Nice n' Up
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 5|
Released in winter 1996, the debut album from the Bay area based
Native Elements features 6 songs plus three dubs. Production credits go
to the band and Ralston Grant of the Twinkle Brothers. All songs are
original tunes, no recycling here ! The distinctive vocal delivery of
Hozea is smoothly backed by female vocalists Tamara and Karen.
Don't expect hard driven dancehall riddims, Native Elements produce a
sound known as "one drop stylee", and they do it pretty well !
Lyrically Native Elements focusses on roots and culture. This debut
makes a solid impression and is a promise for the (near ?) future.