Washington DC’s The Archives and Montserrat House, the label owned and operated by Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, are proud to present Carry Me Home. A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson. Set for release digitally May 27, the date of Scott-Heron’s passing. A limited-edition double vinyl LP is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2020 with extended mixes and a bonus track.
This tribute celebrates Gil Scott-Heron’s Jamaican heritage; his father, Gilbert Heron, was a famous Jamaican footballer and the first Black player in the Celtic league in Scotland. The tribute also highlights Scott-Heron’s still-relevant reflections on social justice and change.
Led by the Pieces of a Man classic “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” which features singer Puma Ptah who hails from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and tours and records with Thievery Corporation’s live band. Other featured artists on the collection include Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka; Grammy-nominated soul singer Raheem DeVaughn; percussionist Larry MacDonald, a member of Scott-Heron’s band Amnesia Express; Addis Pablo and Kenyatta Hill, offspring of reggae legends Augustus Pablo and Joseph Hill (Culture), respectively; Mustafa Akbar; and a special guest appearance by the one and only Brian Jackson. Founder of The Archives and co-producer of the album, Darryl “Trane” Burke, had the following to share about the forthcoming tribute:“I’ve been meditating the proper way to approach this project for a few years now. I was fortunate to grow up in a home where Gil and Brian’s music played often alongside The Wailers, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse and many others. Reggae is also dubbed “Island Soul,” which to me makes this a perfect setting to present the music through a different lens while simultaneously highlighting the similarities.”
Release date: May 27, 2020
Label: Monsterrat House © 2020
ALBUM PRE-ORDER LINK (iTunes)
ABOUT The Archives
The Archives was founded by Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and producer/ keyboard ace Darryl “Trane” Burke, all members have recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Black Uhuru, Culture, Don Carlos and more. “Modern sensibilities have developed since the golden era of reggae: better gear, more awareness of studio techniques, new approaches to improvisation, new paradigms for the concert experience, and greater social consciousness,” Burke explains. We’re a 21st-century band with really deep roots and we want to contribute to reggae’s evolution. Same tree, new leaves. The Archives feature vocalists Puma Ptah, the charismatic singer from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands who records and tours with Thievery Corporation; Burke (Moja Nya, Eek-A-Mouse, Culture) on keyboards and drummer; Leslie “Black Seed” James Jr. (Culture, Mishka); Guitar virtuoso Henri Tanash from Cameroon (Meditations) and Kingston, Jamaica’s own on bass, Pierre Stone (Don Carlos, Black Uhuru) to round out the lineup.