Honest Music
Digital Release
November 2, 2015

Artist & tune
  • Christos DC - Heart Of Gold
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CHRISTOS DC is the definition of "Roots artiste". This multi talented musical craftsman is well versed in the many facets of the music business and has been rising and shining for over two decades now. This true experience shows up front and center on his latest single, "HEART OF GOLD". An honest and powerful Roots interpretation of Neil Young's classic that's coated with originality and broad musical stoke.

CHRISTOS DC (Christos Vrenios) is a Washington D.C based artiste whose absolute love of Kingston vibrations culminated in sessions with Sly & Robbie and Firehouse Crew in the early '90s. A righteous way to get into the music indeed! His vocal and guitar talents were quickly noticed and he was recruited to tour with The Itals and linked with Don Carlos for several years on the international level. By the late '90s, he was recording/producing the likes of Augustus Pablo, Sugar Minott, The Meditations, Andrew Bees... just to name a few. Subsequently, he lent his vision to the world renowned Thievery Corporation. His official debut album, "Time To Rise" (2008) garnered well deserved acclaim and led to the formation of HONEST MUSIC (now one of the most innovative and premier production houses/labels in the U.S). Linking with such legends as Darryl Burke (Moja Nya, Culture), Christos and crew have released some truly important works over the past few years; works that won't be forgotten! Recalling Christos' "Long Road" (2014), an instant classic reviewed on this site. They closed out the year with "Riddim Of Life", an incredible E.P from Kenyatta Hill, son of CULTURE's lead singer Joseph Hill (also reviewed here). 2015 has seen the release of "In One Accord", a stunning E.P from Puma Ptah (read about it on the site). The most recent offering is "Righteous Chant", a powerful anthem with DON CARLOS. This was initially tracked in 1997 and was given a Royal sweep that turned out spectacular. Expect SOLID works from Christos and Honest Music in the coming months.

"HEART OF GOLD" is a classic in its own right; a top track from Neil Young. Christos has been a life long follower and it was natural to interpret. What a brilliant interpretation it is! Vocally, he makes a great impact with his signature "humble soul" delivery. The top grade approach that helped make "Long Road" such a great album. Riddimwise, it's a powerful atmosphere. The drum work by St.Croix's Leslie "BLACKSEED" James Jr. is totally engaging and unique. Dash in vivid guitar chops and ethereal bubbling and the granite is solid. Harmonica navigates through the riddim with natural ease. The track was realized at Honest Music Studios and expertly mixed by the legendary Laurent "TIPPY I" Alfred at I Grade Studio (St.Croix). This visionary engineer/producer/musician has contributed massively to recent Honest Music releases and allows the lyrics to riddim flow just right in the sound scape.

CHRISTOS DC's "HEART OF GOLD" is fresh breeze from the mountain top. Another brilliant offering from the diverse Rootsman. He has the ability to consistently release works that demand full attention and instant rewind situations. Highest recommendation! GO DEH!!