Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Rumble Jumble Life
King Kong
Massive B
CD
November 27, 2005

Track list
  1. Rumble Jumble
  2. I Feel A Joy
  3. Troubles
  4. Earth Is The Lord
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Call Mr. Madden
  7. Unity
  8. Free Speech
  9. Legalize It
  10. Jah's My Best Friend
  11. Paradise Lost
  12. Bag Juice
  13. They Don't No
  14. Selassie Rise
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
King Kong sounds so very like the lamented Tenor Saw -- if you miss Tenor Saw's sound, buy this album.

By the end of the album, the use of old rhythms becomes somewhat of a parody and wears out -- but there are some compelling, demanding tunes here -- Check out "Rumble Jumble", the booming thunder of Style Scott and the Radics reworking of "Modelling Girl" 12 discomix from circa 1982 -- pure wildness. Focussed, serious vibes abound.

"I Feel A Joy", The cut to "Truths And Rights" is heartfelt, with King Kong eschewing any sense of a gratuitous approach. Gnostic meditation lyrics take over --

"I feel such joy within my soul -- sit upon a throne of fire, Babylonian must retire. So, Babylon open up the door and let the Holy One in."

"Trouble Again" deals with an aggressive 2005 vibe, inner city style and anger. "Trouble again, and the world is getting so nervous" King Kong narrates -- Truth is truth.

"Earth Is The Lord" shows us another side to King Kong over an Abyssinians bass line -- calm, tranquil and thoughtful.

Other tunes version Yabby You and a fair handful of trad. Studio One / Channel one beats.

This is a flawed album in places, with too much reliance on tradition perhaps, but it is thrilling in the same manner as Gussie P's best work. And importanly, though the mixes are traditional, a sense of suspense and unpredictability is at the forefront.

Watch out for these New York / JA combination projects -- they are miles ahead of so much of the current competition. With vocalists like Lady K, the under appreciated Honeychild and producers /studios like Massive B, New York seems to have its fair share of talents worth checking out.