Four Seasons Riddim
Union World Music
September 19, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Known from Lutan Fyah's single "Mama Love" and then Ras Mc Bean's track "Love The Life You Live", included on his album "Inlightment", the "Four Seasons" riddim now appears in its full glory on a 13 track juggling set. This up-tempo one drop modern roots riddim, played and produced by the Fireman Crew - a backing band and production team from Austria - and mixed by Syrix of Vienna based Irievibrations, has been voiced by artists from all over the world.
Former member of the group ARP, Orville Thomas aka Da'Ville has recorded several hit singles and released a few full length studio albums since he embarked on a solo career in 2001. He's a real fine singer/songwriter, who doesn't always gets the appreciation he deserves. Here he contributes the message tune "Life Is Precious", a solid effort worth hearing. Next up is Torch, a talented conscious reggae artist from Jamaica, whose career began to pick up speed when he met Tony Rebel at Donovan Germain's Penthouse Studio in 2003. And although he didn't achieve a giant breakthrough yet, he's certainly an artist worth checking as is once again proven with his solid cut "Evilous". We already mentioned Lutan Fyah's single from earlier this year, "Mama Love". The singjay is an artist who hardly ever fails to disappoint and thus it's a joy to listen to his cut on the "Four Season" riddim, although usually we aren't that fond of "Mama" songs.
Ras Mc Bean delivers the delightful uplifting message tune "Love The Life You Live", while up-and-coming roots reggae singer Austill Henry, better known by his stage name Zagga, comes up with a convincing effort entitled "Heal The Soul". In recent times Denham Smith aka Chilli has attracted attention with songs such as "Not The Same", "Come Wid Me", "Down In Jamaica" and "Surviva". With "She Cut Gone" he presents a lover's lament worth hearing. The Viennese singer/songwriter Deliman is another talented artist to keep an eye out for. His earlier this year released 5 track EP "Still Blazing made a very good impression and "Living My Life" easily matches the tunes featured on that release.
While Konshens has established himself as a hitmaker and one of Jamaica's current dancehall reggae stars, his older brother Delus is still trying to become a household name in reggae circles. Here he comes up with the lovers piece "Afraid To Love Again", which is a real nice effort to listen to. The uplifting "On My Feet" by Ricardo Clarke, a soulful vocalist from the Bahamas, is a standout effort. Bermudian singer Troy Anthony and the very talented Dutch/Surinamese songstress Miriam Simone treat the listener to worthy spiritual cuts ("Jah Gives life" and "Protect Me" respectively), before upcoming German reggae singer/songwriter Miwata drops a romantic song in his native language. The juggling set is rounded off in fine style by More Colours, a new project from Norman Akwesi and Easyman Ben (the former frontmen of the band Jagga Bites).
Fireman Crew's "Four Seasons Riddim" sounds very good and with vocal cuts that range from solid to strong it's definitely a project worth checking out.