A Dub Rendition of His 2020 LP In Search Of Lost Time
Out Today Nov 10 (In.Digg.Nation Collective / RCA Records) on Vinyl and DSPs
Today, Protoje releases a new remix album In Search Of Zion via In.Digg.NationCollective / RCA Records on all digital streaming platforms and special edition vinyl. The Jamaican artist and visionary tapped producer collective Zion I Kings to give a fresh, ambient and soulful twist to his critically acclaimed 2020 album In Search of Lost Time. It is traditional meets modern roots reggae recreation. This reimagined LP is the final piece following his trilogy of time themed albums: A Matter Of Time (2018), In Search of Lost Time (2020) and Third Time’s The Charm (2022).
Protoje says “In Search Of Zion is my last gift before I go on to new music, so this is a closing chapter. This music is so different, some of them are steppaz, some one drops, some are boom bap, one-two…a throwback to a roots reggae time.”
Zion I Kings is a team of three producers and labels – David “Jah David” Goldfine of Zion High Productions, Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred of I Grade Records and Andrew “Moon” Bain of Lustre Kings Productions – with a 50+ album catalog and 2x Best Reggae Album Grammy nominations for Snoop Lion in 2014 and Protoje in 2022. Laced with pounding kick drums, slapping snares, deep basslines, lush synthesizers and dub influences, their seasoned sound of live roots reggae instrumentation brought new dimensions to Protoje’s lyrics and songwriting. Each of the three Zion I Kings producers oversaw production and mixing work on particular songs. As a result, the album presents the sonic signatures of the collective, but also the individual approaches for which each producer is known. The accompanying dub mixes allow each song’s unique production approach to shine, with the traditional dub brushes of delays and reverbs working alongside more modern filtering and digital mixing techniques that bridge Jamaican dub mixing tradition with the currency of now.
In Search of Zion was produced in a short period of time during the 2020 lockdown. However, Zion I Kings’ core member and collaborator, Andrew “Drew Keys” Stoch, passed away shortly after the project commenced. This tragic event pulled the team together in unexpected ways, pouring the passion and pain for their fallen comrade into each track. In Search of Zion is a testament to fortitude, creating a roots reggae healing journey that cycles through a complete range of sound, color and emotion.
Protoje and his band The Indiggnation just wrapped a 10-city+ European tour spanning France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Germany this fall. He is gearing up for his next annual staging of The Lost In Time Festival, slated for Feb 24, 2024 in Kingston, Jamaica and will release his first children’s book Here Comes The Morning this month with The Bookboys and illustrations by Jonathan Nelson. The book, a dedication to Protoje’s daughter Yara and inspired by his song carrying the same name, will be released on November 18th, 2023 with a booking signing kicking off in Washington D.C. on the same day.
Born and raised in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to singer Lorna Bennett and former calypso king Mike Ollivierre, Protoje blends hip hop, soul and jazz into his native sounds of reggae and dancehall. The musical prodigy, along with a collective of artists, began getting mainstream attention for their addictive melodies and conscious lyrical messages in a movement dubbed the “reggae revival.” Around this time, his 2014 breakthrough anthem “Who Knows” ft. Chronixx was heard blaring through every street, sound system and party. Publications such as VOGUE, i-D, Rolling Stone and The FADER have declared him one of the brightest talents out of Jamaica. He has performed on Later…With Jools Holland, NPR Tiny Desk, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon & The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome. Jorja Smith, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Pa Salieu, Popcaan, Chronixx and Koffee are just a few of the artists he has collaborated with musically. His song “Switch It Up” with Koffee shined as the 2nd Song Selected on Barack Obama’s 2021 Summer Playlist. He has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill, headlined sold out shows and appeared on major festivals including Roots Picnic (U.S.), Coachella (US), Glastonbury (UK), Afropunk (US), Reading & Leeds (UK), Sole DXB (Dubai) and Lollapalooza (Chile), reaching audiences far and wide with his genre-fusing sound. He also founded his own label and management company Indiggnation Collective, “a significant incubator for Jamaica’s new emerging soundscape” (NYLON) which signed talent from the island. In 2020, he inked individual deals for himself and Indiggnation Collective artists Lila Iké, Sevana and Jaz Elise with RCA Records. Protoje is an artist acutely aware of the passage of time, as evident by his album discography: 7 Year Itch, The 8 Year Affair, Ancient Future, A Matter Of Time, In Search of Lost Time and Third Time’s The Charm. He received his two Best Reggae Album GRAMMY nominations for 2018’s A Matter Of Time and 2022’sThird Time’s The Charm.
PROTOJE – IN SEARCH OF ZION – TRACKLIST:
1. Switch Up Ft. Koffee
2. Jah Deliver Me
3. Still I Want Her
4. Weed & Tings
5. A Vibes
6. Feel The Same So
7. Still Bloom Ft. Lila Iké
8. Wait On The Law
9. In Life Ft. Popcaan
10. Strange Things
11. Switch Up (Dub) Ft. Koffee
12. Jah Deliver Me (Dub)
13. Still I Want Her (Dub)
14. Weed & Tings (Dub)
15. A Vibes (Dub)
16. Feel The Same So (Dub)
17. Still Bloom (Dub) Ft. Lila Iké
18. Wait On The Law (Dub)
19. In Life (Dub) Ft. Popcaan
20. Strange Things (Dub)