Inner Circle, the original bad boys of reggae music are back with an 8-track EP on their original Tenement Yard Riddim. It features several artists including – Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Bugle, Assassin, Tanya Stephens and Daniel (Bambaata) Marley. The instrumental mix of Tenement Yard is worth the price of the album. The EP was released on April 21 on the DubShot Records/Sound Boy Entertainment label. They have also released a new slamming, reggae version of Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild & Free. The cut features I-Octane and Peetah Morgan (of the Heritage clan)
I am tempted to say they are back, but that wouldn’t be true. Morgan Heritage never really went anywhere. They just keep putting out great music. This latest album – Strictly Roots include collaborations with several artists including Cronixx (Child of Jah), Young Jo Mersa Marley (Light it Up), Shaggy (Keep On Jammin), Bobby Lee (We are Warriors), Eric Rachmany – Rebelution (Wanna Be Loved) and J Boog & Young Jemere Morgan on So Amazing. The 13-track CD was released on April 20 on CTBC Music Group.
Jamaica multi-talented keyboard player Leslie Butler’s new album will have its official I-Tunes release on June 9. The album titled: We’ve Only Just Begun features classic standards like Witchita Lineman, Love Story, Shaft and the title track. Butler is one of Jamaica’s least known musical giants. His classic dub album Ja-Gan (1975) is now a collector’s item. Throughout the years his multi-talents (piano, organ, synthesizer, melotron, flute and clavinet) has more than decorated the works of fellow musicians including: Jimmy Cliff, Ernie Smith, Mark Holder, Max Edwards, Kiddus I, Cedric Myton & the Congos and Bob Andy.
Keith Porter & the Itals have released their latest album titled Mind over Matter. The 20-track set was released on May 5 on Ital Music label. Former lead singer Ronnie Davis is truly missed on this one.
Still Pushing is the title of Randy Valentine’s new album. The 9-track set include potential hit singles like Wake the Town and Black Cinderella. Valentine left Jamaica for Great Britain several years ago and is rapidly taking his place among the conscious reggae crew in that country. The album was released in the US on April 10 on the Hemp Higher/Ariwa Label.