LP / Digital Release
February 13, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
In the past years London based producer Curtis Lynch Jnr and his Necessary Mayhem imprint have become familiar as well as respected names among reggae fans worldwide. Wether it's lovers rock, modern roots or dancehall, the quality of the music is always very high. This is once more shown on the label's third compilation album entitled "Future Cuts".
The sound Curtis Lynch Jnr has created is strongly influenced by the sound of the production works coming from Jamaican producer Augustus "Gussie" Clarke's Music Works studio in the second half of the 80s. Gussie Clarke became a very successful producer when he started blending old skool roots reggae to the newly embarked digital dancehall riddims, showcased on albums such as Mighty Diamonds' "Get Ready" and Gregory Isaacs' "Red Rose For Gregory". The same kind of hard hitting, bass heavy driven electro-dancehall riddims known from "Gussie" Clarke productions, can be heard on most tracks of the "Future Cuts" album. The latter, a 12 track collection (the LP vinyl contains the first 9 tracks), previews tracks of upcoming 2012 Necessary Mayhem projects delivered by an array of well-known and lesser known international artists.
The under-recorded Jah Mali excels on album opener "Blood Thirsty", which comes across a wicked revitalized version of I Roy's "Red, Gold and Green", the "Gussie" Clarke produced answer version of Ken Boothe's "Black, Gold and Green", done for Lloyd Charmers in 1972. Killer roots! Dutch reggae star Ziggi expertly rides a fresh sounding digital roots riddim, thus making a decent impression with "Rumours". The sorely missed superstar Gregory Isaacs is featured here with a remixed version of "Report To Me", another great "Gussie" Clarke production from 1989. Big tune! The latter also goes for Mr Williamz's "Ganja Smokin", delivered across the a remake of the classic "Shank I Sheck" riddim. More niceness comes with the previously unreleased dancehall mix of "As Mi Forward", a solid combination tune done by Swedish reggae star Million Stylez, French female deejay Netna, and Jamaican stars Busy Signal and Etana. Maxi Priest deals with matters of the heart in "Easy Now" on the popular "Ooh Baby" riddim, a tune that reminds us of the heydays of British Lovers Rock.
"Dance", a decent tune from reggae songbird Etana, is one of the five tunes Curtis Lynch Jnr has produced for her second album "Free Expressions". Ny, a rising RnB star from the UK, delivers "Are You For Real" in combination with Sizzla. This nice tune, in the exact middle ground between reggae and RnB, has been remixed by Drum & Bass/ Dubstep/ Dub producers Killa Mosquito. J.C. Lodge had a string of hits throughout her musical career, but she's probably best remembered from her huge international hit "Telephone Love", which was also the title of a full-length album for producer "Gussie" Clarke. That album featured a track called "Where Dreams Are Made", which has been remixed by Curtis Lynch Jnr. Underpinned by a hard-edge roots-style riddim, J.C. Lodge tells us just how her partner makes her feel. The bonus tracks for the digital release are a real nice tune by ever conscious UK singjay Macka B called "Our Music", Cali P's dancehall fueled tune "One Love" on a refix of the much versioned "Answer" riddim, and a Jungle / Drum & Bass effort from Marcus Visionary feat. Tippa Irie.
Necessary Mayhem's "Future Cuts" is a very fine collection of tunes, worthwhile checking out.