Rasta Still De' Bout
Josie Mel
Minor7Flat5-Groove Attack
October 21, 2005

Track list
  1. Rasta Still De' Bout feat. Luton Fyah
  2. Consecrate Yourself
  3. Let's Party
  4. All Over Your Face
  5. I Feel Better
  6. Hail H.I.M.
  7. Wonderful World
  8. And I Pray feat. Smokie Benz
  9. Run Away
  10. He Lives
  11. I Love You
  12. Why?
  13. Rasta Still De' Bout Bonus Videoclip
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Josie Mel made his debut in 2003 with the very promising album "Freedom" and now teamed up with the Gran Canaria, Spain based German Minor7Flat5 producer Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen, who already produced the well received big albums "Different Thing" by Turbulence, "Tell It From The Heart" by Luciano, Al Pancho's "Righteous Men", and Lutan Fyah's "Dem No Know Demself" and lately Anthony B's "My Hope", and now really hits it big time, with this album's first and title track, the excellent combination "Rasta Still De' Bout" with Luton Fyah for the eighth week in the Jamaican Top 20 over the 'sweet.com' riddim. "Consecrate Yourself" is more excellent consciousness over the also more often on Brotherman/Minor7Flat5 releases used 'Friedenland' riddim. "Let's Party" is another tune with beautiful horn riffs, great bassline, and the upful almost oldskool call to party sung by Josie Mel, followed by i can see it written "All Over Your Face", he treat you so badly over 'Upside Down' and the love song "I Feel Better" over the rootsy 'Sunday'-riddim. "Hail H.I.M." is over Minor7Flat5's latest riddim, that is surely gonna make some more waves, as it has not only been voiced by the usual suspects Turbulence, Al Pancho, Jah Mason and Luton Fyah, but also by Bounty Killer, Capleton, Beenie Man, Wayne Marshall, Kiprich and Vybz Kartel so watch for more tunes on this excellent deep bass slow roots riddim. "Wonderful World" is a great take on a horn embellished version of the 'Campo'-riddim, and it has to be said that although Josie Mel is blessed with a great voice, that voice sounds even better over these Minor7Flat5 riddims. The combination with Smokie Benz "And I Pray" is fine, but in my opinion would have been at least as strong without Smokie Benz' deejaying, and Josie Mel once more shows he is a great singer over the 'Tower'-riddim on "Run Away", his cry for a way to leave for a better place, followed by the confirmation of his belief in Rastafari as a living god "He Lives". It's no surprise to me that the beautiful smooth rocking 'Harp'-riddim is used for a lovers tune here, simply titled "I Love You". On the last tune "Why?" it's even further slowing down the pace in true ballad style completely with Barry White style intro, and yet avoiding the danger of becoming cheesy. I've said it about the Minor7Flat5 albums produced by Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen mentioned above, but I'm gonna say it again: absolutely recommended for anyone who likes rootsy riddims, cultural lyrics and fine singing, and now even the Jamaican 7" buying and spinning massive is backing this recommendation up. As a bonus the videoclip of current Jamaican hitsingle and titletrack "Rasta Still De' Bout" with Luton Fyah is included as well.