Cover Photo: Harry Eelman
Three years after the release of his first studio album, Chronixx (Jamar McNaughton) is back again with a new body of work, ‘Dela Splash‘.
Chronixx has drawn on inspiration from the past, dubbing the new album after an annual concert of the same name which used to be held in McNaughton’s hometown, Spanish Town in Jamaica.
The first single release, ‘Dela Move’, is an indication to listeners that unlike his debut album, ‘Chronology’, this new album will not be the usual one-drop reggae cook-up and the 27-year-old Grammy-nominated artiste has redesigned the recipe for what goes into producing a reggae album.
Chronixx’s experimentation with the “new stylie”, as prompted from Admiral Bailey’s 1987 song similarly titled ‘Della Move’, is a potpourri of musical styles — a dash of dancehall, sprinkled with a rap flow, paired with traditional African drumming rhythms — all blended effortlessly over the J.L.L-produced beat.
With ‘Dela Move’, Chronixx has abandoned the conventional verse-chorus song structure for a continuous ebb and flow of word-sound power; the result: melody like weapon and lyrics like ammunition.
The accompanying visuals, directed by Nabil Elderkin, combines the spiritual elements of reggae seen through a drumming circle, with the imagery of a young fire-breathing Rasta who ignites his surrounding each time he opens his mouth.
‘Dela Move’ showcases a degree of aggressiveness and self-confidence not seen before from Chronixx, since he teamed up with Kabaka Pyramid on ‘Chalice and Roots’. He is stamping his authority, calling for the industry to “Gimmie me ring… gimmie me crown”.
[One could even argue it is a call for the artiste to be awarded that coveted Grammy award, many believe should have been his when Chronology was nominated for Best Reggae Album in 2018.]
The track is delivered as a break out of the comfort zone and a step away from the Chronixx who gave his audience the ‘Dread and Terrible’ and ‘Start a Fyah’ mixtapes.
Although the release date for Dela Splash is yet to be officially announced, dropping Dela Move as a preview to the album was a key move for Chronixx to pull his audience in as he treads on a new reggae road.