Roots & Culture
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
British deejay innovator Macka B has a long-standing musical and successful relationship with London-based producer Neil Fraser aka Mad Professor which has resulted in the release of over a dozen albums. Macka B is a conscious deejay whose style can be described as "dancehall with plenty of one-drop grooves".|
Apparently an ordinary compilation set of Macka B tunes - recorded for Mad Professor's Ariwa Sounds imprint during the past thirteen years - this "Roots & Culture" album goes far beyond as it not only collects tracks from Macka B's album output but also features tunes which were previously unreleased or only available on a single. Amongst the tracks that appear on an album for the very first time are "Allez The Reggae Boys", the solid "Roots And Culture", "Run Rushdie Run", delivered across a late eighties-style dancehall beat laid by Mafia & Fluxy, the combination songs "I Don't Like Reggae" and "Malcolm X", the excellent "Jesus Christ Is Black" and "Iron Mike" both utilizing the same riddim.
Tackling contemporary subject matters, a strong sense of humor and always an upful vibe is typical for Macka B's work from the earliest, once again fully expressed on this solid and enjoyable compilation album.