Album review
Topless Gangbang Lessons
Jaman! Records
04 - 12 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Positive
  2. Respect
  3. I've Been Lonely For So Long
  4. Private Life Dub
  5. Talk Talk
  6. Brothers
  7. Yellow Shine
  8. To Know That
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Jaman! is a group from Gent, Belgium, which comprises seven musicians who have been recruited from Belgian groups like Skyblasters, Dinky Toys, Kamagurka, Interactive, Blow and Wooden Horses, to name a few. The line-up of Jaman! consists of the tight playing riddim section Prince Of Dub (drums) and Jack (bass), Guitar Steve Trombone (lead guitar, trombone, vocals), Major Jo (keyboards), Tommy Boy (guitar and lead vocals), Prince Far Out (toasting, percussion, DJ, MC) and Jaman King Toast (toasting, beatboxing, vocals).
"Topless Gangbang Lessons" - an eye-catching title, which actually doesn't cover to kind of music Jaman! produces - is the group's debut album. From the very first tune it is obvious that Jaman! is an experienced musical collective with enough skills and talent to deliver a worthwhile effort. And indeed, going through the eight tracks of this almost 30 minutes lasting (mini-)album the listener is treated to an entertaining blend of reggae, dub, ska and hiphop with a prominent role for storytelling tunes delivered over mainly infectious, live played fresh riddims. Our favourite tracks are Positive", "I've Been Lonely For So Long" "Talk Talk" and "Private Life Dub", a wicked dubby adaption of the Crissie Hynde hit song incorporating lyrics from John Holt's "Police In Helicopter".

Teacher & Mr. T.