Rough Survivor EP
R.C. (Righteous Child)
Penthouse Records / Zojak World Wide
June 28, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
One of the most insteresting emerging reggae vocalists to keep an eye on is Ryan Campbell, in reggae circles known as R.C. (Righteous Child). Since his emergence as a finalist in the "Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall" competition, he has drawn local and international attention with tunes he recorded for Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records. Besides that he also recorded for Basrunner Music and Silly Walks Discotheque, respected European production houses from Austria and Germany respectively.
Born on October 21, 1985, in a town with an unusual name, Gimme-me Bit in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, In 2002 he teamed up with deejay friend Brasco, which resulted in them collaborating. This however came to a premature end in 2003 when Brasco migrated. R.C. then decided to trod the road alone and started to perfom as a solo artist in his community. After being quite successful in 2009's edition of the "Magnum Kings and Queens", none other than the legendary Jamaican producer Donovan Germain took him under his wings and helped him to develop his skills further. Two years later he released R.C.'s first single on his Penthouse label: "Queen Of My Heart" on the "No Money" riddim.
And now, five years after that "Magnum Kings and Queens" event took place, his 8-track debut EP entitled "Rough Survivor" has been released on digital platforms. R.C. delivers an appealing selection of songs that speak to motivation, struggles, triumph and inspiring change and self-reflection. Apart from two previously unreleased songs, this set contains earlier released material. Things get started with the solid "When Blessing A Rain" across the "Moonshine" riddim, which was created by Luke Rich for Bassrunner Music. "Good Morning World" drops next and it's an excellent tune with a truly wicked bassline. This one is worth hearing over and over again. "Why Should I", one of the recordings he did for Silly Walks Discotheque, comes over the "Honey Pot" riddim, known from Chronixx's smash hit "Smile Jamaica". And although R.C. didn't hit with his cut on the riddim, it's a real good effort.
Next comes "Try A Little Love", one of his most recent recordings for Penthouse Records, which is a decent effort. Produced by Dawin "Vikings" Brown and Omar Brown, "Holding Firm" on the "Focus" riddim is another highlight. It's a song to uplift the youth and tell them to keep positive and stay away from negative things. Also "Gideon Boot" comes from the same production team and again it's a tune with great vibes. With "Palestine" R.C. delivers a beautiful song that keeps you involved till the very end. "Never Lead Them Astray", perfectly underpinned by the laidback "Street Of Gold" riddim, rounds off in great style, once more showing that R.C. is a major talent.
All in all this is a worthwhile release from a much promising reggae artist, so pick it up and have a listen. Pretty sure you won't be disappointed.