I had the chance to interview Ras Fraser Jr. on episode 98 of my podcast and I’m thrilled to be following up now with a mixtape project. Episode 109 features Ras Fraser Jr. in the mix for over 40 minutes. If you have listened, What are your thoughts? How were you feeling after hearing the mix?
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Fraser’s music puts me in the mood to show love. That’s really the vibe I want to share. As such, I want to make sure I do my part to spread the message. Ras Fraser Jr. is a serious songwriter, singer, DJ, musician, and artist. Look for his upcoming mixtape. The selection includes exclusive songs that only can be played by me along with tracks from the new album “Journey to Greatness.”
Journey to Greatness, released on the Rebel Sound Records imprint, is available everywhere that music can be purchased. Don’t sleep on this talent. Go buy some songs. Buy the album, Journey to Greatness.
With a Top 10 U.S. Billboard hit and combined single and album sales of over 35 million under their belt, American reggae heritage band Big Mountain returns with “Perfect Summer” on May 27.
Big Mountain – Here Comes The Sun – Artwork
After taking 10 years off from recording, Big Mountain teams up with VPAL, the distribution arm of the world’s leading reggae label VP Records, to give the world great music once again. Their new studio album Perfect Summer is a refreshing collection of their signature sound and features a stellar cover of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun.” The group will also embark on a world tour in support of the album over the summer. Dates are TBA.
Big Mountain has an impressive catalog of hits and is internationally known for their 1994 iconic reggae cover of Peter Frampton‘s “Baby I Love Your Way.”
At the time, the song was featured in the blockbuster film Reality Bites, reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on Mainstream Top 40, and No. 2 in the UK. The single still continues to receive over 600,000 Spotify streams per month and is heard on the radio airwaves today.
Big Mountain consists of five members. Lead vocalist Quino is of Mexican/ Irish decent and incorporates Spanish and English lyrics into their music. Michael Hyde, former member of Ziggy Marley‘s band, plays keyboards. Danny Lopilato sings vocals and plays guitar, Montego Bay native Paul Kastick is on drums and Southern Californian Mike Ortiz on bass.
Boasting 17 new tracks by the veteran singer and featuring Sizzla, Capleton, and Delly Ranks the album will make your reggae collection Stronger.
Malvo has voiced many hits for a number of Jamaica’s top producers in the style of a dancehall singer. His initial hits include ‘Come Back To Me’ and ‘Rain From The Skies’, both with Tiger, and ‘Take You To The Dance’ with Lizard.
VP announces the release of Best So Far from Katchafire 16 tracks chronicling their rise as one of New Zealand’s top reggae acts.
Katchafire – Best So Far – Artwork
The US tour begins this month (see details below), and upcoming album release is May 21, 2013.
Date Venue City
Sun 04/21/13 Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA Tue 04/23/13 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA Wed 04/24/13 El Rey Theatre – Chico, CA Thu 04/25/13 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA Sun 04/28/13 Soho Restaurant & Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA Fri 05/03/13 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO Fri 05/10/13 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI Sat 05/11/13 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL Fri 05/17/13 Ridglea Theater -Fort Worth, TX Wed 05/22/13 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ Sat 05/25/13 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA Sun 05/26/13 Monterey Co. Fairgrounds – Monterey, CA