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Monday, Jun 28 2010 | 12:37 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

The Studio One stalwart and Massive Attack collaborator returns for 2010 with his first strictly roots & culture album in years! Vocals have been recorded at the old Duke Reid ‘Treasure Isle’ studio, and a strong line-up of veteran musicians have helped to realise this masterpiece. 15-track longplayer appears in a deluxe-digipak.

Horace Andy, affectionately known as ‘Sleepy’ was born as Horace Hinds on 19th February 1951 in Jamaica’s capital Kingston. Blessed with a great, unique voice he soon came onto the scene. His musical career began in the late sixties, when he started to record for George ‘Phil’ Pratt. He found himself in the legendary Studio One of Coxsone Dodd on Brentford Road downtown Kingston soon after.

There he joined some of the most creative people within the Jamaican musical community. Many of the tunes Horace released during this time are nowadays recognised as real classics. Tunes like ‘Skylarking’ are part of essential Studio One albums. He also recorded a lot of tunes with Bunny Lee. Together they cut some of Horace’s best mid-seventies sides such as “Money” or “Serious Thing”.

Horace was a studio regular until end of the seventies and during this time he worked for all leading producers. In 1977 he linked up with New York based producer DaSilva. Together they released the legendary album “In The Light” (later re-issued on Blood & Fire) but their creative partnership was brutally cut short when DaSilva was shot dead in New York only two years later.

Horace continued to make records in Jamaica but always stayed in touch with the New York scene. The result were collaborations with Tappa Zukie, Bullwackie (i.e. the 1982 masterpiece “Dance Hall Style”), Bobby Digital, Jammy’s and many other famous New York musicians and producers.

In the early 90s Horace gained a new audience through his participation with Massive Attack on their album “Blue Lines”. The relationship continued on their second album “Protection” but he still found time to make other albums for producers like Jah Shaka, Mad Professer and, again, Bullwackie. He also incessantly toured the triangle of Jamaica, Europe and the US.

Over the years, Horace has inspired a huge number of imitators but there is only one Horace Andy. Now he returns to his roots with his new album “Serious Times”. These roots are the roots of reggae music. “Serious Times” is a demonstration of Horace Andy’s truly astonishing vocal technique with its unique vibrato and phrasing, expressing itself over 14 new roots tunes, plus an intensive Dub version of the tune “Cool It”. Despite being brand new, his music still sounds like in the early days of the golden times of roots reggae.

All riddims are composed and produced by Andreas ‘Brotherman’ Christophersen who is based in Gran Canaria. He started his career as a producer in Hamburg, Germany with his label Minor7Flat5 and has already received a lot of international response since his first release of Turbulence’s “Different Thing” in 2002. Collaborations with artists like Luciano, Anthony B, Sizzla, Capleton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Kelly, Cocoa Tea and many more Jamaican artists followed.

One of Sleepy’s friends was present when Capleton voiced the tune “Childre” on the “Upside Down” riddim for Brotherman. He introduced the veteran to the producer and the vibe was so good that they voiced “My Friend” that same night. Since Horace’s world-famous and unique style blends so perfect with the authentic and natural sound of Brotherman’s riddims they decided to do an album together. The tunes “Trodding” and “Rastafari” have already been released on the “Bodo” and the “2Drop” riddim selections, that had tremendous radio rotation and both had number one tunes in Jamaica.

Horace wrote brand-new lyrics inspired by the roots sounds created by Brotherman. Legendary musicians like Leroy ‘Horse Mouth’ Wallace on drums, Dean Frazer on saxophone and Bongo Herman and Sky Juice on percussions also give the production an authentic vibe. All vocals were recorded in Duke Reids old ‘Treasure Isle’ studio, in Tivoli Garden. The riddims were build in top notch studios like Tuff Gong, Mixing Lab and Big Yard with assistance of other first class musicians and engineers. All in all, this atmosphere allowed Horace Andy to create some of his best work, just like in the old days. You will know when you hear his signature long choruses on “Serious Times”: there is only one Horace Andy!


01. Serious Times
02. Crazy
03. So Real
04. False Witness
05. Cool It Down
06. Your Friend
07. Rastafari
08. Trodding
09. Rumors Of War
10. Life
11. Give It Up
12. Rasta Words
13. That Light
14. Love
15. Cool It (Dub)

The album Horace AndySerious Times” (Minor7Flat5) has been released June 25, 2010.

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