Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Keep Planting Seeds
Martin Zobel & Soulrise
Irievibrations Records
CD
October 9, 2014

Track list
  1. Wake Up
  2. My Home
  3. Keep Planting Seeds
  4. Living Our Dreams
  5. Calling
  6. Still Waiting
  7. Too Much Things
  8. Inspiration
  9. Freedom In The Music
  10. Got To Live
  11. Roots Music
  12. Now Is The Time
  13. What Is Life
  14. Take A Draw
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"Keep Planting Seeds" is Martin Zobel & Soulrise's third album and follow-up to the 2012 released set "Land Of The Free", which was well received by many roots rock reggae fans. The second album of Martin Zobel & Soulrise - a reggae band from Germany with a great passion for authentic, vintage roots reggae music with that distinct analog sound - was produced by legendary George "Fully Fulwood", the founder and leader of the great '70s reggae band Soul Syndicate. This very popular and well-known bass player has worked and recorded with every major artist out of Jamaica such as Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Mikey Dread, The Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Frankie Paul, U-Roy, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson to name only ten, and thus it was a real blessing for the band to get the opportunity to record their first full length album in his Kitchen Studio in southern California.

During writings and working on ideas for a new album, tragedy struck the band when their bass player Alexander Körösy aka Dublex pretty unexpectedly passed away. Dealing with the loss of a true friend and key band member wasn't easy, but life goes on and Fully Fullwood, Dublex's huge musical influencer, took up Dublex's bass to complete the band for the recordings of their brand new album. Titled "Keep Planting Seeds", this 14-track album first and foremost is a tribute to Dublex, who had contributed ideas while he was already in hospital. Besides Fully Fulwood on bass, there's also Marcus Urani of Groundation featured on two tracks as a guest musician on the hammond organ.

With "Land Of The Free", Martin Zobel & Soulrise surely delivered a solid album, but this new set is an even better collection of songs. It's obvious that the band has made a natural progression and as a whole "Keep Planting Seeds" sounds more varied than its predecessor, making it even more entertaining to listen to each and every track. What has remained the same are Martin Zobel's impressive vocal delivery, the band's distinctive sound and the well crafted lyrics of the songs. "Wake Up", with its Nyahbinghi intro, is a decent opener for an album that offers organic roots reggae. It's not one of the standouts, but it's a nice song to listen to and this also goes for the next track, "My Home". Next comes the slow-paced "Keep Planting Seeds", the title track with very powerful lyrics and food for thought, which is a great tune. More niceness for the heart and soul comes from the matching "Living Our Dreams", the infectious "Still Waiting", the beautiful "Inspiration" and the moving "Freedom In The Music"... "Thinking of you, my brother, you are free, and your soul will never die!" The album comes to end with a real nice song entitled "Take A Draw".

"Keep Planting Seeds" is an entertaining roots rock reggae album full of good quality songs.