Derek Fevrier – Damsels and Crooners (Nu-Lovers UK)

Damsels and Crooners

Derek Fevrier has created an album with 24 tracks of high quality lovers rock reggae.

Derek was born in the UK and is of Dominican descent, he has travelled extensively in the Caribbean and worked in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Derek’s production name is Demondo and he has worked with talented reggae artists since the seventies. He plays violin and bass guitar amongst other instruments and has also worked as a session musician.

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An accomplished sound engineer and talented producer, Derek has worked with top French hip-hop, R&B and reggae artists and he also takes time to mentor young sound engineers. He also works with Lymelyte Concert and PA Media supplying sound solutions for events in and around the London area.

Damsels and Crooners features performances from Amaziah, Kofi, King Kalabash, Annette-B, Theresa Jae, Michael Gordon, Frederica Tibbs, Della Grant, Ricardo McKenzie, Klearview Harmonix, Sista Carmen, Dennis Pinnock,  and Ibis Lawrence.

My favourite tracks on the album are ‘See The Dream’, an inspirational track featuring Frederica Tibbs, and ‘One Hello’ and ‘Cupid Sent an Arrow’ two sweet lovers rock vibes featuring the vocal talents of Amaziah.

The sound production quality is excellent on each track, the reggae rhythm guitar strong and punchy and the vocals pitch perfect. This is an album that can be the soundtrack to your day, it is easy to listen to, the songs are catchy – you will find yourself humming them to yourself, and it brings a refreshing dimension to reggae music. Clean up to date production but not losing the familiar reggae vibe that we all know and love.

Have a listen to the tracks here: Damsels and Crooners – preview tracks

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Ciyo Brown – Put a little Jazz in their lives (album)

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Ciyo (pronounced K-eye-oh) Brown is a high academic achiever in the field of Law, a talented musician, vocalist, and accomplished guitarist. He is Jamaican born and has lived in the UK since he was 6 months old. Ciyo has made many live performances including theatre, and has recorded 6 albums including the latest release  ‘Put a Little Jazz In their lives’.

The album features a collection of jazz reggae and soul fusion tracks, which is quite a refreshing approach and a relatively unusual mix of genres.

The opening track “Don’t worry yourself” is a sweet lover’s rock song that will start your musical journey through this album with a bounce.

“‘I’m in the Mood for love” is a cover version of the 1935 Frances Langford romantic classic which slows the tempo down, and this track has reached the coveted number one position in the UK reggae charts.

“My likkle Jamaica” and “Cruisin on the Sea” are bright lilting reggae vibes that will have you swaying and dancing. “Cruisin on the Sea” is a real fusion of jazz & reggae where Ciyo has provided a reggae feel with all the elements of improvisation that one would find in a jazz or jazz fusion track.

“Love has found it’s Way” is a soulful rendition of Dennis Brown’s original reggae track and “Message to the Father” is a thought-provoking gospel jazz-soul tune. “Living Inside Your Love” has a more contemporary jazz-soul vibe happening.

“Put A Little Jazz In Their Lives” the title track is Ciyo’s jazzy reggae message to the world about bringing music and love to the masses.

There are also a few instrumental/minimal vocal tracks, all having a very warm quality – “Flight of the Icons” is smooth jazz, “A Blessing Waiting to Happen”  combines a distinctive blend of ska and hip-hop with jazz floating on top and minimal lyrics, and “The Virtue of Patience” is a stand-out jazz instrumental with hints of reggae in the background. “Song for Ernest, Earl and George” is a short instrumental guitar solo in tribute to Ernest Ranglin, Earl Klugh and George Benson.

Ciyo has achieved a great deal with this release, he has created something which is quite unique but will also have widespread appeal. It is very easy listening, and I love that there are artists who are prepared to push the genre boundaries and create something that stands out from the crowd. The vocals are polished and Ciyo’s guitar skills are evident in every track. My personal favourite tracks on this album are ‘My likkle Jamaica’, ‘The Virtue of Patience’ and ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’.

Put a little jazz in their lives LP – available on Ciyo Music http://www.ciyobrown.com

Find out more about Ciyo’s work and have a listen to the tracks here: Ciyo Brown Website