Tarrus Riley's new album, Mecoustic, is scheduled to be released in September. The set is a semi-acoustic rendition of some of Riley's best-known songs including She's Royal, Pick up the Pieces, and System Set.
Those songs are from Riley's breakthrough 2006 album, Parables, which was produced by saxophonist Dean Fraser who shares production duties with Riley on Mecoustic. Of particular interest is the song Black Mother Pray, which was written and originally recorded in the 1980s by Jimmy Riley, Tarrus' father.
In addition to Fraser, guitarists Mitchum 'Khan' Chin and Lamont Savory played on Mecoustic. So did bass players Glen Browne and Michael Fletcher, keyboardists Carol McLaughlin and Andrew Marsh, and Denver Smith, Oral Broen and Sydney Watson, who played percussion and drums.
Riley is among the acts for the Respect Jamaica shows at the O2 Arena being held in London. Soulbeat Records in France will distribute Mecoustic in Europe. Tads Record will handle local distribution.