Overproof Records ‘Kickback’ with new project
Asa 'Ace' Smith, the CEO of Overproof Records Ltd, is amped up about the release of his label's latest rhythm album, Kickback.
"The project was started to give people reflection and some state of comfort in these troubling times and to give a sense of hope and for people to be able to hear some uplifting and inspiring words that we think of daily, but don't always share with each other," Smith said, adding that the songs are carved in solid reggae-dancehall oak.
Montego Bay-based up-and-coming artiste Jovexx shows the full range of his vocal repertoire with Pain. Jovexx, who has an uncanny ability to change gears mid-song, explains that he sees the fakers for who they are because, " I real recognise real".
Bugle has another stand-out song on the project with Rocky Road, a tour de force of a song that chronicles his life story. He sings about a life marked by poverty, pain, hurt, plus financial and emotional struggles. He shows his great songwriting skills as he develops the extended metaphor of the 'rocky road', and about living life in the fast lane. He sums it all with the line, " Mi no hide it cause mi drive it."
The talented Chezidek shows up to declare Same Blood, where he laments that inequities divide a nation that could be stronger without deep-seated class struggles.
The project is rounded out by stellar tracks from Embee di Quefa, a ganja-loving ode of a song titled Bellas Gate - a north western St Catherine community in the news recently because of the hunt for a suspected killer - while Kool Swade reminisces about Rough Times. The five-song compilation album will be released on May 7.