Album review
Time Critical/21st Century Dub
Michael Lloyd/UK Scientist
SMP Records/Amah Records
16 - 10 - 1999

Tracking list

    "Michael Lloyd - Time Critical"

  1. Jah Guide And Protect I
  2. Same Things Happen Every Day
  3. Don't You Follow Trouble
  4. I Am The Ghetto Man
  5. Vengeance Is Yours Jah Jah
  6. Judgement Time
  7. Wake Up Black People
  8. Don't Stop The Hustling
  9. The Wicked A Go Run
  10. Badness A Madness
  11. Commercial Isim

    "U.K. Scientist - 21st Century Dub"

  12. Jah Guide Dub
  13. Same Things Dub
  14. Trouble Dub
  15. Ghetto Dub
  16. Vengeance Dub
  17. Judgement Dub
  18. Wake Up Dub
  19. Hustling Dub
  20. Wicked Dub
  21. Badness Dub
  22. Commercial Dub
Rating : 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.

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