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Mystic Revealers reunite to release new album, single

Published:Sunday | December 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Billy Mystic, Julius Chin Yee and Chronixx vibing inside Mikey Bennett's studio. - Contributed

Head east out of Kingston, past the city's industrial waterfront and Norman Manley International Airport, and you'll come upon the community of Eight Miles in Bull Bay. There, along the beach, you'll find Jamnesia, one of the most unique and eclectic outposts on an island that's world renowned. Also, a community centre, surf school, skateboard park and music venue, the one-of-a-kind hub known as Jamnesia, is the home base of guitarist, vocalist, surf legend and soap opera star, Billy Wilmot and the famed Mystic Revealers.

After a nearly 15-year hiatus, the iconic band, Mystic Revealers, reunite to tour and release new material in 2015 - just in time to introduce the band to a new generation. The group's latest collection, Crucial Cuts (available January 13, 2014 on VP Records' new Dub Rockers imprint), gathers key tracks from the band's 20-year catalogue. The songs date back to the '80s - including Young Revolutionaries, Rasta Man, I'm Gonna Tell Ya featuring Anthony B, and the Sizzla collaboration, Tell Them. In a nod to their other passions, the cover depicts founding members Wilmot, Edwards and Henry on surfboards and jet skis.

Three decades after their earliest single releases, the band's message remains exactly the same as it did when Wilmot, Edwards, Henry and Davis first came together near the shores of Bull Bay.

"We are like a postman sending a letter," Wilmot says. "We might not be the ones who wrote the letter, even though the songs are ours. The messages being transmitted are messages from the Almighty - messages of love, messages of honour, messages of truth, messages of justice, messages of unity."

Following Crucial Cuts, Mystic Revealers will release their brand new single on February 3, 2015, titled Herb Must Legalize Now, which features Chronixx, one of reggae's most talked about artistes, who got his start at Jamnesia.

Jamnesia has also been a crucial incubator for the latest wave of Jamaican music talent. Live sessions hosted on the premises, provided an early point of exposure for the stars of reggae's current roots revival. In addition to Chronixx, a new generation of talent including the likes of Protoje, Jah 9, Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid frequent the headquarters.