VP RECORDS RELAUNCHES UK REGGAE LABEL BLOOD AND FIRE

Blood  and Fire Cover

Blood and Fire Cover

20 YEARS AFTER ITS FIRST RELEASE Enlisting Co-Founder and A&R Steve Barrow

Founded in Manchester, England – Blood and Fire has been reissuing roots reggae, dub and DJ albums with a jazz-influenced packaging aesthetic since the early 90s. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of its first release (If Deejay Was Your Trade: The Dreads at King Tubby’s 1974-1977) and VP Records has teamed up with the revered label for a strategic relaunch.
They will re-release 10 to 12 Blood and Fire collections with additional content and updated packaging this year. Also, the label plans to launch a merchandise line with the B&F logo and select album cover art, which will be bundled in collectable re-issue packages.
VP enlisted esteemed reggae historian and A&R Steve Barrow, who is one of Blood and Fire’s original founders, to oversee the album’s compiling, mastering and packaging and ensure that the product remains synonymous to the brand. He will be handling original B&F catalogue reissues with additional titles new to Blood and Fire.
”I look forward to working and continuing the fruitful relationship with VP Records, who have played a pivotal role in the production of reggae music since the early 1960s in Jamaica” states Barrow on the new collaboration.
Upholding a similar standard in presentation to classic jazz labels like Blue Note, Blood and Fire evokes Jamaican culture with simplicity and truth, providing top-quality archival recordings with superior packaging and design. They were the first reissue label to form a traveling sound system and tour with artists featured on their releases. Blood and Fire was also an early adapter in serving the online reggae community, providing one of the genre’s most active message boards to date.
”Blood and Fire presented reggae with premium quality and care as well as revived the careers of many unsung producers and performers,” says Chris Chin, CEO of VP Records. -We respect and admire the Blood and Fire brand and are delighted to be working together- .
The first release, available on Record Store Day (April 19th, 2014), will be a limited edition 12″ of Gregory Isaacs ”Mr. Know It All” in a B&F sleeve with inner fascimile sleeve of the original Jamaican 12″ single. This vinyl-only release will be followed by the first batch of titles from the B&F catalogue in various formats.

Bhy2r AFTA HURRICANE

Artwork AFTA HURRICANE

After the release of the song Save di planet and his beautiful video-

Bhy2r starting this year with a new vibrant nature song called Afta Hurricane Images intégrées 2

 He gives thanks to Jah after an terrible hurricane night,  a look at the devastating effects of hurricanes and other cyclone, very feared in USA and the caribbean. The music is composed by Richol ”Speedhigh”  Thomas , famous keyboard from High Woulers Band , actually best reggae band on Martinique island , recorded at Royal Warriors Muzik recording studio in 3 ilets Martinique F.W.I , background vocals by Sista Idhy , Mix & Master by Lamartiniere ”Kross D” Phillippe & Johann”Byr Etifier.  Afta Hurricane Single will be available on iTunes & Rwmuzik.com the 20th and on Spotify  & all legal download platform.

Dear Regards Royal Warriors Muzik and Bernhard Perzanowski

RWM-WEB-CARTE

 

The Dread & Terrible Project by Chronixx

The Dread & Terrible projectChronixx will release The ” Dread & Terrible ” project on April 1st on all digital platforms & for free download on www.chronixxmusic.com

The project is compiled of 7 tracks & 3 dub versions produced by various producers. ” Dread & Terrible ”  will also be released on CD & Vinyl available at each Chronixx’s concert around the world – The ” Dread & Terrible ” World Tour will start March 26th in Amsterdam, Holland – All dates are available on Chronixx’s website.

