The single is a remix of the hit The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff from the soundtrack of the film of the same name.
The track was released in 1972 on Island Records in the United Kingdom. It was then released February 1973 in the United States on the Mango Records subsidiary and peaked at No 140 on the Billboard 200. The movie, released in 1972, was directed by Jamaican film icon Perry Henzell and starred none other than Jimmy Cliff.
The single features Jimmy Cliff and in some aspects stays true to the reggae roots of the original track but still accredits the new age dancehall sounds that is true to Washroom Entertainment and most definitely true to Sanjay’s style of reggae-dancehall. Sanjay says, “I would like to think that this remix is done in a way that gives the song even more contemporary relevance while staying true to its original message of confident and strong-willed bravado.”
“The reason I remade this song is because it has been one of my favourite reggae songs from a child until now. I watched the movie when I was younger and I found the song very inspirational and it’s something that has always stuck with me. I think Dancehall doesn’t do enough of remaking our own known classics, we have been blessed with great music from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert and other great reggae artistes that were famous in that era,” Sanjay notes.
Since his debut single Strictly Physical featuring Tami Chynn, Sanjay has gone on to collaborate with many other reggae and dancehall elites including Vybz Kartel, Luciano, Ce’Cile, and Aidonia. He has achieved regular radio rotation for songs such as Man Of My Words on the Guardian Angel rhythm; Slipping Away and Never Leave You Lonely, produced by Arif Cooper for Fresh Ear Productions Label, and Lonely produced by Renaissance Records. Sanjay has also worked with other producers such as Sam Diggy, Christopher Birch, Donavon ‘Don Corleone’ Bennett, Steven McGregor, and Michael Bennett.
His dedication to the industry is even more evident by the fact that he has now started his own record label, Portland Cottage Productions. The label was named after his place of birth and from this label he has released his last single, Love The Way You Move, which was a collaboration with upcoming singer J Edge.