Jamaican record makers in the early 60’s took their cue from American R&B records, and later took pages from hip-hop, as Jamaican Dancehall evolved. Meanwhile American hip-hop, from its inception, was influenced by Jamaican Sound System and Deejay culture. There’s long been a special musical information expressway between Jamaica and the urban United States, and here is a fresh fruit from that fertile tree. This is some of the most refreshing hip-hop I’ve heard in years.
“Elevate (feat. Papa Michigan & Jeanine Strong)” (download mp3)
from “And Then Sum”
“Elevate (feat. Papa Michigan & Jeanine Strong)” (play)
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Sum-in-1 – “Anywhere (feat. Noah Lowman)” mp3
Git funky. Over a classic Chic-esque disco track, Sum-in-1 reveals a hip-hop style plea to his true love for another chance. This young artist knows something about second chances, having survived a near-fatal car crash in 2004, just as his career was starting to kick. Re-dedicating himself with a new-found appreciation for life and music, Mostow aka Sum-in-1 has a slew of new material for 2010, informed by his experiences. The music is ear-friendly and tight, behind pop-y vocal flows that come refreshingly humble and sincere. Lemonade from life’s lemons, in a big way.
“Anywhere (feat. Noah Lowman)” (mp3)