Nothing like a classic record isn’t it? Sometimes they don’t translate well with the new generation, and at times have to be tweaked a lil to get them to appreciate it. While this isn’t the case with today’s post, Jamaican Producer J.L.L. reimagines some of his favourite Bob Marley tunes with his latest remix project, “Vibes With Bob“. A Producer who we’ve included in our “Producers To Watch” feature and has made a name for himself through working with the likes of Chronixx, Smino, Royal Blu, Masego, Kranium, The Therapist, and Jane Macgizmo, this is a project to slowly enjoy like the sunset at your favourite location. With assistance from iotosh and Martel Howard, “Vibes With Bob” was 4 years in the making, and should have you ready to hear more. Check out the project below, and share with a friend! Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Where are the Anime lovers? Were you one of those folks who subscribed to CrunchyRoll and tuned in to Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” segment? What were your go to Anime shows? Inspired by the production of the late Japanese Producer Jun Seba a.k.a. “Nujabes“, Jamaican Producer BoomDraw steps out with his first Dancehall Riddim in over 3 years titled, “Jamaican Nujabes“.
A Riddim that you can really deliver some thought provoking lyrics on, BoomDraw shared that the melodies were inspired by the works of Nujabes as he produced the soundtrack for one of his go to Anime shows, “Samurai Champloo“. One of Boomdraw’s favourite Producers, he wanted to channel the Nujabes’ eclectic approach to putting together sounds, and inject into his Dancehall creations. Boomdraw went on to say, “I wanted the track to feel very vibrant and transport the listener into a carefully constructed soundscape that would bring feelings of euphoria. I feel very satisfied with how the final product turned out and I’m very excited to share it with the listeners.” This production is a follow up to BoomDraw’s “Juss Beats” compilation he released in January.
Think you can drop a song on the beat? The Riddim can be found below, and will be available on popular Streaming platforms on Friday February 8.
Are you master Lyricist? Can you hold your own on any Riddim/Beat? Well recently, Mandeville based Producer SOS Dynamikz launched “The Sinister Freestyle Challenge“! Known for holding his own as a Rapper, the “Make Me Feel” Producer felt it was time for fans of his work to show off their skills on one of his productions. To enter, entrants should follow his Instagram at @SOSDynamikz, visit Soundcloud.com/SOSDynamikz, download the track “Sinister – Freestyle Challenge“, record your best verse lasting up to 1 minute, and post on Instagram tagging @SOSDynamikz and #SinisterChallenge. If the recording is longer, then the entrant may direct listeners to their respective platforms. While no prize has been announced, you’ll never know what can happen with the Grammy-Nominated Producer when he decides his favourite(s). Think you can step up to the challenge? Check out the Instrumental below. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Jamaica’s music culture boasts with a great abundance of talent. No matter the field, Creatives cover every sector and have no problem showcasing their work. While showcasing talented folks is nothing new on 13th Street Promotions, today we’d like to highlight a Jamaican Producer who steadily hones his craft. Though he hails from Portmore, Jahbariii currently resides in the US and blends Jamaican influences in his sound along with Hip Hop. What caught our attention, was his knack for recreating popular beats and coming up with some unique productions from sometimes odd places. Below are some of his recent recreations, and a few unique beats. Feel free to check out his Website if you want to work with him. Don’t forget to share our Articles with a friend, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Florida based Producer Kris Karz is at it again! While he has been on the low, he manages to pop up with something unique for you to hear. Today he drops something for you to get crazy to, and that is the “On Your Back (Kngly Remix)“! Blending the sounds of St. Lucian Artist Messi hit “On Your Back” with Dancehall Artist Konshens’ “Bruk Off Yuh Back” over Crystal Waters’ infamous “Gypsy Woman” instrumental, something is wrong with you if you’re not dancing. Apart from his productions, Kris is busy working on the new season of his “Kngly Live” series. Turn up your speakers, or plug in your headphones, it’s time to dance! Have a listen below.
Recently, Recording Artist Royal Blu and Producer Tim Foresta finally released their long anticipated project, the “sinG with God EP“! Featuring 5 tracks, listeners were treated a mix of awesome lyrics, melodies, and production that will have you rocking and rewinding to catch the lines. Recently we got a behind the scenes look at the creative process with Blu and Foresta, more specifically the situations that led to the making of each track. Tune in!
Track 1: “Let’s Get High“
Royal Blu: For “Let’s Get High”, I remember being in studio and one of my Engineers who helped with recording the session was intentionally smoking near the booth so it could aid in me capturing the feeling of the song (haha). Leno Banton and some of the REM crew was in the studio session as well, and they’re like the Ganja gurus. So it made even more sense.
Tim Foresta: “Let’s Get High” was a very interesting process. I only had this rough loop of the hook part of the beat. I had no clue where this could go, but it had a vibe, so I sent it to Blu. He then was able to write an entire song with three verses, hook, basically a whole arrangement on this simple loop. He sent it to me via voice note. I was blown away and it instantly became clear what kind of a song this will be. Within an hour most of the ideas you hear now came to my mind. That’s also what I like about working with Blu. The process doesn’t follow the simple pattern of I send a beat, he writes a song – done. It’s always different.
Track 2: “Believe (ft. Lila Ike)“
Blu: I haven’t really said this anywhere else, but the song “Believe” was actually written out of me being hurt. I had a song called “Wrote You This Song” that was originally set to be a part of this EP, but didn’t make the cut. It was the first song Foresta and I ever did, but we didn’t work in studio together for it. He was still in Germany. But basically, that song was about singing to my past self and letting him know that things get better in the future. Because the past self I was singing to at that time lost all the files for his song, the studio I was working with got ripped down, I was betrayed by friends, lost loved ones. It was a depressing time. So that energy carried over into writing “Believe” because I wrote those two songs very close together.
Foresta: Believe. In 2014 I was in South Africa shooting a Documentary about Zimbabwean refugees, living in the streets of Cape Town looking for work. It was an idea by director Thandi Sebe, who at the time wanted to write a Theatre play about it. Growing up in Cape Town, she always saw these groups of men gathering and always wondered who they were and what they do. So, while doing this Documentary I composed some music for it as well and this is where the idea for Believe came from. In the end I didn’t use that beat in the documentary, but interestingly enough the topic Blu found for it perfectly fits the scene of the film that inspired me coming up with it.