J Carlyle is a multi-talented artist, rapper, songwriter, storyteller and poet who appeared on the scenes in 2020 and has been gaining serious momentum ever since.
Growing up, Carlyle always loved music and immersed himself in old school dub and lovers rock which helped him to understand the emotions behind different genres. His musical and lyrical talents emerged at a young age and by 15 yrs old he was writing his own songs and performing as a Grime MC.
His influences stem from the likes of Wretch32, Kendrick Lamar, System Of A Down and Vybz Kartel, but his heart is strongly placed with the reggae, dancehall and RnB genres.
Carlyle’s debut and now acclaimed EP Calculating the If’s secured his status as a notable artist and deals with sensitive issues of mental health. Carlyle quoted: “I consider myself an advocate for Mental Health because it’s a topic which is extremely close to me. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from working in one of the largest mental health institutions in East Midlands, looking after people from all walks of life whose mental health has deemed them a risk to society or/and their own well-being. I myself have suffered with mental health issues also. This journey prompted me to work with Channel 4 and local council to create a music programme for the youth.”
He went on to release three more singles after this EP; “Man of Action”, “Forever Girl”, in which he collaborated with legendary producer Mantra, and “Pressures of Precious” an impressive and powerful spoken-word piece accompanied by a jazzy keyboard from Luma Sounds.
Carlyle has just released his much anticipated newest single “Intruder Alert”, which showcases a new musical diversity and expansion for this impressive artist.
Sirens sound an alarm as the song opens and we are quickly enveloped in a multi-layered soundscape which thrills and entices the senses. An irresistible funky beat, groovy melody, and captivating vocals are the winning recipe for this show stopper of a track.
Reggae, grime, dancehall and RnB blend spectacularly together in this upbeat and exciting song, which showcases Carlyle’s extraordinary talents as a rapper and singer-songwriter.
Rhythm and rhyme merge harmoniously together as Carlyle regales us with an amusing tale of seduction through poetic lyrics such as; “So what’s a man to do, with a stranger in the view, she waan come ina mi room, mek mi cum ina di womb, from me enter, know seh mi fallin to mi doom, ina di centre, Pharaoh to di tomb”.
Carlyle’s silky smooth vocals are a delight to listen to, with a soulful and alluring tone which will charm any listener.
This tracks irresistibly groovy melody will have your head bobbing spontaneously and your body grinding. It’s completely infectious and this catchy, memorable track will stay with you for a long time after, reminding you to return for more of his thrilling tunes.
This single release is just the beginning of an exciting year ahead for Carlyle, who also has several new tracks geared up for release and plans to publish a book of poems and give spoken word performances. We are excited to follow this noteworthy artist on his journey into establishing himself as a major force on the UK rap scene and much more.
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