Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Gimme What's Mine
Chantelle Ernandez
Reggaeland Records
CD
May 21, 2013

Gimme What´s Mine - Chantelle Ernandez Track list
  1. Touch
  2. Reggae Reasoning
  3. Take Dem Down (A Billion Stones)
  4. Sweet Spanish Man
  5. Songs Of Redemption
  6. Damage Control
  7. Love Can Heal The World
  8. If Women Ruled The World
  9. Gimme What's Mine
  10. Hypnosis
  11. The Change feat. Joggo
  12. You All The Time
  13. When The Rain Is Falling
  14. Control Freaks
  15. Reggae Reasoning (RMX)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Reggaeland Productions is a Barcelona based production house, which was and originally conceived as a radio show under the name of Reggaeland FM in 1997. It eventually became a recording label in 2004 and was renamed Reggaeland. Productions started out in Jamaica and involved Spanish vocal artists such as Nano Bravo, Queen Smiley and Supah Bassie, recorded over Jamaican riddims and eventually released as 7" singles. It was in 2009 that the label finally begun to publish albums from mainly upcoming Spanish artists, who voiced Reggaeland's own produced riddims. Jah Nattoh "En Buenas Manos" was the first official release, followed by Miguel Arraigo "La Esencia Vital" and shortly after by Maia "La Llamada".

The year 2011 marked a turning point with 3 very solid releases: "Cultura Accidental" from the Catalan reggae band Txilum, the first one riddim album "Dem Talking Riddim" featuring Jamaican artists and a another one riddim album by the name of "Reggae Reasoning Riddim". A growing interest for Reggaeland corporative riddims from overseas and the existing link with the land of reggae – Jamaica – led the team to start serious recordings with Jamaican artists. Eager to rescue the original Reggae values and to promote conscious productions, Reggaeland decided to turn its focus on new generations of Jamaican worthy upcoming artists – alongside the brilliant Spanish ones it already involved – with the aim to help establish a new breed of conscious Reggae artists. In 2012 the label released the successful "Cultura Riddim", Malijah's album "Dancin' Shoes", the one riddim set "Hold Di Trinity" , and 2 more albums; "Warrior Of Jah Army" by Singer Jah and "No Fear No Man" by Anthony Que.

In the autumn of that same year Chantelle Ernandez released her debut album "Gimme What's Mine". This songbird was born in Jamaica and while still in her teens she cut some demos for producer Mikey Bennett. In the summer of 1999 she met and began recording for Gumption Productions owned by the leading members of Jamaica's reggae band Gumption and while working with them, met Michael Fletcher (independent producer and band leader for Shaggy). At the tender age of 16, she recorded her first solo "Something Inside My Heart" for Michael Fletcher.

Since then she has sung harmonies for a wide range of known Jamaican reggae acts. Her work includes albums with Gregory Isaac and Mikey Dread and she also recorded harmonies, toured and performed with the likes of Ernie Smith, Prezident Brown, Max Romeo, Norrisman, Jah Mason, Mr. Vegas, Fantan Mojah, Perfect, Lutan Fyah, Anthony Cruz, Chuck Fender, Natty King, Lymie Murray, Chrisinti, Lenn Hammond and Courtney John (aka Yogie), just to name a few. In the latter part of 2008, Chantelle joined forces with friends Stephanie Wallace (singer), Kibaki (deejay) and Scantana (rapper), under the guidance of Sly and Robbie with Kaz Asonuma (Taxi Records) and Sony Music Japan to record the album "JParadise", which was released in Japan, March 18, 2008. The quartet, now known as UNITZz is doing good business in Japan and crossed over to the pop charts as well.

After the inevitable opening ballad called "Touch", she grabs you with "Reggae Reasoning", the track that really stands out on this solid album. An average r'n'b remix of that tune closes the album. Check out the 'one riddim' set "Reggae Reasoning" as well! The quality stays on par with the awesome Take Dem Down (A Billion Stones), a fierce song about the corrupt politicians and bankers. The sultry lovers tune Sweet Spanish Man makes us want to hear some more lovers tunes: fast forward to You All The Time. If Women Ruled The World offers some feministic flavours across an r'n'b backdrop. Hypnosis is a tune you either love or hate. It's a powerful hip hop styled track, aimed at the crossover market. The same goes for Gimme What's Mine. The duet Change with Dutch/Surinam reggae singer Joggo sees both artists giving their best across a sweet reggae riddim. The rest of the songs are solid 'one drop' tunes, very catchy melodies and voiced in very fine style by Chantelle.

Fine debut set! Hope to hear more from her very soon.