Right Now EP
Little Roy
Stingray Records
Digital Release
Januari 6, 2016

Track list
  1. You Made Me So Very Happy
  2. Children Children
  3. Right Now
  4. Right Now Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
In the '60s, Earl Lowe, better known as Little Roy, started his career with recording tunes for Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster, however without any success. It wasn't until he made a series of very fine, mostly Rasta-inspired, records - including his first number one hit "Bongo Nyah" - for Lloyd Dailey aka The Matador in the late '60s/ early '70s, that he started to attract notable attention. It was after he had left Lloyd Dailey and teamed up with the Jackson brothers, Maurice 'Scorcher' & Munchie, and Lloyd Barnes to launch the Tafari and Earth record labels that the most consistent body of work of this less-than-high prolific roots singer appeared.

His best-known single on Tafari, "Tribal War", was a plea for 'love and a little harmony' that proved popular enough for Channel One to record a John Holt version, for Joe Gibbs to turn out cuts by George Nooks and Dillinger, and for Vivian Jackson tp produce variations from both Wayne Wade and Trinity. In 1989, Little Roy Roy re-issued some of his old material on an album entitled "Prophesy", while Pressure Sounds released the essential "Tafari Earth Uprising" in 1996. An album with new material, "Live On", was released in 1991, and he worked with Adrian Sherwood on the 1996 album "Long Time". In 1999 UK based Lion Inc put out the "More From A Little" album, which was followed by "Children Of The Most High" (2005) and "Battle For Seattle" (2011), an album that sees Little Roy doing renditions of Nirvana songs.

And now, at the beginning of 2016, one of the most distinctive Rasta singers, comes up with an EP named "Right Now", featuring three vocal cuts and a dub version. Little Roy starts off in lovers mood with a nice rendition of Brenda Holloway's much covered 1967 R&B single "You Made Me So Very Happy", which in 1969 was a huge hit for jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears. It's obvious that this tune isn't going to thrill Little Roy's avid fanbase as it falls easily into the Big People's Music category. The reality tune "Children Children" may better suit their taste. The track benefits from the solid original riddim and Little Roy's vocal delivery, but unfortunately the lyrics are a bit too sparse. But then there's the title track, "Right Now", and its dub version. These are real scorchers, coming from a Tuff Scout and Stingray collaboration. Little Roy is in real good shape, while Stingray's 'Dilly' did a geat job by welding the horns from Ijahman Levi's "Moulding" to a re-lick of the Wailing Souls' "Very Well" riddim. Killer roots, early 2015 released on 7" vinyl by London's Tuff Scout. And, of course, it's good to have "Right Now Dub" (aka "Serious Dub") included here as well

Not totally satisfying, but definitely worthwhile purchasing for the last two tracks alone.