Album review
Style One
Too Much Peace and Quiet
December 6, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Don't You Care
  2. Wake Up
  3. Keep It Real
  4. No Fear
  5. Down Ism Capital
  6. Who R You?
  7. So Good
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2/3

MDV is a London-based outfit whose compelling sound can't be compared with anything else in contemporary reggae music. If we have to make a comparison than it's the sound that Sly & Robbie created for supergroup Black Uhuru in the eighties that comes to mind, particular when listening to the opening track "Don't You Care". This excellent piece incorporates just the kind of scatting vocals, electric guitars and digital effects that were part of Black Uhuru's worldwide success. Perhaps not that obvious, but soundwise certainly not far behind, are efforts such as "Wake Up", "Keep It Real", "No Fear" and "Down Ism Capital". "Wake Up" is a dark, atmospheric tune that just keeps growing on you. It's the slow-paced menacing riddim that complements the lyrical content to full effect. Also worth of hearing is "Keep It Real", together with the appealing "No Fear" one of our favourite tunes on this EP. Truly great is "Down Ism Capital"... wicked lyrics that keep you involved till the very end underpinned by an awesome backdrop. When it comes to the final two tracks it's gonna be a different story. Perhaps MDV wanted to showcase its versatility by including a dancehall tune ("Who R You?") and a modern R'n'B piece ("So Good""), but no need to do so as their unique reggae sound from the first 5 tracks already shows that MDV is a name to watch for in the near future. If only they keep doing what they can do best and don't try to follow fashion.

You can check out samples and order at www.mdv.org.uk.

Teacher & Mr. T.