Various – Realization Riddim EP

by Feb 14, 2017Reviews, Various

Various - Realization Riddim EP

Release Info

Title: Various – Realization Riddim EP

Label: Reality Shock | Format: CD-DR | Street date: February 4, 2017 | Website: Reality Shock


  1. Luciano – One Of A Kind
  2. Danny Red – Robot Man
  3. Half Pint – Come In
  4. Upper Cut Band feat. Adam Webb – Realization Sax Version

The Reggae music industry is brimming full of riddim projects at any given time; with mostly good and some standouts in recent months. With respect to the latter, “Realization Riddim” has got the rightful musical prescription. Constructed by The Upper Cut Band (one of UK’s premier riddim makers and backing bands); voiced by a trifecta of legendary artists and mixed by Kris Kemist, the mastermind behind Reality Shock Records. The chemistry is just right…

The Upper Cut Band formed in 2008; the culmination of veteran bassist Ross Bass and drummer Bob’s vision to take their collective experience to the next level. The current line-up is guitarist James, keyboardists Calvin/Dre with the solid horn section of trombonist Jake and veteran saxman Adam Webb. An impressive resume? Yes indeed! At time of this writing, they’re in the midst of backing Solo Banton (a longtime association) and upcoming dates with The Wailer’s “Legend Tour”. From Slovakia to U.K, they’ve backed the likes of Big Youth, Junior Reid, Errol Bellot, Cedric Myton, Brother Culture, Earl 16, King Lorenzo, Dixie Peach and have shared the stage with everyone from The Skatalites to Alborosie. Original riddim makers with a prosperous future indeed. This is the follow up to their “Vitality” and “Powerhouse” riddims on the same label.

It’s necessary to make mention of acclaimed producer/engineer Kris Kemist. His Reality Shock label is a hugely successful independent studio/production house/label on par with Ariwa and Fashion (never forgotten!!) in regards to quality and realistic approach. Kris began his career with the legendary Mikey Murka. In 2004, he launched Reality Shock with remarkable results. Talking about Mikey Murka’s “In The Name Of Love” (the label’s first full length album), crucial tracks from Errol Dunkley, Afrikan Simba and numerous riddim projects. In 2010, he produced Solo Banton’s “Walk Like Rasta”; a worldwide smash. He’s remained consistent with legendary Rootsman Errol Bellot’s “Know Jah” album and chartbusters for Canada’s Tony Anthony and homegrown chanter YT. His expertise is also utilized by Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Jahtari. A perfect fit for Upper Cut’s sound.

Luciano’s output is monumental; the messenger stays busy. He’s at his best on “One Of A Kind”. Over the compete riddim anchored by Upper Cut’s full and textured sound, he sings heartically about cherished and undiluted Love. His original style is undeniable; his ability to blend in Dennis Emmanuel Brown nuances is mesmerizing to this day. UK Rootsman Danny Red has been active since 1980; caught the attention of Columbia Records in 1993 and has released consistently ites work with Sly & Robbie, Manasseh, Gussie P and Mafia & Fluxy. He’s totally engaging on “Robot Man”, with keen social observation and potent lyrics. Boom! There’s always excitement when Half Pint is in the studio! After a slew of classic albums, his output has slowed in recent years. When he does step to the mic these days, something truly special brews. “Come In” displays his throaty and urgent delivery well crucial. Talking about “anthem” levels. After his recent performance at Rebel Salute, this legendary artist is limitless in his talents. Up! The project closes with the riddim that holds its own in fine style. Dash in some potent sax work from Adam Webb and Fyah is burning bright.

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