‘King Queen Riddm’ fuses the best of a soulful R&B love song with a heated reggae slow jam, melding Makedah’s golden voice atop the hard edged grit of Toussaint’s Temptations-style soul - a hit for reggae and r&b lovers alike!
From Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s ‘The Closer I get to You,’ to Teena Marie and Rick James’ ‘Fire and Desire,’ good old fashioned R&B love songs have warmed our hearts for years and have given us some of the most famous music of all time. How about bringing that talent and passion to reggae music?
Queen Makedah’s new duet feat. Toussaint the Liberator, does just that. The track ‘King Queen Riddm’ (a.k.a. ‘Mutual Respect’), fuses the best of a soulful R&B love song with a heated reggae slow jam, melding Makedah’s golden honey voice atop the hard edged grit of Toussaint’s Temptations-style soulful crooning - a hit for reggae and R&B lovers alike.
The song is from Queen Makedah's upcoming junior album 'Peace Process,' and will be amongst a new wave of conscious music for fans to enjoy. Queen Makedah has shared the stage with reggae greats like Don Carlos, Sister Carol, the Twinkle Brothers, The Rastafarians, Winston Jarrett, Rootz Underground, Bambu Station and Groundation and is known for her cutting edge lyrics and smokey r&b vocal style.
Toussaint (‘Be You’ and ‘Black Gold’) – known for his ‘soul-drenched’- reggae style - has toured the world with Soulive as lead singer, sharing the stage with greats like Isaac Hayes, John Legend and The Rolling Stones (www.reverbnation.com/toussainttheliberator).
Brooklyn bred composer Tuviel ‘Rocksteady’ Levi brings his musical genius to the track (composer, mixer, instrumentalist) coupled with gifted storyteller and lyricist Queen Makedah. Tuviel has also worked with such rising reggae stars as Michelle ‘Songbird’ Gordon, Kristine Alicia, Lavie, Adam Barnes and Grammy winning drummer Bradley Brown.
Adding to the magic, are the special talents of twice Joe Higgs music award nominated singer/songwriter/musician Rusty Zinn on guitar (‘I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’). Rusty has recorded with the legendary Jamaican rhythm section Sly and Robbie, Boris Gardiner, Soul Syndicate, Hux Brown, to name a few (www.rustyreggae.com). The track also features the acoustic excellence of David Soveriegn on (Studio Jay by the Bay), layering the seductive sounds of the 6-string Larrivee and Ramirez Flamenco acoustic guitars.
Finally, Jamaica’s finest Rankin Scroo, recorded the lead vocals of the track at his renown West Oakland Crucial Youth Productions studio. Rankin is well known for his hits with E-40, Too Short and Digital underground's Money-B.
Single Title: ‘King Queen Riddim’ (‘Mutual Respect’)
Queen Makedah - Vocals / Lyrics / Co-Production
Toussaint the Liberator - Vocals
Tuviel Levi - Bass, Keys, Drum programming / Composer / Co-Production / Co-Recording / Mixing
Rankin Scroo - Co-Recording (Crucial Youth Production Studio) / Co-production (vocals)
David Sovereign - Acoustic Guitar / Co-Recording (Studio J by the Bay)
Rusty Zinn - Electric Guitar
DIGITAL RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2016