Far East Riddim
Digital release & 7" Singles.
October 14, 2010
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : -|
Heartical is a sound and record label based in Paris, France. Heartical was created by Mr Boo, Wap, Mr Tam and Sir Joe. The sound played for the first time on June 21st, 1999. It was the Music Day, and they organized and performed their first party at the Abadidon Club in Paris. From that day onwards they have kept on playing Reggae in the traditional sound system form, behaving as messengers and entertainers. Since 2001, the crew has also launched its own Heartical Label. Aimed at releasing old and new roots Reggae music, it nowadays represents a catalogue of numerous 7" singles and many dubs & instrumentals by Basque Dub Foundation.
Basque Dub Foundation (aka BDF) started a decade ago as a studio project by Iņaki Yarritu, a London based producer/musician originally from the Basque Country (northern Spain). Their debut album "Sustraidun Roots Dub" (Massive Sounds, 1997) made them acquire an international underground reputation for its blend of original 70's Dub style with 90's digital influences. Since then BDF has evolved into a multinational band specializing in old school Roots Reggae and Dub, with an awesome reputation as a live band.
The latest effort of the Heartical / BDF collaboration are a bunch of wicked tunes across the 'Far East' riddim. BDF rebuilt the original Studio One riddim, which was known as 'Jah Shakey' by Roland Alphonso, but became a world wide seller when Barry Brown recorded it for Channel One in the 70s and named it 'Far East'. They've released the tunes on four 7" singles and also as a digital download album.
First comes former Black Uhuru frontman Mykal Roze with Downpressor. His powerful voice tells us about how "Babylon holds down". The tune is compelling and convincing as he mixes singing with deejaying! On the b-side you'll find the instrumental basic track by BDF called Far East Organ, which happens to be an excellent retro-styled riddim track!
Reggae veteran Ranking Joe comes next with Rastaman Talk. He opens with a spoken intro, before he bursts into a pulsating cultural deejay chat. This tune is backed with World Crisis by Rootsmala. It's a talented Spanish vocal duo made up of Brother Angelo & Sister Raquel, the latter reminding us of Judy Mowatt's vocal delivery!
Chronicle is a talented Jamaican singer inspired in his style by Barrington Levy. In the '90s he started working with Bobby Konders from NYC's Massive B Sound for whom he has recorded a lot of 45s. He is responsible for an awesome ganja anthem called Sweet Sinsemilla. Jah Mikey and Daddy Shark follow with Tune In/Go Before Us. Jah Mikey, aka Jah Mikes, made his name known in Jamaica and abroad on soundsystem tapes when he was one of Roots Socialist (a.k.a Papa Roots) top deejays, while Daddy Shark is Josey Wales younger brother, he is one of the resident deejays on Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotion sound. Their combination deejay tune is a solid cultural effort.
Carlton Livingstone contributes with Once A Man an average effort, but Nigger Kojak surprises with No Fuss & Fight. He used the riddim in 1980 for producer Joe Gibbs, when he teamed up with Liza for the tune 'Skyjuice'. At that time they were the first Jamaican male & female deejay duo ever! Here he still impresses with his toasting, although he sounds a lot like U Roy did in the 70s.
All tracks are mixed by Darren Jamtone in London and produced by Heartical. The boys from France & BDF have done a good job! Check out the tunes here: Heartical Website