Tickets
25 January 2014 (9pm)
New York, NY
United States
Blue Note
26 January 2014 (9pm)
New York, NY
United States
Blue Note
30 January 2014 (9pm)
Trelawny
Jamaica
Jazz & Blues 2014
08 February 2014 (9pm)
Nassau
Bahamas
Club Luna
15 February 2014 (9pm)
Miami, FL
United States
9Mile Music Festival 2014
22 February 2014 (9pm)
Holywell
Jamaica
Blue Mountain Music Festival 2014
THU-27 March 2014 (9pm)
Amsterdam
Holland
Melkweg
FRI-28 March 2014 (9pm)
Munich
Germany
Backstage
SAT-29 March 2014 (9pm)
Berlin
Germany
Yaam
SUN-30 March 2014 (9pm)
Rotterdam
Holland
Empire
MON-31 March 2014 (9pm)
Groningen
Holland
Huize Maas
WED-02 April 2014 (9pm)
Vienna
Austria
Flex
THU-03 April 2014 (9pm)
Geneve
Switzerland
Undertown
FRI-04 April 2014 (9pm)
Brescia
Italy
Latte
SAT-05 April 2014 (9pm)
Zurich
Switzerland
Rote Fabrik
SUN-06 April 2014 (9pm)
Paris
France
La Cigale
TUE-08 April 2014 (9pm)
Basel
Switzerland
Kaserne
WED-09 April 2014 (9pm)
Lyon
France
CCO Villeurbanne
THU-10 April 2014 (9pm)
Barcelona
Spain
Ateneu Popular 9 Barris
FRI-11 April 2014 (9pm)
Porto
Portugal
KINTAL Reggae Festival – Porto 2014
SAT-12 April 2014 (9pm)
Lisbon
Portugal
Kintal Reggae Festival – Lisbon 2014
SUN-13 April 2014 (9pm)
Brussels
Belgium
VK
TUE-15 April 2014 (9pm)
TBA
WED-16 April 2014 (9pm)
Stockholm
Sweden
TBA
THU-17 April 2014 (9pm)
Helsinki
Finland
Gloria
FRI-18 April 2014 (9pm)
Copenhagen
Denmark
TBA
SAT-19 April 2014 (9pm)
Dortmund
Germany
Reggaeville Easter Special – Dortmund 2014
SUN-20 April 2014 (9pm)
Hamburg
Germany
Reggaeville Easter Special – Hamburg 2014
FRI-01 August 2014 TBC
Bersenbrück
Germany
Reggae Jam 2014

 

Chronixx is the man behind The ” Dread & Terrible ” project. The 21 year old jamaican singer wrote all the songs, composed, recorded & mixed a few tracks himself. He also compiled the project & was really involved in the creation of the artwork & all the visuals for this project.

-What is good and pleasant in Zion is dread and terrible in babylon. This project to me stand as a reminder that the struggle and the spiritual fight for the liberation of I an I people, even after five centuries, is still on. And I hope it will assemble the willing and able youths of my generation to rise as our forefathers did and press towards the liberation of I an I people which is all the righteous citizens of this planet-. Words by Chronixx

 The ” Dread & Terrible ” project 

#Itunes Pre-order link : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dread-terrible/id841489884

#1 – Alpha & Omega – Produced by John John

(J.Mcnaughton /  F.Mcgregor / E.Smith)

#2 – Here comes trouble – Produced by Overstand JA Records

(J.Mcnaughton / S. Dunbar,R. Shakespeare, I. Kamoze/ P. James)

#3 – Capture land – Produced by Overstand JA Records

(J.Mcnaughton / P.James )

#4 – Rastaman Wheel out – Produced by Special Delivery Music

(J.Mcnaughton / M.Bost / J.Dessus / P.Bost)

#5 – Eternal fire – Produced by Special Delivery Music

(J.Mcnaughton / T.Broussard / T.Join-Lambert)

The song Spirulina is really I an I way as rasta youth to promoting a healthy lifestyle. And it also, in a creative way, depicts some real life experiences where it was nutrition that rescued me from certain illnesses. Big up to ”Viva” – veteran Juiceman and a great one of the world’s many spirulina pioneers-. Words by Chronixx.

