Hypnotic Ethiopian Grooves From Tommy T

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For the past three years, Tommy T has been the bass player for gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello. Tommy was born and raised in Ethiopia and brings his knowledge of global rhythms, reggae and dub to his first solo album, The Prester John Sessions. An aural travelogue that ranges freely through the music of Ethiopia, the album is a collection of 11 songs including a remix featuring fellow Gogol Bordello band mates Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo and mixed by Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars. The record also features two collaborations with Gigi, one of the most popular modern Ethiopian singers.

“The Response” from The Prester John Sessions
 

Head over to gigantic.com/tommyt to get your free download of “The Response”, listen to more streaming music at tommytmusic.com, and buy the album on iTunes today!

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Mojo Morgan’s got Mojo? Available At iTunes Now + MP3 Download

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Reggae alpha-male Mojo Morgan’s debut solo album got Mojo? is out today via iTunes.  Heavily influenced by reggae rock, hip-hop, and R&B, it’s a new hybrid of Morgan’s sound as part of the Morgan Heritage super group, with his own personal message and style.

Son of the legendary reggae artist Denroy Morgan, Mojo carves his own niche in Rasta-rock style. got Mojo? includes a cover of The Police classic, “Roxanne,” recreated with reggae; the mellowed-out and sexy “Till the End” featuring vocals Mischu Laikah & Laza – perfect for soul lovers; and the standout party track “Tonight.”

Download “Tonight” here.

Buy from iTunes here.

Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band Out Now, Listening Party 4/23

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Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars focus their latest album in the series of reggae reinterpretations on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Entitled Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, it follows the best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003) and Radiodread (2006), as well as Until That Day (2008).

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Easy Star All-Stars To Release Reggae Version Of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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On April 14th, Easy Star Records will release Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, a follow up to the Easy Star All Stars’ highly successful reggae versions of Dark Side of the Moon and OK Computer. The album will feature guest vocals by an impressive range of artists, including Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Luciano, U Roy, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Ranking Roger (English Beat), Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Max Romeo and The Mighty Diamonds. The first single, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” features Luciano and will be released by iTunes on February 10th.

Amplify by John Brown’s Body is #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart

“Amplify is a big stew of a lot of different influences and sounds and grooves,” says JBB drummer and co-founder Tommy Benedetti. “I think reggae applies to us in the way that we definitely draw from drum and bass. That’s always the foundation of what we start with. We also tried to step outside of the normal reggae grooves‚ sounds‚ lyrics and topics on this one, and what goes on top wound up being very progressive and current.

The new album, which also climbs to #10 on the CMJ World Music chart, was just released by Easy Star Records. It presents the band with the highest chart position in its history and outsells its 2005 release Pressure Points by nearly 20% in its first week of release.

Listen or buy from here.