Featuring Assassin, Cutty Ranks, Gwen Stefani, Sly & Robbie and Tami Chynn. Executive Producer: Tony Kanal
Reggae certainly plays an important role on Elan’s debut, which features a unique combination of the young singer-songwriter’s musical influences -- heavy on the island sounds and rhythms, but also incorporating elements of classic American R&B and soul; Fela Kuti-inspired African rhythms; and even ’80s new wave pop like Depeche Mode and The Cure. It also showcases the artist’s philosophical duality, with songs that jump back and forth between strong spirituality or socio-political concerns as well as matters of the heart and libido, the difference between the sacred and the profane, so to speak. It’s the difference between "I Wanna Yell," which he wrote about economic and other injustices he saw firsthand traveling the world, and "Feel My Pressure," which is all about getting freaky with the opposite sex. When Elan discusses the album’s title track, he explains that being bound together as one is meant spiritually, politically and sexually.
The album is executive produced by No Doubts Tony Kanal and features some of the most amazing musicians and producers in Jamaican reggae culture: Sly & Robbie, Fatis, Steve Lenky Marsden, Tony Kelly and DJ legend Cutty Ranks among them. The album was recorded between Jamaica, Miami and Kanal’s Los Angeles studio.