Lion Of Judah Riddim
I Grade Records
December 17, 2015

Track list
  1. Pressure Buss Pipe - Rastafari Get The Victory
  2. Lutan Fyah - Too Much Ramshackle
  3. Akae Beka - Conquering Lion (I Grade Dub Live Mix)
  4. Mykal Rose - Do Nuh Follow
  5. Jahdan Blakkamoore - Smood Blakk Skin
  6. Ziggi Recado feat. Strawl - Black Lion
  7. Danny I - Lion Of Ayuda
  8. Ras Batch - Black Man Arise
  9. Ras Attitude - Real From Fake
  10. Army - Skin Deep
  11. Don Carmelo - Lion Of Judah
  12. Ancient King - Nah Go Run
  13. Bobo Ites - Youth Nowadays
  14. Sabbattical Ahdah feat. Lava - Welcome The King
  15. Zion I Kings feat. Celebrity Hornz - Lion Of Judah (Celebrityz Hornz Version)
  16. Zion I Kings - Lion Of Judah (I Grade Dub Mix)
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In recent years, fans of a new roots movement that found fertile ground in the US, have been treated to some great releases coming from the fruitful collaboration between the acclaimed production houses/record labels of Zion High Productions (Florida/Oregon), I Grade Records (US Virgin Islands) and Lustre Kings (California), more commonly known as the Zion I Kings. Besides albums such as Glen Washington's "Masterpiece", General Jah Mikey's "Original Yard Food", Ziggi Recado's "Therapeutic", Jahdan Blakkamoore's "Order Of Distinction", Cornell Campbell's "New Scroll" and Pressure Buss Pipe's "The Sound", the production collective also came up with the wicked "Zion I Kings Riddim Series". After the release of the "Songbird Riddim" (I Grade Records, 2013), "Jah Warriah Riddim" (Zion High Productions, 2014) and the "Junction Riddim" (Lustre Kings Productions, 2014), the fourth installment in the series entitled "Lion Of Judah Riddim" has now hit the streets.

Roots reggae addicts who have purchased Midnite's "Ride Tru" album and/or Jahdan Blakkamoore's "Order Of Distinction" might instantly recognize this backdrop from Midnite's excellent "Conquering Lion" and Jahdan Blakkamoore's beautiful "Smood Blakk Skin", both featured here as well - although "Conquering Lion" has a different mix. These two songs are the standouts on this thoroughly entertaining 'one riddim' set, but they are not the only ones. Pressure Buss Pipe kickstarts the juggling with the awesome roots anthem "Rastafari Get The Victory", followed by the matching "Too Much Ramshackle" from Lutan Fyah, an artist who hardly ever disappoints. A tune that also demands full attention is Danny I's beautiful "Lion Of Ayuda". Next comes Ras Batch's superb "Black Man Arise", a real scorcher that goes on repeat. Another noteworthy piece is Army's "Skin Deep", a tune of sheer beauty. Also Ancient King's "Nah Go Run" makes a serious impression, while "Welcome The King" by the, to us unknown, Sabbattical Ahdah & Lava shouldn't be overlooked either. Really love the instrumental "Lion Of Judah (Celebrityz Hornz Version)" and the dub version called "Lion Of Judah (I Grade Dub Mix)", which both round off in a fully satisfying way.

A few modifications in the riddim's structure, as well as the fact that no fillers are included here, insures that boredom doesn't set in. This collection once again shows that you can't go wrong with a release out of the Zion I Kings camp as they always produce high quality modern roots music.