Da 1 Ya Records
Ghetto Food
10" Single
March 12, 2008

Artist & tune

  • Ras McBean - Ghetto Song / Ghetto Dub / FarEast - Ghettolica / Dubwise
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Hailing from Guyana, the very talented singjay Ras McBean has steadily built himself a good reputation in France (where he lives for quite some years by now) and other European countries. After having released three 7" singles for the Le Mans based Irie Ites label -- "Dragon", "Wa Dem A Go Do" and a combination tune with Lorenzo called "Brotherly Love" -- he released his well received debut album on Irie Ites Records in 2004. The release of his stunning "Pack Up And Leave" set was an important step in his career as it put him on the map as one of the European reggae revelations of the year 2004. Since then he has continued to release conscious tunes coming from his works with Irie Ites and also famous UK producers like Disciples, Bush Chemists, Mafia & Fluxy, and Jonah Dan.

Now there's a brand new Ras McBean song out on 10" vinyl called "Ghetto Song", and once again he succeeds to impress us with his vocal and lyrical delivery. "Ghetto Song" is a conscious Roots stepper, underpinned by a wicked riddim track built by Judi K (with Mafia on bass, Hypa on percussion and FarEast on melodica) and mixed by Calvin "So So" Francis at XXS Studio in Le Mans, France. It's followed by the very entertaining "Ghetto Dub", in which the emphasis lies on bass and percussion, with vocal snatches floating in and out of the mix.

The "Ghetto Food" riddim track is also featured on the B-side. First the listener is treated to FarEast's "Ghettolica", which brings back memories of some great musical pieces delivered by melodica player par excellence, the late great Augustus Pablo. And again there's a dub version, "Dubwise", to round off in real fine style.