Album review
How Do You Call It?
Yo Mama-Capitol Music
01 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Sneakers
  2. Where Do We Go Wrong
  3. Up In My Room
  4. How Do You Call It?
  5. Head To You
  6. Yes Or No
  7. Music
  8. Thought I Know
  9. Sunshine
  10. Seasons
  11. Jah Jah Deh Deh
  12. Household
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

After Patrice's debut "Ancient Spirit" (reviewed on this pages as well) he had the task to put out after 2 1/2 years an equally strong album. And he has succeeded, with this album "How Do You Call It?", he has left the Turtle Bay Country Club and its producer Mathias Arfmann behind him, to record the tunes in Jamaica's Geejam Studios and several London studios. With productions from Cameron McVey (who also contributed musically and with backing vocals) the man responsible for Massive Attack's historical "Blue Lines", and tunes produced by Patrice and the Shashamane band themselves, the overall sound of this album is totally different from "Ancient Spirit". But the best has been kept, his voice, and his great abilities as a songwriter, in a more soulish setting. Most songs are backed by the Shashamane Band, with additional electric guitars by Darryl Thompson of Sly & Robbie fame. Opening with the great rocking hiphop beat underpinning "Sneakers" about prejudices, and then "Where Do We Go Wrong" a ballad with acoustic guitars, strings, certainly showing the Massive Attack influence of Cameron McVey, before the midtempo love song with real Jamaican horns "Up In My Room" shows Patrice didn't complete abandon reggae. "How Do You Call It?" is again showing the big influence of Cameron McVey on the sound and Paul Simm on the vocal production, and features real strings, and is probably the very best love ballad I've heard for a few years. "Head To Toe" is a song with a syncopated bass backing, and should have been released and have been successful as a single, it's just another magnificent track, trying to comfort a girl, telling her not to cry, to put her head up high, in which Patrice also shows he is not only a great singer, but he really can rap. The magnificent love song "Yes Or No" is up next, incorporating an 'eeh, eeh, eeh, eeh' sing-a-long part, very reminiscent of the 'na nanana na na' part in "Sneakers" and yet sounding totally in place again. "Music" is a love song, but not for a girl: instead for music, 'head over heels, over heels in love with you, the day that I die, I die with you in my head'. Wonderful! Pino Palladino's basslines are a real treat in these songs, alternating between a very syncopated style and fluent soulish melodic style. "Thought I Knew" (what love is) is pure nu-soul at its best with real strings and horns and a funky organ, before going into triphop-soul territory again for the Cameron McVey produced "Sunshine". "Seasons" and "Jah Jah Deh Deh" are two more of Patrice & Shashamane's Band own productions, emphasizing the strong basslines of Pino Palladino, and the smooth voice of Patrice, before Cameron McVey's production "Household" closes off a very strong, albeit it not pure reggae album. "How Do You Call It?" is a must have alongside Patrice's debut "Ancient Spirit". And for all who prefer pure reggae sounds: watch these pages, for a review of Patrice's latest album with German soundsystem Silly Walks Movement, simply called "Silly Walks Movement Meets Patrice" will be featured soon. In the meantime you can already hear tracks from these albums at www.patriceonline.net.