Macka B interview on Colourful Radio 28-February-2021
Representing the UK reggae scene, Macka B and Pecking’s Records are the real deal…
‘Never Played A 45’ showcases the conscious words, sound and power from the original lyrics teacher, Macka B.
All tracks are voiced over a crucial selection of classic riddims courtesy of the mighty Peckings brothers.
The album is packed full of instant replays including the massive hit title track and the Youtube hit, ‘Medical Marijuana Card’ (300,000+ hits and rising).
With his deep, bassie tones and a flow to match the finest, Macka B has risen from Soundboy on UK Soundsystems to world-renowned Reggae star amassing an inspiring body of work on his 30 year journey.
Known affectionately as ‘The Big Rastaman’ he has taken his sharp conscious lyrics and positive outlook to every continent except Antarctica, although his coolness might stop the ice melting over there!
Macka B is inspired by H.I.M. Ras Tafari and pioneer DJ’s such as U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth and Prince Far-I. He unites people, promoting our similarities and common origins while being unafraid to educate on important issues in a wholly uplifting way. This is refreshing to audiences turned off by slackness pop & electro and inward looking, shoe-gazing indie. Macka B is for real.
Macka B has collaborated with a veritable who’s who of dynamic talent including Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Steel Pulse, Luciano, Horace Andy and Earl Sixteen. A long and successful partnership with producer Mad Professor (ARIWA) has given Macka B an international fan base with a full canon of hit albums and international tours under his belt. Now teaming up with the Peckings Brothers and their unique access to foundation rhythms Macka delivers ‘Never Played A 45’ an already acclaimed back to the roots five star classic.
George ‘Peckings’ Price was one of the first to bring Reggae to the shores of the UK. Peckings was the go-to man of Jamaican Reggae stars looking to expose their work to the UK and beyond and as such had the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry stopping at his home in West London. This was an inspirational environment for Pecking’s sons, Chris and Duke, who are now producers in their own right. With unique access to the catalogue of Coxsone Dodd of Studio 1, Duke Reid of Treasure Isle and Bunny Lee – the brothers established a successful career, winning both best label and best producer at the British Reggae Industry Awards in 2013.
With the positively dangerous combination of Macka B and the Peckings brothers, VPAL are proud to announce the release of the album ‘Never Played a 45’. The album combines Macka B’s skill of exhibiting deep thinking positivity and the Pecking’s brother’s re-fresh of the classic rhythms loved by all. With this team-up the album is an all killer, no filler affair and there are plenty of stand-out tunes.
The title track ‘Never played a 45’ is an ode to vinyl lovers because “there’s something about the feel of the vibe”. Previously released on a 45, it sold out fast and is now highly sought after.
The popular ‘Medical Marijuana Card’ features an animated video amassing over 300,000 views, with zero marketing budget, tells you it’s a hit.
“Rasta Tell Dem” is already hugely popular and has been rinsed out by David Rodigan and others. It accounts Rasta’s canny observations of things that are just now coming to pass.
‘African’ is an astute social observation of the standard we’ve come to expect from Macka B appealing for a positive realisation of Africa, the cradle of humanity.
‘Big Thief’ goes deeper– pointing to the theft from Africa by Babylon (the forces of materialism and control), the resulting privilege of those who still profit from it and the burgeoning issue of reparation, now re-awakening amongst the black community worldwide .
“Too Much Chicken” serves as a transition track high in seriousness and humour.
There is also a combination with the late, great Phyllis Dillon on “One Life”. Hail H.I.M, Beautiful Naturally, Complaining, the list of killer tracks goes on and on…
‘Never Played a 45’ has the ability to get you thinking, make you feel good and most of all cry out “REWIND
In 2017 Macka B began a series of regular acapella videos released on his social channels – Medical Mondays and Wha’ Me Eat Wednesdays. The releases proved very popular and the video for ‘Cucumba’ became a viral hit (80M+ views to date) and was picked up by mainstream media (Vice, Daily Mail) and appearances on UK terrestrial TV shows including GMB. Macka B recounts these events in the track ‘Cucumba to di World’ which also has an official video with over 100K hits. An appropriate way to celebrate Veganuary.
The new Macka B EP, ‘Gentrification’ is out now on Peckings.
