February 16, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
In recent years the Dub Akom band from Marseille, France, has established itself as a force to reckon with, both as a live band on stage backing artists such as Etana, Chezidek, Protoje, and Mr. Vegas, and as a production crew. After having started as a band, they founded their own label in 2007 and since then they have been recognized and respected as top notch riddim makers. In that capacity they have created winners such as "Vitamin", "Highlight", "Bonafide", and "Full Swing". The latter, a drum-heavy dancehall riddim, is now followed by a fresh original 'one drop' riddim called "Heartwarming".
It actually was Jahnett Tafari's single "My Love", released in the fall of 2012 and also included here, that introduced the reggae massive to the "Heartwarming" riddim. With such a title and such a smooth riddim track it's obvious that this young South African artist's solid effort deals with affairs of the heart. And although one would expect a whole heap of lovers related tunes on this riddims, it surprisingly isn't the case. Yes, apart from Jahnett Tafari's "My Love" you'll find three more tunes that deal with the same subject: Chezidek's worthwhile tune "New Love", in which he urges his beloved empress to 'come back home', Natural Black's matching "Special Girl", and Jah Marnyah's nice "Krazie In Love".
The remaining tunes deal with a variety of themes, which is a good thing as it keeps the listener involved throughout. Turbulence's "See The Mothers Cry" is a powerful reality song about senseless violence and bloodshed. Swedish reggae star Million Stylez delivers the beautiful "Spiritual Journey", one of the highlights featured on this album. I see them coming after my soul, Jah Jah is in control." Ricardo Clarke from the Bahamas is known for his soul stirring vocals. This is once again showcased on "Snake In Paradise", in which he says to be careful with certain people you meet on the road of life as there's always a "snake in paradise". Pressure aka Pressure Busspipe makes a strong statement with "Nah Bow Out", while Ras Mc Bean's uplifting "It Makes Sense" speaks of listening to the rastaman because it makes sense to hear his words of wisdom and righteousness.
Do check the sweet sounding "Heartwarming" riddim, because it warms the heart and soothes the soul!