Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Powerman
Ambition
Chiney K Productions / Zojak World Wide
Digital Release
April 16, 2012

Track list
  1. Love And Affection
  2. Long Road
  3. Feel The Pain feat. Yami Bolo
  4. Ambition
  5. Papa's Love
  6. Somebody's Daddy
  7. God Bless The Woman
  8. Time feat. Anthony Cruz
  9. Good Woman
  10. Enemy
  11. Crime And Violence
  12. Wrong Set A Sound feat. Baby Wayne
  13. Good Stuff
  14. One Way feat. Michael Fabulous
  15. Love Them Want
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From the Waterhouse area in Kingston, Jamaica, comes the heavy-voiced chanter Michael Davey, who is better known as Powerman. The latter's music career took off in 1989 when he went into the studio to record his first song "Technicolor" for New Name Music. Powerman was born May 31, 1973 and has only one sibling, a brother, who played an important role in his musical development as he sent Powerman for musical lessons at an early age. Powerman then began recording on his brother's label PM Unity and did various tunes including "Innocent Face".

In 1992 his 'hanging out' at the Waterhouse based King Jammy's studio paid off when he was given a chance to record his first big tune called "Stone" across the "Mad Mad" riddim. This single was a huge hit despite the fact it was not played on the radio because of its explicit lyrics. From that time Powerman exploded with several big hits like "Miss Kill And Bury" (1993), "Slim And Trim" (1995), "Gal Ah Call Mi Name" (1997), and "Serious Things Ah Guh Happen" (1998), which brought him to the attention of many dancehall fans. Powerman's career went to another level when Supreme Promotions CEO, Isaiah Laing signed him in February 2003.

And now, almost a decade after that signing, there's the digitally released "Ambition" set from Chiney K Productions, done in collaboration with Zojak World Wide. This album is actually a compilation of previously released 7" singles produced by a variety of Jamaican producers including Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell, Jack Scorpio, and Colin 'Bulby' York & Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall. The riddims featured here are mostly revitalized classic backdrops, which makes it an interesting release for riddim spotters. The most obvious ones are Bob Marley's "Heathen" ("Feel The Pain"), Winston Riley's "Stalag" ("Enemy"), and Studio One's "Real Rock" ("Crime And Violence") and "African Beat" ("Wrong Set A Sound").

But also if you're not into spotting riddims, this compilation incorporates enough tunes that bring you real listening pleasure. Kicking off in great style with "Love And Affection" (coming across a well known one-drop riddim, but unfortunately we just can't put a finger on it), this set brings the listener solid modern roots efforts such as "Long Road", "Ambition", "Crime And Violence", and "Love Them Want". Furthermore we are treated to old skool dancehall vibes, especially in songs like "Enemy", "God Bless The Woman" and the herb tune "Good Stuff". The album also includes collaborations with a few guest artists, and thus we get "Feel The Pain" with Yami Bolo, the lovers tune "Time" with Anthony Cruz, and "One Way" with Michael Fabulous, all of them making a decent impression.

Powerman's first full length album release (as far as we know) has been long overdue, but the long wait has been worthwhile as "Ambition" is a very entertaining collection with solid new and older sounds.