All The Way
Various / Scrucialists
Nation Records/Rootdown Records-Soulfood
October 17, 2005

Track list
  1. So Glad I Found - Luciano
  2. Catch Up Di Fire - Mykal Rose
  3. Cross The Board - Burro Banton & Pinchers
  4. One Drop Come Back - Lone Ranger
  5. Alarm (Here Comes Trouble) - Dr. Ring-Ding
  6. Caribbean Queen - Ward 21
  7. Unification - Ginjah
  8. My Love Is No Secondhand - Natasha Stream & Turbulence
  9. Use Force - Lutan Fyah
  10. Compliments - Lisa Dainjah
  11. Rise Up - Lion Face
  12. Africa - Cali P.
  13. Still Waters - Ras Charmer
  14. Things Come To Pass - Robert Levy
  15. Radio - Phenomden
  16. All The Way - Halfpint
  17. What Do You Like - Lukie D
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
One of Switzerland's and Europe's best live dancehall backingbands The Scrucialists in 2003 recorded a very well received (originally planned as EP to be recorded during their tour) album with NYC ska and dancehall vocalist King Django simply called "King Django Meets The Scrucialists", and contributed two riddims to fellow Swiss reggae vocalist Phenomden's debut album "Fang Ah". In February of this year (2005) they traveled to Jamaica with some of the riddims recorded at their One Drop Studio to have them voiced by different artists. And now the result "All The Way" is released through the Swiss Nation Music and German Rootdown Records labels. Since 1997 Simon Hänggi (keyboards), Eric Gut (drums), Luc Montini (guitar) and Matthias Tobler (bass) operate as the Scrucialists. Not only as originally a reggae band with singer Richard 'Ites' White, but from the beginning as a very successful backingband for Jamaican artists touring Europe. And now they follow in the footsteps of their fellow-countrymen the Ganglords, who recorded 1992's "Kingston Confidential" and 1995's "Burnin Up" in Jamaica voicing Jamaicans over Swiss riddims. And they have done very well with nice backings matching the vocal contributions from their guests, like Luciano, who kicks the album off in fine style with the lovers tune "So Glad I Found" over a nice 'new-roots' backing, followed by an excellent Waterhouse-style tune by one of - if not the - originators of that style, former Black Uhuru frontman Mykal Rose delivering his "Catch Up Di Fire". "Cross The Board" is a wicked combination tune by Burro Banton & Pinchers over the Scrucialists' version of Dave Kelly's 1996 hit-riddim 'Joyride', followed by a trip down memory lane with Lone Ranger in praise of the current "One Drop Come Back" with all his vocal effects still ruling this oldschool style one drop riddim, before Germany's dancehall don Dr. Ring-Ding, who is frequently backed at live-gigs by the Scrucialists, delivers his ring the "Alarm (Here Comes Trouble)" over the Scrucialists' take on Jeremy Harding's 'Liquid' using the melody of T.O.K.'s "Keep It Blazing" from 2001 over that riddim. Ward 21 ride a booming synth line and heavy bass dominated dancehall riddim very convincingly for "Caribbean Queen" and former Beres Hammond protégé Ginjah delivers one of his best tunes ever with the beautiful cry for "Unification". More excellence on the superb lovers tune over a rockers-inspired riddim "My Love Is No Secondhand" where Nateesha's sweet singing is combined with Turbulence's fierce deejaying. Lutan Fyah's singjays equally strong over a wicked roots backing (and once more one with absolutely brilliant horn riffs, really adding on several tracks to the overall strength of this album's musical side) to deliver the anti-Babylon statement "Use Force". getting a lot of "Compliments" lately by Lisa Dainjah is a beautiful example of elegant chatting in the style of Sister Nancy and Sister Carol mixed with singing definitely justifying the compliments she's getting. Lion Face, who was born Conrad Sargeant in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica, who performed lately alongside Pinchers both in JA and in Europe, and recorded "Go Round Dem" alongside Junior Kelly over Al.Ta.Fa.An's 'Security'-riddim, delivers the very fine "Rise Up" before Cali P., the Guadeloupe born dancehall singer living in Switzerland, contributes the tough dancehall "Africa". Ras Charmer, known to his mother as Curt-Chalmar Crutchley, was born in Kingston, Jamaica but now also resides in Switzerland - where he performs together with Cali P. and Ras Theo as the 'Wissie Assassiniation Bobo Ashanty' and together with Phat Promo and once more Cali P. as the 'More-Fire Crew' - and he shows both his rough deejaying and smooth singing skills on the rootsy "Still Waters". "Things Come To Pass" is a beautiful tune, yet with a sobering message, by the upcoming singer Robert Levy, and then Switzerland's Phenomden, whose excellent debut album "Fang Ah!" already contained two Scrucialists backed and produced tunes, now joins the fun with the very entertaining min "Radio" spielt nur musig mit vibes over the Scrucialists' version of Delroy Wilson's 1971 smash 'Better Must Come'-riddim. Half Pint's with the love i found in you i'll go "All The Way" is a great lovers tune (also completely recorded and produced in Switzerland) in the great style we know from his "Substitute Lover" recorded 14 years ago in his career already stretching over more than 20 years. Lukie D closes this great album with his R&B-ish "What Do You Like" answering himself with all type of music speaking out his love for R&B, soul, hip hop, reggae and dancehall over this great slow heavy R&B influenced riddim, concluding a very versatile album that showcases both the strength at the production helmet getting the best out of all vocalists featured here and the high musical quality as a backing band of the Scrucialists.