Protoje will be releasing his third studio album titled Ancient Future, tomorrow.
This sees a collaborative effort between Phillip ‘Winta’ James of Overstand Entertainment and Protoje’s entity, Indiggnation Collective, coming to fruition to deliver an album that navigates through Jamaica’s musical history and presents it in a way that embodies an updated energy.
The album has a definitive sound and it identifies with the current temperature of the Jamaican music scene. It is a step forward in breaking through new barriers and tries new ideas that embody the spirit of the 1970’s and 80’s, with the new energy of present times.
This album is iconic in a few ways. The collaboration with Winta James has resulted in Protoje discovering a sound, tailor-made for his style of lyrical delivery. Their chemistry in the studio has definitely resulted in Protoje finding his sweet spot.
working with winta
“When I write lyrics and get to hear them, it’s almost like looking in a mirror,” said Protoje. “I try to be honest to what I was feeling in my chest and speak it to get the chance to reflect and learn from it. The music on this album allowed me the freedom to do so. Working with Winta has really made me into a better artiste in that, having observed me as an artiste over the years, he was able to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses.”
From Protoje’s first two albums, music lovers were introduced to a newcomer who quickly became the “brand new prince pon the scene” (as heard in the song, Who Dem A Program). In Ancient Future, Protoje has clearly established a throne and the bounds of his kingdom.
While reggae is the obvious root of his expression, this new album really blurs the line between reggae and hip-hop in a way that will be most pleasant to fans of both genres.
Spirit of reggae revival
At the same time, Protoje represents the spirit of the reggae revival well, and enlists fellow upcoming heavyweights, Chronixx, Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid, showing that the movement is here to stay. Two tracks feature up-and-coming artiste Sevana, an Indiggnation Collective artiste, whose soulful delivery is way above par and is sure to appeal to fans around the world.
The start of the year saw The Fader premiere the track listing and cover for Protoje’s album Ancient Future, which is now available for pre-order on iTunes. On March 3, the third single off the album, Answer to Your Name, was released on iTunes and went straight to number one on the Reggae Singles charts.
Fresh off a very successful tour on the west coast of the United States, where he sometimes shared the stage with Chronixx performing Who Knows, Protoje will celebrate the release of his third album with a launch at the Pegasus Gardens today at 8 p.m. All are invited to this free event.
Protoje continues to tour the globe with his band, The Indiggnation, as he brings the musical tracks embodied in the album to the people, live on stage. Multiple dates have already been booked for the year with a performance in New York at SOB’s on March 15, and Electric Brixton in the United Kingdom on March 27, with other performances in Europe.