POLARITIES IS THE THIRTEENTH AND FINAL FULL ALBUM OF NEW MATERIAL FROM VAUGHN BENJAMIN AND THE CULMINATION OF A TWENTY-YEAR WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BENJAMIN AND I GRADE RECORDS.

Akae Beka‘s new posthumous album Polarities is yet another brilliant Vaughn Benjamin and Zion I Kings (ZIK) collaboration. ZIK is the production triumvirate of Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred of I Grade Records, David “JAH D” Goldfine of Zion High Productions, and Andrew “Moon” Bain of Lustre Kings. Also, the late Drew “Drew Keys” Stoch of Haze Street Dub is intimately involved in the production.

For those who are unaware, the ZIK signature sound is authentic with a profound spiritual intensity and modern production sound. This gives the music a deeply reverential and ceremonial feel. The music contains multi-layered percussive and horns-driven soundscapes. Tippy creates a well-balanced mix where keys and hand-drumming are given equal billing with the bass and drum. The sound is timeless. It defines this era of modern roots reggae music – an era dating back to the early 2000s. It’s a new sound with an old soul.

Vaughn Benjamin passed away from this life on November 4, 2019. According to Tippy I, Vaughn recorded the album tracks well before his passing while touring the world with Akae Beka.

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