Lion Of Judah Riddim
I Grade Records
December 17, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
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.