Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Solvation
Solvation
ZiggyBlacks Productions
Digital Release
October 26, 2013

Track list
  1. Solvation
  2. Armagedion War
  3. Behold
  4. Earth Song
  5. Control
  6. Jah Love Is Close
  7. Fire Pon Pension
  8. I'm Not A Criminal
  9. Mi Dutty Friend
  10. Mama
  11. Rainbow
  12. Suicidal World
  13. Shotta
  14. Where Is
  15. Heathen Cause feat. Leopard
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Sometimes an artist has to go a very long way before he finally achieves his goal, i.e. release a full length album and gain some international recognition. Singer Leroy Anthony Hamilton aka Likle Mystic is such an artist.

Born May 7, 1957 at the U.W.I. college hospital in Kingston JA, Likle Mystic grew up in St. Andrew and Claredon where he attended Swallowfield Primary before he moved on to Melborne Allage School. He developed a keen interest in reggae music, and although everyone wanted to deejay and sing, he decided he wanted to be a producer. After producing and playing in different musical bands around the Island his brethren convinced him he had a good voice and he needed to start singing his own songs. After hanging out at studios like Channel One for years without getting an opportunity to record, he had all but given up on music by the 1990s. He followed the path of independent Jamaican retailers and headed to Panama, where "Shotta", a song he recorded in 2011, introduced him to reggae fans in Panama. He gradually revived his music career by performing at dances and appearing as the 'hometown' act, opening for artists like Capleton and Anthony B when they made stops in Panama. It then was Italy-based producer Ziggy Blacks who enabled the dreadlocked singer to record his debut album.

The "Solvation" album finally gives Likle Mystic the chance to express his conscious message. It's always good to listen to an artist who has something to say, and that's exactly what this collection of tunes is all about as it is full of consciousness from beginning to end. Besides being a singer with a distinctive voice (somehow reminding us of Pablo Moses and Horace Andy), Likle Mystic is also a good songwriter as can be experienced when listening to highlights such as the solid "Armagedion War", wonderful "Control", the roots anthem "Fire Pon Pension", and "Suicidal World". Also worth hearing is the outstanding "Heathen Cause", a collaboration with unknown deejay Leopard. Somewhat out of place is the inclusion of the dancehall tune, the aforementioned "Shotta", which doesn't fit the overall mood and vibe of the album.

Even though not every effort is a real winner and a few songs are underpinned by a lacklustre riddim, roots fans might well appreciate Likle Mystic's debut album.