Get On Board EP
Irie Ites Records
Digital Release
November 11, 2015

Track list
  1. Rub A Dub Anthem
  2. Summertime Girlfriend
  3. Let The Good Time Roll
  4. Step Up
  5. Beggin
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In the spring of 2013, Jr Yellam - a songwriter and French vocalist of American origin, who performs in English - delivered his first full length studio album entitled "Turn Up The Sound". This album not only drew the attention of reggae connoisseurs, but was also well received by the reggae fans in France and abroad. After the release of his debut set, he rcorded several singles and shared the stage with international artists before he flew to Jamaica to explore the local music culture.

In 2014, Yellam (he dropped the 'Jr' in his artist name) began working on his second album, which will be titled "The Musical Train". To complete his new project, Yellam went to Jamaica for the second time. There he worked with some of the best musicians of the Island such as The Roots Radics and Sly Dunbar in the legendary Harry J. studio, under the watchful guidance of engineer Stephen Stewart. On his sophomore album there will be several combination tunes with great artists such as Sizzla, Perfect Giddimani, Skarra Mucci and Trinity & U Brown.

To give an impression of things the reggae massive can expect when "The Musical Train" hits the streets in March 2016, Irie Ites has released the "Get On Board EP", which includes 2 previously unreleased tracks. The tunes included here make clear that Yellam's new project is one with multiple influences. The first tune, the solid "Rub A Dub Anthem", is known from Irie Ites "Diamond" riddim, released at the beginning of 2014. Great to hear that tune again. The follow up to the "Daimond" riddim was the "Soul Spirit" which again featured a Yellam effort, the light-hearted "Summertime Girlfriend". A real nice infectious tune that gives you a great summer feel. Next comes the energetic "Let The Good Time Roll", a hiphop vibed collaboration with Canadian producer/musician Dubmatix and featured on the latter's compilation "The French Sessions". The two exclusive tracks, the party song "Step Up" and the beautiful love song "Beggin" with its jazzy trumpet part at the end, come with a completely different mood and vibe.

All in all this is a thoroughly entertaining and well varied EP, a perfect introduction to Yellam's forthcoming album.