Supersonic Sound / Soundquake - www.finetunes.net
November 13, 2007
|Artist & tune|
|Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)|
After being in the soundbiz for several years, playing clashes and
juggling dances it was about time for one of Germany's big '3-S' soundsystems,
Berlin's Supersonic Sound (the other 2 being
Stuttgart's Sentinel and Detmold's - distributors of this selection - Soundquake), to
expand their activities. Since the days of Duke Reid or Sir Coxsone it's been a
natural thing that when you have a sound your interest grows to produce your own
music. Supersonic's first production is a riddim selection called 'Devil's Angel',
named after the first tune voiced on the riddim by Supersonic's good friend
Taffari. The riddim was created during a rehearsal with Berlin's upcoming band Feueralarm. Taffari did get the
riddim played back in Jamaica and used it for his debut album "Addicted To Music". But
as Supersonic liked the Feueralarm version so much they decided to use their version
of the riddim for their debut as producers. Over a period of almost 3 years artists
from every corner of the world where Supersonic toured got a chance to voice the
'Devil's Angel'-riddim. The result is a selection of 23 tunes featuring artists from
Switzerland, France, Italy , Canada, Sweden , Holland , Bermuda, Kenia , Trinidad and
of course Jamaica.|
Sounding as if this 'Devil's Angel' was built especially and exclusively for him Luciano opens the first 45 with the massive "How Long" a.k.a. "Eve Of Destruction" after which Blessed from Toronto, Canada sings the heartfelt question "Tell Me Why" asking why people have to pass away. One of the most respected stars in the soca scene and also in the Jamaican dancehalls is hardcore ragga-soca star Bunji Garlin from Trinidad and Tobago, hailed both as 'Bunji Garlin, the girls dem darlin' and the 'Fireman', who is capable to bridge the gap between Jamaica - with his delivery that is equal parts of Bounty Killer and Elephant Man and an entertainment value rivalling Beenie Man - and T'n'T, this time over this rootsy riddim staying very close to the Jamaican vibes with the excellent "Mr Murder" and on the other side of this 45 it's one of Europe's most underrated singjays, probably because this Swiss singjaying sensation Phenomden delivers his lyrics in SchwytzerdŁtsch (harder to understand for a native German speaker than thick Jamaican Patois for a native English speaker) adding another strong tune to his oeuvre with "Was Isch D'Liebi".
Ziggi represents the Netherlands (& St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles) once again flawless, following his brilliant " Need To Tell You This" across Rootdown's 'iLove'-riddim, his "Unconditional" is a superb tune that should have made it into every reggae chart worldwide, paired with Kenyan Singer X with the heartfelt lovers tune "On Fire", before on the next 7" one of the most consistent singjays to rise to the top in recent years, Guyanese Natural Black contributes the excellent "Gideon Move" with Raina & Papa Gianni of Italy's Sud Sound System's impress with their strong (though unfortunately because of being in Italian not comprehensible) "Intra Stu Munnu". Then Junior Kelly wants to persuade the woman of his dreams convincingly with "Try Me" (at using Sizzla's used-for-lovers-tunes-falsetto), backed with French veteran Tonton David showing he's lost nothing of the vocal abilities he impressed with in the 90s in the French "Stop La Comedy". And once more Swedish singjay Million Stylez proves how well he can sing on the conscious "More Life" with Elijah Prophet crying out his trust in Jah in very fine style in "If Jah Is For Us" on the flipside of this double A-sider. On the next 45 Jah Mason excels over the 'Devil's Angel' with his very fierce "Bun Down Corruption" and Portugal's great reggae singer Richie Campbell delivers the wonderful lovers tune "Held In" on the B-side.
On the last 45 Chrisinti's "My Enemies" is the next scorcher on this riddim as this tune is offering all you'd want to hear from a roots singer over this wonderful riddim, coupled with Boris 'Taffari' Silvera's album version over the (I must admit less impressive) Jamaican version of the riddim of hŪs "Devil's Angel". And not (yet) released on vinyl but more than worth hearing are the other tunes across the riddim, with Bermuda's hot rising star Chris 'Flookie' Flook contributing one of the most impressive tunes over this riddim "Another One", heavily inspired by both the lyrics and delivery of Pato Banton's 1990 Ariwa classic "My Opinion", as well as the to me unknown Kabasi with the very impressive reality tune "War Inna Di Ghetto" and another artist from Bermuda, Mike Wild with the extremely nice request to a girl "Don't You Waste My Time". Ras I's very well sung "World Crisis", Shotta D's fine "Love I Got To Give" and NYC and Nairobi, Kenya based songstress Tallia with her strong "Lonely", a tune that vocally rivals any Alaine tune all deserve - even though you may never have heard some of these artists - if not being released on vinyl at least to be included on a one riddim 'Devil's Angel' album as each one of them is worth checking out. This is a must have 7" selection for every soundsystem selector and every 7" buyer, that is not only distributed on 45s but that is available as well as digital download through www.finetunes.net.