Queen Majesty Riddim
Island Life Records
May 20, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
After having released juggling projects such as the "Hindu", "Caicos Gal", "Bobo Ting", and "Purplehayzzz" in recent years, Island Life Records now comes up with a brand new 'one riddim' set entitled "Queen Majesty Riddim", which has been produced by E. "PurplehayzZz" Ewing and E. "Poppa Nero" Francis.
Although the title suggests that the cuts on this set are voiced on a relick of the Treasure Isle classic "Queen Majesty" by the Techniques, it's actually another remake of the riddim the late Michael "Mikey Dread" Campbell produced for Rod Taylor's "His Imperial Majesty". In 2006 this riddim was already revitalized by Sylvain Peret and Prince Malachi for the Reggae Fever label from Switzerland.
It's Sizzla who get things started with "Caress Me", a conscious tune in which he pays homage to the ladies. Unfortunately this tune is more or less spoiled by Sizzla's high pitched singing, which in the end gets annoying to listen to. Lutan Fyah's solid "Ningy Ningy" talks of women who constantly berate their men over the smallest things, which causes that the chemistry in relationships dwindles. Veteran singer George Nooks offers a similar message on the ear-soothing If You Won't, in which he speaks about women who fail to support their men. In all, these three efforts form a nice opening part, which - apart from Sizzla's "Caress Me" - is well worth listening to. But there's more niceness featured here including tunes full of consciousness delivered by Q'Shan Deya ("Live And Learn") and Anthony Redrose ("Go Around Me").
This juggling set is a good listen for those who are just looking for music they can relate to.