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Red Earth has released two new cuts on the “We’re Not Leaving” rhythm track that was first heard on the Soothsayers release in August 2011. The double A side release features two great Jamaican singers, Cornell Campbell a Studio 1 legend from the golden era of reggae and the dynamic contemporary roots voice of Lutan Fyah. Both tracks follow the “leaving” theme of the recent Soothsayers cut.

Something special was needed to get Cornell back in the recording studio and this came in the form of a chance meeting with Soothsayers in Kingston, Jamaica early in 2011. They arranged a session at Bunny Lee’s recording studio in West Kingston and in no time the collaboration produced the sweet “I’ll Never Leave” cut, a homage to Cornell’s island home country in Parish of St Elizabeth. Listening to the track it’s clear that Campbell was inspired by Soothsayers organic and original sound. The dub version of this was released alongside Soothsayers “We’re Not Leaving “ in August 2011 and the Cornell Campbell version follows on 7” vinyl on October 1st 2011.

The prolific Lutan Fyah  squeezed some time out of his international touring schedule after he heard the Soothsayers version of ‘We’re Not Leaving” . His vocal presents a more edgy stance on life in his home in Kingston and the problems of day to day living. Lutan’s cut entitled “I’m Leaving” reminds us of how life in what may seem like an island paradise from afar can be too hard to take for many of the inhabitants.

 

Cornell Campbell   “I’ll Never Leave”       Listen on Soundcloud

Lutan Fyah
  -  “I’m Leaving"   Listen on Soundcloud

 

Reviews:

The Guardian: “Thrilling harmonies…seriously infectious dance floor grooves…goose bump-inducing vocals.”

Metro (London): “Afro-dub at its most infectious, an energetic burst of musical virtuosity that is both conscious and peppily propulsive.”

Mojo: **** “A heady sonic brew, crafted in the best jazz tradition by drawing respectfully from disparate elements…the album is full of irresistibly funky grooves, intricate percussion, virtuoso vocals, elaborate guitar lines and swinging horns, with meaningful lyrics and uncommon vocal arrangements raising the overall musical standard one level higher.”

Uncut: **** “One of the finest slices of a Anglo-Caribbean fusion since The Specials in their prime...artfully mixing in funk and Afrobeat to their deep dub.”

Clash Magazine: “A truly intoxicating dub experience...featuring a galaxy of reggae and dub stars...like the best jambalaya it’s hot and spicy and will leave you grinning from ear to ear.”

Echoes: “An impressive mosaic of Afrobeat, dub and funky fusion…dynamic volleys of call and response…cascading horn riffs and melodies.”

Jazzwise: **** “Tangled Roots shows how exciting and diverse things get when you hold a mirror up to London’s musical melting pot.”

Straight No Chaser: “The whole disc constitutes a major step forward for one of the hardest working and most creative groups on the scene.”

Froots: Uniquely representing how pan-African music has influenced modern Britain.”

XLR8R: “African rhythms filtered through the prism of dub…accomplished musicianship…highly compelling.”

BBC Radio 3: “The eclectic blend works perfectly with the sound being organic and unique. It reflects the diverse cultural influences in modern urban Britain.”

Last.fm: “Soothsayers played this at Paradise Gardens in Victoria Park, June 2009. To say their live performances are 'blistering' is an understatement. This is absolutely one of the best live performances I've seen, comparable only to bands like De La Soul or AWB in their ability to whip up a crowd and get them feeling awesome…go and see them!”

Daily Star – Dhaka, Bangladesh: “Soothsayers took the audience on an exciting and mystical journey harmonised by a mix of reggae, Afro-funk and urban jazz…blending pulsating rhythms with soothing ones, creating a whole a new adventure…one of the best acts in this festival.”

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