149 Records #1
149 Records
CD / Digital Release
June 10, 2013

Track list
  1. Lionel - Intro
  2. Queen Omega - Last Days
  3. Anthony Que - Ease Up The Pressure
  4. Lord Bitum - Même Pas Mort
  5. Carl Meeks - Jah Is Alive
  6. Ras Mac Bean - Brighter Day
  7. Jah Rain - Warzone
  8. Earl Sixteen - Make It Soon
  9. Lionel - See The Light
  10. Mark Wonder - Crying In The Street
  11. Rueben Mystic - Dis Race
  12. Jah Rain - No Worry
  13. Charly B - Leave You
  14. Juleen - This One Is For You
  15. Queen Omega - Travelling
  16. Ras Mac Bean - Bad Irietion
  17. Lord Bitum & Mr Lézard - Tout Ce Qui Brille
  18. Ti-Rat - Never Let Us Down
  19. Prince Koloni - You're My Everything
  20. Paapa Wastik - Look Inna Your Face
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Since they started to release their production works in 2009, Anthony Que's album "Meditation Time" is probably the best known project from the French reggae label 149 Records. However, there were quite a few other releases that were worthwhile checking out including their juggling projects "Datta Riddim", "Brighter Day Riddim" and "Speaker Riddim". Their first label compilation set, aptly titled "129 Records #1", gathers 20 tracks that have been produced since 2009. These tracks include cuts on the aforementioned riddims, but also efforts that weren't previously released.

Featured here are tracks from widely known reggae artists such as Queen Omega, Anthony Que, Mark Wonder, Earl Sixteen, and Carl Meeks, as well as French artists like Lord Bitum, Ti-Rat, and Charly B. After the nice acapella sung "Intro" by Lionel, the listener is treated to 19 modern roots pieces on compelling 'one drop' riddims that are skilfully laid by the Babyclone Band. Queen Omega's "Last Days" on the "Brighter Day" riddim instantly grabs your intention. This tune makes a very good impression and thus is the first highlight on this album. Later on she returns with another standout effort - the excellent "Travelling" - on the "Datta" riddim. The latter also underpins the social commentary of Anthony Que's "Ease Up The Pressure", a real big tune from this underrated singer.

And the reggae goods simply continue to leap out of the speakers as almost every tune that follows is a winner! Kingston born Carl Meeks, renowned for his distinctive singjay vocal style, worked with a wide range of producers such as Hugh 'Red Man' James, King Jammy, Jack Scorpio, Steely & Clevie, 'Gussie' Clarke, and Harry J, to name a few. Here he rides the "Speaker" riddim to full effect for a killer roots piece entitled "Jah Is Alive". Next drops the matching "Brighter Day" by Ras Mac Bean, who later on comes up with another worthy effort on the "Freebird" riddim, the solid "Bad Irietion". Earl Sixteen comes classically with the slow-paced lovers tune "Make It Soon". Furthermore there's Mark Wonder's "Crying In The Street" and Juleen's "This One Is For You" - both coming on the "Speaker" riddim - that can be regarded as above par offerings. In particular of interest is also Jah Rain's "Warzone", which showcases that this singer, composer and producer is a fine lyricist.

All in all this is a very satisfying compilation in length and content!