Border Crossing Album Launch @ Adam Street Private Members’ Club November 20, 2007Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Events.
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Border Crossing @ Adam Street Private Members’ Club, 9 Adam Street, London, WC2N 6AA
Friday 30th November 2007
Free to press
“Freedom of Speech” Album Press Release
Since the release of their critically acclaimed first album – “Ominous” – at the end of 2003, Border Crossing have been hard at work gearing up for the notoriously difficult sophomore release; the diverse yet uniquely BC sound of “Freedom of Speech”.
Since the liquidation of their former record label RGR, “Ominous” had been licensed through Recall records in 2005 to France and the US, earning due praise from both sides. Meanwhile, the group split as a trio due to certain differences that left Seorais and partner Aj alone to work on the 2nd album. It was completed by the autumn of 2006, at which point Kartel stepped in to form a suitable vehicle for the album’s release.
Which brings us to “Freedom of Speech”. What permeates the album is an overwhelming sense that the Border Crossing sound has grown altogether more confident. Produced by Danny Briottet (Renegade Soundwave) and Border Crossing the album is a diverse odyssey through reggae, soul, hip hop, dancehall and cinematic downbeat all recognisably BC in execution. The title – taken from one of the albums leading tracks – underlies the group’s attitude towards art, music and expression, and helps to explain the wide range of styles heard on the album.
Many of the featuring artists from “Ominous” are back. Notably South London vocalist Ricky Ranking (Roots Manuva & Nightmares On Wax) who’s Jamaican timbre opens the record poignantly with the emotive City Of Love. UK hip hop star Jehst features on Side to Side and the up and coming Lethal Rodney P’s (1xtra) favourite MC closes the album with Flying High which also features North London soulstress Alex Watson.
Freedom Of Speech also features a host of new talent: Viceman who makes his heavyweight recorded debut on The Weigh In. Drummie Zeb (Aswad) on the almost balearic vibes of It Ain’t Easy. Fat Jon (The Five Deez crew, Rebel Soul Clique, and Maurice Galactica) on Beyond Heaven and Vicky Virtue, whose gutsy vocal on single Militant Style reveals a love for the golden days of Motown and revival reggae whilst reflecting on some of the negativity that surrounds us in our everyday lives.
Border Crossing have also just completed their first soundtrack for a forthcoming British feature film called ‘Dolphins’ featuring Roots Manuva and Ricky Ranking. The challenges conjured up by the constraints of a film – the composition of music to accompany the emotions and plot conveyed on screen – posed a unique opportunity for the group.