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RDX levels playing field

Observer writer

Friday, November 03, 2017

IT'S been 10 years since dancehall duo RDX emerged on the music scene. The act, which comprises deejay Carlton “Renigade” Williams and Andre “Delomar” Bedward, has created a catalogue of dancing hits which earned them multiple awards, including the EME for Best Duo/Group in 2008.

Late last month, the duo issued the album Level Up, their first album for worldwide release.

“'We are known as the kings of girls' songs, but we broke unto the scene with dancing songs and continued that trend. Our focus has always been on releasing quality music, being professional and expanding brand RDX, and by extension brand dancehall. We don't sing about “badness” or violence, even though its obviously part of our past; we use our music as a tool to uplift people's spirits and be an escape from the negatives of their lives,” Renigade told the Jamaica Observer.

Level Up is produced by Apt 19 Music and is being distributed by 21st Hapilos.

There are no collaborations on the 12-track set.

Renigade spoke about the work that went into creating the album.

“It was inspired by our travels across the globe, where we experienced how people of varying cultures enjoyed reggae and dancehall music. We used those experiences to colour the album, and this resulted in a project where everyone will have a song they can relate to,” he said.

Formerly signed to Universal Music (Japan), the duo saw the Japan-only release of its debut album To the World in 2008.

“We previously did a Japan-specific album for Universal Japan. We waited this long to release a worldwide album because we wanted to create something that showed our growth after 10 years in the spotlight; an album that showcases the true creativity and diversity of RDX and our music,” said Renigade.

“This is the album we wanted to do for a very long time and now it's finally here. Ten years in the game has taught us a lot. This album is a collection of our thoughts, lessons and experiences delivered by mad lyrics, flows and melodies on authentic, hard-hitting beats,” he continued.

The album also changes the expected direction of RDX's material and slows down the tempo on certain tracks, while merging international beats with modern dancehall on others to create 'Tropic Hall' music.

“There is no 'Jump' or 'Kotch' kind of songs on this album for sure. What you will experience, though, is what we call “Tropic Hall” music, youthful maturity, and modern nostalgia that embodies the spirit of the Caribbean,” said Delomar.

Shake Your Bam Bam is the lead single from the album, which has so far garnered over 3 million views on YouTube.

“The change to our sound isn't completely different; it's not like we got up and started singing gospel or country music. The essence of what RDX stands and are known for remains... Light-spirited, energetic music that all can enjoy,” said Renigade.

RDX is known for hits including Dance, Everybody Dance, Wine Up, Dancers Anthem, and LOL.