In Real Life
Promise No Promises
December 10, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Kobla Mentor aka Promise No Promises is a Guayanese born artist, actor and producer who has made home in Antigua & Barbuda. In recent years this upcoming talented artist has been making his mark on the international music scene with tunes like "Girl Of My Dreams" ("3 Wayz Riddim"), "Surely" ("Puff Puff Riddim"), "Out the Jungle" ("Gyal Scream Riddim"), "Draw We Out", "Life Is No Bed Of Rose", "A Just Herb Officer", "Chatty Mouth" ("Waiting Riddim"), "We're Gonna Make It", "Sensimilla" and "No Skylarking". The latter is featured on "In Real Life", an album for which Promise No Promises collaborated with the Roots Evolution band and producer/DJ Blend Mishkin from Athens, Greece, who previously worked with artists such as Gappy Ranks, Carlton Livingston and Screechy Dan.
"In Real Life" is actually the follow up to the artist's debut album "No Can Do", which in 2014 has only been released in Antigua on cd. Featured on this organic roots reggae set are six vocal tracks plus three dub versions. After the short "Intro", it's the impressive "No Skylarking"that gets things started in a big way. The Roots Evolution band has reworked the riddim of Horace Andy's Studio One classic "Skylarking" in a refreshing way with added sound of the melodica to top it off. Huge tune!! The tempo goes up on "Two Roads", a solid conscious offering with Promise No Promises seemingly effortless finding his flow over the riddim. "No Way", underpinned by an awesome rootsy backdrop, is a superb tune all rastamen can relate to. A different mood & vibe comes with the beautiful title track "In Real Life", which underscores that Promise No Promises is not only a good vocalist but also a fine lyricist. A marching riddim with nice twists and turns underpins "No One Loves", a moving tune with lyrics that keep you involved throughout. The vocal part of this set ends with "I Want Better", a piece of music on a well-crafted riddim that grows on you considerably after a few listenings. The wonderful dubbed out version of "No Skylarking" simply called "No Skylarking Dub" gets the dub section started in a great way. Also the other three dub versions, on which Blend Mishkin continues to strip back the vocals and dub up the riddim track, are a welcome addition and truly worth hearing.
All in all, "In Real Life" is an album with a thrill, showing that Promise No Promises has a bright future ahead of him.