“What a piece of art!” – DJ Paulo Matos Reggae Portugal

The latest review of the album “Punky Reggae Party” by Island Head is by DJ Paulo Matos from Solar FM “Reggae Portugal”.

“What a piece of art!”
“I confess that this is one of the best tributes/instrumental tribute to the immortal songs of Marley The Wailers I ever heard until today!  Arrangements and Production are first-class.  This Sunday I will feature the album in Portugal Reggae program.  Not to be missed.”

Confesso que esta è uma das melhores homenagens / tributo instrumental às canções imortais de Marley & The Wailers que jà ouvi atè hoje !  Arranjos e Produção de 1a Classe.  Este domingo no programa Reggae Portugal.  A não perder.

Listen to his station with this link:  Solar FM Reggae Portugal –  DJ Paulo Matos

Island Head Reggae Band

HEAR WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT ISLAND HEAD

“One of the 25 Best Reggae Albums of 2013″ – Midnight Raver Blog

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“What a piece of art!”  DJ Paulo Matos Host of “Reggae Portugal”

“Island Head is an important project to reggae. It’s always great to have substantive, high art.  This work contributes to reggae’s growth. Reminds others of what it really is and what is still possible.  I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience.”  – Pat McKay, SiriusXM program director for “The Joint”

“Inspired concept, great playing and a real feel for the music makes Island Head’s ‘Punky Reggae Party’ a top quality, excellent release highly recommended to strengthen the heart and soothe the soul. A winner!” – Chuck Foster, Reggae Grammy Screening Committee/Host of “Reggae Central” on KPFK-LA

“Island Head musicians tastefully demonstrate that a fresh perspective can still be brought to Bob Marley music.” – Dermot Hussey, Legendary Jamaican Radio Personality

“Island Head are one of the few bands that have an original take on the music, Hipreggaejazzrockvibe.” – Cableman Dan, “Reggae & World Rhythms” on WNTI-FM

These musicians can play…they feel this music. It has a jazzy vibe to it. The strength of the songs, the talent of these musicians, and the organic connection they share with each other, keeps this album standing strong inna Babylon!” – Ras Michael, Midnight Raver

Island Head brings life to authentic reggae. No fluff, just great music.” – Chef Chrissy, Famous Jamaican Chef/Restaurateur/Reggae Connoisseur (hosted live Island Head show)

ISLAND HEAD musicians are:

Andy Bassford: guitar     Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung: guitar     Timmy Cappello: sax

David Frank: keyboards   Don Harris: trumpet   Billy Messinetti: drums   Neil Jason: bass

Reggae Hits Number One

The band Magic!, hailing from Totonto, Canada, brought reggae into the Billboard Hot 100’s number one spot with the reggae infused single “Rude”.  I’m not one who usually can predict hit pop singles these days but, I have to say that the first time I heard it I knew this would be BIG!  The song fuses contemporary reggae with dancehall and is certainly reminiscent of The Police. Congratulations to the band!

Sean Paul and Enrique Igleslas’ song “Bailando” is a Latin song with Sean’s reggae style vocals.  It was very smart for these two artists to collaborate and bring together the Latin and reggae audiences.  “Bailando” is also topping charts all over the world.

SOJA, the American reggae band from Virginia, currently has the number one reggae album on iTunes.  “Amid The Noise and Haste” was produced by GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend).  The album includes collaborations with Michael Franti and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Other reggae albums released recently worth noting are Rebelution’s “Count Me In” and and Ziggy Marley’s “Fly Rasta”.  Both albums include collaborations.  “Count Me In” has songs featuring Collie Buddz and Don Carlos and “Fly Rasta” features U-Roy, Beezy Coleman and Cedella Marley.

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See Island Head live

Island Head will be performing songs from the album “Punky Reggae Party” which are unique instrumental versions of Bob Marley songs as well as the Island Head original, “Reggae Island”  The band also will play some classic Jamaican Studio One instrumentals.  Sax player Timmy Cappello will be singing some classic pop hits his own reggae style.

DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014           PLACE:  Treme     553 Main St, Islip, NY    WEBSITE LINK: TremeLink       Phone: (631) 277-2008

DATE: Friday August 22, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink     Phone: (914) 365-252

DATE:  Thursday August 28, 2014       PLACE: The Lackawaxen Inn     188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.       FACEBOOK LINK: Lack Inn FB    PHONE: 570-685-7061

 

ISLAND HEAD set list

  1. Burnin & Lootin
  2. Tunnel One*
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. Swing Easy*
  5. Get Up Stand Up
  1. So Much Trouble in the World
  2. Wake Up & Live
  3. Heavy Rock*
  4. Don’t Disturb This Groove
  5. House of the Rising Sun
  6. Punky Reggae Party
  7. Reggae Island
  8. Baby I Need Your Loving
  9. Darker Shade of Black* (Norwegian Wood)
  10. I Shot The Sheriff

Island Head drops new video!

Originally posted on Midnight Raver:

Check Island Head’s blistering performance of “Burnin’ & Lootin'” from their outstanding Punky Reggae Party LP.

Live Show info:
DATE: Friday July 18, 2014    
PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)       
273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY         
WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink    

Phone: (914) 365-252
DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014          
PLACE:  Treme     553 Main St, Islip, NY   
WEBSITE LINK: TremeLink      

Phone: (631) 277-2008
DATE:  Thursday August 28, 2014      
PLACE: The Lackawaxen Inn    
188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.      
FACEBOOK LINK: Lack Inn FB   
PHONE: 570-685-7061

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Island Head Live Shows

DATE: Friday July 18, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink     Phone: (914) 365-252

DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014           PLACE:  Treme     553 Main St, Islip, NY    WEBSITE LINK: TremeLink       Phone: (631) 277-2008

DATE: Friday August 22, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink     Phone: (914) 365-252

DATE:  Thursday August 28, 2014       PLACE: The Lackawaxen Inn     188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.       FACEBOOK LINK: Lack Inn FB    PHONE: 570-685-7061

“Reggae Island”

“So Much Trouble in the World” has gotten the most airplay of any track on the album “Punky Reggae Party” by Island Head.  Since it’s radio debut on SiriusXM in November 2012, that song has received the most attention and outsold the other songs on the album.  SiriusXM Channel 42 “The Joint” has made “Trouble” a regular play on the station along with all the top reggae acts.

This week there has been a shift.  Reggae fans are discovering the song “Reggae Island” and are showing their love by requesting plays on Spotify and buying it on iTunes.  Yes, there are still music fans willing to pay $.99 for music they like.

Here are comments about the song from a couple of DJs:

“This track makes me feel Irie…Good stuff” – DJ Neza (international DJ)

“Instantly puts you by the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand!” DJ Chucky D