Ariwa Sounds 81 Sessions
Ariwa Sounds
November 8, 2005

Track list
  1. Aquizm - The System
  2. Aquizm - No Hiding Place
  3. Aquizm - Kunte Kinte
  4. Asha - Indian Dub Song
  5. Davina Stone - For The Love Of You
  6. Delena - Stylers
  7. Family Love & Jesse James - Young Girl
  8. Davina Stone - Lonely
  9. Ranking Ann - Love On A Mountain Top
  10. Aquizm - True True Loving
  11. Patricia Smith - Cause You Love Me
  12. Mervin & Me & You - Why Do You Always Make Me Cry
  13. Sergent Pepper - Cry Over Me
  14. Me & You - Casual Affair
  15. Error Sly - Tumbledown
  16. Ranking Ann - Conscious Man
  17. Family Love - Can't Get Over You
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 2
This album gives you an insight into Mad Professor's progression, and here we have a snapshot from the young artist at the end of the 70's/early 80's.

It isnít perfect and it isnít overly sophisticated -- but what it lacks in that area, it more than makes up for with raw power, energy, natural aggression, innovation, and excitement. Who cares about a flat note here or there when the vibes are good?

And the vibes ARE good here.

Top track has to be the classic roots and culture Aquizim track "The System" which is so clearly cut and recorded in London. It brings late 70's chilly winter London to mind immediately upon hearing it. It is very reminiscent of Yabby You and Dennis Brown -- without ripping them off. It retains its own integrity. Both vocal and dub are included here.

A lot of the other compositions are lovers, brimming with a sense of edgy adventure and naÔve discovery. If you are into late 70's /early 80's Creation Rebel, tunes such as "Peace is a Remedy", (from the unreleased "Return From Space" album) or even early New Age Steppers music -- you should enjoy these tracks a lot-- Nothing jaded, over precious or cynical here -- just spontaneous "have a go" good vibes abound.

"Indian Dub Song" sounds like Suns of Arqa, or even Muslim Gauze.

"Lonely" and "Love On A Mountain Top" are so, so coolly slow, confident, natural and sedate they act as a nerve sedative for the urban stressed.

"Cause You Love Me" has a high pitched trebly cymbal and high hat approach twinned with an elastic bass which will turn your head inside out -- beautifully surreal, good natured and dreamlike.

So here it is -- rough and ready, mistakes and all, Mad Professor indulging in a bit of raw power expression and energy from over twenty years back -- strictly (and proudly) UK reggae style -- A slice of inspired UK reggae from a time when people were still taking chances and risks with the genre. Though not polished as we have come to expect from the Prof now, It's a joy from start to finish, and undoubtedly has its calming, tranquil, and eccentrically hallucinatory moments.