Lustre Kings Productions
September 27, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
After first having seen the release of the "Songbird Riddim" by I Grade Records and then its successor, the "Jah Warriah Riddim" by Zion High Productions, there's now a third roots juggling set out on the streets called "Junction Riddim", which is released by Lustre Kings Productions as part of the interesting Zion I Kings Riddim Series. Zion I Kings is a production trio that has been particularly prolific over the last few years, formed from three notable reggae label heads and audio engineers; Zion High Productions, David Goldfine (bass), I Grade Records, Laurent "Tippy" Alfred (keyboards) and Lustre Kings Productions, Andrew "Moon" Bain (guitar).
For the "Junction" riddim, they have used live instrumentation interspersed with elements of digital programming, dubstep basslines and hip hop production. The riddim was recorded live in Jamaica at Tuff Gong Recording studio by the Zion I Kings, utilizing the drumming from legendary Roots Radics member, Lincoln "Style" Scott. The fresh original "Junction" riddim was first presented to the reggae world when Lustre Kings unleashed the single "For the Children" earlier this year. This combination tune by Jahdan Blakkamoore & Kabaka Pyramid attracted attention world wide and got good response from the reggae massive. And now there's a full length 'one riddim' set with a number of worthwhile efforts by some of the best artists in the business. Probably the most surprising name to appear here is veteran Johnny Osbourne, whose classic reggae styling can be enjoyed to the fullest when the solid "We Steppin'" drops in. A standout effort is delivered by Lutan Fyah, the singjay whose Lustre Kings produced "Time And Place" album can be ranked as one of his best to date. In his Rastafarian anthem, "Up In The Hills", he urges his community to depart the ways of Babylon and live a more natural existence. Other great efforts are "Who You Are" by Pressure Busspipe and Midnite's "I People", while also Lloyd Brown and Bobby Hustle come up with convincing cuts, "Get It Right" and "Chatty Mouth" respectively.
The "Junction Riddim" is another worthy project in Zion I Kings Riddim Series, so don't ignore this roots juggling.