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Courtney John Returns With a Stellar New Release"Born To Fly"

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After a year-long break, LionDub45 returns with a stellar new release from Brooklyn based producer Ticklah featuring stand-out vocals from Jamaica’s Courtney John. Both artists should need no introduction - as a founding member of the Dap Kings, Antibalas, and the Easy Star All-Stars, Victor Axelrod spreads his work across hip hop, funk, soul, and African rhythms, working with artists like Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse and Estelle, but his more rootical vibrations are saved for his Ticklah productions.

Courtney John is a celebrated Jamaican vocalist who has worked extensively with Sly & Robbie on their Silent River label and the UK based Peckings camp. Courtney's sweet falsetto style evokes the classic era of lover’s rock and early dancehall. It’s easy to hear Axelrod’s funk roots in the guitar and organ licks on the vocal version of “Born to Fly”, and the busy production is filled out by a precision guitar skank, bubbling bass, and a spare percussion palette while maintaining a vintage roots feel.

Courtney chants his lover’s song high over the rest with the poetry and clarity that has earned him his fame. On the dub, a liquid bass leads the drastically reduced rhythm as expert echo treatments of the drums and pads propel the deep, heads-down groove. Ticklah and Courtney John provide two perfect sides for lovers of classic roots reggae and dub with a strictly conscious and positive message. LionDub45 is proud to bring New York and Jamaica together once again for it's fourth release.
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