Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Skalsa #1
Skatroniks Jamaica
Skajam Records
CD
July 21, 2010

Track list
  1. Forward Ever
  2. Diurnal & Nocturnal
  3. Steppas
  4. Espionage
  5. Skalsa #1
  6. Frenemy (aka G.C. Skanka)
  7. Flight To Ethiopia
  8. Walk In Jamaica
  9. Sunshine
  10. We Still Deh-Ya
  11. Force 2 B
  12. Force 2 B Pt. 2
  13. Original Nubia
  14. Tek It Eezy
  15. Yah-Soh
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
Almost exactly two years ago, in the backstage area of Reggae Geel, Henry "Buttons" Tenyue aka Matic Horns introduced us to Clifton "Bigga" Morrison. The latter, a respected keyboardist who worked with a lot of Jamaican artists and a former member of The Spartans, The Arabs, Creation Rebel, Aswad and Jazz Jamaica, mentioned he was working on an album with a new band called the Skatroniks. And now that album, entitled "Skalsa #1", has finally seen the light of day.

Skatroniks can be regarded as the band that has risen from the ashes of the acclaimed Jazz Jamaica. This impressive eight member UK based outfit, besides "Bigga" Morrison (keyboards & vocals) consisting of experienced musicians such as Kenrick Rowe (drums), Alan Weekes (guitar), Tony Uter (percussion), Don Chandler (bass), Brian Edwards (sax), Jay Phelps (trumpet) and Trevor Edwards (trombone), delivers a well produced album with 15 well arranged tracks. Although the name Skatroniks refers to the dominant music genre of Jamaica in the early 1960s and this album indeed can be filed under Ska, the band treats the listener to a very pleasant mixture of Ska, Jazz, Reggae and Latin influences. Starting off with the exciting Ska-fueled tune "Forward Ever", this set furthermore includes the Shuffle Boogie of "Diurnal & Nocturnal", the 'old skool' Ska of "Flight To Ethiopia", the Nyabinghi sound of "Yah Soh", and the militant UK Steppers of "Steppas", bringing back memories of Aswad's heydays.

Every track of this album is authentic and stamped with class all over, so ignore at your peril!