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Sandra-Mae Lux interview on Colourful Radio 20-December-2020
Born in the sleepy fishing village of Steveston (British Columbia, Canada) and born of Dutch immigrant parents, Sandra-Mae Lux was singing almost before she was walking and showed a natural ability with musical instruments even in elementary school, playing piano, saxophone and guitar.
By high school she was already a seasoned performer in jazz and concert bands and, after graduating high school with honours, Sandra-Mae achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies on Saxophone with a Minor in Education from Capilano University. Sandra-Mae has received multiple awards such as Outstanding Achievement in Music five years in a row and the Phil Nimmons Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz.
Before she reached the age of 22, Sandra-Mae was invited to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, two years in a row where she met and performed with many internationally recognized artists such as Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride and opened for Dave Brubeck. After a few more years in Vancouver playing with many different bands, Sandra-Mae began to extend her reach to multiple musical styles including pop, R&B, Brazillian, EDM and her true love, 70’s soul music.
Moving to London, England in 2017 to concentrate on writing her first album, ‘Happily Ever Now’ Sandra-Mae continues not only to be a creative musical dynamo, but also an acting, voice acting and comedy performer of note, appearing in David Sedaris – The Santaland Diaries, The Comedy Store Players, Slattery Night Fever (with Tony Slattery) and as part of the cast of Audible’s ‘Aliens – Sea of Sorrows’ and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ audio dramas (both directed by Dirk Maggs).
Sandra-Mae lives in South London with her partner, lots of plants, a disco ball, and many feathered masks.
The making of ‘Happily Ever Now’
This twelve song album is a first for Sandra-Mae Lux, and what a debut! Produced by Gil Cang (Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Shaun Escoffery) and featuring players like Robin Mullarkey (bass, Jacob Collier) and Toby Baker (keys, Michael McDonald), Happily Ever Now is chock full of catchy melodies, strong hooks, and oh so tasty arrangements and production.
With all tracks composed by Sandra-Mae Lux and writing partner Alan D. Marriott, Happily Ever Now is well crafted, with a nod to classic song writing of the 70s, full-on soul from Earth Wind and Fire to D’Angelo, with the contemporary pop of Taylor Swift.
From the haunting, jazz inspired ‘I’m Still Here’, to foot stomping power anthems like ‘Moment in the Sun’, to the Salsoul disco joy of ‘Never Saw the Light’, this album doesn’t put a foot wrong. Over top of all the musical glitter soars the powerful voice of Lux herself as she effortlessly moves from pure sweetness in songs like ‘Thank You For Loving Me’ into sexy, slow-jam mode for ‘Do U Wanna’.
A multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, piano and guitar) Lux was making music almost before she could walk and tinkering with song writing by the time she hit her early teens. Originally a native of Vancouver (Canada) Lux spent her high school years in as many bands as she could fit in, and finally honed her musical skills with a degree in jazz studies from Capilano University. After a relocation to London in 2017, Lux set to work on finding the perfect team for the album she was always meant to make. “It’s been amazing,” she says. “Everything was recorded at this funky studio in North London just full of vintage gear. For me it was like a musical treasure box full of all the instruments that created the sounds of the albums I love. Y’know? The real gems, synths like a Minimoog or Juno-6, or that unmistakable sound of a real Rhodes or Wurlitzer. So all those incredible instruments combined with musicians who really knew how to get the most out of them was like…well, it was just a privilege to be in the room.”
That kind of sums up ‘Happily Ever Now’. A beautifully written and produced album, played perfectly by master musical craftsmen, and sung by a young vocalist right at the beginning of an amazing career. Sheer magic!
Georgie B interview on Colourful Radio 13-December-2020
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AgapéSoul (Darryl Anders)
AgapéSoul (Darryl Anders) interview on Colourful Radio 15-November-2020
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Omar Wilson interview on Colourful Radio 01-November-2020
Omar Wilson is no stranger to the music scene and has been performing in NYC and CT clubs for over a decade. He’s opened for artists like Boys II Men and The Neville Brothers. Growing up in Norwalk CT Omar’s influences included Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Lauren Hill, Mary J Blige and old-time soul acts like the Delfonics. His music speaks to his own personal experiences growing up in an urban environment bridging the gap between Hip Hop and Soul.
