Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Med.Tone Records
Love Is Stronger
12" Vinyl Single
June 6, 2016

Artist & tune
  • Anthony Selassie - If It Wasn't For Jah / Med Tone All Stars - Red Sea Dub
  • Ranking Joe - Politician / I Jah Salomon - Unity Horns
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
In a dis ya time all reggae fans in the world know that real good reggae music doesn't necessarily have to come out of Jamaica. This has been proven over and over again in the past two decades, when artists like for example Gentleman, Midnite and Alborosie managed to become prominent players in the reggae arena. Also the producer's seat wasn't exclusively reserved for Jamaican producers anymore. Producers and production houses like Frenchie, Roberto Sanchez, Irievibrations and Silly Walks Discotheque have shown that they know how to produce reggae music that strongly appeals to the reggae massive world wide.

Perhaps not as well known as the aforementioned names, but certainly on par with them when it comes to the quality of their production work are Asaf and Ilan Smilan from Tel Aviv, Israel. Since they started with their own band, Zvuloon Dub System, and then went into producing other artists, they have created their own sound, which upholds the values of the music from the heydays of reggae. In 2012 they released a 12" vinyl single featuring "Weed Out" by Cornell Campbell and Ranking Joe's "Nah Give Up", a tune taken from Zvuloon Dub System's debut album "Freedom Time". Two years later a 7" vinyl single hit the streets with on the A-Side a solid tune by The Viceroys called "Love Is Stronger Than Hate". The heavyweight '70s style steppers riddim of that song returns on a 12" vinyl single with four new cuts, again unfolding its strength and beauty.

Anthony Selassie from Kingston, Jamaica, has been a music writer and performer since his youth in the early '80s. Some of his early songs include "Busy Body" and "Variety" for Rhythm Track, as well as "Kick Up A Dust" for Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion label. He's probably best known for such hits as "Ya Hoo", recorded in 1999 with Louie Culture on the Harmony House label. Anthony Selassie is a dynamic and gifted roots reggae singer, whose music reflects his Rastafarian soul: conscious and uplifting. Here he treats the listener to a praising song with powerful rasta lyrics entitled "If It Wasn't For Jah". A worthy cut for a riddim that incorporates an awesome bassline and stirring horns, which can be enjoyed even more on "Red Sea Dub", heavyweight dub version mixed live on the mixing console by Asaf Smilan.

"Politician" is the second tune reggae veteran Ranking Joe, a live sound system deejay par excellence, recorded with the Smilan brothers and again he delivers a real good effort in his well known style. Ranking Joe's cut carries a strong message to all of the politicians all over the globe and is worth hearing more than once. The last track, "Unity Horns", sees saxophonist I Jah Salomon blowing ancient melodies with Ethio-jazz flavors over a beautiful Nyahbinghi version of the riddim.

Another quality release coming out of Israel.