Born Dead With Life
Irievibrations Records / Chalice Palace Music - Groove Attack
July 25, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Irievibrations Records is the label of
Austria's brothers Professa & Syrix from Vienna, together also known as Iriepathie and often producing artists alongside
Bassix, the bassplayer of Austrian reggaeband Buccaneers. First infected with reggae mylitis when at age 8
and 6 the young brothers visited their family in Jamaica, their love culminated eventually in
establishing their Irievibrations label, together with Matty Dread playing as Irievibrations
Soundsystem and performing as Iriepathie, in 2004 even sharing the stage with Sizzla, Beres
Hammond, TOK and Chuck Fender at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 2006 their
mainstream popularity in Austria gained through the hitsingle "Irievibrations" and their debut
album "Reggaestration" and the fall 2006 EP "Niemals Aufgeben" led to Iriepathie being awarded
the Amadeus Award for the best Austrian Alternative Act. And now their sophomore album "45
(Forty-Five)" gets a major-release on Universal Music, recorded and produced at their own
Irievibrations Studio, where besides several riddim selections and a label sampler this "Born
Dead With Life" by Perfect has been recorded.|
"Greg Rose" is an extremely soulful, wonderfully personal smoothly sung by himself and Rhodes & piano backed intro presenting one of the most promising conscious artists to bust on the Jamaican scene in the last four years, Greg Rose a.k.a. (Mr.) Perfect. If you haven't heard about the 'Hand Cart Bwoy' then you have indeed been missing out on one of the most powerful, intriguing and refreshing voices in today's reggae and dancehall scene. Born as Greg Rose, the third child in a family of four children, he grew up in the cool hills of Bamboo, which is south of St. Anns Bay and east of Browns Town, in the parish of St. Ann. Perfect has always been exposed to various genres of music, and spent many evenings listening to and singing his favourite songs. His father owned several jukeboxes, giving him full exposure to the rhythm of the Jamaican people. He counts Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Toots Hibbert as some of his early favourites. From as early as nine years old he was a primary school entertainer. This stardom exploded as he entered York Castle High and by the eighth grade he was a superstar performing regularly at the school's fetes and concerts, and at similar events at other schools.
Thereafter, he was branded - Mr. Perfect. After leaving high school, Perfect came to Kingston to get a first hand understanding of the (music) business and spent time at several recording studios, including Penthouse, King Jammys and Arrows, fine-tuning his art. Returning to St. Ann, he maintained his closeness with music and started appearing at dances and stage shows at every chance he could. This caused his popularity to rise and he was on the lips of everyone. Determined to break into mainstream recording, Perfect did a few self-produced recordings in 2001. Building on that successful effort, he soon recorded the album "Sweet And Black", which has a blend of classical and refreshingly new soul reaching messages. "Empress Mi Love" and "Turn Him Down" from that CD still continue to receive air and club play. Today the airwaves are still blazing with the smash hit "Hand Cart Bwoy" that was included on his great "Giddimani" album for Austria's Dancehallfieber Records. Other major singles not included on these albums are "Johnny", "Bend Dem" and "All Fi Themselves", signaling together with the tunes on those album his prime time repertoire. Perfect's Rastafarian lyrics are deep and straightforward, yet very melodious, leaving you to keep listening to them over and over.
The album really kicks off with the second tune about the contribution of black people to 'the construction of the world' "This City" across the rootsy 'Yard'-riddim composed by Syrix, Bassix & Dr. Tom and like all other riddims on this album played live by a full band, followed by Bassix' nice 'Nelly'-riddim for the very confronting "Hanging Day" and the impressive heartfelt accusation "30 Pieces" over the 'World Cry'-riddim by Bassix & Professa. "Smile" is a magnificent combination with Empress over the soulful 'Raise'-riddim, followed by "Love In Your Heart", condemning war and begging for one love across the 'Ride'-riddim and "Journey", a beautiful combination with Chezidek across 'Hit Drop', the very strong riddim on which Irievibrations released a full 6x7" selection this spring, before Tad's acoustic 'Unforgiven'-riddim - that was laid by Syrix & Bassix for Tad Dawkins Jr. - is used for the brilliant "Unforgiveable", a tune even more confronting and accusing than "Hanging Day" and "30 Pieces", one of the best musical anti-slavery and anti-oppression statements I've ever heard.
The "Rasta Dubplate" for Romain Alexander over Johnny Osbourne's 'Ice Cream Love'-riddim a.k.a. Burning Spear's Studio One riddim 'Joe Frazier' a.k.a. 'Dub Organizer' is a great interlude as it is a meaningful message fierce and strong delivered over the classic riddim, yet releasing some of the tension built up by "Unforgivable". Otherwise the transition would have been to abrupt to the upful advice to a girl to "Unlock" over the ska-influenced 'Work Off'-riddim, also just released as a 7x7" selection, that is followed by "Catch A Fire" a very strong tune across the mighty 'One Love'-riddim by Syrix & Bassix. A special mention should go out to the great backing vocals that Buccaneers' female vocalist Sista Vee contributes to almost every tune on the album so far. After the "Interlude Speech" the mighty hip hop ballad influenced "Da Rendition" is delivered three the hard way by Perfect alongside Chezidek & Turbulence and then the heavy bass driven 'Seeds'-riddim, built by Peter Harrison and powered by Dean Fraser's horn riffs backs the outspoken "Black Seeds". It's Syrix & Bassix again who composed the 'WTC'-riddim for the smashing "WTC 9/11" before this album is closed by its overwhelming title track "Born Dead With Life" over Dr. Tom's acoustic (guitar) 'Birth'-riddim, adding once more a very strong in Austria produced album to Perfect's oeuvre. A truly must have rootsy singjay album!