Thursday, March 3, 2011
DAREY FINALLY DROPS THIRD AND FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM SIMULTANEOUSLY
After almost two years of waiting, fans can now heave a heavy sigh of relief as the multiple award-winning singer-songwriter finally released his new double album DOUBLE DARE digitally and physically. Yes – not one; but two albums, specially created over an extensive period, by Darey and several collaborators in Lagos, London, South Africa, Abuja and America.
The new albums, released in two different CDs (differently titled HEART and BEAT to form the word HEARTBEAT) are ‘products of necessity’, says a statement from Darey’s label Soul Muzik. On the one hand, the first CD Vol.1: HEART parades a rare, mind-blowing set of timeless slow to mid-tempo R&B/Soul tunes that truly expose the naked essence of Darey’s wide vocal range. While on the other hand, the second disc Vol. 2: BEAT contains more up-tempo dance tracks on which Darey exhibits his edgy style, while still displaying his virtuoso vocal prowess.
personally, fans will see the two sides of Darey, especially the fun-playful aspect, of a man mostly known to be straight-up ‘smooth, calm and collected.’ And musically, they’ll experience the double-dimension of his art; the interesting diversity of his talent, and the depth of his skills. At a time when most artists prefer to play it safe, lingering within the confines of convention, towing the line of the ordinary to remain relevant, Darey prefers to stand on the ledge, daring to maintain his artistic distinctiveness.
Recently celebrated by City People Magazine as the King of R&B in Nigeria, Darey remains the continent’s most remarkable R&B/Soul recording/performing artiste. And he’s been crowned king of that genre many times – by many organisations, including Channel O, HipHopWorld Awards, Soundcity and many more who have at different times honoured him for his outstanding works.
The new albums, released on the Soul Muzik imprint, and available in stores nationwide, as well as on iTunes and other online stores, was produced and mixed at SMS, Abuja. And it features a community of talents, most of them Darey’s friends. Timaya appears on ‘Back To Sender’, P Square appear on ‘Provider’, Mo’Cheddah spits on ‘Turn Me On’, while Grammy award winning rapper, and hiphop bestseller Chamillionaire joins Darey to deliver a spectacular remix of ‘The Way You Are’.
‘It was fun working with all these amazing talents’, Darey says. ‘And I’m very honoured to have worked with everyone on the album. From producers to writers, engineers, singers, rappers and all.’
On Chamillionaire, he says, ‘we hooked up on Twitter. He liked the beats to ‘The way you are’ and wanted to be on a remix. I was happy to oblige. And I’m still amazed by what we were able to come up with. I Hope you like it!
‘It’s such a big big blessing to be able to create such beautiful, fun music. And I’m blessed to have such great talents like Cobhams, Don Jazzy, El Dee, Wayne McNeish and Ayodele Basil as friends and producers. The album is what it is because of the help of so many people, especially my team at Soul Muzik. But, essentially, it is for the benefit, the enjoyment, and satisfaction of my friends spread across the world…’
From next week, Darey will embark on a series of tours, across the media, nightclubs, campuses and other institutions, as he takes DOUBLE DARE across the country, and eventually across the world…
DAREY - DOUBLE DARE TRACK LISTING.
1. Sisi Eko
2. Sweet Mother
3. Stroke Me
5. The Way You Are (Acoustic)
6. Don’t Let Me Know
7. Never Say Never
8. Maybe Baby
9. Cure The World
1. The Way You Are
2. Provider ft. P Square
3. Elevate Ya
4. Turn Me On ft. Mo’Cheddah
6. Like A Movie
7. Ba Ni Kidi
8. Back To Sender ft. Timaya
9 The Way You Are ft Chamillionaire
Bonus Track: Style Na Style (Remix) ft. 9ice, Jesse Jagz
DAREY - DOUBLE DARE TRACK LISTING ALBUM CREDIT
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – ‘Dare Art Alade, ‘Deola Art Alade
A&R – ‘Deola Art Alade
PRODUCERS - Dare “Darey” Art Alade, Cohbams Asuquo, Wayne McNeish, Michael “Don Jazzy” Collins, Ayodele Basil for Soul Team
SONGWRITERS - Dare “Darey” Art Alade, Wayne McNeish, Cohbams Asuquo, Michael “Don Jazzy” Collins, Soul Team , Inetimi “Timaya” Udom, Paul & Peter Okoye, Mo’Cheddah, Lanre “elDee” Dabiri, Keno Kenneth, Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki
MIXING- Tobi “Tobeatz”Akinbiyi, Osiki “Ozzie” Ojo ,Wayne McNeish at Soul Muzik Studios (SMS)
MASTERING – Tobi “Tobeatz”Akinbiyi for 5o s2dios
PHOTOGRAPHY – TY Bello
GRAPHICS – Segun Fasika , Deola Art Alade (For Soul Muzik)
Double Dare Album Synopsis
At a time when most artists prefer to play it safe, lingering within the confines of convention, towing the line of the ordinary to remain relevant, Darey prefers to stand on the ledge, daring to maintain his artistic distinctiveness. After nearly two years in the studio, Darey births a double disc album aptly entitled ‘Double Dare’ which is broken up into two volumes that depict two sides of the R&B crooner.
Volume 1 entitled ‘Heart’ is a soul-drenched collection of timeless slow to mid-tempo tunes that truly expose the naked essence of his wide vocal range. The compilation has a variety of musical styles ranging from smooth R N’ B ballads to mid tempo Highlife fusion tracks. Within this volume, true Darey Fans can expect to experience flashbacks of his intense vocal performances seen by over 100 million viewers on the widely watched Project Fame TV show, where he first emerged into the Limelight.
Volume 2 … ‘beat’ contains a set of more up-tempo dance tracks which depicts Darey’s edgy style, while still displaying his virtuoso vocal delivery. Despite the dance rhythms and percussion heavy grooves within this Chapter, Darey still successfully weaves together, themes that stray away from the cliché topics of the day.
In essence, ‘Double Dare’ contains a tune for almost every mood, age bracket and socio-economic segment. In addition, there is an overall message for listeners, especially the youth and this is summarised in the album title itself Double Dare—a call to action, encouraging uniqueness, individuality and freedom of expression.
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