Rise Up’s associate producer Carlo “Amlak” Less and his long time collaborator Habte Selassie B form the critically acclaimed music production team, T.H.C. Muzik. The duo proudly presents their latest work, two hard-hitting and highly anticipated compilation albums, Scallawah and Bubblin to Touch.
In 2004 T.H.C. Muzik brought you the indomitable hit single “Notorious” by Turbulence. The single, on the Scallawah riddim, rose to number one on the Jamaican and international Reggae charts and helped Turbulence attain Reggae prominence. The “Notorious” single was released in 2005, though T.H. C. Muzik was neither credited nor compensated. That experience taught T.H.C. Muzik critical lessons about the unpredictable and tumultuous Jamaican music industry. This initial disappointment, however, did not deter them. Instead, T.H.C. Muzik’s mutual love for Reggae and the music’s power to spread timely and positive messages only strengthened their resolve to “wheel and come again.” Scallawah and Bubblin to Touch are the results of T.H.C. Muzik’s unyielding dedication. The two albums deliver roots and culture at its best and contain a distinct combination of future Reggae classics and contemporary hits.
Both albums follow on the heels of the local release of Rise Up, a documentary about Jamaica’s underground music industry, directed by Argentinean-born Luciano Blotta. Rise Up has just won the Music Documentary Award at AFI-Discovery's prestigious SILVERDOCS festival in Washington, DC. Rise Up’s director had this to say about Amlak’s contribution to the documentary, “we instantly shared the same vision: to expose the unknown talent populating the Jamaican underground. To do this, it was imperative to start our research in Kingston and Amlak, being an up-and-coming music producer himself, knew the scene very well.” The documentary and albums share a common narrative, speaking eloquently to the power of perseverance and success against the odds, especially when contrasted with an industry dominated by guns and violence, payola and unscrupulous characters.
The release of Scallawah and Bubblin to Touch has been a long time coming. T.H.C. Muzik began production of Scallawah in 2004 and Bubblin to Touch in 2006. In addition to Turbulence’s “Notorious,” Scallawah features one of Daddigon's final recordings (before his untimely passing in 2005), “Calling Me.” Other artists on Scallawah include Fahrenheit, Kulcha Knox, Snow, Stream and 77Klash-Tanto Marijuana, among others. Bubblin to Touch features Reggae veterans Kingpin (Alan King, out of the UK), Fred Locks and the iconic Sugar Minott (who passed away earlier this year) along with heavy hitters Daweh Congo, Billy Mystic (from Mystic Revealers), and host of others.
Scallawah and Bubblin to Touch are two blazing hot albums from T.H.C. Muzik that promise to deliver soulful sounds, mystic melodies and bass heavy riffs to lift your spirits and ease your meditation all in the same breath.
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