Growing up 30 minutes from New York City, church members at the Calvary Baptist Church in his hometown of Norwalk noticed his ability to have a spiritual impact through his singing at the age of only 7. While performing regularly in New York, fans gravitated towards his unique, gritty vocals. It was at that point that Omar realized what he was born to do, Soul Music. Omar is a 3-time Apollo winner and was named Best R&B Male of the Year for 2 consecutive years at the Underground Music Awards held at BB Kings in NYC.
Through his journey and struggles Omar has finally come to understand his role as one of the industry’s top new Soul singers. He’s recorded with Multi-Platinum selling artist Angie Stone and DMX featuring them on songs he wrote. The track he recorded with Miss. Stone is ‘Get to Know You Better.’ Angie Stone was quoted saying “Working with Omar Wilson came naturally and he is one to watch!” DMX is one of the only rappers to have 5 consecutive albums go number 1 on the Billboards and rarely recorded with singers. Omar and DMX released a single called ‘Faith’ and they connected on the track instantaneously which is audibly tangible.
Omar’s personality and voice is contagious. He leaves a long standing impressions wherever he goes, sings and with whoever he meets. Get ready to experience Omar Wilson as he is soon to release his New single “Passion” coming this fall.
Lukas Setto interview on Colourful Radio 25-October-2020
Raised on the essential mix of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye & Stevie and the wonders of his DJ Dad’s record collection, Lukas studied popular music at Stanmore College, Middlesex and it was there he was to craft his first composition. Later he explored the collective vocal harmony experience with a boy band but then realised that to graft solo was to be his way forward.
Whilst still in college, Lukas became the recipient of The Urban Music Award for Best Unsigned Artist (under the name of Lee Henry). He celebrated by wowing the audience with his live rendition of the self-penned “You Know Me”. Recognition finally for a boy that had excelled at sports, was distracted by the rites of passage of a troublesome youth and then as an adult was redeemed by the power of song.
UMA in hand; as Tru Menace, Lukas’s production pseudonym, he became a remixer for lovers of all forms of urban music. Taio Cruz, who had been a fellow student on his course, sought his creative polish. Soul inspiration Omar as well as international impresario Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather’s ‘Chainsaw’ and Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown’s ‘No Air’ were to benefit from the Tru Menace treatment. Further accolade was bestowed when ‘Y Did You Leave’ became a Number One hit with MTV Base for Tru Menace.
Treading the boards from the Jazz Café to the Shepherds Bush Empire and upwards, Lukas has supported Omar, Ne-Yo, Timbaland & Floetry. Lukas’ rendition of ‘Sometimes I Cry’ by Eric Benet at the BBC Radio London studios left presenter Jo Good speechless.
He continues to nurture his musical roots collaborating with Shanell, signed to Young Money and penned and co-produced tracks for X Factor Finalist Bradley Johnson from the Group Nu Vibe and Kitty Brucknell – as well as the soul hits “Looking For Love” by Michelle Lawson and “Plus One” by Shaila Prospere (#1 UK Soul Chart). 2019 saw Lukas support RnB group Portrait at Stamford Bridge’s prestigious venue ‘Under The Bridge’ and headline renowned ‘Margate Soul Festival’.
After some trials and tribulations as Jadan Lee – Lukas sought a new chapter, a new direction – an alter ego……. And so we introduce you to Lukas Setto (Setto being a nickname given to him by a friend in college because of his smooth falsetto vocals)!
Currently working in the studio, on music that inspires the soul, whilst exploring “the dynamics of film music” to crossover; Lukas comments on themes inspired by celebrity culture, sex, love and addiction – fusing real life experiences with fiction – which can be heard in his debut single What Turns You On, followed by OMG and Make It Rain, Lockdown and his latest release Do It Again.
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Light Of The World (Gee Bello)
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B & The Family
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Metropolis interview on Colourful Radio 07-June-2020
Welcome to the “City within the City”, as one of music cultures sought after Meccacities Atlanta serves as the backdrop of the musical story and journey of Alternative Soul group/band Metropolis. The city that has produced more contemporary urban music stars than any other on the map is the city that shaped METROPOLIS.
