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Green Lion Crew
At the controls of a potent dancefloor experience that draws from reggae dancehall, hip hop and the synthy beats of urban electro, producer/DJ Green Lion is a sonic craftsman at home both on the decks and in the studio. Honed in the heated atmosphere of Jamaican sound system culture and a constant schedule of live club and concert dates in the United States, all Green Lion productions–on record, over the air or live and direct–are energetic affairs designed to set bodies in motion. Green Lion’s movements are coming fast and furious now as charting success and critical acclaim for recent productions with reggae and crossover tastemakers such Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Beenie Man, Mr Williamz and Collie Buddz lock in spots on international sales charts and heavy rotation on commercial radio around the world.
Green Lion’s production, the Rough Road Riddim, is a perfect example. Rooted in reggae dancehall, the Rough Road invokes a creeping hip hop beat before opening the door to the wonky synths and spacious soundscapes typical of electronic movements. Featuring reggae dancehall’s most sought after vocalists (Chronixx, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island, Zamunda, Cron Syncro) the Rough Road reached #1 on Beatport, #4 on Juno while amassing humbling words of praise: “A groundbreaking riddim” (Forward Ever), “One of the best riddim tracks in a long time” (Blatantly Blunt).
Green Lion’s debut release, “Come Down” performed by Billboard charting artist Collie Buddz, relies on a subtle mix of RnB, hip hop and reggae. Released as a promo in 2009, “Come Down” became a favorite of the reggae and underground hip hop scene, featured on 50 Cent’s website, ThisIs50.com, and added to Collie’s massively popular Playback EP (2010).
Green Lion’s debut commercial project, the More Spiritual Riddim (an extension of the We Run England mixtape with Mr Williamz) was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Based on an updated version of Henry Junjo Lawes’ Ganja Smuggling (1981), the first single from the riddim, “We Run England” performed by Mr Williamz, was tagged as “a future classic” (Music Is My Sanctuary) as well as “brilliant… playful, genuinely funny and most important of all musically dynamite too” (musiclikedirt).
Official Website: GreenLionCrew.com