#6 – Spirulina – Produced by ZincFence Records

(J.Mcnaughton / R.Arnett / R.Lynch)

#7 – Like a whistle – Produced by ZincFence Records

(J.Mcnaughton / R.Arnett / R.Lynch)

#8 – Alpha & Omega Dub – Produced by John John

(J.Mcnaughton / /  F.Mcgregor / E.Smith)

#9 – Here comes trouble Dub – Produced by Overstand JA Records

(J.Mcnaughton / S. Dunbar,R. Shakespeare, I. Kamoze/ P. James)

#10 – Capture land Dub – Produced by Overstand JA Records

(J.Mcnaughton / P.James )

Executive producer: Jamar Mcnaughton aka Chronixx

Artwork by : Andrew Cachia

Mastered by : Chris Athens

Mixing engineers : Jamar Mcnaughton (1, 6, 7 & 8), 

Gregory Morris (2 & 9), Marc Lee (3 & 10), Laurent Dupuis (5 & 6)

Ref# LPCM001 @ 2014 – Chronixx Music Group

A new visual from The Dread & Terrible project will be premiere on youtube.com/chronixxmusic on April 1st.

www.chronixxmusic.com

https://soundcloud.com/chronixxmusic

Thanks for the support

Pierre Bost Edit by  Bernhard Perzanowski

ChronixxMusic

Various Artists: PHANTOM VOL. 4 By Fox Fuse

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Leading reggae and dancehall label Tad’s Record continues its stronghold on those genres with the release of the latest installation in its hit compilation series, Phantom Vol. 4 – Various Artists, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers. The album features the biggest names in reggae and dancehall music – from dancehall juggernauts Vybz Kartel and Mavado to reggae royalty Jah Cure and Chronixx to new sensation Alkaline — and showcases the hottest tunes straight from Jamaica to the world.

The double-disc collection is jam-packed with 35 reggae gems and dancehall bangers, all for the unbeatable price of USD $9.99. Phantom Vol. 4 features smash singles that are currently dominating the airwaves in Jamaica and reggae platforms around the worlds.

Phantom Vol. 4 by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, as well as on physical CD in stores, from Tad’s Record.

TRACK LIST
Disc 1
1. 123 – Alkaline
2. No Games – Vybz Kartel
3. Nuh Compatible – Bugle
4. Wickedest Ride – Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim
5. Things Mi Love – Alkaline
6. Hi – Vybz Kartel
7. Climb Up – Aidonia
8. Business – Vybz Kartel
9. Show Yourself – Konshens
10. The Bruk Out Song – RDX
11. Bruki – Aidonia
12. Gyal Bruk Out – Alkaline
13. Fi Di Jockey – Aidonia
14. Drop – RDX
15. Kotch – RDX
16. Walk Out – Mavado
17. Nah Hear – I-Octane
18. Dem A Try Style Man – Mavado
19. Silent Bad People – I-Octane
20. Hustle All Day – Baby Cham

Disc 2
1. Jah Jah Mission – I-Octane
2. World Is In Trouble – Jah Cure
3. Wake Up – Jah Cure
4. Protect You Like A Soldier – Jah Cure
5. From My Heart – Jah Cure
6. Access Granted – Chronixx
7. Ain’t No Giving Up – Chronixx
8. The Mini Song – Chronixx & Goldy
9. Judgement – Chronixx
10. African King – Chronixx & Ce’Cile
11. Lighters Up – I-Octane & Alaine
12. Enjoy Yuh Life – Alkaline
13. Live To Make – Mavado & Jah Vinci
14. Live Life – Alkaline
15. Grades & Hennessy – Mavado

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Melloquence Collaborates With Elephant Man On New Single ‘Hold Me’

IMG_92962014 looks very promising so far for rising dancehall star Melloquence who has been steadily

paving his way in the industry with releases on some of dancehall’s more popular rhythms since

last year,namely:  JA Production’sOverDrive Rhythm” and the Frastwinz Music produced “Starizma

Rhythm”.

