'B L E M' of new songs from Tarrus


'B L E M' of new songs from Tarrus

Observer senior writer

Friday, July 12, 2019

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B L E M, the first EP from Tarrus Riley, was released on June 14. The six-song project is produced by Izy Beats, co-producer of Toast, the massive hit by Koffee.

This is the first collection of new songs by Riley since Love Siutation, his sixth album, which was released in 2014. Since then, he has had success on collaborations including Powerful (with Ellie Goulding), Simple Blessings (with Konshens), and Guess Who, which he did with Michael Rose.

On B L E M (which stands for Blending Life's Experiences Musically), the 40-year-old Riley maintains that trend. He works with Ghanaian Afrobeats star Stonebwoy on G Y A L (Girl You Are Loved), Dangerous Waters (with Lila Ike) and Just Love alongside Nia V.

As its title suggests, B L E M (Jamaican slang for mix) is a diverse offering of songs Riley says were inspired by personal situations.

“I've been in one of these songs at some point in my life,” he said.

The Stonebwoy connection is interesting. The African artiste is a major player in the thriving Afrobeats market who has done songs with Beenie Man ( Shuga) and Morgan Heritage ( Africa X Jamaica), as well as performed at Reggae Sumfest in 2018.

Love Situation was also strong on duets, a total of six, with acts such as Konshens, old-school deejays U Roy and Big Youth, and American rapper Mr Cheeks.

Riley's biggest hit in the last five years came with his guest spot on Powerful. Produced by Major Laser, it was a strong seller throughout Europe and Australia.

Powerful also made the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, peaking at number 83.

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