Christopher Martin's much-anticipated debut EP Steppin Razor is released by VP Records. The 5-song digital-only release balances sweetness, swagger and sex appeal and showcases Chris's versatility and vocal excellence.
Chris fires with formidable skill on each of Steppin Razor's songs. The upbeat "We Are The Vibes" (produced by TJ Records) and the braggadocios single "I'm A Big Deal" (produced by Troy "Troyton" Hinds) get the party started. On the sultry "Secret Love (Creep)" (produced by ZJ Dymond), Chris sings "nah tell you fi sneak, but if you a go sneak, girl, sneak, come love me...and if your man find out and waan walk out, girl be with me." His passionate vocals bring a renewed urgency to this well worn and (he admits) somewhat self-centered plea.
"Hide Away," written and produced by the legendary Clive Hunt (whose credits include Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and VP Records' Etana), is the first song Chris has recorded that he didn't write. However he makes it all his own, incomparably delivering a swell of tender emotions over an irresistible, shuffling reggae beat. "Hide Away" is also featured on the soundtrack to the romantic drama "Destiny" released in late 2013, starring Chris as an aspiring singer attempting to navigate the music industry.
The title track, produced by Frankie Music, isn't the 1977 Peter Tosh classic (written by the late Joe Higgs, a mentor to Tosh and the legendary reggae group The Wailers) although it champions a kindred spirit of invincibility, in this case Martin's unrivaled appeal to the ladies.
1. Steppin Razor
2. I'm A Big Deal
3. We Are The Vibes
4. Secret Love (Creep)
5. Hide Away