Daseca / Zojak World Wide
May 10, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Although being active since 2000, Bugle (real name Roy Thompson) started to make a name for himself when he got international recognition with his first massive hit single, the real tough "What I'm Gonna Do (Excercise)". This socially conscious piece was the very first collaboration with singer/producer Serani, who produced Bugle's breakout success single for the Daseca Productions label in 2007. The song not only showcased Bugle's writing abilities, but also his melodious and deep soulful voice. From there he continued to deliver hit songs, which include "Doh", done in combination with Serani, "Love Reigns", a collaboration with reggae singer Tarrus Riley, "What Have I Done To You", "Journey", "Supremacy", "Scotch Bonnet", "Pearly Gates" and "Summer Break".
But despite the world wide interest in the critically acclaimed artist and his music, and the call for an album by avid fans, it took some 7 years to finally unleash the artist's debut set, which is called "Anointed". A long wait indeed, but now that it is out on the streets it won't disappoint anyone who was longing for this album. Helmed by the Daseca Productions team, Bugle delivers a very solid album, which keeps you involved from beginning to end - musically and lyrically speaking.
Things get started in great style with "Reflection", a truly captivating song with a powerful message - no real surprise when Bugle pens a tune. The album opener comes over a slow paced riddim that somehow reminds us of the riddim that underpinned Jah Cure's monster hit "True Reflections" from 2005. However this riddim definitely has more quality than the "Reflections" backdrop. Also "Anointed", the album's title track, is a quality tune which maintains the mood and vibe created by "Reflection" throughout. "No Obligation", coming over a riddim created by Markus Myrie (one of Buju Banton's offspring), and the previously released "I Don't Worry" on Chimney Records' "Island Vibes" riddim, are solid efforts that keep you involved all the way.
As said, the 2011 released "I Don't Worry" is an already known song, and there are quite a few others here. Of course there's the artist's 2013 huge hit song "Nuh Compatible" and the combination tune with Lady Saw called "Infidelity" (both produced by UIM) that need no introduction. Probably lesser-known previously released efforts are "Great Day" on Notice Productions' "Intransit" riddim, the Daseca produced "Carried Away" and the great "Jah Be With You" from UIM. Also check the solid "Zion", actually a remixed version of Bugle's single "Heaven" from 2008. It's a compelling song with lyrics to match. Another remixed tune is the solid "Only Human", originally a collaboration between Bugle and Popcaan, both now joined by Alaine and Tarrus Riley, making it four the hard way.
Remain a few tracks that deserve full attention because they belong to the standouts of this set. First there's the 2013 released "Tears Of Joy" on the "Town Crier" riddim, a beautiful uplifting song produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music. Then there's "Y R U", an awesome modern reggae song with clever lyrics that can be heard over and over again. The Daseca produced "Pain & Suffering", done in combination with I-Octane, is true anthem material, while "False Prophets" simply deserves the qualification 'best of the best'. A superb tune worth hearing! And finally there's "Move Dem", which sees Bugle teaming up with Julian Marley. Even though "Move Dem" - earlier appearing on Ghetto Youths International's sampler "Set Up Shop Vol. 1" - doesn't match the aforementioned standouts, this track shouldn't be overlooked either.
Not that many artists manage to deliver a well balanced and fully satisfying debut album. Bugle does it and that says it all.