For Jai Black, Calvin Glass, and Dominic Hall coming of age in Atlanta helped them shape their voices and sound. “Metropolis means the heart of the city, we wanted to be the heart of music and represent every genre of music.” says Jai Black, the de facto leader of the group. “You don’t only have to do one thing rap, R&B, soul, rock, country, blues or alternative whatever you do in the studio and whatever comes out musical creativity, musical freedom is the foundation of what makes musical expression the universal language”. Their every genre sound was exemplified on their debut album, The Voyage, released in 2005 The album made the group stars in the UK prompting an extended stay and extensive touring overseas. The UK success prompted a massive response for the artists and allowed them to build a fan base, as well as exposed them to new artists and new sounds. “We came back inspired and the Metropolis sound expanded, being overseas we became exposed to different music and different sounds, we went into an experimental phase.” The success of The Voyage allowed the opportunity to open for and tour with major artists, they have opened for Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Carl Thomas, and Omar. Metropolis also opened for Blackstreet and Guy during their UK reunion tour. “We had big crowds knowing the words to our songs,” the group recalls, “We still have been able to hold on to that fan base to this day.” The musical journey for Metropolis was far longer, wider, broader, and more colourful than they could of expected. As the winds of change and transition blew across music’s ever changing landscape the progression of the Metropolis sound continued to evolve. The group’s passion for creating music set into motion what would later be called “The Vault”, an archive of recorded unreleased studio gems that Metropolis is gearing to release Spring/Summer 2020.
Chyna Nicole interview on Colourful Radio 31-May-2020
Lloyd Brown interview on Colourful Radio 29-March-2020
Over the course of the past five decades, Lloyd Brown has
risen to the very pinnacle of his profession, and with a string of hit singles
and critically acclaimed albums to his credit, is now hailed as one of this
country’s best ever reggae vocalist/songwriter/producers.
Born and raised in London to Jamaican parents, he began his
career in 1979 by dee-jaying in “blues-dances” before progressing on fully
fledged sound-systems in the early eighties with London-based sound-systems Jah
Marcus, Exodus and East Man. After taking a sabbatical in Jamaica, he then
joined vocal harmony group Sweet Distortion, who were voted Best Reggae
Newcomers by the readers of Black Echoes in 1984, just prior to their guest
appearance on the BRAFA (British Reggae Artists Famine Appeal) single, Let’s
Make Africa Green Again. Led by Lloyd’s namesake and early source of musical
inspiration, Dennis Brown, this record helped raised funds for Ethiopian famine
victims, and remains a milestone of UK reggae history.
By 1987 Sweet Distortion had successfully auditioned for the
part of the Jackson Five in the acclaimed British musical, Black Heroes In The
Hall Of Fame produced by the late Flip Fraser, but split up soon afterwards,
leaving Lloyd free to pursue a solo career. His earliest singles included Music
Medley, Ring Up My Number and The Love In Me, all of them released on Robert
‘Ribs’ Fearon’s Unity label circa 1987. In the meantime, he’d started
performing more demanding roles with Black Heroes In The Hall Of Fame – most
notably those of Otis Redding, Marcus Garvey, Haile Selassie and Nelson
Mandela. Sharing The Night (produced by the late Junior Frost), then provided
him with his first No. 1 hit, and was voted Reggae Single Of The Year in 1990.
You Can’t Hurry Love, For The Love Of You and Love U Down (his second No. 1
hit, and another Reggae Single Of The Year) soon followed, together with a
version of Otis Redding’s These Arms Of Mine.
Despite his success with other people’s songs, Lloyd was
increasingly writing his own material by this time, as demonstrated on It’s A
Love Thing, which marked the start of his long-standing partnership with Saxon
sound system dee-jay Tippa Irie. Their follow-up smash hit, Stress, caused controversy
since it put into song what many men were thinking about their female partners,
but both singles duly topped the UK reggae charts, then won the duo a
well-deserved contract with Arista, who released their follow-up single, Baby
Mother (another vibrant slice of social commentary), in 1995. An album recorded
for Arista during this period was subsequently released as Combination on
Discotex at the end of 2001 – Lloyd & Tippa’s association with Arista
having ended as unexpectedly as it had begun.
