Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu will offer fans a holiday treat with the CD/DVD set “No Place To Be,” due this week via Epic. The CD sports seven tracks, among them two versions of the Police’s “Message in a Bottle” — a studio version recorded with the legendary Sly & Robbie and a dub version produced by Bill Laswell.
Also featured are the Laswell-produced studio cuts “Chop ‘Em Down” and “Warrior,” the Sly & Robbie-helmed single “Jerusalem (Out of Darkness Comes Light)” and alternate mixes of the latter cut plus “Youth.”
A video for “Jerusalem” was recently crafted by Motion Theory, the company behind Beck’s “Girl” and the Jay-Z/Pharrell Williams commercials for Hewlett Packard.
The DVD chronicles a Matisyahu concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, in December 2005, enriched with spontaneous performances on the streets of Jerusalem and interviews.