Too Tuff
Wild Life
Not Easy At All Productions
Digital Release
April 27, 2009

Wild Life - Too Tuff Track list
  1. The Voice
  2. Too Tuff
  3. Behold feat. Fred Locks
  4. Thiefin' Johnny
  5. Ganja Yard
  6. Royal Spice
  7. Come Close feat. Angie
  8. Homework
  9. Hypocrites
  10. Positive
  11. Africa Green
  12. Come Closer Dub
  13. Behold Dub
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Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Wild Life (born George Scott, Clarendon JA), a new name in the reggae arena, presents his very first full length album entitled "Too Tuff", the result of a fruitful cooperation with Amsterdam-based reggae-collective Not Easy At All Productions. The latter consists of musicians/producers Marc Baronner and Manu Genius, who work together with Marcus Hillman (guitars), Hans, Obed and Ruud (horns), and Lode Busch (drums). They have created the riddims for this set, while vocals were voiced in Jamaica at Dr. Cave's Caveman studio.

Even tough Wild Life's vocal delivery sometimes has a resemblance to Buju Banton, Everton Blender, and Jack Radics (check tracks such as "The Voice", "Royal Spice" and "Homework"), he shows he has a powerful vocal style of his own. This fine collection of tunes shows he's surely a much promising talent, who still has to work hard in order to develop himself into a mature artist. Without doubt "Too Tuff" is a good start. Wild Life fully showcases his vocal versatility by seemingly effortless switching from a grainy deejay/singjay style to a smooth vocal style. Lyrically it's consciousness all the way. He sings about reality, but always with the perspective of love, progress and vision.

The real nice African style acapella album opener, "The Voice", recalls the hardship of ghetto life in Kingston: "The voice of the ghetto youth echoes through the streets... and no food to eat". It's followed by the solid title track "Too Tuff", which comes across a groovy old-skool riddim with a wicked bass line. Next drops a well-done relick of Fred Locks' classic "Behold", with a guest appearance of the legendary reggae-veteran himself. The mood then changes with the entertaining ska-fueled "Thiefin' Johnny". The rootical herb tune "Ganja Yard" belongs to the highlights and is one of our favourite tracks. And also "Royal Spice" is a real big tune touching a not that common theme, namely the cooking skills of a rastaman.

The thoroughly solid first half of this album is followed by a second part that doesn't maintain the quality throughout. "Come Closer" is a fine lovers tune with an appealing sax, which is followed by "Homework", another track that touches matters of the heart but in quite a different way. "Hypocrites" has a strong old-skool vibe but fails to make a decent impression, while the combination tune "Positive" brings together Wild Life and an unknown French artist. The problem with these kinda combinations are often the lyrics because not everyone understands what the artist is singing about when he doesn't deliver his lyrics in English. "Africa Green", the last vocal track before the listener is treated to two dub versions, is a nice track but nothing real special.

Wild Life is ready to secure himself a place on the reggae map and this "Too Tuff" album is definitely a good start to achieve that goal.