Area 026 Music
February 14, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Since Ziggi Recado emerged on the Dutch reggae scene around 2005, and especially since he achieved his international breakthrough in 2008, more and more reggae artists from the Netherlands started to make waves and managed to get local as well as international recognition. Artists such as Maikal X, Joggo, Lloyd de Meza and most recently Rass Motivated, delivered noteworthy debut albums and there are more talented young artists including Miriam Simone, Junior Kenna and Rapha Pico who will surely become familiar names in reggae circles.
Another fresh talent out of the Netherlands goes by the name of Censi Rock. Just like many of his Jamaican peers, Erik Van Yperen aka Censi Rock started singing in a church choir at the age of 7. After a long period of discovering several kinds of music he found himself in Reggae Music. In 2008 Censi Rock attended a school of arts in Amsterdam and linked up with a local Recording Studio. There he recorded 2 tracks, "Babylon" and "Always Be Strong". In 2009 he joined The Soul Rebels Band from Amsterdam and after 2 years of doing shows around the country the band stopped. Censi Rock knew this could not be the end of his music career and started to work on his international network. He linked up with Kalico Productions from Jamaica and recorded songs on the "Dreamworld" riddim ("Love Love") and the "Groove" riddim ("Nah Spin Like A..."). Not long after that he decided to make his way up as an artist and released his first official video called "No War". In 2012 he linked up with Dutch production label Area 026 Music and they started to work on his debut album.
Now, at the beginning of 2014, Censi Rock's aptly titled debut set "First Delivery" has been released as a digital download. Produced by Patrick Esajas aka Mr. Patze and executive producer Magrieta Wolters the 14 track album displays the young up and coming artist's versatility and great potential and makes fully clear that he's a name to watch for in the near future. Seemingly effortless he switches from singing to singjaying to deejaying, which adds some more excitement to tunes like the solid "No War" and the awesome "Down Ina Di Ghetto". The latter can be regarded as a tune on par with the new roots reggae movement, the sound of now in Jamaica. Although there's an occasional lovers piece included here - with the beautiful "Baby Don't Cry" being a standout - most of the tracks deal with consciousness. And although every tune has its own merit, it are efforts like "Earth Cries" and "Weh Dem A Do" along with the aforementioned "No War" and "Down Ina Di Ghetto" that instantly attract attention. And when it comes to delivering a successful debut it's obvious that featuring collaboration efforts with Mr. Patze, Joggo, Ray Darwin and Jamaican reggae veteran Sylford Walker ensure even more attention,
The solid pruduction work along with musical input from Rekesh Dukaloo (RD Music), Mighty Chez, Houston Music and Not Easy At All, makes investing some listening time in Censi Rock's debut album worth while.