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Jamaican singer Carlton Livingston celebrated his 53th anniversary three days ago. Hence the obvious choice for Paris DJs to pick him for the label's weekly new release - so, only a few days late, Happy Earth Strong Carlton!!

Born in 1962 in St. Mary, Jamaica, Carlton Livingston started singing in church choirs, and became a reggae and rub-a-dub icon in the late 70s and early 80s working with many top Jamaican producers, from Coxsone Dodd to Winston Riley, Sly & Robbie, Clive Jarrett, King Jammy, U-Brown, etc. The story doesn't stop here of course but a fast-forward to the earlier years of the 21st century sees Carlton touring and recording all over Europe with French sound system Soul Stereo and deejay-partner-in-crime The Lone Ranger, who soon introduce him to one of the rising reggae producers around: Grant Phabao and his newly-launched T.I.M.E.C. label.

In 2006 their first release together, a limited edition 12 inch cover of Dandy Livingston '(A Message To You) Rudy' - made famous by The Specials - is an instant seller that will be picked 8 years later for the soundtrack of Jon Favreau's 'Chef' movie. The scene featuring Scarlett Johansson eating voluptuously her pasta on the 'Rudy' music is not to be missed!

Between 2006 and 2008 Carlton Livingston would keep on coming by Paris DJs's studio regularly to record new tunes with Grant Phabao. A new album from those sessions, Bridge Of Life', was released digitally in 2012, and will finally be out on CD before the end of the year thanks to Paris DJs' latest crowdfunding campaign!

Grant Phabao and Carlton Livingston's brand new single 'My Father' is their 10th single together, it tells the story of a son full of regrets, a bastard child who never got from his father the affection he was craving for. Phabao's new riddim is addictively bubbling, full of skanks & echo dynamics. With just a few verses Carlton shows masterfully the storyteller he is. So when are the two gonna deliver a second album together, eh? Currently living in the U.S., Carlton continues to record and perform at his own pace. In the last 3 years, he's released 9 new singles with the Paris DJs crew - who said "veteran"?!

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released September 22, 2015

Written by Carlton Livingston
Composed by Grant Phabao
Published by T.I.M.E.C.
Vocals by Carlton Livingston
All instruments, recording, mix and mastering by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs studio
© 2015 T.I.M.E.C./Paris DJs
Illustration by Ben Hito

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Paris-based production team (Djouls, Grant Phabao, Loik Dury & Ben Hito) featuring worldwide guest vocalists, musicians, deejays, graphic/web designers and writers. Reggae, Afro, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop and more audio goodness.

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