Love And Affection
Pressure Buss Pipe
Don Corleon - In The Streetz
November 16, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Recorded and mixed by Donovan 'Vendetta'
Bennett for his own Don Corleon Records and with a riddim built by
himself, this is the first release of a one artist album for Byron
Murray & Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith' In The Streetz, after two hardcore
dancehall riddim releases in their "Rhythm Streetz Series" - following
the release last year of "#9 ~ High Altitude & Foundation" recently
with "#10 ~ Back
Ache & Raging Bull after releases in this series of the most
successful 2004 one drop riddim "#1 ~ Drop
Leaf" produced by Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon,
selector Fire Links' completely crazy yet infectious riddim, "#2 ~ Chaka
Chaka", DJ Sunshine's sophomore riddim "#4 ~ Real
Life", Andrew Prendergast & Josef Bogdanovich a.k.a. Black
& White of Downsound Records "#3 ~ Invasion &
Maroon Riddim" and the inexplicably again "#3" numbered album "No Man's An
Island", produced by the in the late 70s rather popular DJ now turned
producer Neville 'Jah Woosh' Beckford for his Original Music label, the
penultimate before this one so far Don Corleon's second very successfull
one-drop riddim "#5 ~ Seasons"
and as #6 finally an In The Streetz production, Byron Murray's first
attempt at a one drop riddim "#6 ~ Street
Swing" and Wayne 'Purple Skunk' Morris' (Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett
built and recorded) very successful first one drop riddims "#7 ~ Istanbul /
Tropical" and Don Corleon's third successful one drop riddim "#8 ~
And Don Corleon hits it again, as Don 'The Hitmaker' Corleon's protégé, V.I.'s Pressure Buss Pipe makes his mark at album's length from Jamaica with this set, named after his biggest tune so far, the wonderful "Love And Affection" as a great follow up to his impressive 2005 debut album "The Pressure Is On", his first solo attempt after a stint as member of the Star Lion Family from V.I., blessed with a smooth melodic voice that has been capturing the attention of many in his home town of the US Virgin Islands and writing skills that can really capture a story, Pressure, born Delyno Brown is ready to take Jamaica and the international audience by storm. Born on August 5th 1981, he began his musical journey at a very early age when he started learning to play the trumpet at age 9 and in just two short years he became a member of the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra where he increased his knowledge of music by learning to play a number of other musical instruments. In high school with a more advance feel of music Pressure became an active member in his school's concert, jazz, marching and steel bands. At the age of 17 Pressure moved to the United States to finish high school, it was then he entered a few talent shows including Amateur Night at the Apollo in January, 1999. Pressure then joined the Star Lion Family a group with 6 other artists with whom he shared a common goal, to spread the word of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I through sweet Reggae music. It was in this group that Pressure performed in his first professional stage show when the group opened for international reggae star Sizzla Kalonji in 2000. After an excellent performance the group was in high demand and then went on to open for other top acts such as Capleton, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer and Junior Reid among others. Pressure eventually went solo, and went on to open for Sizzla, Elephant Man and Sean Paul. He then released his solo album "The Pressure Is On". And now Pressure presents his sophomore album "Love And Affection", mainly produced by Don Corleon.
Opening with the beautiful conscious "Bless The Children", a prime example of a great melodic one drop riddim backing a melodious delivery of a great plea to Jah to protect and bless children, on the second tune "Ghetto Life" Pressure rides Don Corleon's take on the classic great Sly & Robbie production of the Tamlins take on Randy Newman's "Baltimore", featuring a wicked sample of King Kong throughout the tune lending extra power to what already would be a killer tune and then his instant classic "Love And Affection" that has already (rightfully) been included on both VP Records' "Reggae Gold 2007" and Greensleeves' "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2007" follows. Pressure convincingly shows he is a strong singjay chanter as well with the wonderful "Touch The Sky", before switching back to melodious singing again for the heartfelt "Hear My Cry" over Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's 'Far Away'-riddim and the smashing latest 45-release "Be Free" with its brilliant piano-line, sober one-drop backing with an undeniable crossover-potential supporting the punchline my people be free because the world is yours. Michael 'DJ Liquid' Brissett is the producer of the singjayed ganja tune "Most Wanted" and "Personality" (a.k.a. "Stress"), a great tune over the by Don Corleon for DJ Liquid's H2O label build 'Bluetooth'-riddim.
Christopher 'Longman' Birch produced the excellent (is it) love tune "No Fight" over his 'Dreams'-riddim, followed by the great singjayed "Boogey Man" for Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett and the Wayne 'Purple Skunk' Morris production of the Nyahbinghi chant "Africa". One of Don Corleon's hottest lovers riddims this past year has been 'Love Potion' and Pressure's "So Appealing" is a great over this riddim, showing his smoother approach once more, followed by his magnificent cry to the people to "Show Love" and in return you'll receive the same and his piano-ballad prayer "Till Shiloh Comes" that might too much popsoul for some, but a great tune for others who appreciated Sizzla's high-pitched "Soul Deep" attempts as well. 'Back Ache' is the Don Corleon hardcore dancehall riddim backing Pressure's upful conscious "Never Fall" before the album is closed with the great sung and singjayed "Why" with its superb piano-driven backing in great style, an album that surely will received mixed reactions, as it is different from his earlier V.I. roots based debut album "The Pressure Is On", but it is an absolute must for all lovers of Don Corleon's one-drop and lovers productions, that deserves to be heard (and most likely bought) by every reader of this review, as it's one of the best albums to have been released in 2007.