Jungle Skunk Riddim
June 20, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
An ear-catching riddim known from tunes from Irievibrations Records' critical acclaimed album releases like Konshens & Delus' "Modern Revolution", Luciano's "Rub-A-Dub Market" or the recently released "Freedom Fighter" by Anthony B, finally gets a name for its long overdue juggling release.
Apart from the previously released tunes "Call The Police" by Konshens & Delus, Luciano's "Hard Road" and Anthony B's "Defend My Own", this digitally released reggae juggling contains brand new cuts from internationally well known artists like Perfect Giddimani and Mojo Morgan along with efforts from rising talents such as Raphael, Kabaka Pyramid, and Indonesian superstar Ras Muhamad. The cast of artists involved in this project do real justice to the riddim as they deliver cuts that range from solid to excellent.
The Messenjah Luciano is in superb vocal form and his excellent effort, "Hard Road", is extremely pleasing to the ear. Almost the same can be said about Anthony B's "Defend My Own", a great tune that once again proves that the Original Fireman is at his very best when he voices a 'live' played roots riddim. One of the earliest cuts, it even might be the very first one, is "Call The Police" by Konshens & Delus. The two brothers treat the listener to a solid piece that deals with 'curfew inna di dance'.
From Italy comes reggae singer Raphael, whose "Inna Dis Ya Time" makes a good impression. The same goes for Kabaka Pyramid, a multi-talented artist and producer coming straight from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. He's a singer with a distinctive vocal style as can be witnessed when listening to Cyaa Study Me. Mr. Mojo is a member of the Morgan Heritage family, and although vocally he can't match his brothers Peetah and Gramps, he now and then comes up with a solid effort as is showcased with the uplifting "Don't Lose Faith". In recent years Perfect Giddimani has established his name with quite a few noteworthy recordings, and this is also the case with his cultural piece entitled "Balou-Ba-Labo". Not everyone will be able to understand the conscious lyrics of the Austrian brothers Professa and Syrix aka Iriepathie, but that doesn't imply that Hör Nicht Auf (meaning "Don't Stop") should be overlooked. The collection is rounded off with "Get Thru It" by Ras Muhamad, an artist to watch for in the near future.
"Jungle Skunk" is a real nice grooving riddim with nuff cuts worth hearing.