Undaunted by such disappointments and eager to reclaim his
popularity among grassroots reggae fans, Lloyd began recording with leading UK
lovers’ rock producers Groove And & Quarter, who issued his debut album,
Straight No Chaser, in 1996. Among the many highlights was A Mother’s Prayer,
which he recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of UK soul and reggae talent and
dedicated to the memory of his mother, who’d recently died of cancer. Two other
tracks, Jah Works and Increase The Peace, offered early evidence of the roots
and culture content he was to showcase on his next double CD set, Rhyme &
Reason, which he recorded for Saxon. Prior to its release in 1998, the singles
We Need A Revolution and Power Of Jah had marked a turning point in both his
life and career. His new head of dreadlocks illustrated this change of
direction, and he began writing lyrics with far more spiritual content than
before, even whilst continuing to make sublime lovers rock hits such as Night
Shift, Blackbird and Real Love. He named Buju Banton’s ‘Til Shiloh LP as a
formative influence during this stage of his career, and after announcing that
the emergence of the new cultural artists had taken reggae to a different
plane, said he wanted to sing songs that will uplift people.
His Saxon album thus had transformation at its artistic
core, and with its emphasis on self-penned material, proved a masterly showcase
of his talents. Once Saxon producer Lloyd “Muscle Head” Francis had decided to
concentrate on his sound-system, rather than production, the durable Mr. Brown
embarked on a run of hits for Jet Star that still shows no sign of abating
three years later. Their most significant triumph to date has been a massively
successful cover of Craig David’s Fill Me In, as included on Vol. 2 of Jet Star’s
Pop Hits In A Reggae series. With Fill Me In getting regular airplay in Jamaica
– where Lloyd enjoys widespread support – Jet Star then helped further his
dominance with several other notable single releases, including Hook It Up, Put
It Down and Memories, which like Humanity Part 2 (recorded for Mikey Koos’ ARM
label), is another joyous celebration of old school reggae vibes, and so
steeped in nostalgia, it could bring tears to the eyes.
In-between voicing for Jet Star and making preparations for
his starring role in yet another musical, The Best Years Of Our Lives (starring
alongside the great Pam Hall), Lloyd then began work on an independent project
with former international hit maker Bitty McLean, who’d served his
apprenticeship with UB40. Aided and abetted by Bitty’s production and
engineering skills, and with his own creative ideas going into overdrive, Lloyd
completed the nucleus of his album Deep at Bitty’s Platinum Suite studios in
Birmingham before adding a choice selection of Jet Star material into the mix.
It was the kind of album only true craftsmen could produce. Its dazzling range
of lyrical perceptions being matched to some of the most enthralling,
contemporary reggae and crossover rhythms heard all year. I Know (inspired by
Bob Marley’s Kinky Reggae) subsequently became one of 2001’s biggest reggae
hits, even as Deep was being acclaimed as a masterpiece and his best album thus
far. By the time the follow-up, Against The Grain, was released two years later
his tally of hit singles had swelled to include You Must Know, co-starring Don
Campbell; Bless Me and the unstoppable Main Squeeze, which rocketed into the
Reggae Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.
Like its predecessor, Against The Grain was another
world-class collection, showcasing tracks like the popular Mr. Brown, Food For
Thought (a version of Aswad’s Warrior Charge); he and Omar’s stunning cover of
Stevie Wonder’s Feeding Off The Love Of The Land and the magical Love Within
The Music, co-starring a galaxy of UK talent. Against The Grain was nominated
for Best Album at the 11th Annual Reggae Soca Awards in Florida; an event that
saw Lloyd being crowned Best Newcomer for the second time in his career. His
next set was Dreams To Remember, produced by Lloyd Campbell and released on VP
Records in 2004. This album, recorded in Miami, yielded four hit singles in the
shape of Bless Me, Since You’ve Been Gone, Heartaches and Bongo Nyah, which
soon gave Lloyd his second Reggae Top 5 hit in New York. Songs like that,
voiced over Lloyd Campbell’s more traditional style reggae rhythms, fuelled
growing demand for his sublime vocal and writing talents in America. Its
success prompted the release of an album shared with Peter Hunnigale as part of
Jet Star’s celebrated Toe 2 Toe series that same year. Here was an album that
made artistic, as well as commercial sense, since both singers epitomise the
best of UK reggae music.
