VP News Roundup | King Jammy Album + Gyptian Video (BET JAMS Premiere) & Katchafire Video + Tour Announcement



A Modern Day Recreation of Black Uhuru’s 1977 Love Crisis

Featuring Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid, Bounty Killer, Shaggy, Beenie Man, U Roy Plus More

Large Up Premieres Album Today

LISTEN: http://www.largeup.com/2016/08/11/largeup-premiere-king-jammys/

King Jammy is one of reggae’s most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

“I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel,” says King Jammyof the set. “I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans.”

New Sounds of Freedom is available now (August 12, 2016) on VP Records via on iTunesCD, and vinyl. The album follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy’s Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).

Born Lloyd James in Montego Bay, Jamaica – King Jammy aka Prince Jammy began has always had a deep understanding of electronics, allowing him to furbish his own sound system with tailor-made equipment. The reggae pioneer, producer and dub mixer has played a seminal role in many of Jamaica’s musical eras – including dub, roots reggae and dancehall. He began his career under the late great King Tubby in the 1970’s at Tubby’s Waterhouse studio, mixing for the likes of Vivian “Yabby You” Jackson and Bunny “Striker” Lee. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to “In the Light,” Everton DaSilva’s classic production for Horace Andy. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. Love Crisis’ tracks were voiced and mixed at King Tubby’s studio with the original rhythms laid at Harry J’s Recording studio with reggae legends Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Winston Wright and Gladstone Anderson. Further productions followed, including hit albums (and singles) for Uhuru as well as emerging dancehall artists like Half Pint (Money Man Skank and One in a Million) and Junior Reid (Boom Shack a Lack). In 1985, Jammy changed the music game forever. He provided one of the first digitized rhythms for the single “Under Me Sleng Teng” sung by Wayne Smith. This track undeniably sparked a digital revolution in the reggae world and helped shaped the sound of dancehall. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of the top Jamaican artists today. In Major Lazer Take Kingston – a documentary released by Rolling Stone (March 2015) – the electronic DJ group heads to Jamaica to meet with King Jammy to discuss his major influence and role in dancehall.

New Sounds of Freedom Track Listing:
1. Peace Treaty Style – Alborosie (Black Uhuru’s Time To Unite)
2. Walls Of Babylon – Dre Island (Black Uhuru’s Eden Out Deh)
3. King Selassie Throne – Chronixx (Black Uhuru’s I Love King Selassie)
4. Dog Nyam Yuh Suppa – Tony Rebel (Black Uhuru’s Sorry For The Man)
5. Another Day In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer (Black Uhuru’s Hard Ground)
6. Leave Satan Business – Gentleman (Black Uhuru’s Satan Army Band)
7. Peace And Love – Kabaka Pyramid (Black Uhuru’s Willow Tree)
8. Mystic Chant – U Roy (Black Uhuru’s Natural Mystic)
9. Leggo Babylon Wickedness – Shaggy & Beenie Man (African Love)
10. People Bawling – Louie Culture (Black Uhuru’s Love Crisis)







BET Jams Premieres the Sizzling Visual

Single Available Now on Reggae Gold 2016
Jamaica’s bashment vibes meet Miami’s club scene on gold-selling reggae artist Gyptian’s new video for “Jiggle Jiggle,” which premiered on BET Jams yesterday at 11am ET.

Gyptian is back on the scene with a new single from the 2016 Reggae Gold compilation album. “Jiggle Jiggle” is on the same popular Jambe-An riddim (which spawned Charly Black’s summer hit “Party Animal”) and is already starting a dance craze in the reggae world. Gyptian’s new tune leads the way for VP Records’j critically acclaimed annual release “Reggae Gold 2016”. – VIBE Magazine
Stream or Download “Jiggle Jiggle”: https://VA.lnk.to/RG2016ID




Single Out Sept 9 on Dub Rockers + Europe Summer Tour Kicks Off Today 
Today, New Zealand reggae band Katchafire return with a blazing new visual for their upcoming single ‘Burn it Down.” The track, available Sept 9 on VP Records on all digital platforms, is co-written and produced with Stephen Rev Maxwell from Kingston, Jamaica.

In support of the new single, the seven-piece collective will be rocking major festivals as well as headlining intimate venues across Europe until end of August. In the fall, the bands head to Australia for an epic stint throughout more than 20 cities. The band is no stranger to the road and has performed worldwide with international acts such as The Wailers, Maxi Priest, UB40 and Arrested Development.

From their humble beginnings in the late ’90s as a Bob Marley tribute band to one of New Zealand’s and the South Pacific’s most popular groups today, Katchafire have created a timeless hit-filled repertoire during this short time span. The “Burn It Down” single follows their 2013 Best So Far album, also released on VP Records. The album features the band’s most cherished anthems off their groundbreaking 2003 debut Revival – including “Get Away,” “Who You With” and “Giddy Up” (2003’s highest selling single in New Zealand) – all of which landed in the Top 10 of New Zealand’s Top 40 Singles Chart. Best So Far also highlighted the group’s top songs from their remaining independently-released albums, like “Frisk Me Down” off of 2005’s Slow Burning,  “Working” and the title track from 2007’s Say What You’re Thinking as well as “Sweet As” and “Groove Again” off of 2010’s On the Road Again.

Aug 12 @ LES FORGES DE FRAISANS in Fraisans, France
Aug 13 @ OSTRODA Reggae Festival in Ostroda, Poland
Aug 14 @ LAKELAND Festival in Switzerlannd
Aug 17 @  Arts Club Theatre in Liverpool, United Kingdom
Aug 18 @ O2 Academy Islington in London, United Kingdom
Aug 19 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 20 @ Le Quai Vert in Frossay, France
Aug 24 @ Goldener, Anker in Interlaken, Switzerland
Aug 25 @ Treibhaus in Innsbruck, Austria
Aug 26 @ ONE DROP FESTIVAL in Wisen, Austria
Aug 27 @ Gaskessel in Bern, Switzerland

6th Oct Thurs. @ The Gov in ADELAIDE
7th Oct Fri. @ The Plaza in MELB WEST
8th Oct Sat. @ Chelsea Heights in MELB EAST
9th Oct Sun. @ Prince Bandroom in MELB CBD
12th Oct Wed. @ Uni Bar in WOLLONGONG
13th Oct Thurs. @ The Cambridge in NEWCASTLE
14th Oct Fri. @ Max Watts in SYDNEY
15th Oct Sat. @ Rooty Hill RSL in SYDNEY
16th Oct Sun. @ The Rhythm Hut in GOSFORD
20th Oct Thurs. @ The Jack in CAIRNS
21st Oct Fri. @ Kirwan Tavern in TOWNSVILLE
22nd Oct Sat. @ Magnums in AIRLIE BEACH
23rd Oct Sun. @ McGuire’s in CBD Hotel in MACKAY
26th Oct Wed. @ Shamrock Hotel in TOOWOOMBA
27th Oct Thurs. @ Hotel Brunswick in BRUNSWICK HEADS
28th Oct Fri. @ Wharf Tavern in MOOLOOLABA
29th Oct Sat. @ Parkwood Tavern in GOLD COAST
30th Oct Sun @ Island Vibe in STRADBROKE ISLAND
3rd Nov Thurs. @ Leisure Inn in ROCKINGHAM
4th Nov Fri. @ Gosnells Hotel in GOSNELLS
5th Nov Sat. @ The Carine in DUNCRAIG
6th Nov Sun. @ Dunsborough Tavern in DUNSBOROUGH


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