Long Days Short Nights EP
Digital Release
August 16, 2011

Track list
  1. Sizzla - Burn Dem Schism (Out My Way)
  2. Jesse Royal - Singing The Blues
  3. Kayla Bliss - Ain't That Loving You
  4. Kayla Bliss - Baby Why Baby Why (Bonus Track)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell entered reggae business in 1984, when he released a couple Sugar Minott tunes on his own Kings & Lions label. He then produced artists like Pinchers, Sanchez, Thriller U, Lukie D and Daddy Freddy, but it wasn't until the mid-90s that he was in full swing with his Xterminator label. He recorded albums with Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Nadine Sutherland and Beres Hammond to name only five. However he's probably best known as the producer who launched the successful careers of Luciano and Sizzla by bringing them to wider public notice. After these two artists had left the Xterminator camp, the latter's output started to decrease.

In the first decade of the new millennium, little was heard of Phillip "Fatis" Burrell and his Xterminator crew, but now he returns with new production work that bears the producer's trademark... recording new talent (Jesse Royal and Kayla Bliss) as well as established artists (Sizzla) on well-crafted riddims by experencied musicians. This (digitally released) one-riddim EP contains three vocal cuts across the original, 1970s smeared "Long Days Short Nights" riddim, which was created by Sly Dunbar with the fitting bass line provided by Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis. Sizzla is in real good shape, and his renewed collaboration with Phillip "Fatis" Burrell surely doesn't disappoint. The fiery "Burn Dem Schism (Out My Way)" brings to mind to many great sides he recorded for the Xterminator label in the 1990s.

The up-and-coming Jesse Royal, who shows that he's truly an artists to watch for in the near future, delivers a solid song in which he exposes societal woes with his civil rights-inciting lyrics such as "conflict inna the city 'cause the leaders lacking pity, their actions iffy 'cause they're driven by vanity". It can't be denied that beaming Kayla Bliss, the 23 year old Brooklyn, NY native, has a great voice, but in the end her twist of Alton Ellis' classic "Ain't That Loving You" doesn't leave a serious impression. Luckily she has been given the opportunity to deliver a better effort on the riddim, which she does with "Baby Why Baby Why".

With this "Long Days Short Nights" EP, forthcoming projects and a new album from Sizzla in the Xterminator pipeline, the current state of Jamaica produced reggae music might benefit of the fact that Phillip "Fatis" Burrell is back in the producer's chair.