LargeUp Premiere: Stream Jonathan Emile’s ‘Spaces-in-Between’ LP πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡―πŸ‡²

Dropping tomorrow through the artist’s own MindPeaceLove label and Tuff Gong International, Jonathan Emile’s sophomore album Spaces-in-Between finds the Montreal-based singer/songwriter exploring his Jamaican roots and addressing life as a cancer survivor.

Emile, whose background is primarily as a rapper (he’s previously collaborated with Kendrick Lamar), broadens his musical horizons on the highly-personal project, pulling from a number of Jamaican genres from reggae to dub, as well as hip-hop, jazz, gospel and folk. β€œSavanna,” the project’s opening track and lead single, conjures the vibes of Jamaica’s Westmoreland parish β€” from which Emile’s family immigrated to Canada β€” with a sound that evokes Jr. Gong and Stephen Marley.

Also notable are the folk-inspired acoustic ballad β€œMoses” and β€œTry A Likkle More,” a dubwise reggae tune with a hard-hitting Sly & Robbie-style riddim and anthemic vocals. 

Stream the LP here ahead of its release on streaming services tomorrow, and catch Jonathan Emile live with DJ Gravy at the Spaces-in-Between release party at BembΓ© in Brooklyn, NYC, next Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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