Captain Planet's Summertime Anthem 'In The Gray' Ft. Brit Lauren [Premiere]

Captain Planet premieres the second single off his 'Esperanto Slang' LP on Bastard Jazz, "In The Gray" featuring Brit Lauren.

Charlie B. Wilder, a.k.a. the man behind the globe-trotting beatmaker mask of Captain Planet, is gearing up to release a new album on Bastard Jazz. Today he's out with the album's scorching second single which we're excited to premiere here. On "In The Gray," the "Gumbo Funk" producer teams up yet again with L.A.-based songstress Brit Lauren. The first time the pair linked up was on their 2011 breakout hit "Get You Some," which more recently saw some shine in season one of Orange Is The New Black. On their latest collaboration, Captain Planet calls upon his geographically diverse sonic aesthetic to create a lilting, reggae-infused summertime anthem. Lauren's soulful, honey-smooth vocals glide over a down-and-dirty bass line to march the track along while crisp horns (courtesy of L.A.'s Ubiquity Records "supergroup" The Lions) blaze through the chorus. The result is a no-cares-in-the-world, sweet summer composition that uses the same riddim as CP's Katy B "On A Mission" remix. "In The Gray" is out today digitally and on 7" vinyl on Bastard Jazz. Captain Planet's forthcoming Esperanto Slang LP arrives this September on Bastard Jazz.

Image courtesy of Jay Trigga.

Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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