Jamaican reggae star Protoje drops fyah album - 'A Matter of Time'

Roots | Monday 30th July 2018 | Madeline

Jamaican singer Protoje has emerged as a leader of the modern reggae revival movement with his latest album A Matter of Time.

A Matter Of Time is the follow-up to the singer's critically acclaimed 2015 full-length LP, Ancient Future, which featured the hit single 'Who Knows' ft Chronixx, which has garnered over 69 million views on YouTube & 5.9 million SoundCloud streams. A Matter Of Time features Chronixx and Mortimer and contains the smash hit singles ‘Blood Money’, ’Truth & Rights’, ‘Bout Noon’ and 'No Guarantees'. The LP was produced by Winta James (Damian Marley, Anthony B, The Mighty Diamonds) and recorded in Jamaica.

The beats pull towards hip-hop, funk and trap. The album's atmosphere sometimes turns to trip-hop bathed in melancholic violins or rnb ('A Matter of Time'), allowing the singer to enjoy Protoje's crooner version of rap ('Bout Noon').

The guitars on the album are eclectic, revealing gimmicks more heard in rock music, you can also hear arpeggios latino and riffs western. For the rest of the tracks, they have some old-fashioned brass ('Truth & Rights'), a little bit of auto-tune ( in 'Mind of a King') and lyrics that bang, even when the music is sweet on 'Blood Money', a song about the violence of Jamaica today.

A Matter Of Time is undoubtedly Protoje's most extensive album of arrangements, instrumental richness and orchestration. The foundations and rhythmic structures are obviously reggae, but the Jamaican has deviated from his genre of predilection to propose a binary reinterpretation, both roots and vintage but also totally innovative.