Order Of Distinction
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Lustre Kings
CD / Digital Release
April 26, 2015

Track list
  1. World Needs Love
  2. Cold World feat. Lutan Fyah
  3. Smood Blakk Skin
  4. Faith
  5. Ting Tun Up! feat. Lady Leshurr & Melodic Yoza
  6. Sweetest Ting
  7. Sky's The Limit
  8. For The Children feat. Kabaka Pyramid
  9. Ready Mi Gone
  10. Everything I Love
  11. Cycles Of Life feat. Pressure Busspipe
  12. Come Back Around
  13. Queen Of The Forest feat. Illuminati Congo
  14. Best In Life
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Towards the end of 2010, Jahdan Blakkamoore's excellent studio album "Babylon Nightmare" was released by the ever reliable Lustre Kings Productions label. The album got rave reviews and, although it wasn't a pure reggae album, also drew notable attention in reggae circles. Now, more than four years after the release of "Babylon Nightmare", Jahdan Blakkamoore and Lustre Kings Productions unleash their long awaited and much anticipated follow-up album called "Order Of Distinction". The latter is, as one could expect, a musically diverse album as it includes dancehall, hip-hop, lovers rock and modern roots. Production work comes from Paper Stars, the production and writing duo forged between Jahdan Blakkamoore and Andrew Moon Bain, electro producer Nate Mars, Dre Skull, and Zion I Kings, the production collective which includes Lustre Kings Productions, Zion High Productions and I Grade Records.

The dancefloor filler "World Needs Love" is a majestic opener delivered across a skanking riddim with great horns. It's followed by "Cold World", done in collaboration with Lutan Fyah. Musically, lyrically and vocally this effort is outstanding, one of the album's highlights. This also goes for the previously released single, "Smooth Blakk Skin", on which Jahdan Blakkamoore displays his vocal and lyrical skills to the fullest. The sheer beauty of this song really touches the heart as also, although on a different level, does the spiritual "Faith". In comparison with the first four tracks, a totally different feel and vibe drops with "Ting Tun Up!", the first single off the album, which features a guest appearance by British rapper Lady Leshurr and Jamaican-Canadian Melodic Yoza, and then also the Dre Skull produced "Sky's The Limit". In between these two tracks it's the nice lovers piece "Sweetest Ting" that brings back the reggae vibe.

Next comes another collaboration, this time with Kabaka Pyramid. The solid "For The Children" is underpinned by the "Junction" riddim, for which Zion I Kings used live instrumentation interspersed with elements of digital programing, dubstep basslines and hip-hop production. Hard hitting dancehall vibes (reminiscent of Ward 21) are offered by "Ready", a tune that earlier appeared on the well received mixtape "Blakkamoore Chronicles Vol. 1: Ready We Gone". The compelling "Everything I Love" deals with affairs of the heart and is another highlight here, while also the brilliant "Cycles Of Life" on the "Jah Warriah" riddim is a great effort. "Come Back Around" is an absolutely sublime song, worth hearing over and over again. "Queen Of The Forest", a collaboration with Chicago-based hip-hop group Illuminati Congo, is an awesome mesmerizing weed song with lyrics to match. With the gorgeous "Best In Life", an inspirational tune on the "Songbird" riddim, the album is rounded off in the same majestic way as it started.

It took quite some time before Jahdan Blakkamoore's third studio album was ready to hit the streets, but it was well worth the long wait. Do check it!!!