Three of Lloyd’s more recent hits were included, namely Full
Hundred, No Watch Dat and the compelling Black Bags, together with other tracks
that inspired comparisons with reggae legend Beres Hammond. Red-hot form like
this saw him embark on a string of European tour dates with Sanchez throughout
the summer of 2004, as he continued on his journey towards some long-overdue
international recognition. His follow-up album for VP Really Together featuring
Fiona was cited by Lloyd as a “true labour of love” as Fiona was an artist he
really admired and wanted to work with-which proved its point in the finished
product, also with the reggae panel of the Grammys who have shortlisted the
album for nomination for Best Reggae Album 2005. Armed with album number 10
called Said And Done in the bag (entirely self-produced) and his own studio
Riddimworks Production House, truly demonstrated his skills as a producer in
his own right with all he has absorbed culminating thus far.
Further expanding his all-round skills, Lloyd broadened his
Riddimworks “imprint” on other projects in 2007, co-producing fellow U.K Lovers
King Michael Gordon’s “Poems and Rhymes” set, also U.K Lovers Queen Donna
Marie’s “Next Chapter” and various music-video projects showcasing his
extraordinary skills as a director, headed by his truly cinematic offering of
“I’m Sorry” which co-stars his peer and friend Peter Hunnigale. His eleventh
landmark release entitled Silver, celebrates Lloyd’s 25th year in the music
industry and has undoubtedly stood testament in his long and distinguished
career. The album’s opener “Show Me That You Love Me” voiced on Tarrus Riley’s
monster hit riddim “She’s Royal” proves that Lloyd’s song-writing skills are in
effect and leans not solely on the riddim to carry his songs..far from it. When
he does put pen to paper, as on “From The Root”, “Up To You”, the powerful and
haunting “Charcoal Bridges” and the truly wonderful “Seacole”, a song
commissioned by Flip Fraser to feature in the hit musical Black Heroes In The
Hall Of Fame, and written about nurse Mary Seacole, the quality shines through
like a beacon, and you remember just how lucky we are having a reggae artist
like him in our midst.
2008 saw Lloyd’s appeal grow to a more international status,
amassing fans in Japan, North and South America and numerous territories. In
turn, Lloyd concentrated towards embarking on promotional tours in the U.S,
starting off in California. The tour proved so successful, that he was booked
speedily to tour California again in early 2009. In between time, Lloyd worked
on his twelfth album entitled “Brownie Points”. This album was a slight
departure to material he had recorded before, but nonetheless had the
unmistakable Lloyd Brown imprint that has been skillfully carved throughout his
career. Covers and originals blending beautifully to present another concept
album, headed by 12 various “Brownie Points” describing in song his
observations and also, what makes the man tick. Covers such as “It Takes Two”
duet with Lovers Rock chanteuse Sylvia Tella, Dennis Brown’s “Ray Of Light” and
Nicky Thomas’ angelic “Love Is” simply describes what love is in musical terms
so well, that the coldest of hearts will truly melt to it. Originals, such as
the salsa-tinged “Loco Theng” takes you on a heady trip to Acapulco in the
first two bars, and “Forgive Them” duet with friend and peer Peter Spence takes
you to the hills in Jamaica amongst the Rasta brethren and sistren citing
forgiveness as the way forward for humankind.
Not being a man to rest on his laurels….Lloyd released his
thirteenth album entitled “For Your Consideration” accompanied by his
Riddimworks Films produced music video “It’s Not About…..” released
thru Riddimworks/Cousins Records November 2009. The album featured hits such as
Dean “Cannon” Fraser production of “Know Yourself” “Empress One A Way” and the
awesome “Badbwoy” featuring fast rising Dancehall DJs Mr. Williamz and Juxci D
was toured extensively on the US West Coast throughout most of 2010 to crtical
In 2010, Lloyd’s consummate consistency had now produced his
fourteenth studio album entitled “Cornerstone” which was released entirely
independently through his Riddimworks Productions label, which on this occasion
had an American import release, the first for a UK based Reggae Artist. The
seventeen track album boasts a large eleven collaborations, which not only
features long established artists such as Macka B, General Levy, Nereus Joseph,
Rodney P and Top Cat, but also features bright new talents such as Dancehall
act Babyboom, U.S Hip Hop act Krytykal: Tha’ Problem and songstresses Miss Kjah
and Adele Harley. His decision to feature new talent proved wise and fruitful
for all concerned as their respective profiles have raised to further works and
recognition with other producers. Highlights from the album includes, Rootdown
Records’ Thilo “Teka” Jacks produced ska-tinged “She Nuh Easy”, Lloyd’s self-produced
homage to Joe Higgs with his version of “There’s a Reward For Me” and Lloyd’s
duet with Miss Kjah on “In Every Way You Can”.
