Love Overflow EP
Karli Owli
Karli Owli Music - Rough Trade
August 17, 2009

Track list
  1. Baby Girl feat. Leslie Moryson
  2. Something Bout The Time feat. Yah Meek
  3. Rise Up
  4. Ever Medi
  5. Spread Love
  6. Election Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Karli Owli (real name Karl Wilson) was born on the the 13th day of January in Portland, Jamaica. Rising up from a family of musicians such as Andrew "Joe-Culture" Sinclair, manager and keyboard player for the Black Culture band and his off-springs was a great experience for him. In the early 90s his older brother Omar was a selector on local sound systems such as Mello Construction and Soul Sonic International (only to name a few), and this gave Karli Owli the confidence to share his talents among his peers, performing on other local sound systems in the district where he was raised better known today as Long Road. With this historical background he began to create his own ideas based on reality, lifestyle, naturalism and things he saw happening around his surrounding. Karli Owli became a lot more serious with his music career while living in London. 2002 he started recording dub-plates for Sound Systems around London which he also found helpful based on a promotional level. There he recorded his first tracks entitled "Do You Want More" and "Uptown Girls". Since 2006 he resides in Koblenz, Germany.

On March 27 2009, Karli Owli released his first digital single entitled "Work And Pain" on his own "Karli Owli Music" label, and now there's his first EP entitled "Love Overflow". The latter features six solid tracks of which two "Baby Girl" and "Something Bout The Time" are delivered across appealing modern reggae riddims, while the rest of the songs is driven by dancehall beats. In particular "Ever Medi", in which Ingo Rheinbay of Pow Pow Productions was involved, comes across an infectious jump up dancehall riddim. It's a guaranteed dancefloor filler and the same goes for the next track, the matching "Spread Love". A totally different, more dark mood is created by the riddim that underpins "Election Time", a message tune worth of hearing. Furthermore there's the uplifting "Rise Up", which is a decent fast-paced dancehall tune. The two combination tunes, "Baby Girl" and "Something Bout The Time" across a refurnished version of Alton Ellis' "It Hurts Me So" riddim, show that Karli Owli is also at ease when he has to handle a reggae beat. Overall this EP is a real nice introduction to an artist who is working hard to establish his name in Germany and abroad.