Trojan Jamaica/BMG shares another U-Roy classic from the soon-to-be-released album, SOLID GOLD U-ROY. Produced by label co-founders Zak Starkey and Sshh Liguz along with Youth (U2, Paul McCartney, The Verve), and mixed by David Sardy (Toots & The Maytals, Oasis, The Who), ‘Stop That Train’ with Rygin King has a band comprised of Zak on guitar, New Orleans legend Cyril Neville on percussion, as well as reggae royalty, including drummer Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare on bass and backing vocals, Tony Chin on guitar and backing vocals, Robbie Lyn on keyboards, trumpet player Stingwray and saxophonist/horn arranger/backing vocalist Dean Fraser.
‘Stop That Train’ was a hit by the Jamaican band The Spanishtonians (also known as the Spanish Town Skabeats) released in 1965 at the height of the original ska movement. Keith & Tex made it a hit again in 1967 and their version of it was sampled by Scotty for the song ‘Draw Your Brakes,’ famously featured on the soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come. The Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice also sampled the song.
‘Stop That Train’ with Rygin King underscores the timelessness of U-Roy’s approach as he’s joined by Rygin King, the 25-year-old St. James Parish native, who has garnered more than 100 million views on YouTube for his hits like ‘Tuff’ and ‘How Mi Grow,’ and who is recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in a June 2020 attack. The prolific young deejay, who rose in prominence when he closed out the 2018 Sumfest (Jamaica and the Caribbean’s largest annual music festival) proceedings in his hometown of Montego Bay, proves to be a formidable musical partner for the dancehall Godfather, as his hypnotic vocals flow effortlessly alongside U-Roy over the updated “riddim,” which hits harder than ever now in its latest manifestation. An official music video directed by Nick Franco/1185 Films in collaboration with Zak and Sshh premieres today and is streaming on YouTube now.