It truly is the Summer of Ricky, this new riddim blends soca and dancehall so well that you wish more folks tried 105bpm more often. Ricky pulled together a great cast of singers to compliment the riddim as well. Gyptian, Kes and the queen known as Zoelah all add their various styles to the riddim. The video above shows Blaze going through his thought process behind the whole thing.
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It’s funny as Greensleeves are pushing Wine Slow with a painful shuffle house Sticky remix in the uk at the moment. They should be pushing this even though it’s on another label. The sequel to Hold Yuh didnt grab us at first but over subsequent listens it’s positioned itself as a summer bubbler. We are big fans of what Ricky Blaze is doing at the moment, especially the versatility. He has a Rude Gyal anthem with Chelley, his own PartyNextDoor/The Weeknd moody classic and this summer bubbler.
Why isn’t this song an all conquering jam that should be big with all corners of the internet. For all the love the Weeknd and his ilk get Ricky should get for this jam. Sparse, taught and tense its a simply stunning song. This song is more than just the club, its late night riding around music, its pissed off at everyone music. It’s just great.
This popped up last month without really impressing us much, but after a little bit of an xmas break and realising that Hot 97 is going to ride for it we thought why not post it. It’s still not wowing us but i can see it working it’s way into different sets across the world, it does come with a rather simple dance.FYI it’s produced by Dancehall underdog Ricky Blaze.
It’s been a while since we have heard from Ricky, he released an EP on FOOLS GOLD! Since then we have been waiting for something new and it finally arrived in the form of this new mixtape and it’s an interesting ride.
I have found issues with Ricky before and his use of autotune, i tended to find him extremely harsh at times, on this tape that isn’t a problem. Ricky sings each song in a similar pattern which can get a bit grating after a while but he is an artist that is improving. This mixtape sees him use nuance in a way that reflects a change in hip hop and r and b and also his best work (Production on Hold Yuh).
If you can overlook Jim Jones’ very odd use of Basqiuat and some very obvious musical cues (we need a dubstep song, we need 1 for the ladies) this is a good mixtape from an artist that is experimenting in a very organic way. Unlike his peers who seem to be comfortable living in whatever trend is now, Ricky expands on what he feels is right.