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OLDIES SUNDAY: The Tamlins – Baltimore (1979/1980)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection was inspired by the latest offerings by Recording Artist, Lila Ike. Our selection comes from Reggae Group The Tamlins with the track, “Baltimore“. Produced by Sly & Robbie for Taxi Records, this was released in 1979 and 1980, and is a cover of American Recording Artist Randy Newman’s 1977 track of the same name. It was heavily inspired by American Recording Artist/Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone’s 1978 cover, especially in the production department. With the song’s social commentary, it paints a picture of living in Baltimore, Maryland in the 70s with people living on hard times, and if given the chance to escape, returning is never an option.

Since The Tamlins’ version of “Baltimore” was released, it became one of their biggest songs, thanks to its excellent Reggae production and harmonies displayed throughout. The Sly & Robbie production went on to become a juggling Riddim that has been reworked by Star Trail and Main Street labels, and featured recordings from Courtney John, Lutan Fyah, Dennis Brown, and many more. As mentioned earlier, the selection was inspired by Lila Ike, as she released her debut EP titled, “The ExPerience” on Friday, May 15. The EP’s final track, “Thy Will“, which was produced by Protoje, samples The Tamlins’ version. The group, consisting of Winston Morgan, Junior Moore, and Carlton “Tamlin” Smith, went on to release more music, and collaborated with various Artists including the late Peter Tosh. Though still active, original member Winston Morgan left in 1983, and was replaced by Derrick Lara who passed away in February 2020.

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Check Out Our “2019 Faves”!


Enjoyed your holidays? It’s that time again where we present to you some of our favourite selections in a segment we call, “2019 Faves“! The following tracks are in no particular order, they just happened to be songs we were rocking to a lot since their releases this year. What are your favourites? Feel free to share with us. If you want to check out our 2018 and 2017 Faves, click here and here.

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.@LilaIkeJA Takes It Back To Her Hometown Of Christiana In “Where I’m Coming From”!


Looking back at the past can’t always be a bad thing as it aids in your growth, and shows how much your life has improved along the way. Lila Ike has come a long way however, and today she lets us in on her journey on “Where I’m Coming From“! With a visual directed by Nickii Kane and Lila, Lila went back to her hometown of Christiana, Manchester (Manchester’s the home of this Blog 😄) to reconnect and built a vibe with friends, family, the In.Digg.Nation team, and Chi Ching Ching! The visual also shows a younger Lila Ike during her Manchester High School (Sic Luceat Lux) days where was seen assisting the School Choir, performing at her graduation, and interacting with friends. With Lila, you know the fashion will come out as she rocked various hairstyles and outfits throughout.

With solid singles out, Lila Ike is continuing her path in being one of the upcoming greats in recent years. Regardless of where she is in life, she’ll always give thanks to The Most High for the blessings and the strength throughout. Be on the lookout for Lila Ike as she’ll be performing in a town near you soon on her headlining European Tour! Lila Ike EP on the way too.

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.@TarrusRileyJA & @IzyBeats Combine Their Powers For The “B.L.E.M. EP”!


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!

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.@LilaIkeJA Kicks Off Her Summer With “Where I’m Coming From”!


The “Country Girl” is still making waves in music! Lila Ike has been blessing many with her unique sound in the past few years, and with new music being released, she’ll be capturing many more hearts. Today, she kicks off “Lila Ike SZN” with “Where I’m Coming From“! Produced by Kasadie “Caspa” Jones/Easy Star Records, Lila lets us in on her background, where she’s headed, and giving thanks and praises to The Most High for the strength, determination, and support that she has. Of course we’re treated to her lovely but powerful vocals, and if you’re new to her music, today you’ll be a fan! From Christiana, Manchester, to every stage in the world, and every speaker in existence!

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End Your Summer Holidays On A Fun Note With Our “Las’ Lick Playlist”!


A “Last Lick” is defined as having the last hit in a given situation. In Jamaica it is a fun thing to do with peers. Today, we’re giving you the last hit to end your Summer vacay with our “Las’ LickPlaylist! Featuring 33 tracks that popped up during the Summer, get your fix from some of your favourite upcoming and established Artists. Check out songs that may have missed your radar, or ones that got you hype during the past few months. Don’t let Monday catch you groggy and grumpy, let this Playlist put a smile on your face. Check out the “Las’ Lick Playlist” below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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