Produced by Dennis Bovell and released through Arawak Records in 1977, Janet Kay sings about a man she has a lot of interest in. While she believes he shares the same feelings for her, but they both fail to approach each other and make something happen. It’s a mix of infatuation, What Ifs, and frustration, and Janet doesn’t want to keep playing this game of hide and seek when they’re around each other. The single was released in Europe and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It later became one of the tracks that became an anthem during the rise of the UK Lover’s Rock movement in the 1970s, put Janet in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the first British Black Female to score a UK Reggae hit, and the single was the first Lover’s Rock track to appear on the BBC flagship music series, “Top Of The Pops“. It’s forever a classic with Janet’s high notes displayed throughout, and was inspired by the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald’s Memorex Commercial. The single was featured in the Film, “Lovers Rock“, a part of the Steve McQueen “Small Axe” Film series.
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from UK based Reggae trio, The Blackstones! We go back in time with them to check out their single, “Best Love“. Produced by Bernard Collins, this was released in 1996 through Prestige Records. The track is dedicated to that special person who holds your heart, and The Blackstones speak for us when they say, “Your love is the best love for me…“. With their soulful vocals and a Riddim that you can’t help but slow dance to, “Best Love” is one that deserves plenty spins.
“Best Love” was featured on the group’s 1996 album, “Riding High“, and was well received in the Lovers Rock scene in Jamaica and the UK. The song was sampled for US Rapper Action Bronson’s 2020 single, “Golden Eye” which was produced by Budgie. Formed in 1974, The Blackstones is a group that showcases beautiful harmonies, and raises the bar for vocal styles and sounds that were set by groups before them like The Techniques, The Gaylads, The Wailers, The Paragons, and many others. Originally consisting of brothers Leon, Neville, and Byron Leiffer, The Blackstones has made changes over the years as Neville and Byron left to pursue solo careers. They were replaced with Tony Douglas and Ken Kendricks in the 1980s. Since then, more changes were made, and the group now consists of Leon Leiffer, Tony Mahoney, and Junior Bailey. Some of their most notable work involved them working with the late Sir “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio One, Phil Pratt for Channel One Studios, and the late Bunny “Striker” Lee.
When it comes to love and making new connections, people just want to know that they’re making the right decisions. You can’t be mad at someone who has their best interest at heart. For Jamaican born/UK based Recording Artist Alicaì Harley (Happy belated Birthday!), she asks the important questions on, “I Just Wanna Know“.
With a video directed by Rebekah Bird a.k.a. Rebekahbcreative, Alicaì Harley gets her 50 Cent “21 Questions” on here as she asks her love interest (played by Model Ty-Reece Stewart) what are his intentions with her, and how will handle the relationship moving forward. With a colourful visual filled with Alicaì looking glamorous in different fashion and hair styles, this is one to watch over and over. How many of you want to recreate the bathtub scene? Alicaì’s versatile delivery of the AntiWave produced track compliments the visual well, and will become a favourite of yours in no time. Alicaì has been making some great moves in her career, and is on her way to becoming a name that rings even more bells in the music scene worldwide. Watch her tek it to dem!
(Editor’s note: I think Alicaì would give GyalKapone’s “Never” a dope remix!)
(Shout out to all the couples out there, those who are trying to make it work, and those trying to make the reconnections after being apart.)
You’re on lockdown and bored in a house, what’s the next best thing to do? Sleep? Eat? Nah, listen to some music and build a vibe! Today, we’ve teamed up with UK based DJ Farda Neeko to provide just that. Get your ears and body ready for the “Quarantine Dancehall Mix“!
With over 4 hours of nothing but Dancehall, it’s time to turn that space you’re staying in into the biggest Club you’ve ever been to. With hits from some of your favourite Artists, it’s time to bust out the dance moves, and finally learn all the hits word for word. This marks the 2nd collaborative Mixtape we’ve done with Neeko as we made some noise with the Tommy Lee Sparta “Gaza Man Krazy Mixtape” in 2013. While the streets are getting hot in various ways, we hope to keep you occupied with the music we’ve provided.
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2019 saw Recording Artist JKinggz being very busy, and 2020 won’t see any change to that. With singles and projects out, he continues with the video for the new single, “No Fake Love“! Directed by the team of E.A.D., Polar Films, and RDCYF, both single and video features an appearance by prominent UK Recording Artist Laughta who fires off with her blend of Hip Hop and UK Grime throughout. The Ace Bankz produced track finds them making it clear that they have no time for fake people and the love they claim to have, being all about positive energy, and moving forward to achieving greatness and all that comes with that.
The St. Vincent and The Grenadines born/Brooklyn based JKinggz has a lot more in store for the year as he is currently working on more singles, and projects including the follow up to his “No Co-Sign” EP. He is also hitting the road to promote “No Fake Love” and more in the coming days. We encourage everyone to stay far from the fakers, as their negative energy and “love” will be your downfall.
Jamaican Producer Izy Beats is on a roll. Having lent his sound to Artists like Tarrus Riley, Koffee, Popeye Caution, and David Lyn, he has been enjoying quite the buzz in the past few months as a result of that. Recently, he along with UK Producer Cadenza, teamed up with Pop Artist Jorja Smith and Afrobeats Artist Burna Boy for the hit, “Be Honest“. While it’s enjoying its run on various music charts, Izy Beats got in front of the camera to give viewers his beat breakdown. Presented by Universal Music Publishing Group, Izy gave us the BTS look at the many elements that make that sweet production.
We look forward to Izy Beats making more music, and creating historic hits as well. Izy, are you kidding me? Check out the video below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.