2012 saw another landmark year for Lloyd as he had released
his fifteenth 20-track studio album celebrating three decades of making music
simply entitled “30” released in February 2012 via Riddimworks Productions and
Phoenix Music International The standout track which garnered him a Top 3
Reggae Chart hit was the crowd-rocking “Get To Know Ya” utilizing Dennis
Brown’s seminal Lovers Rock hit “Someone Special” also utilising Bob Marley and
the Wailers’ “Could You Be Loved” with his Disco/Reggae rendition of “Catch The
Feeling. Still on the Wailer’s tip, Lloyd collaborated with three of his peers
and friends Don Campbell, Delroy Pinnock and R n B singer Wayne Marshall and
covered the awesome “Pass It On” from their “Burnin” album A master stroke was
performed when Lloyd collaborated with Diva Grace Jones on the remix of the
Pretenders’ Chryssie Hynde’s penned “Private Life” featuring the Riddim Twins
Sly N Robbie which coincidentally was thirty years old [at the time of
recording] and still sounds fresh today.
2013 had seen a level of ambition not realized by Lloyd
before as he had released TWO albums, the first being his “New Veteran” set,
again released via his Riddimworks Productions and Phoenix Music International
which consummately provides the all-round versatility that his peers and fans
come to know and love, featuring highlights such as the roots filled
collaboration with R n B songstress Kele Le Roc entitled “If You Want Good” the
first music video release from the album, also a latin/salsa tinged dancehall
collaboration with the exquisitely lyrical Tanya Stephens on “Bada Boom, Bada
Bing” alongside sparkling solo efforts such as the hits “Crush On You” and “My
Baby Loves Me” produced by veteran artisans Willie Lindo and Bunny Lee
respectively as well as the moving and awesome posthumous collaboration with
the “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown with their rendition of the
Eagles’ country classic “Lyin’ Eyes”.
The second set of the year saw a third party release in
conjunction with acclaimed Florida/Virgin Islands production outfit Zion High
Productions whom Lloyd had recorded various projects with prior entitled
“Rootical” an entirely original recording project released in October 2013. The
first release from the “Rootical” set was the haunting and deep “What You Sow”
taking an old time proverb and reiterating it in such a way that it paints a
picture to the mind immediately. Other highlights feature the title track
featuring chanter Pressure Buss Pipe which sets the tone for the whole album in
one fell swoop. Other collaborations such as “How Could I” include rising
artist Yisrael Immanuel, “Keep On Keeping On” featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore and
the anthemic “Together” featuring lioness roots singer Queen Omega.
Spring 2014 saw Lloyd return to his productive form with yet
another milestone album entitled ‘LB50’ celebrating his 50th birthday, with a
collection of eighteen varied tracks featuring collaborations with veteran DJ
Sarjant D on his introduction track ‘Fiddy’, Homefront Productions Patrick
Anthony on joint production and performing collaborations on the sound boy
killing ‘My Sound’ and tropically lovers rock tinged ‘There You Are’ also the
standout hit track ‘All About You’ featured on the Mighty Diamonds’ ‘Country
Living’ riddim, culminating with the ‘father and son duet’ entitled ‘Faith’
featuring his son Courtney, his first commercial debut recording.
Autumn 2015 saw the release of TWO albums from Lloyd. The
first being a collection/compilation of sixteen tracks recorded on Studio
One/Treasure Isle/Rock Steady compositions across his eighteen albums called
‘From The Old School’ featuring two new tracks, one of which was an ode to his
childhood residence and childhood memories entitled ‘Pembroke Road’ and the
second, a cover of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ ‘Pimpers Paradise’.
