Playback EP
Collie Buddz
Harper Digital Entertainment
Free Download EP
February 7, 2011

Track list
  1. Playback
  2. Come Down
  3. Hope feat. Demarco
  4. Serious
  5. Holiday
  6. World A Girls
  7. Brush Me
  8. Alchy Ride (Bumpy Ride Remix) feat. DJ Smokey
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In 2007 Bermuda-born singjay Colin Harper better known as Collie Buddz released his acclaimed self-titled debut album after having drawn international attention with his first hit single, the ganja anthem "Come Around", which famously sampled Zap Pow's "Last War". The album was released by major record company Columbia, but as many reggae artists before him already experienced these major labels often aren't the ones that propel your musical career forward. Besides that sales figures have dramatically dropped off and thus record companies are reluctant to invest money in new projects. This might have been the reason why Collie Buddz has decided to release his highly anticipated EP entitled "Playback" as free download on his official website.

The first single and music video, "Holiday", set the tone for this EP, which was entirely written, recorded and engineered in Bermuda with his brother DJ Smokey at Harper Digital Studios. The EP features an array of producers, including Seani B, Green Lion Music, Star Kutt Records, TJ Records, Supa Dups, Homegrown Kush, and Baby Dee Beats, which not only gives a glimpse into Collie Buddz's progressive style, but also makes this EP a well varied collection of mostly enjoyable tunes. The title track "Playback", a fusion of dancehall and R&B, is a solid tune with a strong crossover appeal. "Come Down", with a sample of Deniece Williams' 1976 song "Cause You Love Me Baby", is less melodic than its predecessor and gets somewhat boring towards the end. Dancehall niceness comes to the fore when the combination with Demarco drops in. "Hope" has an infectious dancehall beat and is a guaranteed dancefloor filler. The Seani B produced "Serious" is a decent lovers piece, which is followed by the aforementioned joyful "Holiday". The latter carries a real nice reggae vibe, but lyrically it's not that interesting. "World A Girls" is a decent effort, but without any doubt "Brush Me" is the highpoint of the EP, which is rounded off by "Alchy Ride (Bumpy Ride Remix)", a perfect track for Carnival Time.

Overall this is a nice EP, which will surely please Collie Buddz's avid fans.