Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Speaker Davis
Live The Life
Speaker Movement
CD / Digital Release
January 11, 2012

Live The Life - Speaker Davis Track list
  1. What A Heat feat. Scorcha
  2. Principle
  3. Discipline
  4. Dem Never
  5. Dem Never (Henk-A RMX)
  6. Live As One
  7. The One
  8. Oh Yes
  9. Live The Life
  10. Love feat. Scorcha
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
2011 has been a very busy year for Speaker Davis (formerly known as Junior Banton), a conscious reggae dancehall artist with Serbian roots who resides in Berlin. Throughout the year he has released a number of singles on his own Speaker Movement imprint, while he also had tunes released on German labels such as SWS and Urban Tree Music. Towards the end of 2011 this fruitful period was rounded off with the release of his debut cd "Live The Life", a solid compilation of all these recordings.

The first and last track of the album are the result of Speaker Davis' collaboration with Jamaican artist Scorcha. "What A Heat" is a great message tune, which comes with a strong old skool vibe. Also "Love" is an entertaining tune and although Scorcha's vocal style differs from the deejay style he utilizes for "What A Heat", it's obvious that this combination works well.

"Principle", coming across a fast-paced fresh riddim that has certain elements of the kinda music played in the so-called 'roaring twenties' in the music halls. Perhaps that's why a dance like the Charleston comes to mind. The song, in particular the deejay style and the lyrics of the chorus, is strongly inspired by Sister Carol's album "Jah Disciple" and also her song "Principle". However it's not a cover version (check the original), but a real nice piece that clearly pays tribute to Sister Carol.

Then it's time for dancehall fueled tunes with first the big "Discipline Child" on SWS Sound's "Euro Swagga" riddim, followed by two version's of the solid "Dem Never". The inclusion of the latter's RMX version doesn't make much sense as its vibe and sound is clearly in contrast with the rest of the tracks featured here. It's actually the only minus we've experienced when listening to this album. The uplifting "Live As One", starting off with Speaker Davis' catch phrase 'You'd better know', comes across Urban Tree Music's "Youth" riddim and is one of the best tunes of this set. Underpinned by a nice 'one drop' riddim, "The One" expresses matters of the heart. The same theme is touched in "Oh Yes", in which he expresses his feelings for his empress. With the title track "Live The Life", Speaker Davis delivers another dancehall fueled effort.

Overall opinion is that Speaker Davis has delivered a well varied entertaining debut album.