A Brand New Modern Classic Off The Producer’s MSquared Album

ZJ Liquid’s career has progressed through many stages. The “Zip Jock” who’s famous for his next-level mixes on the top Jamaican radio station Zip FM was once known as “Lippo” when he was coming up in Montego Bay. Every Wednesday he used to hold a vibes at Pier One, chatting on the mic with various local sound systems. Eventually he got the chance to play music on Hot 102 radio in MoBay. He took the name Liquid when he relocated to Kingston 13 years ago with the inception of Zip. Since then he’s evolved into more than just an internationally known DJ—who has spun all over the world and live on BET—he’s also a top producer and an artist in his own right. “Some people may say ‘You ah do too much,'” Liquid told Reshma B in an exclusive interview. “But Jah bless we to do it or we woulda falter along the way.” Since establishing the H20 label in 2004 with the French Vanilla riddim, Liquid has emerged as one of Jamaica’s top producers, with top riddims like “Good Book” and “Fix Up” running the dancehall. But this April 15 he will celebrate another career milestone when he releases his debut album, MSquared via the mighty 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution. “It’s not a juggling, with all the songs on the same riddim,” Liquid explains. “It’s a compilation album putting together some of Jamaica’s best artists and I myself have two songs on it.” Today Boomshots proudly premieres one of the album’s standout tracks, a  romantic, melodic, energetic tune from the dancehall World Boss Vybz Kartel. Over a dreamy rhythm track, Kartel demonstrates his songwriting prowess, singing about his everlasting love for a girl who “moves so smooth, like acrobat” inspiring such deep feelings that he wants to give her “more love than you mama.” Flipping a line from Shakespeare’s As You Like It Kartel sings “The world is a stage; it’s all an act” over a relentless beat whose energy builds from a hard-hitting drum pattern, strings, and shimmering chord progressions. “Just live in the moment,” he sings euphorically, “It’s all we got.” Although Kartel remains one of the most prolific artists the world has ever seen, this sounds like a special song, with the potential to go around the world and back.  Like the song says, this one’s gonna “be here Forever.” Audio After The Jump…

“Can’t spell US without U in it” Run that…

The name MSquared was inspired by Liquid’s son and daughter. “I put the 2 names together,” the producer reveals. Fusing various genres that Liquid’s been exposed to in his travels, the album is based in hardcore dancehall and reggae with touches of Afrobeat, EDM, trap and soca. “Big up Johnny Wonder—he saw the dream and supported me,” says Liquid. “Bless up everyone involved in project like Jam2—that’s King Jammys son. Thanks to Chimney Records for the Samantha J track, thanks my cousin who helped with the Konshens and Vegas, TQ in Canada, shout out to Stainless Karim. I linked up with nuff’ people, Bless up to everyone who showed support and love and put a strength to H20 records. Big up all who believes in music, all genres, no box, One Love One Unity, check it out, April 15th the album Msquared.”

MSquared Track Listing
Samantha J & Agent Sasco “Wine You Want”
Demarco “Callin'”
Safaree “One Time”
Konshens “Action”
Sean Paul “High Yes”
Gyptian “You Are The One”
Beenie Man & Vershon “Fresh 2 Death”
Mr.Vegas “Caribbean Party”
Mink Jo & Konshens “Rappa Pam Pam”
Vybz Kartel “Forever”
Kabaka Pyramid “Armageddon”
Stylo G “Face Off”
I Octane “Money”
Jah Vinci “Mamma”
Kalado “Fuego”
I-Shawna & Safaree “Try My Love”
ZJ Liquid “Without You”
ZJ Liquid & Delly Ranx “Straight Vibes”

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