Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Network & The Future
Colah Colah & Turbulence
Basco Production / Elevation Records
CD / Digital Release
October 31, 2013

Track list
  1. Colah Colah - Up And Running
  2. Turbulence - Gone Fe Long
  3. Colah Colah - The Bees
  4. Colah Colah & Turbulence - World Wide Cry
  5. Colah Colah - Songs Of David And Proverbs Of Solomon
  6. Turbulence - Reaching Out To The World
  7. Colah Colah - Survival
  8. Turbulence - At Dem Need
  9. Colah Colah - Good Mind Good Heart
  10. Turbulence - Watch
  11. Colah Colah - Networking
  12. Turbulence - Special Someone
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Due to the harsher economic climate in the mid-'80s, a new phenomenon regarding album releases entered the Jamaican reggae industry. Record producers played more safe and thus also started to release albums that combined the efforts of two artists on one album. Prime examples are "Barrington Levy Meets Frankie Paul", "Barry Brown & Little John: Showdown Volume 1", "Sugar Minott & Frankie Paul: Showdown Volume 2" and "Yellowman & Josie Wales: Two Giants Clash", to name only four. However, times and direction changed and throughout the 1990s there weren't much of these kinda albums produced anymore. And now, in 2013, there's an album which (probably unintended) refers to the aforementioned "two artists on one album" as it features hot new contender Colah Colah and established artist Turbulence.

Born Stephan Bygrave in the tough innercity community of Jones Town, Kingston, Colah Colah got his stage name from two girls who are his friend's daughters. Performing at several school concerts, Colah Colah decided that he wanted a career in music. After leaving school, Colah Colah began hanging out at various studios in Kingston, including Penthouse Studio and Music Works recording studio. In 1999 Colah Colah and two of his close friends started a group which they named Covenant Radicals and a label called Covenant Records. Their musical effort generated recordings such as "A Better Way", "The Girl Is Mine" and "By We". The group split up when one of its members migrated to the US. In 2008 Colah Colah released his debut album entitled "Steady Meady" on his own label called Elevation Records. Two years later, in 2010, his next album entitled "Up And Running" was released.

Sheldon Campbell aka Turbulence is a Jamaican reggae artist, who was discovered in 1999 by Philip "Fatis" Burrell. Since then he has released a number of albums including "I Believe", "United", "Notorious - The Album", "Songs of Solomon", "Triumphantly", "Join Us" and "Hail The King". The breakout single, "Notorious", brought Turbulence international acclaim. First released in 2004 on the "Scallawah" riddim, "Notorious" rose to Number 1 on local and international Reggae/Dancehall charts in Jamaica, New York City, London, Toronto and Japan in 2005. Turbulence was featured as one of three main acts in the 2007 documentary film "Rise Up", which explores the world of underground music in Jamaica. The film documents Turbulence's rise to prominence as an internationally recognized and nationally celebrated reggae artist, and highlights the political and socially active nature of his music. Throughout the film, Turbulence voices the problems of post-colonial corruption, poverty, and violence in Jamaica.

In 2012 Colah Colah released his third album called "Networks", a Basco Production from the Netherlands and released on Elevation Records in Jamaica. This album was officially celebrated with a release party in Kingston Jamaica with the artist backed by the One Drop Roots Band. After this party, Colah Colah and Turbulence (who was featured at the "Networks" album and also was present at the release party) created the idea to make a new album together. And thus here's "Network & The Future" with Colah Colah and Turbulence on riddims played by the One Drop Roots Band. These riddims include mostly resurrected classic backdrops such as the Soul Vendors' "Swing Easy", Anthony Red Rose's "Tempo", Alexander Henry's "Please Be True" and Sly & Robbie's "Taxi".

Each artist tackles the same riddim and gives his very best. Both Colah Colah and Turbulence deliver a nice effort on the first riddim track, but things get started in a real good way with "The Bees" and the outstanding combination tune "World Wide Cry". Next drops "Songs Of David And Proverbs Of Solomon", which makes a solid impression. Then Turbulence takes over the proceedings with "Reaching Out To The World", a slightly better effort than the Colah Colah cut. And the same can be said when it comes to Colah Colah's "Survival" and Turbulence's "At Dem Need". Colah Colah shines on "Good Mind Good Heart", while also Turbulence delivers a satisfying effort with the cautionary "Watch". With Colah Colah's "Networking" and Turbulence's uplifting "Special Someone" this 'toe to toe' album is rounded off in fine style.

Not only is this set a good introduction to a talented newcomer, it also confirms Turbulence's status as a topnotch reggae artist.