ATX Sound System: March 24, 2019

This week we return from our SXSW hiatus to catch up on a pile of new tracks that have dropped in the past week. Here are several that stood out to us right off the bat. You can listen to them all on our Austin Reggae Fest Playlist on Spotify.


Koffee – “Rapture”

Koffee is the biggest new star in the game and this week she released her long-awaited debut EP. Titled Rapture, it includes three previously-heard tunes–her breakthrough track “Ragamuffin” (which uses the classic Real Rock riddim) and recent singles “Throne” and “Toast”–as well as two new ones: “Blazin” (featuring Jane Macgizmo) and title track “Rapture.” The latter is being released simultaneously as the new single and it’s already burning up sound systems and radio playlists worldwide.


Timaya – “Pull Up” (featuring Burna Boy)

Nigerian-born is best known as the king of so-called “Afro-Soca” music and as founder of Dem Mama Soldiers. But he is no stranger to dancehall: You may recall his song “Bum Bum” with Sean Paul, which was a massive hit on sound systems a couple of years ago. The African stalwart returns this month with a new album, Chulo Vibes, and a terrific new single featuring one of our current favorites, Burna Boy.


Lisa Mercedez – “Talk To Mi Nice”

It’s been a slow climb for British-Jamaican MC Lisa Mercedez. Her earlier tracks leaned toward harder, carnival-style bangers, but over the last couple of years she’s softened her approach a little bit. A guest spot from Stylo G on 2018 single “What a Night” also helped raise her profile. “Talk To Mi Nice,” her first release of 2019, might be her most accessible track yet–and certainly one that we’ll be testing out on the ATX Sound System in the early part of the night.


Rygin King – “Monument”

Rising Montego Bay artist Rygin King went from “one to watch” to breakthrough star last year with his ubiquitous hit “Tuff” soundtracking every party and dance you walked into in 2018. His new single taps the ever-reliable Good Good Productions (you may recall we wrote about the Montego Bay duo–and their superb Carni-Afro-Jam riddim–last month) for another cracker, called “Monument.”


Cocoa Tea – “Things in Life”

One of the headliners of the 2019 Austin Reggae Fest, Cocoa Tea, sees a new anthology released this month, called Music Is Our Business. Featuring singles and unreleased tracks, it highlights the reggae icon’s work with producer Bobby Dixon (aka Bobby Digital) for the Digital B label between 1987-2003. Recognized as a period of particular quality for both artist and producer, the compilation also features some enjoyable covers, such as Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” and a revelatory (and somehow previously-unreleased) version of Dennis Brown’s “Things In life.”



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