Skankers Delight
The Small Axe People
Small Axe People
December 24, 2014

Track list
  1. Telegram From Chenappa
  2. African UFO
  3. Duppy Road
  4. Banana And Coconut Skank
  5. Creeping
  6. Dusk In Tutcumcari
  7. Mountain View
  8. Bend it Like Pinkney
  9. Digwell
  10. Litlle Green Men
  11. Mighty Acolytes - Yoyo Skank
  12. Mighty Acolytes - Skank The Yoyo
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Lead Instruments : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Since 2001, the year that marks the release of The Small Axe People debut cd entitled "Original Version", the very amicable owner and writer of the 'Small Axe' Reggaezine, publisher of various Reggae books and long time reggae aficionado Ray Hurford has been steadily producing and releasing cd's of his brainchild. With the release of his latest project, "Skankers Delight", he adds the 17th cd to the The Small Axe People's ever growing catalogue.

"Skankers Delight" actually follows up three previously released Skank cd's; "Skank It Up" (2009), "Skank To Skank" (2010) and "Skankers Corner" (2011). As already explained in the "Skank To Skank" review on this website, the term Skank refers to a rhythmic dance performed to Reggae or Ska music, characterized by bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands. But musically speaking it's a style of Reggae in which the riddim is very start/stop, with the organ coming in between the bass and drum. The only thing in Skank riddims that plays all the time is the lead instrument, often a 'picking' guitar.

As with previous cd's from The Small Axe People, it's not that you can sit down and relax because you're instantly grabbed by the music. It not only takes several listens, but you also need to have an open ear and mind to get used to what you hear to avoid that it gets difficult to listen to the tracks on this cd - or worse yet, not bothering to appreciate it at all. Some of the tracks included here like for example "Duppy Road" and "Little Green Men" are easier to get into, while others like "Creeping" and "Bend It Like Pinkney" will probably take some more time. Most likely "Yoyo Skank" and "Skank The Yoyo" by the Mighty Acrolytes (Chris Lane & Inyaki) - recorded & mixed at Jamtone, London - are the ones the will instantly be appreciated by any listener because they sound more familiar.

This brand new release and all the previous Small Axe People projects are truly a labour of love!

[To hear it, buy it, visit The Small Axe People website]