Washington D.C. Reggae-Soul group See-I is releasing their second album, Knowledge Shine Bright, on May 27th via Fort Knox Recordings. With elements of Funk, House, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, R&B and Rock, the album features 12 songs including this week’s FREE song, “Real Steel”…
You can download See-I’s new song “Real Steel” for FREE on our home page, under the MP3 Leak of the Week section, on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday May 17th, 2014.
See-I – “Real Steel”
“Real Steel” Background:
The new album, Knowledge Shine Bright includes a few guest appearances, including rappers Mr Lif & Flex Mathews and chanteuses Candice Mills & Edy Blu who bring muscle and soul to a collection of 12 songs. The album is a 50 minute sonic journey that few contemporary bands have the fortitude to conjure.
Track 2 on See-I’s new album is titled “Real Steel,” Salem Steele reflects: “the inspiration and foundation of this track goes back to See-I’s very beginnings in the late 1980’s, and their very first See-I band, more of a digital dancehall affair. They used to perform a hit tune called “Tell It To You” as part of their set back then, and Zeebo’s son Salem Steele was dragged around to most of the gigs, even though he was just a little kid.”
Salem continues: “I remember them performing ‘Tell It To You’ at St Andrews and watching my Grandmother dancing to it with the college kids, (Haha). I think it was her favorite song by her sons (Rootz & Zeebo). I think that memory could have inspired my Uncle to use some of the vibes from ‘Tell It to You’ to create the brand new track ‘Real Steel.’
You can pre-order See-I’s New Album, Knowledge Shine Bright, on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Founded by brothers Arthur “Rootz” Steele and Archie “Zeebo” Steele, who have toured and performed for over 15 years as frontmen for the Thievery Corporation live band. See-I is comprised of Rob Myers on guitar, Ashish Vyas on bass, Jeff Franca on drums, Frank Mitchell on saxophone and Salem Steele on keyboards, all of whom live within the 10 x 10 mile square known as Babylon, er… the Nation’s Capital. From humble beginnings in North Carolina, the Steele Brothers got their start singing in the church choir and were soon transfixed by the funk, soul and rock sounds they heard on the radio in the 1970s. Decades of musical depth and experience are the secret weapons they bring to the table, both live and in the studio.
You can check out See-I on tour by checking the dates below…
Upcoming Select See-I Performances:
June 26 @ Canal Club – Richmond, VA
June 27 @ World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
June 28 @ VinoFest – Union Market – Washington, DC
August 1 @ Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA
August 2 @ Reggae on The River – Humboldt, CA
August 3 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA
November 14 @ Bear Creek Music Festival – Suwanee, FL
November 15 @ Bear Creek Music Festival – Suwanee, FL
Catch See-I on stage with Thievery Corporation at these shows:
June 10 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 11 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 13 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
June 14 @ Belly Up – Aspen, CO
June 17 @ Water Square – Athens, Greece
June 18 @ Babylonia – Thessaloniki, Greece
June 20 @ Electric Castle Festival – Romania
July 25 @ Floydfest – Floyd, VA
July 26 @ Believe in Music Festival – Cockeysville, MD
Aug 9 @ Squamish Festival – Squamish BC, Canada
Aug 15 @ Pier 97 – New York, NY
Huge thanks again to See-I for allowing us to share their new song “Real Steel” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for free and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Jesse Justice
Watch: See-I – “Real Steel” (Graphic Video by Rob Myers)