Kulcha Shok Muzik has officially released their newest music production called Reggae Kulcha Volume 1… with tracks hand picked by longtime radio, TV presenter & artistic DJ Lance-O, founder of Kulcha Shok Muzik.
It’s been nearly 10 years since Kulcha Shok has had a new release. In that time, it’s been a lot of promotions, DJing & hosting events. The camp has come across great talent, and this is what the new compilation series ‘Reggae Kulcha’ is all about. These hidden gems have been discovered during the production hiatus, namely Hor!zen, First Hit, Roots Underground, Bobby Hustle, I Nesta, Predator Dub Assassins, and Barry & the Penetrators. Arise Roots and House of David Gang came as a result of this compilation and seeking new music. Natty Remo is the only one Kulcha Shok knew and had worked with before both the hiatus & ‘Reggae Kulcha.’ In fact, Kulcha Shok produced his first album Babylon Fall.
The album opens with a band that will be the next big thing on the festival circuit, Jahfe. A band comprised of three Haitians, a South African, a Spainard, an American punk rock guitarist, a Colombian bass player that’s barely old enough to get in the venues he plays, and two horn players from the University of Miami School of Jazz, who now call Miami home and share their living experience in Miami with Miami Vice. Miami’s hardest working band Innasense fronted by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Jimi Dred and Jamiacan DJ Prince Patrick offer up the sweet ‘Another Man.’ Rootz Underground has contributed an unreleased remix of their song ‘Rain’ featuring Sherita Lewis. There’s even a video for this song and unavailable until now.
Bobby Hustle is one artist Kulcha Shok feels will ‘bust.’ Hustle has graced the new Kulcha Shok riddim called ‘Strength’ with ‘Break Bread’ and also on the riddim is Natty Remo with ‘It Is Alright.’ The album then goes a little rock with First Hit‘s ‘Peace Of Mind.’ The 70’s are visited with the style of House Of David Gang on ‘Good To Be Loved.’ It reminds you of the vocal groups of the golden era of reggae.
Reggae Kulcha Volume 1 embraces the different languages of reggae with an artist that has over 2 million views on YouTube for his song ‘Ella Busca.’ Are we awake yet? And this track is a bit dancehallish because of tempo. It’s I Nesta featuring Muoses with the song ‘Ella Busca,’ which means she’s searching or looking for. Hor!zen has been around for nearly ten years, and I am very surprised they have never been signed. Their music and shows are very strong. Their song ‘Youths Dem Ball’ is one their strongest and nearly that on the album too.
Songwriter P-Dub of Predator Dub Assassins has written songs for Akon and Maxi Priest, just to name a few. On Reggae Kulcha Volume 1, his best song is ‘Come Back Down.’ More reggae rock finishes out the album with Arise Roots, who put out a great brand new album, contributed the last song to make the album with ‘Hit The Ground Running’ and is very relevant to today’s living. Lastly, the album ends with a party, ‘Reggae Party’ from the un-elected, unofficial mayor of Belmar, NJ, Barry Peterson of Barry & the Penetrators.
Reggae Kulcha Volume 1 is the first in a series to expose listeners to good reggae music. By reggae music, Kulcha Shok means anything that is reggae, a derivative of reggae or highly influenced by reggae. The approach is very open & worldly. All tracks are hand picked by Lance-O, who has been a radio, TV presenter and artistic DJ in his own right since 1985, which has been pretty much his whole life. Lance-O has dedicated his life to reggae music and started Kulcha Shok to take reggae to the next level.