Pirates Crew Recordings
Stranger Riddim
7" Vinyl Single
February 22, 2014

Artist & tune

  • Blackout JA - Buss A Blank / Saimn-I & Collieman - Party Time
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In the past two decades we've seen a growing number of European sound systems founding their own record label on which they put out their own productions (think: Pow Pow Movement, Irie Ites, Heartical, Silly Walks Discotheque, and King Shiloh). And now, coinciding with their 10th anniversary, The Pirates Crew from Ghent, Belgium, come up with their first release on their Pirates Crew recordings imprint. It's a double A-sided 7" single featuring "Buss A Blank" by UK based deejay Blackout JA and a combination tune from homegrown talents Saimn-I and Collieman.

Both vocal cuts come across the "Stranger Riddim", which has been created by Pirates Crew selector Plastik B and the Belgian band called The Nice Guys. It's a fresh original backdrop, which harks back to the days of 'rudebwoy music' (actually from early 1965 to 1967), a style of music that was to act as a bridge between two more fully developed forms, Ska and Rocksteady. It's a great uptempo riddim which incorporates real nice acoustic bass and hammond organ sounds.

Blackout JA - a deejay with a coarse vocal style reminiscent of Buju Banton - adds a rough dancehall vibe to the riddim, which turns out to work very well. "Buss A Blank" (Jamaican patois and slang expression for pointing one’s finger in the shape of a gun and using one's mouth to mimic the sound made when a shot is fired from a gun) is an energetic sounding tune worth hearing. A different vibe is created by Collieman and Saimn-I, who deliver sweet singing voice and energetic rhymes respectively. The entertaining "Party Time" fully showcases that both artists belong to some of the greatest talent in the Belgian reggae scene.

Well worth checking out!!