Ark Of The Covenant Riddim
November 8, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
In celebration of the coronation of His Majesty Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen, Israel Records (a record label established in Kingston JA in 2012 for the people, for the teachings of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selasssie I the first) has put out a 12-track juggling project entitled "Ark Of The Covenant Riddim". The riddim, built by Andrew Myrie aka Anju Blaxxx and produced & mixed by T'Jean Bennett (son of renown producer Mikey Bennett) and Dinearo, is actually the worthy follow up to their classy "Selassie I Way Riddim" from 2013.
"Ark Of The Covenant" is a captivating modern reggae riddim with some nice sounds and appealing acoustic guitar play, which plays a perfect backdrop for some excellent roots music. Included here are some of the best of the day such as Chronixx, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and Kabaka Pyramid as well as rather unknown but aspiring artists like for example Hardrive and Tamo J. "Prayer" by Chronixx and "Fly By Gate" (here renamed "Repatriate") by Tarrus Riley & Kabaka Pyramid were featured on the above mentioned "Selassie I Way Riddim", but reappear here in remixed form. Chronixx's impressive spiritual tune and Tarrus Riley & Kabaka Pyramid's anthemic piece were highlights on the "Selassie I Way Riddim" and these two efforts also fully shine on this collection. Sizzla makes a solid impression with the fiery "Heavenly Father", while Qraig comes up with the fully satisfying "Gift Of Life". Also Singa J, who first scored with "Buss Yu Gun" on the "Buzz riddim", delivers a decent effort with the lovers piece "Heaven Sent". Known from the hit song "Bed Of Roses", her collaboration with Noddy Virtue, the wonderful "Big Dreams" fully shows Jodian Pantry's prowess as a quality vocalist.
Not every tune is a winner, but all in all this 'one riddim' set is worthwhile hearing.