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United Reggae’s interview with legendary reggae band Inner Circle begins in a somewhat curious fashion. We connect via Skype to a laptop which is carried inside their Circle House studios in Miami and placed on a table while they jam on their theme to the 1978 movie Rockers – in preparation for their upcoming US and European tour.
When they’ve proved themselves suitably well-rehearsed, they stay at their stations and the laptop is turned to face whichever member is speaking. Bassist Ian Lewis and keyboardist Touter Harvey handle the lion’s share of the answers, drummer Lancelot Hall interjects from time to time. Guitarist Roger Lewis is having his dinner during much of the discussion and only really asserts his considerable personality towards the end.
Yet these nearly five decade veterans had lots more to say. In part one of their chat with Angus Taylor they discuss their genesis from the same collective that formed Third World, and the culmination of their search to find the perfect singer in the late great Jacob Miller. Most crucially, they recall how some of their finest work was done in sessions for other artists and producers: with plenty of segues into the musical history of Jamaica – as you can read below…
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Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin has long had an affinity for retro sounds — after all, her breakout performance on season five of The Voice (which she eventually won) was a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Now, Chin returns to the 70′s with her throwback track “Fire,” a classic-sounding R&B tune that showcases her undeniable voice. “It’s a soulful power anthem and a reminder to never sell yourself short,” Chin tells Billboard, “to keep your standards high as well as your self-worth.
“The whole experience of creating and writing this song was just so organic and real,” Chin continues. “It took me back to the music and an era that I absolutely love and respect.”
Going back to basics was one of Chin’s favorite parts of writing and recording “Fire.” “We were all in a live room clapping and stomping our heels around a mic to the beat to add that extra bit of realness to it,” she says. “It was so much fun.”