With “Bridges“, UCee presents his second studio album to the world. The album’s title is symbolic not only for the long musical journey the singer has undertaken since his debut “International Call”. Moreover, “Bridges” stands for his connection with the international community and with his friends and companions, such as Djei Gogo from Flavor Production, who mixed and produced a major part of the album. Rooted in the Soul of the 60s and 70s, UCee has crossed several bridges to eventually reach the sound the name UCee stands for today.
He has managed the crossover through Hip Hop to Roots Reggae, Rocksteady and Dancehall as effortless as he manages his life between Germany, Egypt, Tunesia and Czech Republic.
On “Bridges“, twelve tunes, which couldn’t be more versatile in their implementation and not more universal in their message, form a unified picture. The title song “Bridges” and the opener “Send A Prayer” particularly contrast with the rest of the album.
They make any kind of genre classification neither definite nor necessary and mark a mystic and promising introduction to UCee’s brand new release. The main body of the album, however, is held in more traditional terms.
Here, the drums for most songs were recorded by Sam Gilly from House of Riddim, who, as usual, shines with stylistic confidence. With its positive and slightly laid-back feeling, a tune like “Girl You Shouldn’t Do That” serves as the perfect platform for UCee to unfold the Soul in his voice in its full magnificence. “My World Is Empty” has a more experimental approach. Its sound garment definitely leans out of the window, and still, or maybe just because of that, fits well into the overall picture of “Bridges”. With “I Don’t Care”, UCee presents a ganja tune to sing along.
The Riddim to the song was produced by Rootz Radicals, along with whom UCee plans to release the “Candy Kush Riddim Sampler” based on the same riddim later this year. The dancehall anthem “All Night”, which’s video has already been published on YouTube and the club-oriented “Mrs. Clean” are two more extravagant tunes, forming another highlight of “Bridges”, and in terms of style, also fully live up the album’s name. Furthermore, on “The Bomb” featuring long-term friend Giddeon, UCee is able to build bridges again. The song in old-school appearance is dedicated to the veterans of Jamaican music and impressively shows how, after travelling so far, UCee’s heart is still at home in Jamaica.
In times of worldwide conflict and hypocrisy, with “Bridges”, UCee sets an unmistakable sign for tolerance and collaboration. Because ultimately, building bridges is worth much more than building walls. UCee’s album “Bridges” is released through Good Call Records on May 10, 2019.