January saw the singjay releasing a medley music video for his songs  Hot Suh/Starizma (Star

life) on the above mentioned projects and already he’s set to release another music video. This time

for a collaboration effort with international dancehall super star Elephant Man entitled ‘Hold Me’.

Melloquence explained— Hold Me isn´t officially released yet, It  got big rotation on Carribbean  island’s

major radio stations including Zip 103 Fm,Irie Fm and Suncity Fm etc,:  over the past few weeks and with

the music video slated to be released this weekend both artists are confident, this will probality be the single

to become  higher heights. Hold Me’ is one of those songs that DJ can play

in a dance and get the females to ‘bruk out’ and at the same time it’s radio friendly and commercial

enough to be played at a family event and buss the place as well, it’s just a feel good  song, and right now the

music needs that–. Elephant Man — on the other hand thinks it’s refreshing and

credits this release as a strategic one, right now the girls dem need some songs like these. This is a breath of

fresh air,  furthermore It´s carnival season now so the girls dem want dance he concurred–.

The video was shot by Inna Wi Genes Filmz at the Board Walk Beach in Portmore and edited by

Cashflow’s Extreme Arts and features cameos from some of dancehall’s top female dancers and video

vixens including DHQ Nickiesha and Queen Latesha to name a few .

The single is produced by the European-based Weedy G SoundForce’ label and will be distributed by

VP Records.

For more info on Melloquence follow him on Instagram/Twitter :@Melloquence

https://www.facebook.com/MelloquenceMusic

https://soundcloud.com/melloquence

Published and Edited By Bernhard Perzanowski

Bunji Garlin Carnival Tabanca EP

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As the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival celebrations wind down (after so much wining up!), Bunji releases a brand new EP to vocalize his sentiments. According to Urban Dictionary, ”Tabanca,” is defined as ”an extreme sadness and/or a depression following one’s breakup or separation from one’s significant other.” Not one to dwell on the sadness, Bunji also includes ”Red Light District,” ”Carnival Tabanca (Vikings remix),” and this year’s Carnival anthem ”Truck On D Road” on the EP. Full track list below:

1. Carnival Tabanca
2. Truck On D Road
3. Red Light District
4. Carnival Tabanca (Vikings remix)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carnival-tabanca-ep/id830049994

VP Records | www.vprecords.com
89-05 138th Street| Jamaica, New York 11435 | USA

Throu Bernhard Perzanowski reggay.se

VP RECORDS UPDATE: Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs Reggae Legends 4 CD Box sets drop next week

VP RECORDS UPDATE:

 

GREETINGS! Next week we release 2 incredible 4CD box sets from Reggae legends Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. More information below:

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DENNIS BROWN & Superstar Friends (Reggae Legends) (4CD boxset):

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 10 UK / MARCH 14 (REST OF EUROPE)

 

Four original albums collected together in reproduction sleeves showcasing the Crown Prince of Reggaes most successful team ups with his superstar brethren.

Two hit Gussie Clarke albums in combination with Gregory Isaacs, a three the hard way Music Works showdown with Freddie McGregor and Cocoa Tea plus a red hot Shocking Vibes outing with Frankie Paul.

Includes the hit singles “Big All Around”, “To The Foundation” etc.

Tracks Included in our Electronic Press Kit include Innercity Lady; To The Foundation; Easy Life; Jealousy; Legit; Chilling Out; Natural Mystic; Candy Man as well press release; credits and album artwork.

