Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Marketplace Riddim EP
Various
Zion I Kings
Digital Release
May 23, 2016

Track list
  1. Pressure Busspipe - Marketplace
  2. Akae Beka - Described Peculiar
  3. Glen Washington - Too Much Religion
  4. Lutan Fyah - Binghi Man A Call
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
It was in the summer of 2013 that Zion I Kings, the remarkable collaboration of Zion High Productions, I Grade Records and Lustre Kings, launched its "Riddim Series" with the release of their first 'version excursion' entitled "Songbird Riddim", put out on I Grade Records. It was followed by the "JAH Warriah Riddim" on Zion High Productions in February 2014, the "Junction Riddim" on Lustre Kings Productions in September 2014 and the "Lion Of Judah Riddim" on I Grade Records in December 2015. The artists, musicians and producers involved in these projects always gave their very best, which made that these riddim sets had a high quality level.

And now there's the fifth installment in the series; the "Marketplace Riddim". To our surprise, this time the Zion I Kings don't come up with a full length album, but with a four track EP. However, quantity has nothing to do with quality, and - as one might expect from this reputable production team - it are quality efforts the listener is treated to. They once again confirm the class and calibre of their productions. It all starts, of course, with the backdrop. The laid back "Marketplace Riddim", unfortunately not included in its straight version, is a sublime creation with an awesome thumping bassline and horns that add a great touch. The four artists that grace the riddim with their vocals are well respected regular contributors to the Zion I Kings projects as they always deliver. Pressure Busspipe hardly ever fails to impress when he's involved in a Zion I Kings project. Here the singjay from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, shines bright on a tune that rightfully bears the name of the riddim. "Marketplace" is a huge roots piece with Pressure Busspipe perfectly telling us about the happenings on a marketplace within the framework of an almost four-minute lasting song.

Next comes the infectious "Described Peculiar", an impressive tune delivered by the inimitable Akea Beka, the new moniker of Vaughn Benjamin who was formerly known as Midnite. As usual it's the lyrical content of his tune that demands full attention. Always good to hear Glen Washington's trademark vocal on a Zion I Kings produced riddim. "Too Much Religion" deals with the current situation in the world, where religion is used by people to seperate themselves from each other. Glen Washington sings with real authority on this touching reality tune. Lutan Fyah, who has worked hard to become one of Jamaica's top artists, first attracted notable attention with the Lustre Kings produced "Time And Place" album in 2005. Since then the St Jago De La Vega artist has worked with a variety of producers which led to the release of some ten albums and countless singles. Here the skilled, agile vocalist delivers his lyrics in a fiery way, which creates some great vibes on "Binghi Man A Call".

The riddim and its vocal cuts are extremely pleasing to the ear!