Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Find Yourself
Spectacular
DHF Records/Groove Attack
CD
May 30, 2005

Track list
  1. 50 Push Up
  2. Voice Of The People
  3. Loud feat. Mighty Tolga
  4. All Of My Love feat. Yell
  5. Riddim A Me Yard
  6. Find Yourself
  7. Blind To See feat. Rebellion The Recaller
  8. Stormy Weather
  9. Evil Retire
  10. Never Let Go
  11. Family
  12. For So Long
  13. Bag On My Neck
  14. Move
  15. Gangsta feat. The Specializtz
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Carl 'Spectacular' Reid's first full length album is only released in Europe (at least for the moment) although he was born on January 26th, 1976 in Kencot, in Kingston's ghetto, and recorded his first tune in 1996 in Jamaica "I Love You Girl" on the Chop Chop label followed by tunes for Buju Banton's Gargamel label (a.o. "Melody In Your Voice"), and for Soljie and Hamilton. Dancehallfieber Records now releases this debut album "Find Yourself" featuring his powerful vocal over several well known riddims by German and Swiss producers following Spectacular's decision to revitalize his career by going on a tour to Switzerland in 2003 after being invited by a young Swiss rasta. Kicking off this set is "50 Push Up" about his physical fitness (in a non-slack way) over Hamburg's Beatschmieda's intriguing 'Tombstone'-riddim, followed by Spectacular's contribution to Germaican Records' immensely popular and successful 'Doctor's Darling'-riddim "Voice Of The People". Germaican Records' mastermind and producer Leander 'Pionear' Topp is also responsible for the (on the spot in Jamaica in 2000 built) heavily junglist influenced fast paced riddim backing the great tribute to "Loud" music, counteracting the sweet voice of Tolga, that was also featured on the Tolga's debutalbum "Now That I Am Here" in 2000. Hamburg's female singjay Yell lends her voice to the as great combination "All My Love" over another Beatschmieda riddim. "Riddim A Me Yard" rides yet another Pionear/Germaican production, the 'Bitch'-riddim to full effect as the Reggae Vibes review already pointed out in 2000. Swiss reggaeband Ganglords built the very popular 'Bonx It'-riddim and Spectacular's titletrack of this album "Find Yourself" was also released as a 45 on Ganglords bassist Philip 'One Ton''s One Ton Records. Beatschmieda's third production on this album is the slow Nyahbinghi-influenced acoustic guitar driven combination "Blind To See" with one of Germany's most promising newcomers, Gambian Rebellion The Recaller, followed by the minimalistic Matthias 'Pensi' Penselin for Ire Hifi produced "Stormy Weather" and the life rootsy "Evil Retire" backed by the I-Shen Rockers from Augsburg. The fourth and last riddim contributed and produced by Beatschmieda's Markus Grapmeyer & Eike Schoenig backs the nicely sung loverstune "Never Let Go". The upful "Family" is over yet another fine Germaican Records production, the 'Arena'-riddim. "For So Long" they have been pressuring me everytime / but i am so strong / haffi get what's rightfully mine is Spectacular's excellent take on the 'Campo'-riddim produced by Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen for his Minor7Flat5-label, before he rides the Ganglords produced 'Bag'-riddim that also backed Phenomden's "Gueti Musig" for the thoughtful "Bag On My Back". D-Flame's 'Stopp'-riddim, another Germaican Records release, backs the anti-Babylon tune with the in the light of the name of the riddim contradictory title "Move". The hiphop combination with the Specializtz on "Gangsta" was one of the most impressive tracks on the compilation featuring German hiphop artists and producers alongside Jamaican dancehall stalwarts "Germaican Link Up". A fine way to close this debutalbum of a Jamaican singjay successfully linking up with German and Swiss producers and their riddims.