Barbecues, block parties, and new reggae music are sure signs that winter is coming to an end. Between Assassin’s The Theory of Reggaetivity and a highly anticipated new mixtape from Chronixx, it is safe to say that reggae season arrived early this year. The Roots & Chalice collection is Chronixx’s second mixtape to date and is a joint effort between the popular young singer and Brooklyn’s Federation Sound. With 26-tracks clocking in at just under an hour, the project is a sample of what the rocker from Spanish Town has in store for his first full length LP, which is finally expected to see its release this coming summer. Roots & Chalice follows a year of collaborations with artists including Joey Badass, Protoje, Major Lazer, and Inner Circle, and is a long awaited follow up to his Dread & Terrible EP.
According to Federation’s Max Glazer, Roots & Chalice was put into motion last September when the DJ and producer traveled to Kingston with “a folder full of riddims” and met with Chronixx. The singer eventually made a couple trips to Brooklyn and after months of fine-tuning and perfecting the tracks, the outcome is a reggae lover’s dream. His vocals are soothing and melodic, but it is his unique ability to move between genres—dancehall, ska, roots reggae, and lover’s rock—that makes his sound so unique.
Tracks like “Best Love” with Kelissa smoothly blend elements of hip-hop and R&B, while “Spanish Town Rockin” is a rootsy ode to his hometown and a potential reggae classic. “Sell My Gun” is another hard hitting new single that makes a strong case that the Rasta youth is more than comfortable in the dancehall. While most of the mixtape boasts new or unreleased material, there are a few familiar tracks from previous projects, like “Perfect Tree” and “Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread),” that are now remixed over new beats.
The Roots & Chalice mixtape is arguably Chronixx’s most versatile project to date, and by teaming up with Federation Sound it is a very early contender for reggae mixtape of the year. To follow up, Chronixx and the ZincFence Redemption band will perform a handful of U.S. tour dates. The seven-show run begins and ends at Coachella, and includes stops in Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Sacramento.
See below for more information on upcoming shows and click the image at the top of the page to stream the mixtape in its entirety. Tracklist and download information are also available.