Maximum Sound
7" single
September 12, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Luciano - Identity / Fantan Mojah - Road Code
  • I-Octane - My Place / Konshens - Tear The Road
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Since 1993, when it was founded by London-based engineer/producer Frenchie, the Maximum Sound label has been host to some notable roots and dancehall material and these four cuts on the brand new "Fairground" riddim are no exception. As usual the production is of the highest standard, which makes it a real joy to spin these 7" vinyl singles. Frenchie has managed to get the best out of the artists who have voiced this great sounding original modern roots riddim, which makes that all artists provide matching and equally essential cuts.

Luciano's "Identity" is an outstanding conscious tune, with the Messenjah vocally and lyrically being in real good shape. In recent times we haven't heard that much from Fantan Mojah, but his "Road Code" shows that we must not put him off, because he's still able to come up with a great effort. I-Octane has been called the 'next big thing' in the dancehall & reggae arena, and his awesome "My Place" fully showcases why. On the flipside it's Konshens' "Tear The Road" that makes a serious impression. Great conscious piece from the one who had his international breakthrough in 2008 with the hit tune "Winner".

Also on the "Fairground" riddim -- as far as we know not available on 7" vinyl, but only as digital download -- are Ce'Cile's "Who You Love", Chris Martin's "Top A Top", and Stylo G's "Zinc Fence".