Salaam Remi drops his One: In The Chamber LP tomorrow, featuring cameos from Akon, Ne-Yo, Estelle, Corinne Bailey Rae and Jordin Sparks–just to drop a few of the boldface names the powerhouse hit-maker called in favors from. Marking his fist solo venture after over two decades of remaining behind the boards, Remi’s trademark broken-bottle productions are in full effect here; laced with luscious strings, reverb drenched snares and dub-centric rhythms that encompass the entirety of his new LP. A very broad sonic palette from jazz to one drop and back, which our LargeUp fam has aptly chronicled:
“The compilation sees Remi working with a wide-ranging cast of collaborators including…a cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” from Stephen Marley; the most intriguing on paper, but not necessarily in action. As far as the Bajan Remi’s cross-Caribbean collaborations go, it’s easily outshined by “I Belong,” featuring another singer of Jamaican lineage, Liam Bailey. (As far as covers go, the achievement here is Remi’s instrumental version of Keni Burke’s old-school R&B anthem “Keep Rising to the Top”)”
Listen below and hit the links to read more via LargeUp (including their in-depth interview with Salaam about his work with Nas, The Fugees, Amy Winehouse & others).