Prolific dancehall star Busy Signal is gearing up to release his first roots reggae album Reggae Music Again.
The 14-track album is schedule to hit store shelves on April 24th.
In a press release Busy Signal described the album as “celebrating the uplifting spirit and tightly woven grooves that epitomize Jamaica’s signature rhythm”.
The album shows both Busy Signal’s spiritual side and his sensual style, such as the first single Come Over (Missing You), for which a video was release last month.
“This album will shock many people who are used to me just as a deejay,” declares Busy Signal in a press release.
“But it shows my growth, versatility and the recognition of reggae as the origin of dancehall music. Being a Jamaican, I feel like it is my duty to highlight and contribute to reggae music, and with the encouragement of my management and musicians who played on this record, including Dean Fraser, it all came together. This album is like a renaissance for me, a rebirth – reggae style,” Busy Signal added.
Busy Signal teamed with some of reggae music’s most acclaimed musicians, such as Robbie Lyn, Dean Fraser and Kirk Bennett, to produce the one drop roots reggae beats for Reggae Music Again. Most of the album was recording live at the Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, according to producer Shane Brown.
“Dancehall music alone cannot sustain Jamaica’s music industry,” explains Shane Brown. “Reggae has more substance and longevity and Busy is one of those rare artists of his generation who can sing as well as deejay on authentic reggae rhythms.”
In addition to the full-length album, VP Records will release a vinyl companion piece, entitled ‘Reggae Music Dubb’n Again’, available April 17th, special for Record Store Day on April 21st.
The exclusive LP will feature extended dub mixes for six of the album’s songs, which are all produced and engineered by Shane Brown and his legendary father Errol Brown.