On June 25, C-Sharp will release their album The Invitation. Their commitment and musical growth allowed C-Sharp to execute a fierce collection of hits. The album bonus track “No More,” made its way onto radio charts internationally and the title track is their first collaboration with one of reggae’s finest artists Busy Signal. The bright blissful anthem “Somewhere” celebrates the beauty and appeal of their native island.

 

See the official video here

https://www.facebook.com/csharpband / www. https://twitter.com/CSharpgroup

TRACK LISTING:

1. FAMILY MAN
2. REGGAE MY SONG
3. THE INVITATION FEAT. BUSY SIGNAL
4. MISSING PEACE
5. HEART OF A CHILD
6. BOOK OF RULES
7. JEZEBEL
8. BETTER DAY COMING FEAT. THIRD WORLD
9. GET LIFTED
10. I’LL BE THERE
11. NURSE
12. SOMEWHERE
13. NO MORE (BONUS TRACK)

JUNE 25
LABWORK VOL. 3 – VARIOUS ARTISTS
(Produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor)

di genius lab-work-volume-3-artworkStephen “Di Genius” McGregor, is at it again with the summer must-have album Labwork Vol.3. This monster 25-track double disc compilation includes some of Jamaica’s top artists with the biggest hits to date and will strike the perfect balance of dancehall and reggae.

Described by the New York Times as a “hit-making force in Jamaican music” and “one of the scene’s most influential producers for over half-a-decade” by MTV UK, Stephen McGregor has been rightfully defined in the media as a musical genius. At the age of 16 years he became one of island’s best producers. A son of Freddie McGregor, Stephen was exposed to music since he was born and almost lives in the Big Ship studio, the McGregor’s home studio. He has created beats for countless artists including Mavado, Estelle, Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Chino McGregor and Sean Paul.

Labwork Vol.3 will be available worldwide digitally and on CD for the first time with the collaboration of Di Genius Records & VPAL Music.

Labwork Vol.1 & 2  is also available on iTunes.

http://www.digeniusmusic.com / https://twitter.com/digenius1

TRACK LISTING

1. ASK DEM – AIDONIA & DI GENIUS
2. F@*K GYAL & BUSS GUN – MAVADO
3. L.S.L REMIX – CHINO FEAT. KARDINAL OFFISHALL
4. ME ALONE – DI GENIUS
5. FROM LONGTIME – LADEN
6. RICH TOMORROW – CHINO
7. RICH RICH RICH – DI GENIUS
8. LIVE TO MAKE – MAVADO & JAHVINCI
9. TOUCH YOUR BODY – CHINO
10. PON DI COCKY – AIDONIA
11. BRUKI – AIDONIA
12. ANY MAN – BUSY SIGNAL
13. GOOD GOOD GIRL – MAVADO & CHINO
14. GORILLA DREAD LOCKS RASTA – BRAMMA
15. MAKE ME BELIEVE YOU – DENYQUE
16. MATERIAL GIRL – AGENT SASCO
17. STRUGGLE – DI GENIUS
18. IT AIN’T EASY – MAVADO
19. HAND INNA DI CEILING – ELEPHANT MAN
20. PARTY(THAT TIME AGAIN) – LADEN & DI GENIUS
21. GET CRAZY – ELEPHANT MAN
22. DI GYAL DEM – MAVADO
23. GOD YEAR – AGENT SASCO
24. TELL UNUH – AGENT SASCO
25. POLICE – AIDONIA

JULY 2
STREET OF GOLD – VARIOUS ARTISTS
(Produced by Penthouse, Donovan Germain)

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Producer Donovan Germain and Penthouse Records, who are known to release chart-topping music worldwide, are back with their most anticipated riddim Street Of Gold. The riddim is currently getting massive airplay in the Caribbean and gaining momentum in the U.S. and Canada.

Feature tracks include the hits “Hungry Days” by Busy Signal, “Why Should I Worry” by Romain Virgo and“Real Know Real” from the newcomer singjay D-Major. There will also be big tunes from Jimmy Cozier, Shuga, Exco Levi, Duane Stephenson and Sherieta.

