One of the most ambitious work I’ve done recently, in collabo with my old time friends of Bassplate Records, and indipendent reggae label based in Bologna, Italy.
I’ve been drawing some illustrations for this project, using pictures as references straight from the artist “Jamaican Trip Folder”, while in the cover artwork you can see a nice shot of downtown Kingston taken by Mikey Tuff (co-funder of Bassplate Records).
Each song got is own illustration inspired by the lyrics and locations visited during Tóke’s travel in Jamaica. Even the featuring artists appear in the illustrations.
Below you can check them all!
The process consist of a big size BW background drawings made with pencils and brushes on paper (420×297 mm) using a selection of pics as reference, here some of my favourite ones:
The last step is drawing the carachters straight digital.
All pics by A. Ippolito.
The first album produced by the Bassplate Records, from Italy, is a collaboration with the talented emerging German/Indonesian artist, Tóke.
Once again is the motherland of reggae, that nurtures creativity and encounters: Mikey Tuff (label co-founder and riddim builder) and Tóke met in Kingston during a long and very productive stay on the island, that brought inspiration and creativity.
Thanks to the affinity between the vibes and riddims from the label and the artist sensitivity, the idea of producing an album out of this experience, came naturally.
“Wake Up Inna Kingston” was recorded in Bologna at Studio61 by Adriano Ippolito (label co-founder and sound engineer): there Tóke recorded the vocals and enriched Bassplate riddims with precious instrumentals overdubs. The album features Jamaican artists like Conkarah, Infinite, Exile the Brave and the Indonesian Ras Muhamad, the reggae ambassador of southeast Asia.
The sound of the album is the one that mark out Bassplate Records productions: the riddims are heavily inspired by jamaican music from the seventies and eighties and are built with the combined use of real instruments, vintage outboards and plugins, always looking for the warm analog sound from the past.
Tóke showcases his writing skills in different topics that range from a storytelling about the music daily living in Kingston in Frizzle, album’s manifesto, to the deep farewell ballad Movements, touching intimate self thoughs in No One, Running Away or Talkin’ Bout You, and social commentaries in Open the World and Respect.
The artwork has been curated by Simonluca Spadanuda (Urbanmagic) and is composed by nine different original illustrations representing the album and songs’ philosophy. Each drawings was realized using a mixture of traditional and digital techniques.
The eight tracks that compose the album, enlighten Tóke fresh touch and the high quality of Bassplate productions: the entire work has indeed an international reggae flavour but does not cease to connect to the land that gave birth to this music.
“Wake Up Inna Kingston” tour will kick off in May, 12 in Hamburg with several dates already confirmed.
released May 4, 2016
All vocal and instruments tracks recorded at Studio 61, Bologna, Italy by Adriano Ippolito
Exile Di Brave and Infinite recorded in Kingston, Jamaica
Conkarah recorded in Papua New Guinea
Ras Muhamad recorded in Jakarta, Indonesia
Mixed at Duna Studio, Russi, Italy by Adriano Ippolito
Mastered at Hot Pot Recordings, Bologna, Italy by Adriano Ippolito
Artwork by Simonluca Spadanuda
Produced by Bassplate Records
Executive production Francesco Kalafi Posca & Bassplate Records
- Frizzle 04:06
- Conscious Vibe feat. Exile Di Brave and Infinite 04:01
- No One 03:55
- Respect feat. Conkarah 04:00
- Open the World feat Ras Muhamad04:01
- Talkin’ Bout You 03:15
- Running Away 04:03
- Movements 04:34
You can find some nice reviews online:
- Review on Vandalamagazine.com
- Review on Worldareggae.com
- Interview on Reggaeville.com
- Review on Reggaeville.com by Gardy Stein-Kanjora
- Review on Reggae-vibes.com
- Review on Lagrosseradio.com by Zopelartisto
- Review on Chilli-freiburg.de
- Review on Iyezine.com
- Review on Eventireggae.it
And also a nice making of doku videoclip (thanks to A. Menniti and F. Combierati) where I make a little presentation of myself (check the official Bassplate Records YouTube channel for more music and contents).
Listen to the album on bandcamp
Pick up Wake Up Inna Kingston at
Google Play http://bit.ly/WUIKGPlay