Suns Of Atom
Midnite-Lion Tribe Collaboration
Fifth Son Records
April 26, 2007

Lutan Fyah & Vaughn Benjamin - Rastafari Unity - EP Track list
  1. Meltout
  2. Atom Trees
  3. Wesside
  4. Moonlite
  5. End Of Doubt
  6. Mirrorin
  7. Temple
  8. These And Those
  9. InIrie
  10. Sanctify
  11. Spirits
  12. Ganjah Man feat. Jah Rubal
  13. Avionics
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
Midnite was started by brothers Vaughn (vocals) and Ron (keyboard) Benjamin, and has been playing since 1989. The band recorded Ras Mek Peace (Before Reverb and Without Delay) while living in Washington, D.C. during the mid-90s. They returned home to St. Croix in the late '90s to play with local musicians and record at their music studio, African Roots Lab. Since then they have been very prolific and by now they have released some 25 albums. However in recent years the name Midnite has become mostly associated with singer Vaughn Benjamin and the band seldom records as a unit. Most releases feature Vaughn Benjamin on vocals and an evolving group of collaborators performing or programming the back-up.

This "Suns Of Atom" cd is another collaboration project of Vaughn Benjamin, this time with Lion Tribe from Taos, New Mexico. So far his collaborations with mostly new artists have led to interesting and certainly worthwhile album releases and this collection of tunes is no exception. The listener is treated to mostly-live instrumentation roots reggae with some truly interesting twists. Innovative use of horns, sitars, tablas and other unique instruments can be heard in exceptional songs like e.g. "Wesside", "End Of Doubt", "These And Those", "Sanctify" and "Spirits".

But above all there's Vaughn Benjamin's outstanding distinctive vocal delivery and deep, insightful lyrics which turns this set into a great listening experience for anyone who thinks that modern reggae has stagnated to be just 'one-drop' riddims and Steppers. All in all this is serious message music, providing ample food for thought and spiritual upliftment.