Phree Music / Groove Attack
CD/LP/(Bullet Shaped) USB-stick
October 31, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Lyrically without a doubt one of the toughest albums to be
released this year, in your face depicting the raw reality of violence and crime in the
gullies of Kingston's ghettos is "Kingstonlogic 2.0", a non-dancehall album by a female
artist. To be more precise, a brilliant non-dancehall album by Waterhouse (Kingston,
Jamaica) born and bred Terry Lynn, who describes her own
music as 'ghettotech', in fact an almost unbelievable mix of electro-techno, new-millenium
dancehall, American rap, UK grime and other sounds adding to the beat accompanied by heavy
basslines. Think of the raw beauty of the pictures - often featured in Germany's Riddim magazine - of Peter Dean Rickards a.k.a. The Afflicted Yard and it's no
coincidence that his beautiful photography featured in the booklet and on the sleeve adds
to the overall impact of this album.|
The album "Kingstonlogic 2.0" is released in Europe on Phree Music run by Phred a.k.a. Russell Hergert and his crew, with their concept of sharing music for phree and being able to sell it at the same moment being completely in sync with the intentions of Terry Lynn. She's got a great voice with which she can DJ, rap and sing beautifully and convincingly and she's a great lyricist, in fact the only way to review this album and do it justice would be to include the complete lyrics of every track in this review. The album opens with "Child Of The Soil (Ghetto Mix)" in which Terry Lynn states I'm a child of the soil I was born in the ghetto / Where the gangstas roll by and then gunshot echo / You have to hide inna your place and tuck down like a gecko / Can't touch the street until the gangstas dem say so over a slowish hip hop beat (with additional production by K-Salaam & Beatnick).
The title track "Kingstonlogic (Angry Mix)" is an excellent speed rapped lyrical tour-de-force over French electro/house/techno producer Olivier Giacomotto's remix of an obviously by Daft Punk's "Technologic" inspired beat and is followed after the short "Politricks" interlude by the magnificent "The System (Wildlife! Mix)" speaking out against police brutality as It's just the system / Crazy bloodhounds and all / The evil dirty system / The system / The system is bound to fall / The corrupted system over the first backing mixed by Wildlife! a.k.a. Samuel Riot - who releases his works on Diplo's Mad Decent label, thus a labelmate of South Rakkas Crew with whom he also several times shared gigs. "Screaming In The Night (Wildlife! Mix)" is an extremely depressing song I heard screaming in the night / I wasn't dreaming in the night / Someone scheming in the night / Then sirens gleaming in the night featuring a member member of Kardinal Offishall's Black Jays Ro Dolla from Toronto.
The heartfelt autobiographical "Streetlife (Wildlife! Mix)" tells about the hardships of growing up in the ghetto as a Girl from the streets from the gulley from the gutter / Remembering the days of dry bread without butter, but Terry Lynn also criticizes the bigger picture and the approach of the International Monetary Fund in "IMF (Wildlife! Mix)" complete with (former) IMF Managing Director (and current German President) Horst Köhler sample There will not be a good future for the rich / If there is no prospect for a better future for the (pure) poor ... . Ro Dolla again drops a few lines on "Consumers (Shagshag Mix)" in which Terry Lynn describes how We are consumers / Yes we buy what they sell all the lies that they tell / Leave us dry as a shell / Cancerous tumours / They grow and they swell leave us not feeling well / The leaders are devils from hell.
But there's room for optimism as well as the wonderful and beautifully sung "Destiny (Shagshag Mix)" and "Stone" over extremely catchy backings mixed once more by Olivier Giacomotto make clear, with Terry Lynn assuring The stone that the builder refused / I was the stone that the builder refused / Now you see me riding high looking rather bemused. And room for reflection and praise as the wonderful acapella "The Most High" is followed by an amazing take on the Melodians' 1971 "Rivers Of Babylon (Omega Mix)" as a tribute to both the late on this tune featured original Melodians leadsinger Brent Dowe and the late Sir Coxsone Dodd (O.D.). This extraordinary album is brought to a close with a reprise of the title track "Kingstonlogic" approached differently as "Kingstonrockers". Terry Lynn's "Kingstonlogic 2.0" is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking, compelling, stirring but also extremely danceable and enjoyable debut album, that everyone must hear. It might not be reggae or dancehall, but this is an extraordinary album that you can not afford to miss.