Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Big Dance A Keep
Various
Silver Kamel Audio
CD
July 15, 2005

Track list
  1. Big Dance A Keep - Jah Thomas
  2. Buy Mi Roses - Junior Moore
  3. Party Time - D'Aville
  4. Get Inna Mi Car - Peter Metro
  5. London City - Jah Thomas
  6. Devil Control Them - Josey Wales
  7. Herb Fi Free - Junior Moore
  8. Few More Hours - Lone Ranger
  9. Gimmie Girls - Jah Thomas
  10. Dancehall Jamboree - Nemo
  11. Bad Mind - Jah Thomas
  12. Band Di Gun - Junior Moore
  13. Glimity Glam - Jah Thomas
  14. More We Are Together - Lone Ranger
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Jah Thomas -- otherwise known as Nkrumah -- so named after the Ghanaian revolutionary, and to those who know their roots music, Jah Thomas is recognized as part of that musical revolution in the early 80's that moved the musical form onwards from spacious Rockers music to a leaner, more urban and threatening sound -- Often backed by Style Scott and the militant and austere Roots Radics.

Jah Thomas' mic style was clearly rooted in the techniques of Big Youth and Dr. Alimantado, visionaries that had gone before him -- but he had his own distinctive vibes to add to the genre, his lyrics dealing with harsh ghetto life and the conflicts and joys of the dance.

Later, his vocals were sampled on ONU Sound releases with Bim Sherman, ("Free The Marijuana" discomix) as well as turning up on numerous Junglist/drum and bass white label 12" tunes.

So here we have tunes from Lone Ranger, Josey Wales, Peter Metro and other original talents. Meditate on the conscious lyrics urging insight, such as "Devil Control Them" whilst lyrics of compassion such as those on "Ban The Gun" are contrasted with the upful dancehall vibes of the new cut to Tristan Palma's "Entertainment" .

As Josey Wales chants on "Devil Control Them" -- "These veterans come to warn the nation! Nah follow idiot who bust pure shot. Rastafari ah go hold them."

These rhythms are so tight, the beats so strict -- you'd swear they were digital -- but that's not the case. These structures come from The Radics, Mafia n Fluxy and Firehouse Crew, voiced at Black Scorpio and Tuff Gong.

So if you are looking for dancehall DJ chat with a mid to late 80's flavour, but backed by hard 21st century beats, this album should provide for you -- the lyrics are largely aimed at the dancehall -- with an emphasis on carefree good times -- with a few conscious lyrics thrown in to make the intention clear.

Watch out for the dub wise companion album, soon to come from Silver Kamel's vaults -- the dub incarnations sound similar in dynamic to Jah Shaka's work with Firehouse, Icho Candy and Max Romeo Also check out the beautiful horns dubs to these dj chants on the previous Silver Kamel album, "Liquid Brass."