Time Critical/21st Century Dub
Michael Lloyd/UK Scientist
SMP Records/Amah Records
16 - 10 - 1999
"Michael Lloyd - Time Critical"
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3||Backing : 3/4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Michael Lloyd comes from Wood Green in North London. He's a non-smoker and fitness fanatic, who developed his fascination for roots reggae music by being greatly influenced by the numerous soundsystems, radio dj's and spending his pocket money buying pre-release singles. Last year he formed his own label with the aid of his long time friend, UK Scientist. He rates Jah Shaka sound sytem, Brigadier Jerry, singer Johnny Clarke, producer Henry Junjo Lawes, the Roots Radics and engineer Scientist as some of his main influences, because their styles were so distinctive.|
Time Critical is his debut album and comes complete with dubs mixed by UK Scientist. The themes of universal love, sufferation, social commentary and inity are those reggae moved away from in the late 80s and have returned today. It's the kind of reggae music meant to unite and not to separate all the peoples of the world. The riddims on the album are unmistakably inspired by the early 80s Volcano productions. Although on some tracks the bass notes are adapted from Jaimaican classics like "When Friday Come", "Late Night Blues" and "Roman Soldiers" all riddims found here are originals. Outstanding tracks are Same Things Happen Every Day, I Am The Ghetto Man, Vengeance Is Your Jah Jah and Don't Stop The Hustling. UK Scientist's dub cuts are recommended listening.
Michael Lloyd's debut set cuts a Jamaican feel and presence akin to the conscious vibes of the late 70s, but with a 21st century edge.