Departing slightly from its usual “hooray beer” mentality, Jamaica’s staple brew, Red Stripe, struck a more cultural note this week by partnering with The FADER magazine for the release of It Was Written. The makeshift team pairs the talents of U.K.-based producer Johan Hugo of bass-heavy ghettotech duo Radioclit with fiery Jamaican MC and vocalistTerry Lynn. It just dropped a five-track EP of future dancehall and electro roots built around classic reggae tunes from the likes of Max Romeo and Steel Pulse. For a project with such a heavy-handed marketing angle backing it, all five tracks have a rough edge and yard perspective that bring Jamaica’s rich musical heritage into the new millennium.
Another upside of It Was Written’s corporate sponsors is that the whole EP is available as a free download—320 kbps MP3s and all—via The FADER website. Download the projecthere. Touring on the back of the release, they’ll be in Chicago this Thursday 25 for an intimate performance at Q4, a multifaceted artist space in Wicker Park. It’s a 21+ affair that promises to be chock-full of Red Stripe (duh), so don’t forget to R.S.V.P. After-party goes down at Empire Liquors, with host and resident DJ Skyler.