15 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On New Level Unlocked, Alkaline unleashes 14 dancehall salvos for the heat of the night, showcasing his unique voice—which quivers as if he were close to tears—on tracks about being young, bad, and sexy. The neo-goth ragga star favors romantic digital melodies and slowly grinding rhythms that form an unusual foil for his often extremely bawdy lyrics (check chat-up ballad "One More Time" and the anatomically specific "Side Chick"). Elsewhere, Alkaline's flair for riding any beat is on glorious display, especially on bubbly stomper "Champion Boy" and the alien, Auto-Tuned "Tom Taam."

EDITORS’ NOTES

On New Level Unlocked, Alkaline unleashes 14 dancehall salvos for the heat of the night, showcasing his unique voice—which quivers as if he were close to tears—on tracks about being young, bad, and sexy. The neo-goth ragga star favors romantic digital melodies and slowly grinding rhythms that form an unusual foil for his often extremely bawdy lyrics (check chat-up ballad "One More Time" and the anatomically specific "Side Chick"). Elsewhere, Alkaline's flair for riding any beat is on glorious display, especially on bubbly stomper "Champion Boy" and the alien, Auto-Tuned "Tom Taam."

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About Alkaline

A dancehall reggae artist known for his aggressive, hip-hop-influenced music and bold visual style, Alkaline is the stage name of Jamaican performer Earlan Bartley. Bartley was born in Kingston on December 19, 1993. He began writing rhymes when he was 14 years old, and he was 16 and still attending high school when he released his first single as Alkaline. In 2013, Alkaline began scoring Jamaican hits with numbers like "Church Folks," "More Than a Friend," "Ready," and "Obeah," and he attracted attention for his bleached skin, blonde dreadlocks, and what he claimed were eyeball tattoos. (It was later revealed he used contact lenses to give his eyes their unusual look.) While Alkaline's lyrics were often controversial for their bold sexual content, he was also popular and prolific, releasing over 55 tracks between 2013 and 2017. In March 2016, Alkaline released his first full-length album, New Level Unlocked, and it became the first dancehall album to reach the top of the American reggae charts in five years. The album also proved to be a chart success in the U.K., despite the fact that several dates on Alkaline's 2016 British tour were canceled due to security issues. ~ Mark Deming

HOMETOWN
Kingston, Jamaica
BORN
19 December 1993

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