September 18, 2023
GRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING reggae singer Mykal Rose released his latest album I Give You Love on Friday, September 15.
The 13-track set, which is produced by Donsome Records LLC, features collaborations with Bounty Killer, Bugle and Jahmiel.
In a media release, the artiste shared the inspiration behind the album’s title.
“I wrote these songs according to my life experiences and surrounded them with music. There are several themes explored on the album, including humanity and the struggles that people go through in today’s world, the high cost of living, social injustice, the senseless killings and matters of the heart,” said Mykal Rose.
Some of the tracks on the album include When Dem Ago Let We Go (with Jahmiel), This World, World Crisis, Babylon Burning, I Give You Love (with Bugle), and Steppin Like a Murderer (with Bounty Killer).
Mykal Rose spoke about working with Adrian Hanson of Donsome Records LLC on the project.
“Out of all the producers I’ve worked with, the only one that comes closest to Sly and Robbie is Donsome. His knowledge of the music is very impressive, and he is in tune with today’s sound,” he said.
Roel Powell and St Clair Connor are among the musicians who worked on the project.
Born Michael Rose, he is best known for his solo work as well as his tenure with the Grammy-winning reggae outfit Black Uhuru. He sang lead on songs from the group’s 1984 album Anthem, which won the very first Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
His voice is heard on chart-topping songs including General Penitentiary, Sponji Reggae, Solidarity, What is Life, and Shine Eye Gal.
In 1995 Shabba Ranks invited Mykal Roze to sing on a remake of Shine Eye Gal, which peaked at #46 on the UK Singles chart.
He connected to a younger generation in 2007, when he recorded the song Shoot Out for producer Lloyd “John John” James. The song topped charts locally.
Hanson explained how the collaborations with Bugle, Jahmiel, and Bounty Killer came about.
“Bugle and I have been working over the years, so I told him I would like for him to be featured on the song with Mykal, and the next is history. Jahmiel and I were in St Vincent, we were at breakfast, and I told him about the Mykal Rose album and the song. I sent him the track that was already cut and in less than a week he sent me his vocals. Steppin Like a Murderer has been recorded from 2021. Mykal and I decided that we would like to have Bounty Killer on it. Mykal linked Bounty and Bounty sent his vocals,” said Hanson.
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