Whilst the world grinds to another halt, Rak-Su have promised to keep things moving in 2021. The group have released their first single of 2021, titled, ‘Left Right’, featuring 19-year-old Zimbabwean singer, Donel.
Speaking about the release, Rak-Su says “Donel is a good friend of ours, we’ve even been on tour together. If anyone’s ever been around us there’s always good energy and a lot of fun. So we wanted to make a song that felt like that & share it with the world”
‘Left Right’ feat. Donel joins previous singles ‘No Contest’ & ‘Girls Like You’ to form a forthcoming EP, due for release in March. Stay tuned for the official video for ‘Left Right’ prior to this in the coming weeks. Rak-Su are also set to perform to crowds in Dublin, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London & Bristol from 8th-15th September 2021.
Happening on Sunday November 15, from 12pm-7pm, No Bass Like Home is being curated by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Seani B.
Acts that will be playing include Julian Marley, Girls I Rate and Alicaì Harley, The Cimarons, Janet Kay, Marla Brown, General Levy, Big Zeeks and Brent’s reggae community choir.
The festival will be streamed from the Black Music Co-op Recording Studios in Willesden, Brent, and Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
The festival is a nod to the key role that Brent as a location played in growing reggae in the UK. The first festival of Caribbean music took place at Wembley Stadium in 1970 and was recorded by Horace Ové in his 1971 film ‘Reggae’. It featured performances from Desmond Dekker, The Maytals and The Heptones. Bob Marley lived in Neasden in 1972, and legendary reggae label Trojan Records was founded in Willesden in 1968.
Seani B has commented, “The culture and vibe that Brent has brought me over the years has helped nurture my path and influence my career to date. The energy at the legendary Brent Black Music Co-op has been reminiscent of the sessions I do back in Jamaica for BBC Radio 1Xtra. It’s never been more important to celebrate what’s on your doorstep, and I’m proud we’ve been able to capture artists that are admired and respected in the reggae community.”
The No Bass Like Home online reggae festival is part of a larger project created in partnership with Trojan Records to highlight the influence of reggae in the UK and Brent as the epicentre for this. Check out the full project here.
Tune into No Bass Like Home here on Sunday November 15.
Chronixx’s “Same Prayer” provides a pillar of strength and hope on a benediction that carries a universal message throughout life’s ups and downs. Fellow Jamaican lyricist Kabaka Pyramid complements the song with a verse echoing his sentiment. Following “Dela Move”, “Same Prayer” is the second reveal from Chronixx’s upcoming second studio album Dela Splash, which is slated for release later this year.
Chronixx explains, “Same Prayer is, in part, a prayer for the younger generation to reflect on internally. It’s also a reminder that there is a greater power directing things in the physical space. Instead of looking for solutions in our material lives, we can both reach out to this higher power and look deep within ourselves.”
Check out the single below, and let us know what you think:
Glasgow-based Soundsystem and production unit, Mungo’s Hi Fi, are pleased to share the video to album track ‘Babylon Raid‘ ft. Max Romeo – taken from their joint new album with Eva Lazarus titled, ‘More Fyah’, which will be released on 19th July via Scotch Bonnet Records.
Raised out of one of the most musically creative cities in the UK, Mungo’s Hi Fi have made a massive contribution to Glasgow’s story with a respectful nod to Jamaican sound system tradition.
Founded in 2000, Mungo’s was formed by two like-minded DJs, inspired by the free party scene but following the Jamaican tradition of King Tubby and Prince Jammy. Today, Mungo’s passion hasn’t changed with the team now operating globally to spread their philosophy of serious, seismic productions plus easy going democratic dancehall fun.
Lee Perry is a musical titan with few equals. The man Brian Eno called “one of the geniuses of recorded music” is a massively influential Grammy-winning producer and serial collaborator, who’s worked with everyone from Keith Richards to David Lynch, The Congos to The Clash, Junior Murvin to The Beastie Boys.
Adrian Sherwood has been an influential and innovative figure on the UK reggae and independent label scene for nearly 40 years, not to mention being invited to apply his mixing-desk-sound-science to artists as varied as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Sinéad O’Connor, Primal Scream, Blur, The Fall and Roots Manuva.
On-U Sound are proud to announce the return to the label of the mighty Upsetter, for 9 brand new tracks recorded in Jamaica, Brazil and London, with longtime friend and collaborator Adrian Sherwood at the controls.
Rainford will be out on the 10th of May, you can pre-order here
Listen to ‘African Starship’ (taken from ‘Rainford’)