Akeda, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated musician Matisyahu will be released June 3 via Elm City Music. The SiriusXMstation “Jam On” premiered the track “Watch The Walls Melt Down” along with cover art for the album, while Relix magazine unveiled the track listing along with a lyric video for the song which you can view HERE.
The album was recorded in Brooklyn’s Studio G and produced by Dub Trio’s Stu Brooks with assistance from studio owner Joel Hamilton. The material for the album was written both in Matisyahu’s Los Angeles home and while on tour. Matisyahu states, “This record and period of my life deal with madness, listening for and following the inner intuitive voice, a small still sound. This record deals with love, with feelings of brokenness and humility, with humanity, struggle, and sacrifice.”
In addition to working with Brooks and Hamilton, Matisyahu also collaborated with Dave Holmes and Joe Tomino from his touring band, Dub Trio, as well as longtime friends and musical collaborators Aaron Dugan, Rob Marscher, and Mark Guiliana. “It was very much an in-house project,” states Matisyahu. “The vocal and musical styles are drawn from many places in order to create my current sound, which cannot be categorized very easily.” The album has a classic live, analog, recorded feel as well as more modern electronic elements. “There are more tunes on this record that fans may refer to as my ‘roots’ or as reggae tunes, and those songs lead in and out of tunes with more layers, electronic arrangements and other stylistic influences.” The album features special guest appearances by reggae artist Collie Buddz and hip-hop artist Zion I.
Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album Live at Stubbs (2005), and Youth (2006) quickly followed and reached #1 onBillboard’s Heatseekers chart and Reggae Albums chart. Both albums subsequently went Gold and Youth was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. 2009’s Light reached #1 on the Reggae Albums chart and stayed in the top spot for 34 weeks. His fourth studio album, Spark Seeker (2011), marked his relocation from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and found him working with Dr. Luke protégé KoOoL Kojak.