Your music fix will have an extra kick today thanks to the musical stylings of Tarrus Riley and Izy Beats! Like the Reggae/Dancehall version of The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff, they’ll be bringing some Summertime vibes with their collaborative EP, “B.L.E.M.” a.k.a. “Blending Life’s Experiences Musically“! With 6 tracks, Izy Beats provided some amazing production to give Singy Singy‘s vocals that extra sizzle when they captivate you. With guest appearances from Nia V, Lila Ike, and StoneBwoy, prepare to have some fun when you press play! Though a short project, this one caters to all your Dancehall, Reggae, and Afrobeats needs, and have you eager for another project!
It’s Wedding SZN! For the month of June, Oldies Sunday will feature some love songs that can be a great addition to your Wedding Playlists, and could be the official song to dance to. Today we go back a few decades with Carol Gonzalez and her single, “Spoiled By Your Love“! With two versions of this track produced by Donovan Germain, one version was released through the Rub-A-Dub label in 1986, while the 2nd version was released through Penthouse Records in 1991. The Rub-A-Dub version catered to Reggae listeners with a slow tempo and the legendary Dean Fraser playing the Saxophone while the Penthouse release was more of a Dancehall version with a faster tempo. The track was a cover of US Recording Artist Anita Ward’s single that was featured on her 1979 debut album, “Songs Of Love“. On the song, Carol spoke on a lover she could not get over, and no matter who she moved on with, he was just “the real thing“. Both versions of the song had Carol’s name buzzing locally and overseas, and received favourable airplay.
While Carol Gonzalez released more music over the years, and even scored a couple hits, she took a break to focus on her Law career (Attorney-at Law and a Judge). She came back to music for a short period in 2006 and launched her debut album a year later, but today she still practices Law.
DJ/Producer Walshy Fire is really busy these days. While he does his time with Major Lazer, he dabbles in a lot of solo work and assisting the careers of many of your faves. This year however, Walshy sets to release his debut solo effort titled, “ABENG“! With days before its release, he unleashes the visual for “Call Me“! Directed by Jocelyn Cooper, this features Afrobeats star Mr. Eazi, and Dancehall Artist Kranium. With their blend of Dancehall and Afrobeats, this one goes out to all the ladies who need a lover to call on. The summer comes early with this collab, and Walshy Fire has a lot more to unleash when “ABENG” drops on June 7.
Grammy nominated Recording Artist Etana recently kicked off her US summer Tour in promotion of her latest album, “Reggae Forever“. From April 13 to August 3, Etana brings the hits to stops including Texas, New York, Florida, and California. Over the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26), she made a stop in Massachusetts at the Surfside Salisbury Beach. Opening for the Reggae Artist was upcoming Recording Artist, Rhiya Luna!
With her set lasting an hour, Rhiya Luna treated the audience to some classic Reggae and R&B hits, and a few of her original compostions showcasing her diversity. With DJ Garfield’s assistance, Rhiya kicked things off with Bob Marley’s “Is This Love“, and included the Sam Cooke classic “Bring It On Home To Me” before closing with her tracks “Really Like You“, and the soon to be released “Me & I“. She was well received by those in attendance as some danced and assisted in performing with her on stage.
Formerly known as Shie, Rhiya Luna’s sound is a blend of Dancehall, Reggae, R&B, Pop, and Afrobeats. Based in Massachusetts, USA, she has been working her way up with the singles “Be Ok“, “Love Pursued“, “Dreams“, “So Good“, and “Sweet Reggae Music“. Rhiya Luna’s next performance will be at the “Smoke On The Water” Sunset Cruise in Gloucester, Massachusetts on July 27. More upcoming performances and updates can be found on her Instagram page at @RhiyaLunaMuzic.
Slowing down is something that you can’t find rising Recording Artist Royal Blu doing anytime soon. While he has been making moves over recent years, 2019 has been very promising so far. Since we’ve featured him as an Artist to watch, he has been adding fuel to his “El Fuego” alias and dropping nothing but fire. While we finally got the long anticipated visual for “Meanwhile” with Leno Banton, he fed his hunger for more by popping up on various collabs, and dropping the “Style and Pattern” single and video (which boasts an all Jamaican production and raises the bar). Today, he goes up a few levels with the new track, “Hype“! Produced by longtime collaborator J.L.L. and released through Delicious Vinyl Island, Royal Blu fixes his crown and gets at naysayers who throw the term “hype” to his name as he’s more of a “hype with substance” type of person, and stays true to himself and those who know him. Many have stepped in his way to downplay his talent and determination, but frankly they’re not in his league, and he strives for quality and all that comes with it.
It’s a case of the “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t“, but Royal Blu doesn’t make much bother him as he sings to his own tune, and creates dope things. With an EP on the way to follow up his “sinG with God” project, if you didn’t know him before, now you know! With artwork provided by Ikem Smith, just stay tuned to see what else Royal Blu has rolled up his sleeve. For now, check out the track below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Koffee and Govana have both been having a fantastic 2019. With their careers rising higher than ever, and the masses receiving their respective works wonderfully, the sky is definitely not the limit for them as they can go much further. Today however, after blessing us with the Rapture EP and the title track that has been a favourite for many of us, we get Koffee and Govana on the remix! While Koffee originally turned up the temperature on this, the “Genna Genna” applies his flow on the Lasanna Harris production like the lyrical Doctor he is. While I was hoping for some fresh lyrics from Koffee for the remix, the Spanish Town natives did their thing with this one. Video on the way too! Here’s to more Benzes, hit songs, and remixes (hint hint). Everybody get capture while the lyrics gi dem lockjaw!