Itation Records
November 6, 2008

Batch Track list
  1. Come Whatever
  2. Troddin' Out
  3. Vanity
  4. Jah Blessin' feat. Ahfya
  5. Enough
  6. Sooner or Later
  7. Wicked World feat. Pressure & Ras Attitude
  8. Righteously Striving
  9. Joyful To Be
  10. Woman Like You
  11. We Nah Lose
  12. Savage
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Reggae isn't only Jamaican music.

Yes, it is originated in Jamaica, but lately some of the best reggae is coming out of other places than JA. For example the Virgin Islands (Midnite, Pressure, Yahadanai, Abja) has brought us some inspired contemporary roots reggae.

First some back-ground information about the artist Batch. Born on the island of St. Croix, Batch became inspired by music at a very early age. As a teen he began playing drums and became exposed to other musical instruments. After completing school, Batch played professional gigs as a drummer first with Danny Tucker, a vintage roots singer out of Jamaica, then moving on as lead vocalist and drummer helping to form the reggae band Motion in the city of Boston. In 1999 he founded his own Sound V.I.(Virgin Islands) Zion Records releasing albums for artists like Ras Attitude, Mada Nile and of course himself, bringing you some conscious/liberating/uplifting food for the mind.

This gem produced by Revolution Sound and Batch and released by Itation Records will satisfy the ears of those roots reggae lovers. Although Batch is a limited singer this can hardly be a reason to do not pick up this album. The message is always uplifting and the riddims are top-notch, check for example the single "Wicked World" featuring Pressure and Ras Attitude. "Righteously Striving" ("Show Love" riddim) is the only tune on this release I already heard, all other songs are new to my ears.

If you dig those artists like Midnite, Abja or Niyorah you will like this new album from Batch. I stop babbling about this release and I'm gonna listen to "Wicked World" for the tenth time in a row...