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. “Savanna,” the project’s opening track and lead single, conjures the vibes of Jamaica’s Westmoreland parish — from which Emile’s family immigrated to Canada — with a sound that evokes Jr. Gong and Stephen Marley.
Also notable are the folk-inspired acoustic ballad “Moses” and “Try 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 Bembé in Brooklyn, NYC, next Tuesday, Jan. 28.