The “Turkle” continues her journey. Bella Blair has been working her way up the musical ladder these past few months. With new music here and there, she ensures that fans new and old all have something to enjoy from her. Teaming up with UK Producers Aaron Horn and Jamie Rodigan a.k.a. “Crate Classics“, she drops her new single titled, “Mistake Too“. Here she reflects on lost love with lyrics about overcoming heartbreak. With all the emotions she has experienced throughout and after the relationship, in the end, she considers him a mistake. It’s rough dealing with a broken heart, but it’s even worse when the person you thought was perfect for you never really cared about you. A song that many will relate to, expect this one to be a repeat player everywhere. Bella Blair continues to build her “Turkle Empire“.
The catchphrase may be, “Izy, are you kidding me?“, but Jamaican Producer Izy Beats is not playing around this year. With 2018 seeing him produce Koffee’s smash hit, “Toast“, Izy has been on a run of producing some dope things. From working with Charly Black, to working with Vybz Kartel, to releasing an EP with Tarrus Riley, to working with US R&B Artist Neyo, Izy Beats adds UK Pop star Jorja Smith to his resumé with the track, “Be Honest“! Featuring Burna Boy and co-production with UK Producer Cadenza, we get a fun track filled with Dancehall and Afrobeat influences, and Jorja and Burna showing great chemistry.
Izy Beats is not slowing down anytime soon, just be prepared for his next wave! Check out Jorja Smith and Burna Boy’s “Be Honest” below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
The season’s pretty hot, but you’re gonna need to cool down when UK Recording Artist/Actress Mahalia’s new tune drops! Teaming up with Nigeria Afrobeats Artist Burna Boy, they release “Simmer“! Produced by Jonah Christian and Felix Joseph, the Artists get into some relationship talk over a very familiar sample. Taking its place as an instantly recognizable sound is Jamaican Producer Jeremy Harding’s 1997 “Playground Riddim“! Released through the 2 Hard label, the Riddim featured Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate“, Cobra’s “Pet and Pamper“, Mr. Vegas’ “Nike Air“, and Beenie Man’s “Who Am I” a.k.a. “Sim Simma“! This isn’t the first time that the “Playground Riddim” has been sampled by Krept & Konan, and Bizzy Bone. Stay tuned to the Blog for a follow Article on this Riddim.
“Simmer” will appear on Mahalia’s debut album, “Love and Compromise” which will hit the streets in September. Sim Simma! Check out the tracks below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Enjoying your Easter weekend? How about a throwback? Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the duo of Recording Artists Frighty and Colonel Mite. Going back to the year 1988, we check out “Life (Is What You Make It)“! Produced and released by Y&D (with releases through Mogul Records and Profile Records in 1989), the duo expressed their desire to give the ladies that “Raggamuffin Love“, and gave us that feel good vibes throughout the song. The single was very popular since its release in the UK and Jamaica, and even made its way onto the US Billboard Charts in the early ’90s.
Since the single’s release, Frighty and Colonel Mite went on to produce more music together and as solo Artists with Colonel’s last being in the early 2000s, while Frighty’s was in 2016. “Life (Is What You Make It)” is still being played to this day. Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. Today’s selection comes from a lady who is considered “The 1st Lady of Lover’s Rock“, Ginger Williams! We look at her single, “I Can’t Resist Your Tenderness“. Produced by Ronnie Williams, this was released in 1972 through UK Records (1975 through Paradise Records), and was one of the earliest Lover’s Rock releases. It was also featured on her 1977 debut album, “Strange World“.
Having started out as a member of the British group Green Mango, “Tenderness (or “Tenderly” on her Greatest Hits album)” became a hit for Ginger Williams as a solo Artist having topped the British Reggae Charts. She went on to release more singles and albums, scoring a few more hits over the years, and recently released a new single titled “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind“. “Tenderness” remains however, her biggest hit.
This is not your regular link up, this is the UK/JA connection as Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Idris Elba bring the vibes on “Boasty“! Produced by Thomas Mackenzie Bell, we get a fun song here as “The Godfather of Grime” chops it up with “Dutty Paul“, Steff, and “The Black James Bond” over a bouncy beat. Dancing will happen, so prepare to break out your best moves to this one. If you’re having a crappy day, let this one lift up your spirits. Press play on the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.