FULL TRACKLISTING BELOW:

CD1: JUDGE NOT (DENNIS BROWN & GREGORY ISAACS):

 

1.  Crazy List (Dennis Brown)

2. Judge Not (Dennis Brown)

3. Deceiving Girl (Dennis Brown)

4. Live and Love (Gregory Isaacs)

5. Street  Walker (Gregory Isaacs)

6. Innercity Lady (Gregory Isaacs)

7. Let Off Supm (Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs)

8. To The Foundation (Dennis Brown)

 

CD2: NO CONTEST (DENNIS BROWN & GREGORY ISAACS):

 

1. Easy Life (Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs)

2. No Camouflage (Dennis Brown)

3. Jealousy (Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs)

4. Love Me Or Leave Me (Gregory Isaacs)

5. Why Cry (Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs)

6. Neon Lights Flashing (Dennis Brown)

7. Big All Round (Dennis Brown & Gregory Isaacs)

8. Open Up (Gregory Isaacs)

9. I’ll Make It Up To You (Dennis Brown)

 

CD3: LEGIT (DENNIS BROWN, FREDDIE McGREGOR & COCOA TEA):

 

1. Legit (Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea)

2. Bad Mind (Freddie McGregor)

3. Last Lick (Dennis Brown)

4. Try Love (Cocoa Tea)

5. Home Boy (Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea)

6. Chilling Out (Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea)

7. Quashie (Freddie McGregor)

8. What About Love (Dennis Brown)

9. Here’s To The Famous (Cocoa Tea)

10. It Could Be Worst (Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea)

11. Bone Lies (Mutabaruka, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea)

 

CD4: HOTTER FLAMES (DENNIS BROWN & FRANKIE PAUL):

 

1. Natural Mystic (Dennis Brown)

2. Candy Man (Dennis Brown)

3. My Reasons (Dennis Brown)

4. Come With Me (Dennis Brown)

5. Running Around (Dennis Brown & Little Lenny)

6. Israel (Frankie Paul)

7. Thank You (Frankie Paul)

8. Come On Baby (Frankie Paul)

9. Don’t Be Afraid Baby (Frankie Paul)

10. All Wey A Gwane (Frankie Paul)

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GREGORY ISAACS Reggae Legends vol. 2 (4CD boxset):

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 10 UK / MARCH 14 (REST OF EUROPE)

Four original albums collected together in reproduction sleeves give an extensive overview of the Cool Rulers 80’s return to form.

Three massive Music Works sets from top producer Gussie Clarke along with a magnificent Roots Radics propelled Redman collection.

Includes the hit singles “Rumours”, “Let Off Supm”, “Report To Me”, “Mind Yu Dis”, ”Too Good to Be True” etc. and features special guest appearances from Jimmy Cliff, The Mighty Diamonds and Mutabaruka.

Tracks Included in our Electronic Press Kit include as well as Private Beach Party; Let Of Supm;  Rumours; Rough Neck; Report To Me; Big All Round; Victim; Special Someone press release; credits and album artwork.

FULL TRACKLISTING BELOW:

 

CD1:  “PRIVATE BEACH PARTY”

 

1.         Private Beach Party

2.         Wish You Were Mine

3.         Feeling Irie (feat. Carlene Davis)

4.         Bits And Pieces

5.         Let Of Supm

6.         No Rushings

7.         Better Plant Some Loving

8.         Special To Me

9.         Got To Be In Tune

10.       Promise Is A Comfort

 

 

CD2: RED ROSE FOR GREGORY

1.         Red Rose For Gregory

2.         Teachers Plight (12″ Promo Mix)

3.         Break The Date

4.         Rumours (12″ Hit Mix)

5.         Slow Down

6.         All I Need Is You

7.         Rough Neck (12″ Street Mix) (feat. The Mighty Diamonds)

8.         Intimate Potential

9.         Me No In A Dat

10.       Closer Than A Brother

11.       Mind Yu Dis (12″ Manners Mix)

 

 

CD3: “ I.O.U.”

