Artist / Title :
Pressure - Live In Love
Avaran - Rumble Jumble Life
Sistah Joyce - U.N.I.T.Y
Army - Keep Pulling At My Heart
Niyo Rah - Do Your Best In Life
Danny I - Back Up & Retreat
Xkaliba - United States Of Ethiopia (USE)
Donnie Dread - Sane Sane Kry
Disciples Riddim Section - Sane Kry Dub (Rude Boy Mix)
Label : V.I. Connection Records      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Sane Kry     
Date :
April 25, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

With so many talented and much anticipated conscious artists emerging from the US Virgin Islands it was only a matter of time before a collaboration with Europe based musicians/producers would be established. Thus we're treated to eight V.I. artists who deliver their goods over the "Sane Kry Riddim". Originally made by Neeko from French Rise Up Crew and initiallly called "Catch Me", the latter has been given a second treatment by London based Russ D. (aka Russ Disciples), the main force behind Backyard Movements/Disciples Rhythm section. With its pounding, monolithic bass line and searing percussion the riddim has become a typical Disciples deep roots backdrop, which in most cases fits the vocal and lyrical deliveries of the artists involved very well. Pressure, who released his critical acclaimed debut album "The Pressure Is On" in 2005, delivers a solid effort. His "Live And Love" reflects a positive and conscious vision and affirms that he's a highly gifted and versatile singjay. Avaran is an underrated reggae singer from the Bahamas whose album "Short Rope" didn't get the attention it deserved. After being forced to take a back seat in the reggae fraternity he's now re-emerging. Avaran, whose vocal performance shows influences of the late Garnet Silk, makes a very good impression with "Rumble Jumble Life". Normally Army's soulful and smooth vocals are appealing and truly a joy to hear, but in this case the singer is overpowered by the musical backing. Also lyrically it's not very convincing, which makes "Keep Pulling At My Heart" a rather mediocre cut. Sistah Joyce's 2004 released debut cd "H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y." already showed that this female voice has the talent to take her place in the forefront of roots reggae music. Here she reaffirms it with the powerful performed "U.N.I.T.Y", one of the best tunes across the riddim. "Back Up & Retreat" is a matching cut performed by Danny I. The latter is a singer with a remarkably distinctive voice, who released his nearly impossible to find debut album "Jah Fury" on Iyah Ites Records in 2002 and furthermore appears on the compilations "Eastbound II", "Wake Up Call" and "Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica". Member of the Star Lion Family and native son of Dominica, Niyorah made a solid impression with his first full length album "A Different Age". He proved to be a wise young singer/chanter/MC with a style of his own and appealing lyrics. This is once again expressed in his above par tune entitled "Do Your best In Life". Both Xkaliba and Donny Dread contribute nice tunes, but in the end they fail to keep the listener involved till the very end. "Sane Kry Dub (Rude Boy Mix)" by Disciples Riddim Section is awesome and thus worth of hearing. Due for release on 7" singles before the summer of 2006.

Teacher & Mr. T.