Artist / Title :
Lee Everton - So Proud Of You / Lee Everton - I Feel Like Dancing

Label : Rootdown Records / Soulfood Music      Format : CD Single / 7" single      Riddim : Slingstyle
Date : February 18, 2008
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Zürich, Switzerland based Lee Everton is the first English language artist who has been added to Rootdown Records' artist roster that already contained artists like Nosliw, Mono & Nikitaman, Nattyflo and Maxim. Lee Everton instead of using (Rootdown Records' co-founder and in house producer Thilo 'Teka' Jacks') established roots (or dancehall) riddims creates his own riddim style, the 'Slingstyle Riddim'. This 'Slingstyle' approach is the foundation for the backing of his singer-songwriter reggae, leaving lots of space for his beautiful melodies and intense lyrics on this extremely pressing debut album "Inner Exile". From his early teenage days Lee Everton has been fascinated by black music, searching for the right song and the perfect sound he traveled to Jamaica when he was 18 to spend a year at the Jamaican School of Music in Kingston. The sessions with musicians from all over the Caribbean had a lasting impact on him. Working later at the Quad Recording Studios in NYC he assisted sessions with Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Celia Cruz. Only recently he attended a workshop for songwriters in Los Angeles where he met successful songwriter Penny Framstad who offered him to coach him on two of his songs, a chance he took gladly. Turning point in his life however was a car accident that he survived mainly uninjured but which made him more reflective and sensitive. With all these experiences under his belt he started experimenting with new riddims trying to create a new own sound that he new found in his 'Slingstyle' approach that is prominently featured on his "Inner Exile", of which the worldwide release coincides with the release of this second single from the album, accompanied by this fine videoclip.

The truly sweet current single "So Proud Of You" is wonderful singer-songwriter reggae, despite its for reggae unconventional acoustic 'Slingstyle'-backing it's reggae and despite its for singer-songwriters unconventional reggae approach it should appeal to those listening to modern singer-songwriters as easily. On the flipside is the wonderful "I Feel Like Dancing" which has already made it onto the playlists of Switzerland's two major radio stations, a great plea to the girl that makes Lee happy, with an absolutely smashing rocksteady-like solo guitar played by the late Matias 'Maze' Salami, one of the musicians Lee Everton worked with for his album, the others being Alexis 'Singha Dee' Amitirigala, Leon 'Mandela' Duncan, Adrian Weyermann, Roman Bruderer, The Interruptor, The Kung Fu Horns, Pat Zihlmann and the Scrucialists. There is, as often is the case with reggae singer-songwriters (check e.g. Patrice and Martin Jondo), undeniably something pleasing Marley-esque in the delivery and backing, making Lee Everton's reggae singer-songwriter approach a very welcome addition to the Rootdown Records roster. This album single will surely convince a lot of listeners to buy his album.

Souljah