 

1.         Report To Me

2.         What’s The Matter

3.         Too Good To Be True

4.         Fall For You Again

5.         I.O.U.

6.         Can’t Make A Slip

7.         Hard Road To Travel (feat. Mutabaruka)

8.         Express Love

9.         Fatal Attraction

10.       Break The Ice

11.       Easy Life

12.       Big All Round

13.       Jealously (feat. Jimmy Cliff)

 

 

CD4:  “VICTIM”

 

1.         Victim

2.         Surrender Your Love

3.         Rosie

4.         Mt. Music Man

5.         Special Someone

6.         Loving You Ain’t Easy

7.         Howdy Ho

8.         Welcome To My Room

Hakeem Stevens

European Marketing & Promotions Manager

VP Records / Greensleeves Music Group

I-Octane My Journey

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New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Jamaican reggae star I-Octane reveals the track list and launch details for his highly-anticipated upcoming album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Record. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been carving his niche in the reggae realm since hitting the scene over 5 years ago. A collaborative effort with his long-time friend and producer Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey is a 16-track masterpiece that delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.

“I want this album to help people to realize that we all have more in common than we are different,” reveals I-Octane. “We all go through the same types of things and experience love, joy, pain and suffering in our own ways. I hope that once people realize this, it will be easier to see each other as brothers and sisters and to genuinely love each other.”

Staying true to his signature sound that fuses velvety vocals and memorable hooks over catchy rhythms, My Journey lives up to its name as all tracks are penned by the multi-faceted entertainer, with a few singles co-written by producer DJ Frass. The first single, “Love You Like I Do,” has been receiving massive fanfare and radio play, at home and on reggae platforms worldwide. Its beautifully crafted, vintage-styled video was also released and is currently in steady rotation on television channels. The ambitious album also features reggae stars Gentleman on “It’s Alright” and Ky-Mani Marley on “A Yah Wi Deh,” while songstress Alaine takes a turn on the inspirational duet, “Lighters Up.”

“The Almighty has allowed certain things to happen to me so that I can learn, and then others can take from my experiences and apply those lessons to their own lives,” discloses I-Octane. “The music is just my vehicle of passing on my message. That is what reggae music is all about – spreading messages about love and life to help and uplift our brothers and sisters.”

The entire album was produced by reggae and dancehall hit-maker DJ Frass, with whom Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record teams up to deliver I-Octane’s latest work of love to the masses. “His musical journey is worth distributing,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “He is a youthful and refreshing sound in reggae, and his ability to transcend that without controversy into dancehall is deserving of high accolades. Like his name suggests, I-Octane is a high flame in the reggae/dancehall industry and we are privileged to be working with him and DJ Frass on this great project.”

The album release event is set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica on March 6 at Chris Gayle’s Triple Century Sports Bar (69 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, Jamaica). Hosted by radio personality Big A from Jamaica’s top radio station Irie-FM, the program will run from 7PM to midnight and will feature I-Octane introducing the album to media and fans, followed by a full performance. Numerous local and Caribbean media outlets will be in attendance, along with mainstream music’s most acclaimed trade publication Billboard Magazine, which will be journeying to Jamaica to cover the exciting new release from this reggae music ambassador.

I-Octane recently won two top prizes at Jamaica’s Youth View Awards (held on February 1, 2014 in Kingston), where he nabbed Favorite Local Music Video for “Happy Time” and Favorite Music Collaboration of the Year for “It’s a Celebration,” featuring Konshens, Chris Martin and Ding Dong. He is now making the rounds on the international circuit, touring and introducing his new album to audiences far and wide, as he takes the entire world on his journey.

Get the latest news and artist updates from I-Octane at Facebook.com/itsioctanesiiick, Twitter.com/Realioctane, Instagram.com/Realioctane and YouTube.com/Ioctanetv. Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

I-Octane – My Journey is now available for pre-order from all major digital retailers worldwide, from Tad’s Record. It will be available in stores and online on March 4, 2014.

TRACK LIST
1.   Time Will Come
2.   Million Miles Away
3.   Stepping in The Name of Love
4.   Babylon
5.   It’s Alright Featuring Gentleman
6.   Love You Like I Do
7.   I Will be There
8.   Mamma
9.   Pressure
10. Jah Jah Warrior
11. A Yah Wi Deh Featuring Ky-Mani Marley
12. Lighters Up Featuring Alaine
13. My Story
14. Blood A Go Run
15. Jah Jah Mission
16. Burn It