Selassie I Way Riddim
August 18, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
The reggae market is flooded by 'one riddim' albums, which makes that the avid fan more than once is treated to worthless projects. This certainly doesn't apply to the first 'one riddim' set released by a new Jamaican label called Israel Records. The "Selassie I Way Riddim" is a classy collection of modern roots tunes, worth hearing from beginning to end. Recorded at Grafton Studios, St. Andrew, produced by T'Jean Bennett, co-produced by Mikey Bennett and with Romel Marshall as the engineer, the fresh original riddim is laid by the legendary Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar, Kirk Bennett on drums, Andrew Campbell on bass guitar, Shane Greensword on keyboard and Kevon Webster on keyboard over dub.
There are several big tunes featured on this compilation, which apart from established talents like Tarrus Riley, Pressure Busspipe, Lutan Fyah and Chronixx, also gives young up-and-coming artists such as Zebi Lion, Natel, Kelissa, and Shae, the opportunity to showcase their skills and talent. Current reggae star Tarrus Riley teams up with one of the most interesting new talents, the singjay Kabaka Pyramid. Talking about big tunes... their anthemic "Fly Di Gate" not only is one of them, but it's also the most notable tune included on this set. They call on all the brothers, sisters, and family. Wether you're black, wether you're red. wether you're bald or a dread... wether you're a Muslim, a Christian, or a Rasta Man... Remember you are African...
Another real big effort is Chronixx's wonderful "Prayer", an impressive spiritual tune which affirms that this singer is a huge talent. The latter can also be said about Jah9, whose "Divine Government" once again shows her lyrical prowess. Great tune! Kelissa, whose parents Errol and Kerida Scott-McDonald are members of the progressive reggae band Chakula, already attracted some attention with her "Rebel In Disguise EP" and the track "Time Is Now" from the "13 Months In Zion" album. Here she shines on the title track "Selassie I Way", making fully clear that she's an artist worthwhile checking out. Don't overlook the rather unknown Zebi Lion either as he shows potential with "Blaze Again". Remain Pressure Busspipe's "One Way" and Lutan Fyah's "Jah Nah Sleep", both standouts and thus worth hearing over and over again.
Without a doubt, this is a great 'one riddim' set that shouldn't be overlooked.