Feeling Irie EP
General Degree
Size 8 Records
Digital Release
February 6, 2015

Track list
  1. Feeling Irie
  2. Over And Over
  3. Koozie
  4. Massive
  5. Touch Me
  6. Muck Off
  7. Dapa
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Cardiff Butt better known as General Degree started his career in music in the late 1980s, his stage name reflecting the influence of General Trees. In the early 1990s General Degree was hitting the airwaves with his brilliant imitation of a grandmother in his first number one hit "Granny" - his first recording for Main Street producer Danny Browne. "Granny" reigned in the dances and charts for one year straight, and that humorous vine has thrived throughout Degree’s career and is a component he naturally possesses. His impressive parade of number one hits continued both at home and abroad. Tunes such as "Mother Rude Pickney", "Mr. Do It Nice", "When I Hold You Tonight", "Bodyguard", "Pianist", "Papa Lover", "Traffic Blocking", "Boom Boom", "Inna Body" and countless others have had fans skanking.

In 2014, two years after the release of his "Snapple Dapple Volume 1" album, General Degree came up with new ideas and a slew of new tracks like "Buss A Wine", the club banger "Bambalam", the Jah Snowcone produced "Nuh Fraid", and "Feeling Irie". The latter is also the title track of a brand new EP release on the artist's own Size 8 Records. With the "Feeling Irie EP" General Degree delivers a collection of tunes which is a little different from the usual Dancehall he is more known for as this is a Reggae oriented project. Some of the best musicians are involved including Steven "Lenky" Marsden; Sly & Robbie; Cleveland "Cleevie" Browne; Robby Lyn; The In Crowd; Fire House Crew; Khan; Unga; Phillip "Winta" James; Bongo Herman and Danny Bassie. The list of producers includes Cleevie; Lenky (Diwali Records); Delroy "Phatta" Pottinger (Phat Trax) and Leon Smillie (Total Satisfaction) as well as European producers Tom Hype, Max Hustle and King Jabbi (Germaica Digital).

The lead track "Feeling Irie" is a light-hearted tune that creates a real nice summer party vibe. Next drops one of the standouts, the roots piece "Over And Over", which comes across an appealing slow-paced riddim with nice guitar play. Here we hear General Degree at his very best. "Koozie" is a real nice lovers tune, while "Massive" tells the listener what a dance inna the dance hall is all about. Then it's again time for getting in the lovers mood with "Touch Me". Next comes "Muck Off", a solid dancehall fueled effort that once again shows the artist's ability to ride any kind of riddim with ease. The last tune, the Lenky produced "Dapa", turns out to be a standout effort once it has grown on you.

This "Feeling Irie EP" affirms that General Degree has and will continue to rank among the best.