Today, Protoje’s perspective on his life’s most pivotal events expands with In Search of Lost Time: Deluxe. The influential Jamaican recording artist’s groundbreaking fifth studio opus makes an encore presentation this year repackaged with new artwork and three additional tracks.
“Still Blooming” (featuring Lila Iké & IzyBeats), “Still Royal” (featuring Popcaan, Pa Salieu & Toddla T) and “Righteous” continue the album’s narrative of introspection.
Protoje’s latest release of music follows the 2020 launch of his first LP In Search of Lost Time for RCA Records in a partnership with his label and artist management company In.Digg.Nation Collective facilitated through Six Course Music.
Listen to In Search of Lost Time: Deluxe:
The conscious artist, dubbed a leader of the “reggae revival” movement, colored outside the lines for his cinematic, ethereal, multi-genre LP, which was released on August 28, 2020. Protoje’s In Search of Lost Time stays in rotation. He executive produced the entire project and co-produced five out of the thirteen original tracks.
Ziah, one of the album’s core beatsmiths, is at the helm on the brand new song “Righteous,” which is accompanied by a new visualizer today directed by Yannick Reid. In the one-shot visual, Protoje jogs through a road in a mountainous area of Kingston, Jamaica, bursting his illustrious dexterity of lyrics to the camera. In signature Protoje fashion, his effortless stream of thought motivates the listener to echo the harmonious layers of each bar.
Watch visualizer for “Righteous”:
In addition to “Righteous,” Protoje freshens up the album with two remixes.
Protoje’s notable collaboration with Popcaan gets the UK’s royal treatment through Toddla T’s production and a new verse by rapper Pa Salieu on “Still Royal.” The crown is big enough for all of the aforementioned talent to wear as they celebrate their accomplishments, from Protoje’s 2019 GRAMMY nomination, to Popcaan’s ascent to worldwide acclaim, to Gambia’s own Pa Salieu making noise on the UK music scene
IzyBeats, the hit-making co-producer of Koffee’s “Toast” and Lila Iké’s “I Spy,” reunites with Protoje and Lila to spruce up “In Bloom.” The result is “Still Blooming,” a more spacious mid-tempo remix where Lila Ike’s vulnerable tone whisks against a laid-back reggae-styled medley of guitar strumming; plus Protoje is in tandem as he matches not only Lila’s heart-felt sentiment, but also aligns with the nimble bounce of IzyBeats’ hypnotic bassline. The animated visualizer brought new life to the original gem thanks to the creative minds of Joshua Solas, Acquille Dunkley and Yannick Reid.
Born and raised in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to singer Lorna Bennett and former calypso king Mike Ollivierre, Protoje blends hip hop, soul and jazz into his native sounds of reggae and dancehall. The musical prodigy, along with a collective of fellow artists, began getting mainstream attention for their addictive melodies and conscious lyrical messages in a movement dubbed the “reggae revival.”
As a producer, he receives a co-credit for Rock & Groove Riddim (2019). His studio album A Matter Of Time earned him his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album and his national U.S. TV debut performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, both in 2019.
He has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and appeared on major festivals including Coachella (US), Glastonbury (UK), Afropunk (US), Reading & Leeds (UK), Sole DXB (Dubai) and Lollapalooza (Chile), reaching audiences far and wide with his genre-fusing sound.
In 2020, the musician signed an unprecedented major deal with RCA Records in partnership with Six Course Records and his label and management company In.Digg.Nation Collective. Under the RCA deal, Protoje brokered individual album deals for himself as well as his rising female artists Lila Iké, Sevana and Jaz Elise.
He has received praise from the likes of NYLON and Uproxx for In.Digg.Nation Collective’s forward-thinking sound. He performed on NPR Tiny Desk and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome and graces one of i-D magazine’s digital covers for Spring 2021.
TRACKLISTING + PRODUCTION CREDITS
1. Switch It Up feat. Koffee [Prod. by Winta James]
2. Deliverance [Prod. by iotosh & Protoje]
3. Still I Wonder [Prod. by Supa Dups & The Grei Show]
4. Weed & Ting [Prod. by Supa Dups & Di Genius]
5. A Vibe ft. Wiz Khalifa [Prod. by Supa Dups & Di Genius]
6. Same So [Prod. by Ziah & Protoje]
7. In Bloom ft. Lila Iké [Prod. by Natural High & Protoje]
8. Self Defense [Prod. by iotosh]
9. Like Royalty ft. Popcaan [Prod. by Ziah & Winta James]
10. Strange Happenings [Prod. by Ziah & Protoje]
11. Still Blooming ft. Lila Iké & IzyBeats [Prod. by IzyBeats]
12. Still Royal ft. Popcaan, Pa Salieu & Toddla T [Prod. by Toddla T]
13. Righteous [Prod. by Ziah]
Tiffany Mea / With Love PR