GRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING reggae singer Mykal Rose released his latest album I Give You Love on Friday, September 15.
The 13-track set, which is produced by Donsome Records LLC, features collaborations with Bounty Killer, Bugle and Jahmiel.
In a media release, the artiste shared the inspiration behind the album’s title.
“I wrote these songs based on my life experiences and surrounded them with music. There are several themes explored on the album, including humanity and the struggles that folks undergo in today’s world, the high cost of living, social injustice, the senseless killings and matters of the center,” said Mykal Rose.
Among the tracks on the album include When Dem Ago Let We Go (with Jahmiel), This World, World Crisis, Babylon Burning, I Give You Love (with Bugle), and Steppin Like a Murderer (with Bounty Killer).
Mykal Rose spoke about working with Adrian Hanson of Donsome Records LLC on the project.
“Out of all of the producers I’ve worked with, the one one which comes closest to Sly and Robbie is Donsome. His knowledge of the music could be very impressive, and he’s in tune with today’s sound,” he said.
Roel Powell and St Clair Connor are among the many musicians who worked on the project.
Born Michael Rose, he’s best known for his solo work in addition to his tenure with the Grammy-winning reggae outfit Black Uhuru. He sang lead on songs from the group’s 1984 album Anthem, which won the very first Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
His voice is heard on chart-topping songs including General Penitentiary, Sponji Reggae, Solidarity, What’s Life, and Shine Eye Gal.
In 1995 Shabba Ranks invited Mykal Roze to sing on a remake of Shine Eye Gal, which peaked at #46 on the UK Singles chart.
He connected to a younger generation in 2007, when he recorded the song Shoot Out for producer Lloyd “John John” James. The song topped charts locally.
Hanson explained how the collaborations with Bugle, Jahmiel, and Bounty Killer got here about.
“Bugle and I actually have been working over time, so I told him I would love for him to be featured on the song with Mykal, and the following is history. Jahmiel and I were in St Vincent, we were at breakfast, and I told him in regards to the Mykal Rose album and the song. I sent him the track that was already cut and in lower than every week he sent me his vocals. Steppin Like a Murderer has been recorded from 2021. Mykal and I made a decision that we would love to have Bounty Killer on it. Mykal linked Bounty and Bounty sent his vocals,” said Hanson.