Artist / Title :
Tony Roots - Stepping Out / Frankie Paul - Just Cooling

Label : Manila Jeepney      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Dark Skin Girls     
Date :
11 - 11 - 2003
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title :
Luciano - Just As I Am / Carlton Livingston - You Say No
Label : Manila Jeepney      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Dark Skin Girls     
Date :
11 - 11 - 2003
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

After recently released cuts from Peter Hunnigale, Dona V, Sylvia Tella and the combination J.D. Smoothe & Rusty Mac producer Raul Calaguas of the "Manila Jeepney" label comes up with four brand new tunes across the original "Dark Skin Girls" riddim, which has been laid by Danny Miller (bass), Ronald Butler (guitars) and Sidney Mills (keyboards, drums) at the Living Room Studios in Brooklyn NY. First there's Tony Roots, who was born and raised in the Mandeville area on the island of Jamaica, where he went to the same school as Luciano. However Tony Roots left JA for England a dozen years or so ago, where he established himself with strong roots albums such as "Not Far Away", "Sufferer's Cry", "Lion King" and "Gift Of Life". "Stepping Out" is a solid effort from the "Reggae Soldier", who delivers a "Stepping Outta Babylon" tune in his well known style. Paul Blake aka Frankie Paul shot on the music scene with veteran producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes back in 1981 with the number one classic "Worries In The Dance". He's not only one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Jamaica, but also a prolific artist who has always maintained a remarkably high standard of work. "Just Cooling" shows the inimitable Frankie Paul in typically fine form. This tune has FP in his usual vocally exuberance mood and lyrically touches some of his favorite topics - the dancehall and a little self-promotion. Luciano, real name Jepther McClymont, achieved his breakthrough to a wider audience when he teamed up with "Xterminator" producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell. Since the second half of the nineties he's a major force in modern roots reggae music. With "Just As I Am" the MessenJah delivers a great spiritual tune, together with Dona V's "Jerusalem" one of the highlights (and also one of our favourite cuts) on the "Dark Skin Girl" riddim. Carlton Livingston is one of those Jamaican artists who has never quite achieved the success he deserves. He started recording at the start of the eighties, cut some fine slices of lovers orientated reggae at Channel One and subsequently recorded the herb anthem "Chalice In Mind" for Sly and Robbie. Here this distinctive singer presents a wonderful lovers tune worth of hearing. For this song they've added an atmospheric trumpet line, played by Rolf Langsjoen. These new singles are worthwhile checking out if you're looking for quality music!

Teacher & Mr. T.