Big Mountain are in Jamaica recording songs for their twelfth album. Titled Freedom, the set is scheduled for release in September.
The six members, which includes founding member Quino McWhinney, are currently at Anchor Recording Studio in Kingston working with producer Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger. Quino, who plays guitar and handles lead vocals, said the band is excited about recording and releasing their first album since 2016’s Perfect Summer.
“I think we are bringing material that is perfect for the times, and I think Fatta’s production skills are perfect for where we are right now,” he said. Pottinger has been in-house engineer at Anchor for many years. He has worked on monster hit songs such as She’s Still Loving Me by Morgan Heritage and Say Yeah by Michael Franti and Cherine Anderson. In the past five years, he has blossomed as a producer, releasing songs on his Phat Trax Records label by Capleton, Sizzla, George Nooks and Half Pint.
Big Mountain formed in San Diego, California during the late 1980’s. Their first album, California Reggae, was released in 1998; six years later, they entered the Billboard pop charts with Baby I Love Your Way, a reggae version of Peter Frampton’s 1975 hit. The band’s lineup also includes Quino’s younger brother James on vocals and percussion; drummer Paul Kastick, guitarist Audley Chisholm, bassist Mike Ortiz and keyboardist Richard Campbell.