Under a strict state of COVID lockdown in Melbourne, Australian superproducer Monkey Marc is releasing a political album that reflects the current climate that we live in.
Vital Sound is a hard-hitting blend of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, grime, and trap. It boasts a heavyweight line-up of Jamaican veterans like Sizzla, Capleton, Ninjaman, Turbulence, Fantan Mojah, Dre Island, Iba MaHr, and Prince Alla alongside rising stars like Fyah Roiall, Blvk H3ro, Yeza, Aza Lineage, and Jah Izrehl. The album also features UK artists Soom T, Riko Dan, Speng Bond, Killa P, and Irah, as well as collaborations with producers like UK dubstep pioneer Pinch, Australian reggae producer Mista Savona (Havana Meets Kingston), UK dub producer Escape Roots, and Jamaican producer SOS Dynamikz.
Working out of his self-built solar-powered shipping container studio, Monkey exclusively works with artists who use his musical canvases as backdrops for politically-charged messages. Like Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Chuck D, Tom Morello and many others that came before him, Monkey understands how important a part music can play in the pursuit for social justice. This vital message of liberation and upliftment comes to us at a time when we need it most and it is the inspiration behind Monkey Marc’s new album, Vital Sound.
There has already been a strong buzz from radio, selectors, and sound systems worldwide. Previously released singles from Vital Sound have been supported by David Rodigan (BBC), Max Glazer (Federation Sound, Red Bull Radio), Don Letts, Jamie Rodigan (Reprezent), triple j (Australia), Smile Jamaica TVJ, Galang Radio (tune of the week), and many more. Global reggae dancehall hit No Surrender has had over 10 million views and streams online.
A Mad Max-themed music video for the lead single, Rebel Code featuring Blvk H3ro, Turbulence, Yeza, and Mista Savona on keys, is slated for release soon.