 

 

 

TRACK LISTING

1. GIVE MY SOUL TO JAH – SHUGA
2. HUNGRY DAYS – BUSY SIGNAL
3. WHY SHOULD I WORRY – ROMAIN VIRGO
4. LOCK DE CHART – EXCO LEVI
5. REAL KNOW REAL – D-MAJOR
6. RASTA FOR I – DUANE STEPHENSON
7. WHAT LOVE IS MADE OF – JIMMY COZIER
8. CIRCUMSTANCE – IKAYA
9. THE REASON – SHERIETA
10. NEVER LET THEM LEAD YOU ASTRAY – R.C.
11. JUST LIKE THE SUN – TO-ISIS
12. NO ONE BUT YOU – TIMEKA MARSHALL
13. HAVE YOU LOST SOMEBODY – TYDAL

To listen to VPAL music visit: https://soundcloud.com/vpal-dist

VPAL UNLEASHES SPRING RELEASES FROM MIDNITE, KONSHENS, META & THE CORNERSTONES, JUNIOR KELLY, DUBTONIC KRU, SANCHEZ AND BRYAN ART

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April 16
Bryan Art Bryan Art

Bryan Art, the husky-voiced singer and witty songwriter known for penning songs for Etana, Luciano and George Nooks, will release his self-titled album on Altafaan Records on April 16. The Firehouse Crew member and bandleader for Bushman’s backing band steps out on this 12 track solo effort, which features illustrious collaborations with Queen Ifrica, Warrior King, Capleton and Hawkeye.

 

 

 

www.facebook.com/bryanartmusic

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April 23
Sanchez Giving Praises [Live]

On April 23, Sanchez returns to the realm of reggae gospel on his upcoming inspirational album Giving Praises [Live].

Executive produced by Jason Sterling of JASFAR Records, the entire set was recorded live and mixed at the Church of Fort Lauderdale. The musical selection from one of Jamaica’s all time favorite performers ranges from soulful r&b to reggae and is balanced with religiously calming cuts.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/sanchezmusic

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April 30
Meta & The Cornerstones Ancient Power

On April 30, Meta and The Cornerstones will release their sophomore album Ancient Power.

The band consists of lead Senegalese vocalist Meta Dia, bassist Adrian Djoman, solo guitarist Shahar Mintz, keyboardist Andre Daniel, drummer Ian Josephand guitarist Daniel Serrato, who all bring their musical influences of the Caribbean, Africa, America and the Middle East into their own unique sound. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the one and only Tuff Gong Studios, Ancient Power is executive produced by Meta Dia and Victor E. Lewis and co-produced by Sidney Mills. The album features guest collaborations with reggae vocalist Damian Marley and talented musicians like Dean Fraser, Julian Marley, Mikey Chung, Wayne “C-Sharp” Clarke and Wilburm “Squidly” Cole.

http://www.facebook.com/metaandthecornerstones

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April 30
Junior Kelly Piece Of The Pie

One of reggae’s major musical forces Junior Kelly will release his 10th studio album Piece Of The Pie on April 30. The 15 track selection, produced by Anthony Senior, includes collaborations with Lion Face, Smiley and Mark Wonder. Junior Kelly’s music has always fought for social justice, economic equality and freedom for all. He feels everyone deserves a Piece Of The Pie.

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/juniorkellyofficial

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May 7
Konshens
 Live In Uganda Africa DVD

In May, the next generation dancehall star Konshens will release a live DVD of his epic performance in Uganda, Africa, where he was greeted by more than 25,000 fans. This album follows his acclaimed solo debut Mental Maintenance.

Check out a sneak peek from this surreal experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOnvcROOG_4

 

 

 

www.facebook.com/konshenssojah

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May 14
Midnite Be Strong

Hailing from St Croix, Virgin Islands — Midnite’s cutting-edge sound of modern roots music comes alive once again on their upcoming album Be Strong on May 14. The release follows In Awe, which was chosen by iTunes U.S. as one of the Best Reggae Albums for 2012. On Be Strong, their raw roots reggae style weaves cultural lyrics of old-school roots music with modern day. The album is filled unique production styles brought by Midnite and Fifth Son Records that boasts extensive dub remixes and live instrumentation from across the globe. Members of the well-known Playing for Change as well as African traveling musicians collaborated on the album. Together, they seamlessly blend sounds of the New Orleans jazz trumpet, Zimbabwe’s Shona guitar rhythms and piano (mbira) plus powerful percussion styles including marimba and hand drums from Mali and Congo. Midnite is currently touring the U.S. until the end of April.

For full tour schedule visit http://www.midniteband.com

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Dubtonic Kru Evolution

Hailing from Jamaica, Dubtonic Kru blends roots reggae, dub and rock on their new album Evolution in stores May 28. On the 13-track set, the band merges heavy basslines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics into their distinct sound. The group is making a mark in their native country and internationally with their remarkable live performances and originality. In 2011, Dubtonic Kru earned the title Best New Band In The World at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malaysia.

 

www.facebook.com/dubtonickru