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New Music2017-07-03T13:15:30-04:00

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GROUNDATION RELEASES TENTH STUDIO ALBUM

“ONE ROCK” FEATURING ISRAEL VIBRATION, THE ABYSSINIANS, & THE CONGOS OUT NOW ON BACO RECORDS/EASY STAR RECORDS Groundation just released their highly anticipated tenth studio album, One Rock, via a partnership between France’s BACO Records and the U.S.’s Easy Star Records. The band, formed in 1998 by vocalist/guitarist Harrison Stafford, has helped define American roots reggae, while building a large and loyal following in Europe and South America, where they have been a consistent major headliner and festival attraction for years. One Rock keeps their sound and legacy moving ever forward through 9 intense songs featuring complex arrangements, moving melodies, and lyrics that touch [...]

May 13th, 2022|

KIRSTY ROCK DROPS HER DEBUT SOLO ALBUM SLOW BURN IS OUT NOW ON EASY STAR RECORDS

Kirsty Rock, best known around the world as a member of the internationally renowned reggae super group Easy Star All-Stars, brings the fire with her own distinctive, soulful, and earthy reggae sound on her solo album debut, Slow Burn, out now on Easy Star Records. The release coincides with an official video release of the title track, which was a collaboration between acrobatic dancer Julia Baccellier, Rock, and Rock’s long standing collaborator D888. Rock says about the video: “The visuals and movements are an unveiling in which we accentuate the beauty of that journey – vulnerability, a shedding, and in finality, empowerment. [...]

May 6th, 2022|

THE BLACK SEEDS RELEASE HEAVY NEW ROOTS HIT, AND VIDEO, ‘GAME OVER’

Aotearoa eight-piece The Black Seeds have today released their new heavy reggae single ‘GameOver’, accompanied by a dub-version. Also out today is a captivating video for ‘GameOver’ -set on the inside of a pinball machine. Packed with muted guitar riffs, driving bass and drums, and an infectious horn section, ‘GameOver’is a classic reggae track that showcases the band's iconic sound. Led from the front by vocalist Barnaby Weir, ‘Game Over’ tackles the challenging subjects of adversity, depression and the daily domestic grind.“The lyrical content of this song describes some of the challenges and feelings of life as a musician and parent in [...]

May 4th, 2022|

EASY STAR PRESENTS JONQUAN & ASSOCIATES, OUT NOW

THE NEW ALBUM EVOKES THE GOLDEN AGE OF REGGAE WITH AN ALL-STAR GUEST LINEUP INCLUDING CARLTON LIVINGSTON, ELLIOT MARTIN, SCREECHY DAN, & MOREDJ, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer JonQuan is proud to announce the release of his new album EASY STAR PRESENTS JONQUAN & ASSOCIATES. Working closely with two-time GRAMMY winner Victor Rice (Easy Star All-Stars, Bixiga 70, Ticklah), JonQuan has fashioned an album’s worth of brand-new tunes that evoke the majesty of the golden age of reggae, while still feeling absolutely up to the minute in content and style. Accompanying each JonQuan-produced track on the album are dub versions mixed by Rice. [...]

April 29th, 2022|

GROUNDATION DROPS FOURTH SINGLE FROM UPCOMING STUDIO ALBUM – ONE ROCK

“MARKET PRICE” IS OUT NOW ON EASY STAR RECORDS/BACO RECORDSAfter dropping three notable singles, Groundation releases “Market Price,” an inspiring spiritual track showcasing the diversity of the group’s upcoming studio album One Rock. The fourth single kicks off with slow dreamy piano notes, before breaking into an uptempo jazz melody that then slides into sunny, soothing reggae. The music creates a sonic reflection with the music balancing out the heaviness of the lyric. On "Market Price," bandleader and songwriter Harrison Stafford rages against a sick, immoral society, stating, “Please don’t judge man’s soul tonight, we’re not ready, Lord.” In the end, the song’s [...]

April 28th, 2022|

WINTA JAMES PRESENTS THE ‘GRATITUDE’ RIDDIM, A NOD TO ‘JUGGLING’ CULTURE

Producer Winta James has today released the full ‘Gratitude’ Riddim, which features versions from Jaz Elise, Samory I, Mortimer, Kumar Fyah, Naomi Cowan and Ras-I. The Riddim is a contemporary reggae one drop riddim, featuring traditional drum and bass from the legendary duo, Chris Meredith & Wilburn “Squidly” Cole. The songs, recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, finds the artistes in a reflective mood, with their lyrics centering around themes of gratefulness, love, faith, and self-awareness. Titular track ‘Gratitude’ and the prayerful ‘Love and Mercy’ by Jaz Elise and Samory I respectively, were the first versions out from the project. The now released remaining versions complete [...]

April 22nd, 2022|