We don't have to think long about the most anticipated reggae release of 2019. At the beginning of last year Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, blasted on the reggae scene like an unstoppable meteor with 'Raggamuffin', and now there's finally this first five track EP.
Apart from 'Raggamuffin', 'Rapture' also features new single 'Toast', another smash, with an accompanying clip on YouTube that has already surpassed 22 million views!
Like for so many Jamaican artists, the musical story of the barely nineteen year old revelation started in the children's choir of her local church in Spanish Town. She teaches herself to play the guitar at the age of 12 and in 2016, inspired by the work of her idol Protoje, composes a first song, takes part in a talent contest at her school and immediately wins first prize. It's at that same Andenne High School Koffee runs into her future manager: her music teacher Khadija Palmer. In 2017 she records the acoustic song 'Legend', a tribute to Jamaican track and field champion Usain Bolt who'd just announced his farewell from athletics. 'Burning', her version over the Ouji riddim followed, and as if it were written in the stars, none other than Cocoa Tea invited her to join him on stage at Rebel Salute in January of 2018, allowing Koffee to prove to an enthusiastic audience she shouldn't be underestimated live either. With the release of single 'Raggamuffin' (over a revamp of the Real Rock riddim), later that same year, the only way was up and Koffee also exploded internationally.
Besides the aforementioned tracks, the EP also features the great 'Throne', for which a sample from Horace Andy's 'Don't Try To Use Me' was used, the rather minimalist bass-tune and title track 'Rapture', for which Koffee collaborated with Lasanna 'Ace' Harris, and 'Blazin', a combination tune with Jane Macgizmo, some of you may already know from het 2016 hit tune 'Babylon'.
The only thing slightly worrying us is the fact Koffee was apparently signed by major Columbia/Sony, a move that hasn't always proved successful in the past as far as reggae is concerned. So we can only hope that meteor Koffee will be able to illuminate the reggae sky for a while to come instead of quickly extinguishing like a shooting star.
Koffee is an excellent lyricist, so we'll gladly let the singer summarize things in her own words: "Koffee comes in like a rapture and everybody gets captured! ('Rapture') or "Inna mi zone, alto to baritone, soon dem a go see it's a queen deh pon di throne!" ('Throne').