ME - My Evolution EP
Frankie Music
Digital Release
November 22, 2014

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Waves
  3. Happiness Awaits You
  4. Beyond This Time
  5. All In
  6. Baby You're Mine
  7. Pay Attention
  8. 4 AM
  9. 4 AM (Pussy Talk) (Bedroom Mix)
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Although the name Jerome Jackson may not be very familiar to many reggae and dancehall fans, the name of Voicemail certainly will. Jerome 'Craig' Jackson is actually one half of dancehall's super group Voicemail, now turned duo following the untimely death of Oneil Edwards in 2010. Earlier this year the Kingston-bred vocalist and other Voicemail member Kevin Blair decided it was time to start working on solo projects. And while Kevin Blair's first solo effort "Back For The First (Time)" is due for release next year, Jerome 'Craig' Jackson - now using his moniker Qraig - already comes up with his solo debut entitled "ME - My Evolution", which has been executive produced by Comar 'Frankie' Campbell of Frankie Music.

On his 9 track EP, Qraig treats the listener to songs that musically can be best described as a fusion of Reggae and R&B spiced with elements of modern Dancehall. Like most titles clearly indicate, the main theme of this EP is lovers-oriented. After a short "Intro", it's the lead single "Waves" that comes in. Underpinned by a great riddim track with ear-catching percussion work and superb mixing, this is a beautiful piece with lyrics to match. Of course, also "Happiness Awaits You" goes into lovers territory, but comes with a completely different mood and feel. A decent tune, which however is outmatched by the next song that deals with affairs of the heart, "Beyond This Time". Guitar, bass and keys are the instruments that form the backdrop of "All In", a wonderful tune that perfectly fits in the soundtrack of a romantic night for two in front of a crackling log fire. The solid "Baby You're Mine" instantly sounded familiar to our ears, not that surprising as it comes across Techniques' 2010 released "Eternity" riddim with tracks such as beres Hammond's "Still Waiting For You", Morgan Heritage's "Here To Stay" and, yes!, Voicemail's "Baby You're Mine". At the beginning we had "Waves" that made a serious impression, and towards the end it's "Pay Attention" that deserves to be called a highlight. The EP is rounded off with two versions of "4 AM", a tune with explicit lyrics of which the second version comes with a different, more full sounding mix.

In all an entertaining collection for fans of songs that deal with the romantic side of life.