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Kurt Riley on two number one albums for 2018

Published:Thursday | October 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Kurt Riley
The man of the moment, Beres Hammond, at his album launch.
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DJ/producer Kurt Riley is proud to be associated with the current number one album on the Billboard Reggae album chart - Beres Hammond's Never Ending. Riley produced the track My Kinda Girl which is featured on Beres Hammond's chart-topping album Never Ending.

"To be a part of a number one album by Beres Hammond is a great feeling. Tell the bartender to put all drinks on my tab. Once again, I am a part of history," Riley in a media release.

He explained that the collaboration came about by him taking a chance. "I took a chance and approached Beres with the assistance of a few people, plus he was good friends with my dad - the late Winston Riley. When we spoke, he agreed. I didn't just want to be that person who just wanted a Beres record. I wanted to produce a track that he would feel proud of when he heard and realised what it was that I could do. Like a father, I wanted him to be proud of me," said Riley.

Riley has always admired the musician's work. "I admire his love, passion, simplicity and humility towards his music. He has spoken to me about life through music, and the way he chooses his words to sit well with every melody and frequency that his voice encounters. Conversations, opinions, question and answers are what you will hear in the song - My Kinda Girl."

So far everyone seems to agree that it was a track well done. "I've been getting a lot of messages on social media, emails and phone calls from persons congratulating me on the production of the song. I got an email from someone who asked if I really produced the record because they didn't see me doing that type of production."

Earlier this year, Riley was featured on another Billboard number one album. He produced the track Trouble, which is featured on Romain Virgo's Lovesick album.