Long time Public Relations Officer and Entertainment Manager in the Jamaican Dancehall world, Lesley Hayles (also known as âLesley Odysseyâ in music and social media circles), has added to her repertoire by embarking on a production journey.
After working with many artistes through the course of over 15 years, the Kingston-based entertainment mogul was finally bitten by the producing bug when it was suggested by longtime friend, Anthony Haynes. He gave Lesley her first set of instrumentals in 2018, beats all created by him under his Haynes Records label. Her first production, âRide Me Riddimâ, is a rhythm compilation that features six of her artistes out of more than a dozen submissions. The remaining tracks will be on the second (and quite possibly a third) part of the release, at a later date yet to be decided.
Comprising of half established acts and half upcoming acts, Ride Me Riddim consists of tracks from marketing genius Ganggoolie, and Lesleyâs oldest sister, Ava âSandy Starâ Hayles known for her 90s hit âDonât Wanna Lose Your Love (You Boy)â on the Taxi Riddim remake by their uncle, Dennis âDennis Starâ Hayles. The title track, âRide Meâ was written by Lesley herself and recorded by Philadelphia-based Dancehall/R&B singer, Mzs Quanny. Ride Me Riddim also features Lajik from New Jersey, Star Stain from Montego Bay and 1Leedah from Portmore, via May Pen.
All tracks were mixed and mastered by younger brother, Stephen âDJ Ali Patchâ Hayles from Mixplosion Sound System, with artworks done by another younger brother from Coppershot Sound System, Shomani âDJ Kittâ Hayles for his NAAS Artworks graphics design company. Videos are expected to be done for most of the tracks and out on YouTube by the new year. Lesleyâs nephew, Rashaad âKarratâ Hayles edited the official music video for his mother's, Sandy Star, track called âJust Oneâ which she directed within her bedroom in New York. It was produced by his Karrat Gold Production (121 KGP) visuals company and posted on his YouTube channel officially on November 11, 2020. The album was released on November 13, 2020, Lesley's 40th birthday, as a gift for the usually conservative woman and is being distributed by United Masters.
Lesley has worked with Munga Honorable, Gaza Sheba, Razor B, BridgeZ, Savage, and Nae Nae, among many others in the past and is currently working with Riigz, Khristopher, Bramma, Gage, Xyclone, Daro DâDada, Ras Demo, Thurteen13, Prospec, Dappa Flex, Varian and everyone on her productions.
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