Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dancehall President
Skarra Mucci
Undisputed Records
CD / Digital Release
May 20, 2016

Track list
  1. Soundkiller
  2. Number One
  3. Turn It Up Loud
  4. Handz Ina Di Air
  5. Sunlight feat. Beenie Man
  6. Showtime
  7. Dancehall President
  8. Higher Than High feat. Mandinka
  9. Mr Walker
  10. Original feat. Mandinka
  11. Raggamuffin School feat. Yaniss Odua
  12. It's for Real feat. Horace Andy
  13. Somebody New
  14. The Song feat. Willy William
  15. It Wasn't I
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Since 2012 Skarra Mucci, a versatile Jamaican born artist living in Europe, has become a household name within the European Dancehall fraternity. That year saw the release of his highly acclaimed third album "Return Of The Raggamuffin", which was followed by "Greater Than Great", one of the best selling Reggae/Dancehall albums in 2014 and awarded 'Best Dancehall Album' in France. However Skarra Mucci is not only enjoying success in European countries, also Mexico and India are the home of a growing fanbase for the one who previously called himself the "Lyrical Millionaire" and now declares that he's the "Dancehall President".

"Dancehall President", title of the brand new album of the 'Raggamuffin' Skarra Mucci, features 15 hot blazing tracks full of energy built for the dance halls and the sound systems. And although the title indicates that it's all about Dancehall music, this set also incorporates some Roots Reggae, Raggamuffin, Hip-Hop and Dubstep influences. Involved in this project are respected European producers like Irie Ites, Deebuzz Muzik, Bizzarri Records, Weedy G Soundforce, Jugglerz and Evidence Music and artists such as Jamaican Dancehall superstar Beenie Man, Reggae veteran Horace Andy, the original Gambian singjay Mandinka aka Mandinka Warrior, Martinique born singjay Yaniss Odua and French-Jamaican artist Willy William.

The opening part of the album is pure sound system business, with Skarra Mucci instantly making clear that he takes no prisoners! The boastful "Soundkiller", with lyrics that are tailor-made for a soundclash, requires speakers blasting at full volume. After that... don't touch the amplifier to turn the volume down for the next track!! With the awesome "Number One" Skarra Mucci comes up with another soundbwoy tune, now delivered across an old skool rub-a-dub riddim with a killer bassline. Pull up and come again!!! And it doesn't stop here... "Turn Up Loud", coming across a riddim produced by Heavy Roots and mixed by Little Lion Sound, continues to spread the sound system vibes in a great way. This tune previously appeared as a single on the Evidence Music label in 2015. Also "Handz In The Air" on Irie Ites' "World War III" riddim, a backdrop that has been given a Dubstep treatment and fires on all cilinders, was released as a single in February 2016.

Furthermore this album includes tunes that were part of recent riddim projects such as the "Coolie Ghee Riddim" that underpins the Deebuzz Muzik produced collaboration with Beenie Man entitled "Sunlight". Remember Jugglerz Records' highly Hip Hop-influenced "Wu Teng Riddim" from 2015? A cleverly made riddim that took you back in time and gave you the impression that you were somewhere in the streets of NYC in the '90s. One of its best and most imaginative cuts was "Higher Than High" by Skarra Mucci & Mandinka, which reappears here. Both Skarra Mucci & Mandika also collaborated with Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution on "Original", a nice song featured on the latter's 2015 album "Survival Of The Fittest". Of course, "Dancehall President" also contains brand new songs like the title track, which is underpinned by a hardcore dancehall riddim. That track is preceded by another new effort, the very entertaining and danceable Ska-fueled "Showtime". And then there are also "Raggamuffin School", a wicked collaboration with Yaniss Odua that will surely be appreciated by French raggamuffins as Yaniss Odua drops his lyrics in their native language, and "It's For Real", a noteworthy tune for which Skarra Mucci teamed up with Horace Andy. A totally surprise is the solid love piece "Somebody New", which captures Skarra Mucci in a singing mood - utilizing a vocal style that somehow reminds us of Jack Radics. "Mr. Walker", "The Song" and - most obvious - "It Wasn't I" are crossover vibed songs, but that surely doesn't imply they aren't worth hearing. We especially fulljoyed listening to "Mr. Walker", although also the other two tracks kept us involved till the very end.

"Dancehall President", Skarra Mucci's sixth studio album, is a testament to the dedication and the seriousness he applies to making music that is worth hearing.