Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Freedom & Fyah
Alborosie
Greensleeves
CD / Digital Release
June 11, 2016

Track list
  1. The Prophecy feat. Rev. Rohan Treleven
  2. Can't Cool
  3. Fly 420 feat. Sugus
  4. Cry
  5. Strolling feat. Protoje
  6. Rocky Road
  7. Poser
  8. Judgement
  9. Life To Me feat. Ky-Mani Marley
  10. Rich
  11. Carry On feat. Sandy Smith
  12. Everything feat. Roots Radics & Pupa Avril
  13. Zion Youth feat. Sugus
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Alborosie a.k.a. the 'Soul Pirate' was born in Sicily (1977) as Alberto D'Ascola. As a child he learned to play several instruments. In 1993 he formed the reggae band Reggae National Tickets. In 2001 he moved to Jamaica where he released several slides, but in 2006 he surprised the reggae community with the single "Herbalist" (banned on Jamaican radio by the authorities for glorifying ganja) and in 2007 "Kingston Town" and "Rastafari Anthem" were among the most spinned tunes. Several album followed. "Escape From Babylon", the follow up to the "Soul Pirate" set which was pressed in limited quantities and mainly sold during Alborosie's European tour of 2008. The excellent dub set "Dub Clash" hit the streets in 2010 and one year later came the release of his long awaited album "2 Times Revolution". In 2013 he gave us "2 Times Revolution" and 2014 saw the release of a set with 'friends' called "Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends".

Being a skillful musician, writer, engineer and producer he is one of reggae's most talented artists. He gets a lot of inspiration from the music of the '70s and '80s. He only uses real instruments with analogue amplifiers, no quantizers or computer sequencers. Built on his musical ability and production expertise, Alborosie's reggae sound is a unique blend of rootical vintage sounds built with old and new technology and great songwriting. Most tracks feature him playing multiple instruments and were recorded at his own Shengen Clan Studio (that boasts a plethora of equipment owned by his heroes King Tubby and Coxsone Dodd) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Alborosie's new set is called "Freedom & Fyah", a thirteen track roots album with heavy dub influences, covering several important themes such as violence in the streets, the use of ganja, Rastafari, Zion, growing up and love. The album opens with a short speech (seems to be taken from the baptism of his son) from Reverend Rohan Treleven and then comes the smasher "Can't Cool", a melodic and catchy song about Rastafari and Babylon: "Fyah can't cool this yah Fyah can't tame, Stepping into Babylon dem call me name". Next is the majestical duet "Fly 420", a heavy, dubstep influenced track featuring Sugus. The latter is a talented artist who provided backing vocals for Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. The song is also featured on a 7-track EP ("Reggae Dubs And Dabs") of smoker anthems in celebration of the 4/20 holiday. The heartfelt anti-gun tune "Cry" delivers a true message delivered with forwardness. Majestical vibes! Protoje and Alborosie get together on "Strolling". They observe the welcome invasion of Rastamen in the town and our world, making it a better place to live in. "Rocky Road" was a hitsingle in 2015. He describes in full force growing up and urges to "live your life to the fullest". Instant rewind!!

"Poser" outlines exactly how Alborosie thinks of the hypocrites and liars who surround us every day. Crucial! Change of style with "Judgement". The dancehall side of Alborosie takes over, but the theme is 100% conscious and the result is excellent. Next cut features the talents of Ky-Mani Marley. A lovers tune, a little too smooth perhaps but still worthwhile spinning. The standout selection "Rich" addresses the theme of richness and the power of the "dollar", but still "Money don't make you rich". The well talented Sandy Smith (niece of Mr. Vegas) is featured on "Carry On" and urges us to "Work hard and play hard". Pure retro vibes on "Everything": "Ghetto Youth, you betta have nuff nuff ambitions, The gun club a free admission, the only way out, a flat position." Pupa Avril's delivery sounds like the late Billy Boyo and The Roots Radics lay down a masterful backing! The closing track "Zion Youth" features the aforementioned Sugus and keeps the vibes going till the end.

Excellent album... grab it asap!