Sounds Of The North
The Small Axe People
The Small Axe People
December 30, 2013

Track list
  1. Ice Man
  2. Snow Flake
  3. Snow Storm
  4. Frozen Spirit
  5. Ice Axe
  6. More Snow
  7. The Big Freeze
  8. Cold Snap
  9. Snowball
  10. North Pole Skank
  11. Cold Spell
  12. South Pole Shuffle
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Lead Instruments : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
The year 2001 marked the start of a series of concept albums from the London based The Small Axe People. With their albums, the latter try to tap into the spirit of the work of Andy Capp, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Lloyd Charmers, Herman Chin Loy and Augustus Pablo. Since the release of the debut cd, which was aptly called "Original Version", The Small Axe People have put out 15 albums including a collection done in collaboration with veteran deejay, the great Dennis Alcapone.

Here's cd number 16 in the series, "Sounds Of The North", which follows up the 2012 released "Sounds Of The East" on which the melodica played an important role. No particular instrument taking the lead on this set, although the sound of the keyboard is omnipresent. One look at the well designed sleeve and it's obvious that the snowflake symbol stands for "Version", because no two of these lovely ice crystals are the same and as you know or can imagine that's also the case with "Version". With a title like "Sounds Of The North", you might think that the overall sound on this album, which is inspired by the works from Rhythm & Sound from Germany, is a dark and cold one, but it isn't. Of course, there are tracks like e.g. "Ice Man" with its quirky keyboard sounds, "Ice Axe" and "The Big Freeze" that have that kinda feel, but there are also a few others that come with a more lighter and 'warmer' vibe. These include "Snow Storm" and "South Pole Shuffle".

Until now The Small Axe People albums haven't reach exceptional sales figures and most likely this also won't happen with "Sounds Of The North", although it's interesting to listen to this collection and know about the reference to a significant moment in the transition to early reggae. Only those who dare to listen to music that goes beyond the obvious will appreciate this effort.

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