'Yaad N Abraad' is the new reggae riddim release from Australian producer Monkey Marc (Digikillaz).
It features some of the most exciting talent coming out of Jamaica's new wave of roots revival, including Dre Island, 5 Star, Iba MaHr, Aza Lineage and Earth and the Fullness.
Monkey Marc brought together the artists on 'Yaad N Abraad' to make a music with strong social and political messages. Alongside the idyllic vision of island life often pictured from the outside, Jamaica is racked by widespread poverty, corruption and violence, where ?blood still a flow just like the River Nile? (Dre Island, Yaad N Abraad). It has endured decades of crippling foreign debt, austerity measures and economic policies that destroy opportunities for the poor and protect the wealthy elite.
This release continues in the tradition of reggae music from Bob Marley onwards, highlighting society's struggles in a raw and poignant way while also giving hope to listeners. Dre Island sings, ?Physically, mentally you affi strong. Can't weak heart when you out inna Babylon.? Aza Lineage sings, ?Survival is a must, we have to trod on?.
Monkey Marc says, ?My goal was to capture a potent moment in time in Jamaica through these young artists' experiences and stories.?
The riddim has a tough, warm classic sound, with a driving analog bassline and analog delays and reverbs. It was built on classic gear that was widely used by Jamaican music pioneers in 90s and 00s dancehall and digital reggae, such as the Space Echo, MPC3000, and the Dynamic Space Expander.
Monkey Marc says, ?This record shows both the darkness and the joy in Jamaica. It shows the deep spirituality that drives many of these young artists, and their passion and determination to succeed. The message from these artists is: conquer your mind and uplift your soul, and don't stop fighting. Hopefully this record will uplift them and their communities in their journey to success, in yard and abroad.?
This riddim release is part of Monkey Marc's Vital Sound project. The project began with the No Surrender Riddim, and continues in 2018 with three riddim releases, an upcoming single on Glastonbury Festival's Uncommon Records (March 2018) and the Vital Sound LP (November 2018).