My Sound
LaGrandeOnda / RedGoldGreen
Digital Release
January 9, 2014

Track list
  1. My Sound
  2. Reggae In Italy
  3. Dabadabadam
  4. L.O.V.E. feat. Tormento
  5. Non Lo Sai (You Don't Know)
  6. La Solita Vecchia Storia (The Same Old Story)
  7. Vivi (Live)
  8. Reggae Ragga Skat
  9. La Mia Dancehall (My Dancehall)
  10. L'invisibile (The Invisible) feat. Janahdan
  11. Gimme The Party feat. Wsw Wufer
  12. Cry & Smile feat. KG Man
  13. Baby Girl
  14. Cerca Rmx (Search)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"My Sound" is the title of the recently released new album by VirtuS, the multi-talented and very versatile singjay, singer, rapper, producer, studio-engineer, and composer from Italy.

VirtuS, real name Federico Gidaro, was born in Rome on November 22, 1986, and from an early age he expressed his interest in music. He studied accordion at the Luciano Fancelli school and he also attended for a short period the Elio Polizzi's school specialized in movie music. Currently he is engaged in studies of musicology at the Faculty of Arts and Fiolosofia Torvergata University in Rome.

His career in reggae music begun in the summer of 2004 thanks to his friends in the south of Italy. The next year he started to do his first self-productions along with his first live performances. The winter of 2006 saw him collaborating with the Pakka Sound (of which he was a member until 2009), with whom he could perform in historic locations of Rome's reggae scene such as the CSOA Global Village and the CSOA Intifada. In 2008 he participated in the compilation "Southyard #1" (of Southyard Records) as author of the song "Mi Gyal" and as composer of "Bless The Ladies riddim", which featured important italian singers like Fido Guido, Mama Marjas, Kalafro Sound Power and Treble (ex Sud Sound System). In 2009 he released his first album (available as free download) containing old songs rearranged and new productions played and composed by VirtuS (except for the "Early Morning" and "Bullet Era" riddims, which were produced by MacroMarco).

At the end of 2011, he released the sophomore "Waiting Fi Di Album" (again available as free download), featuring tunes completely sung in Jamaican Patois across riddims made by Italian and international producers. Some of the tunes included in that album like "Bun Till A Morning" and "Raggamusic Inna Mi Life" were pressed on 7" vinyl (7") and furthermore it included guest appearances of well-known names in reggae like Yami Bolo, Million Stylez and General Levy.

VirtuS' third full length album fully showcases the artist's versatility both as a vocalist and producer. Stylistically it's a diverse collection of tunes and musically it surely is a solid effort throughout. Featuring special guest appearances from rather unknown artists such as KG Man, Tormento, Janahdan, and WsW Wufer, most of the tracks on "My Sound" are very enjoyable and entertaining cuts. And although the lyrics of the songs, which are in Italian and Calabrian dialect with a few in Jamaican Patois and Spanish, and thus impossible to understand for those who aren't familiar with these languages, it doesn't necessarily has to turn you off. The diversity of the album and that certain kinda appeal that each and every song has, make that it keeps you involved throughout. Personal favourites are "Non Lo Sai (You Don't Know)", "baby Girl", and the collaboration tunes "L'invisibile (The Invisible)" and "Cry & Smile".

"My Sound" immediately placed #1 in the Itunes Charts for Italian Reggae albums in its first two days of release, which certainly says something.