As reported earlier Radiohead’s OK Computer will have a reggae revision. Currently work continues on one of the most anticipated releases of the year: Radiodread.
In February, producer Michael G. flew down to Florida to Inner Circle’s recording studio to record reggae legend—strike that—music legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. Toots lent his distinctive vocal style to a revved up version of “Let Down,” which has promptly gone into constant rotation on his tour bus’s sound system.
This was preceded by a session at the legendary Electric Lady Studios on 8th Street in Manhattan, where Citizen Cope captured his take on “Karma Police.” Taking a break from recording his upcoming album, Cope welcomed Michael G and Easy Star founder Eric Smith to record the track. Being a huge Radiohead fan, he is excited to be involved with the project.
Earlier in the month, longtime Easy Star cohort Sugar Minott voiced “Exit Music (For A Film).” The pairing of Sugar Minott’s powerful, melancholic voice with the haunting “Exit Music” works beautifully; Minott has also signed on to record a new album for Easy Star in 2007.
Easy Star All-Stars vocalists Junior Jazz and Tamar-Kali have cut “Subterranean Homesick Alien” and “Climbing Up The Walls,” respectively. This was just before the touring unit headed to France, Italy and Croatia for their first-ever European tour. Other artists who have already cut vocals for the album include Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Frankie Paul and Kirsty Rock.
This leaves only a few more tracks to be finished before final mixing commences in Brazil with Michael G and Victor Rice at the helm. The record is due to hit stores mid-August with an extensive Easy Star All-Stars tour to follow. Says Michael G: “We’re at the stage where we can all sense what an incredible album this will be. We can’t wait to get started with the mix of Radiodread as that is where the true soul of the album will emerge.”