Roots All Sorts
Too Much Peace and Quiet
August 28, 2006

Track list
  1. Change Their Ways
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. Dangerous Times Part 1
  4. Screwface
  5. The Heat Is On
  6. Riff
  7. Keep It Real
  8. Dangerous Times Part 2
  9. Wake Up
  10. Death Bells Toll
  11. Saturday Sunday
  12. Nagasaki Dub
  13. Down Ism Capital
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
MDV (aka Many Different Variations) EP 'One Style' was reviewed here in late 2004. We closed the review with these lines: "from the first 5 tracks already shows that MDV is a name to watch for in the near future. If only they keep doing what they can do best and don't try to follow fashion." We're glad they kept away from 'di fashion sound 'n ting' and maintained their unique profile, as witnessed on their latest effort called 'Roots All Sorts'.

Formally know as ONE STYLE MDV, this reggae band has been together for over 20 years friends and through several transformations. They made their name on the live circuit in the 80’s and 90’s with fresh sounds and concepts within the world of reggae when the influence was turning towards the ‘Bling’.

MDV have always maintained their aim to play live music which is what they have enjoyed the most. Their unconventional simple line up of bass, guitar and drum has surprised audiences due to their overall sound, the dynamics they create and the movement within their music which has always set them apart from the rest.

The bands objective has always been to ensure that their lyrics had meaning which are uplifting or encourages the listener to think about themselves and the world we live in to compliment the music.

Incorporated with their individual personal influences that range from classic reggae, roots and culture, soul, blues, jazz, ska, rock, Hip Hop etc, its difficult to pigeon hole the band or put them in a single category although they have been compared to Steel Pulse, Sly and Robbie, The Wailers, Burning Spear and even The Police.

The band has always used its own original material and have only scratched the surface in terms of what they can offer. They describe their music as '21st century Reggae' and their goal is to 'stimulate your musical synopsis through the vibes, lyrical content and dynamics of the music'.

'Roots All Sorts' is the next step in the band's vivid organic development. Here we see a mature band, riding the reggae waves in their own way, injecting the sound with elements from all kinds of musical hemispheres. Their sound might be called ambient reggae, but we feel that would be unfair regarding some excellent uptempo tunes such as Nagasaki Dub and Beautiful Day. Furthermore they know how to produce a wicked and heavenly one drop reggae tune as Change Their Ways. The most traditional reggae song here has to be The Heat Is On.

Well, let us say no more. Do check this one out if you're interested in reggae beyond the borders, you won't be disappointed, trust us!

The album is livicated to Joe Strummer, the leader of legendary Seventies punk band The Clash, who died of a suspected heart attack aged 50 in December 2002.