Tarrus Riley's latest project, 'Mecoustic' is set to be released in the Caribbean on September 25. The 15-track album will be a welcome treat to the palette of his established fans and will certainly 'whet' the appetite of those who have not yet fallen under his spell. Mecoustic is raw, soulful and skilfully works the artiste's sweet, nuance tenor with the pure and authentic sounds of instruments like the acoustic guitar, keyboards and Dean Fraser's unforgettable saxophone. Considered one of the most promising of second-generation Jamaican roots-reggae singers, Tarrus Riley's foray into the industry was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age with veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley as his father. Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager.
Reggae band The Archives have just released their self-titled debut album with ESL Music. The Archives began when Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton began a quest to explore the roots of reggae music. He asked keyboard ace Darryl “D-Trane” Burke to put together a cover band that would introduce club goers to the rock steady hits and obscurities of the pre-reggae era. When the group began writing original material, Burke contacted players he knew that could bring a progressive vibe to the music. “Everyone in the band has recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Culture, Gregory Isaacs and The Abyssinians,” Burke explains.