Barbadian band 2 Mile Hill is known for R&B, reggae, and pop fused with some Caribbean influences, but the band has taken it a step further with their most recent single release –Run It.
The single which debuted on June 4, is their first-ever soca single and bashment tune. Produced by Black Man Chant, who is also the band’s musical director, André Clarke, the song is their 2019 summer jam.
2 Mile Hill is no stranger to infectious Caribbean rhythms with songs such as 2018 Get Over and 2015 Let It Go (Le Te Te). The band continues to bring something different and distinct to the Barbadian musical landscape while staying true to their Bajan roots and their formula of bringing Bajan beats and lyrics with a rhythmic vibe. However, band frontwoman and main vocalist, Mahalia Cummins, told Bajan Vibes that Run It was part of the band’s evolution of music.
“Even before we were 2 Mile Hill, when we were NexCyx, we had Le Te Te, which is definitely Caribbean and definitely high energy. You wouldn’t call it a bashment soca but the energy and the intent are there and that is where the evolution really started,” she disclosed.
The 2 Mile Hill spokeswoman said that she wanted listeners to immerse themselves in the “positive vibes” and contagious riddim.
Mahaila pointed out that their transition into soca was not an “experiment” but a contribution to the island’s evolving music genre that has grown substantially throughout the years. She declared that all forms of soca should be promoted year-round and not just during the three-month Crop Over season.
“The aim is that soca, Barbados [and] bashment become a household genre, a year-round vibe or energy. Don’t let it be pinned down to the Crop Over season. Yes, Crop Over is important, and it is summer. But in Barbados, it is always summer, and we are always partying so don’t let the music be narrowed down to just the Crop Over season. We want everyone including ourselves and this song to transition outside of the season,” she explained.