Akeda, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu will be released June 2nd via 100% Records.
The album was recorded in Brooklyn’s Studio G and produced by Dub Trio’s Stu Brooks with assistance from studio owner Joel Hamilton. The material for the album was written both in Matisyahu’s Los Angeles home and while on tour.
Matisyahu states, “This record and period of my life deal with madness, listening for and following the inner intuitive voice, a small still sound. This record deals with love, with feelings of brokenness and humility, with humanity, struggle, and sacrifice.”
In addition to working with Brooks and Hamilton, Matisyahu also collaborated with Dave Holmes and Joe Tomino from his touring band, Dub Trio, as well as longtime friends and musical collaborators Aaron Dugan, Rob Marscher, and Mark Guiliana. “It was very much an in-house project,” states Matisyahu. “The vocal and musical styles are drawn from many places in order to create my current sound, which cannot be categorized very easily.”
The album has a classic live, analog, recorded feel as well as more modern electronic elements. “There are more tunes on this record that fans may refer to as my ‘roots’ or as reggae tunes, and those songs lead in and out of tunes with more layers, electronic arrangements and other stylistic influences.” The album features special guest appearances by reggae artist Collie Buddz and hip-hop artist Zion I.
Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album Live at Stubbs (2005), and Youth (2006) quickly followed and reached #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and Reggae Albums chart in the US. Both albums subsequently went Gold and Youth was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. One Day, the lead single from 2009’s critically acclaimed Light, received A-list support on BBC Radio 2 and held a position in the top 20 Airplay Chart in the UK for 6 weeks.
2. Broken Car
3. Watch The Walls Melt Down
5. Built to Survive (Feat. Zion I)
6. Ayeka (Teach Me To Love)
7. Black Heart
8. Star On The Rise
10. Confidence (Feat. Collie Buddz)
11. Vow Of Silence
13. Hard Way
14. Sick For So Long