Ancient Future
Baco Records
CD / LP / Digital Release
March 23, 2015

Track list
  1. Protection feat. Mortimer
  2. Criminal
  3. Who Knows feat. Chronixx
  4. All Will Have To Change
  5. Stylin'
  6. Love Gone Cold feat. Sevana
  7. Sudden Flight feat. Jesse Royal & Sevana
  8. Bubblin'
  9. Answer To Your Name
  10. Who Can You Call
  11. The Flame feat. Kabaka Pyramid
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Protoje, one of the young soldiers in Jah army and along with Chronixx, Jesse Royal and Dre Island being part of the current Roots Reggae movement in Jamaica, has finally released his eagerly awaited third full length album. Born Oje Ken Ollivierre, this son of Jamaican singer Lorna Bennett (best known for her 1972 rendition of "Breakfast in Bed") has made a serious impact since he first attracted attention with his 2011 released debut album, "The Seven Year Itch". The latter contained previously released singles such as "Dread", "JA", "Roll" and also "Arguments", which was responsible for his early popularity in Jamaica. "The Seven Year Itch" was produced by his hit making cousin, Donovan 'Don Corleo' Bennett, who also produced his next album, the 2013 released "The 8 Year Affair", which featured "Who Dem A Program", "This Is Not A Marijuana Song" and "Kingston Be Wise". This album as well as extensive tours with his band, The Indiggnation, cemented Protoje's reputation as one of the best contemporary Reggae artists.

Apart from an intantly recognizable voice, which sometimes shows influences of Ini Kamoze's vocal style, one of the things that make Protoje an interesting artist is his lyrical prowess. It's not only the music that keeps you involved, but also the clever and deep lyrics of an artist who only touches themes that concern him personally. The album, expertly produced by Phillip 'Winta' James from Overstand Entertainment, gets started with "Protection", a tune done in a collaboration with up-and-coming Jamaican artist Mortimer. This hard-hitting album opener with its heavy bass and dominant drum sound instantly makes clear that "Ancient Future" differs from what we heard him do on the Don Corleon produced albums. Next comes a real killer entitled "Criminal". This powerful tune has a gorgeous riddim track in which you'll recognize a part of Pablo Moses' "A Song" and the bassline of Ini Kamoze's "General". The opening part is rounded off by "Who Knows", the collaboration hit single with Chronixx which is so well known to the Reggae massive worldwide.

The message tune "All Will Have To Change" more or less creates the same vibe and feel as "Who Knows". It's an infectious effort, done in 12inch stylee with a heavy dub mix at the end by Gregory Morris. Awesome to say the least!! Then it's time for lovers with the single "Stylin'" and the combination tune with Sevana called "Love Gone Cold". While "Stylin'", which includes the phrase "Can't Pop No Style Tonight" from the Hugh Mundell song in the chorus, is a solid and very enjoyable piece, "Love Gone Cold" is no more than a nice track with a strong crossover feel. Most likely the only track that won't appeal to the real Reggae fan. Anthony Johnson's "Gun Shot" riddim has been reworked for "Sudden Flight", a great message song featuring Jesse Royal and again the promising Sevana. The Roots anthem "Bubblin'", underpinned by a great relick of the riddim from one of Beres Hammond & Zappow's best tunes ever, is stamped with class all over. Big tune and definitely one of the album's highlights. After having heard references to the '70s and 80's, Protoje now goes back to the 60's with the Ska-flavoured "Answer To Your Name" for which he uses a sample of Prince Buster's "Girl". "Who Can You Call" makes a serious impression, while "The Flame", done with Kabaka Pyramid, tops off "Ancient Future" in great style.

A great album in every aspect, so do check it out!!!