The second album release of the year saw yet another
milestone for Lloyd, in which he released his twentieth studio album entitled
‘Twenty’ a sixteen track project which contained production collaborations with
the late Lloyd Campbell [Joe Fraser] Willie Lindo [Heavybeat Records] David
Simmonds [Heddrokk Productions] David ‘Jah D’ Goldfine [Zion High Productions]
Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions] Chris Peckings [Peckings Records] also
performing collaborations with fellow Reggae artists Don Campbell, Peter
Hunnigale on the hymnal ‘Never Leave You Lonely’, Veteran actor and artiste,
the late Count Prince Miller covering comedians Morecambe and Wise’s ‘Bring Me
Sunshine’, also Third World’s Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore on the beautiful Nyahbinghi
themed ‘Give Thanks with Praise’
2016 saw Lloyd take a sabbatical before releasing his 21st
studio album entitled ‘Vocalist’ in October 2017 to concentrate on producing
his former backing singer Lyn’s first studio album entitled ‘Debut’ released
May 2017 and fellow former Riddimworks Band backing singer Shade Aman’s set
entitled ‘Travelling Hopefully’ which was released in November 2017 ‘Vocalist’
forms an entirely worldly and varied ORIGINAL set from the Reggae icon
featuring production collaborations from Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions
UK/JA] Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie [Nu-Edge Productions – UK] Peter Hunnigale
[Street Vibes – UK] Dominic Gomes [D Rebell Productions – Trinidad] Oliver
Schrader [Silly Walks Movement – Germany] and David ‘Jah D’ Goldfine Andrew ‘Moon’
Bain Laurent ‘Tippy’ Alfred [Zion I Kings/Zion High Productions –
Florida/Virgin Islands]. Also featuring vocal collaborations from Fiona
[US/Jamaica], Aleighcia Scott [Wales] and Babyboom [UK/Jamaica] also touring
his live concerts with his Riddimworks Band.
2018 has seen a busy year for Lloyd in terms of his solo
output of album material, one of which was the extended release of his
‘Vocalist: Digital Deluxe Edition’ which contains six bonus tracks featuring
collaborations with Adele Harley, Chucky Bantan, Grantie Asher, Jacquie George,
Chardel Rhoden and Dean Fraser and additional productions from Gary ‘Digitec’
Lewis, Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie and Patrick Anthony.
2019 saw the releases of his 22nd compilation studio album
‘Collabs: Vol 1’ featuring collaborations with British and international
Reggae, Pop, RnB and Hip Hop artistes such as Don Campbell, Don Ricardo,
Michael Gordon, Paulette Tajah, Grace Jones, Sly n Robbie, Beres Hammond
and Tanya Stephens to name a few [also a debut featuring his son Courtney]
Coupled with his his 23rd studio project album ‘Brown
and Bubblers’ album featuring ten original riddim tracks built and produced by
the legendary UK Reggae producer Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie and original songs
written and performed by Lloyd, exclusively released on Carlton’s ‘Nu-Edge
label and website [www.nuedgemusic.com].
Spring 2020 heralded the release of Lloyd’s ‘labour of
love’ various artists 24th studio album project entitled ‘The Salute Project’
with Lloyd now in the producer’s chair, featuring a wealth of fast rising vocal
talent from the UK, simply re-interpreting [by way of musicality as well as
vocally] some of Lloyd’s hits chosen by the artists themselves
The roll call of artists featured in ‘The Salute Project’
are, Shade Aman, Grantie Asher, Chucky Bantan, Tony Corbin, Garnett Cross,
Harmonie Deja, , Steve ‘Stickz’ Heyliger, JayJayBorn2Sing, Donovan Kingjay,
Mandee, Rafeelya, Stacey Phipps, Kareem Shabazz, Ann Sianab, Simon and El’Tee.
Lloyd’s landmark 25th studio album release ‘Therapy’ sees
Lloyd in a deeply personal light as an album of tracks by way of closure from
his past trials of life as a timely gateway to his progression as an artist,
featuring collaborations with ever rising artist Ras Charmer, Harmonie Deja and
Rafeelya as well as co-production collaborations with Diane Black and Caroline
Williams [Real Talk Productions], Peter Hunnigale [Street Vibes Productions],
Stevie P Productions, Patrick Anthony [Homefront Productions] and Carlton
‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie [Nu-Edge Productions].
Sophia Brown interview on Colourful Radio 15-March-2020
The Real Thing
The Real Thing interview on Colourful Radio 08-March-2020
Tony Anthony interview on Colourful Radio 01-March-2020
Omar interview on Colourful Radio 16-February-2020
Westerhall Rums UK
Westerhall Rums UK, Annabel Kingsman interview on Colourful Radio 12-Jan-2020