Saturday 24 October, 2020

Lutan Fyah, Alandon, Pressure Busspipe on Star Chile EP

Artwork for the newly released Star Chile EP, produced by Andrew Moon Bain. (Photo: Contributed)

Artwork for the newly released Star Chile EP, produced by Andrew Moon Bain. (Photo: Contributed)

Dancehall, afrobeats and reggae meet in an ethereal commonplace on the Star Chile EP, providing a future-knocking release from Lustre Kings Productions.

The five-track set is produced by Moon Bain and incorporates the works of Zion I Kings, Major Lazer, and Blakkamoore.

The project also showcases artistes Lutan Fyah, Pressure Busspipe, and the newcomer Alandon.

The infectious guitar-driven riddim is believed to sound as good on the dance floor as it does in headphones.

The full EP is slated for release on October 30 on Easy Star Records, with the first single, No Selfie that features musician Lutan Fyah. Secure your copy via the pre-save/pre-order options at More Music.

According to Fyah, ‘No Selfie means only real people are allowed.’

‘Social media,’ he went on, ‘tends to have us believing in what we see online and on people's profiles. That is not necessarily real life.’

‘I want to encourage people to know themselves and keep it real. It is a metaphor for being honest and true to yourself.’

This isn’t the first time Lustre Kings and Lutan Fyah have teamed up either, having produced Lutan’s first album Time and Place back in 2005.

Star Chile Riddim

Though it is inspired by Africa, the Star Chile Riddim was ideated after Moon Bain attended Mr Eazi’s first ever US-based concert in 2019.

Andrew Moon Bain is a music producer, musician, songwriter, visual artist, and designer.

He has worked with artists from Diplo to Snoop Dogg to Major Lazer, while building an impressive catalogue of his own.

Together with Corrin Haskell, he started Lustre Kings Productions and became a part of the Zion I Kings group, a family of producers and musicians.

Bain confirms ‘Mr Eazi’s phrasing has so much intentional space. I just loved that open vibe and deliberate simplicity’.

‘It was one of those ‘dive in’ moments as a producer or musician where you immerse yourself in an artist’s catalogue or a particular style’.

The title of the EP came about from Moon Bain’s interest in Wizkid, and the guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix – especially his solo in Voodoo Chile.

The combination of those influences resulted in naming the work Star Chile, and it stuck.

Once the riddim was finished, Moon Bain set out to source the ‘right’ artistes to lay down vocals, and tapped into the rich pool of talent in his community.

This resulted in a fresh breakout track, Play with Fire, from dancehall up-and-comer Alandon.

Other tracks include the intoxicating new lover’s anthem Never Left, from British Virgin Island reggae heavyweight Pressure Busspipe.

And, of course, the final testimony from the veteran, Lutan Fyah, urging listeners to let go of technology addictions and keep it real with No Selfie.

An instrumental version by Digital Ancient (which is another of Moon Bain’s aliases) and a Zion I Kings remix of Never Left rounds out the EP.

Track list

Play With Fire - Alandon

Never Left - Pressure Busspipe

3 No Selfie - Lutan Fyah

Star Chile (Instrumental) - Digital Ancient

Never Left (Zion I Kings Remix) - Pressure Busspipe

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