Never Stop Riddim
Uppressor's Productions / Boomrush Productions
January 19, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Operating out of Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland, Uppressor‘s Productions, isn't just a Swiss reggae, soca and dancehall sound, they are also a record label, are into artist promotion & management and radio host. For their first official riddim production they have teamed up with producer Ben Nicefield from Redhouse Records and the German reggae/dancehall label Boomrush Productions. The latter has been active on the European reggae/dancehall scene with riddims such as "Street Riddim" (2011), "Dark Fader Riddim" (2012) and noteworthy releases by German reggae/dancehall artists Trixstar and Chris Toppa.
The traditional one-drop roots reggae riddim, with its appealing acoustic guitar intro, is voiced by an amazing international selection of artists. The most remarkable name is that of one of the biggest, innovative and most creative names in music history, Lee 'Scratch' Perry. He never stops and his tune "Never Stop Never Flop" is a superb Black Ark-ish dub-workout of the riddim. Still going strong! The original title track comes from Swiss reggae artist Cookie The Herbalist, who tells his loved one that "he's never gonna stop loving you". Check out the video of that tune on YT! Dutch reggae artist Smiley was born on Aruba in 1980 and in 2000 he moved to The Netherlands where he started a successful career in reggae music. His tune "Breathing Air" is one of the highlights here, a powerful and heartfelt tune! The same goes for Spade Again aka Nicholas Brown. Hailing from the Spanish Town area, this upcoming reggae artist lays down a perfect roots tune! J'se James motivates his brothers and sisters to keep doing what they’re doing on "Keep On Troddin'".
Rastafarian Unstoppable Fyah brings us a great praising tune, while South African deejay Crosby Bolani sings about "Judgement Time" as he describes today's situation worldwide and personally. He even includes a little rap in his song, very refreshing! Belgium female vocalist Onesty has been active in Europe as well as in Jamaica, where she works with Ajang Productions. "I Rise" is a catchy song, proof of her musical abilities. Two fine non-English tune here: the French Creole song "Les Mots" by Straïka D and the Swiss German song "Was Für Es Läbe" by Sille, both sharing their toughts about personal topics. The album closes with two instrumental tracks. The outrageous, well-done dub mix and the straight instrumental cut, the latter with its catchy, mesmerizing guitar riff.
Good debut production, hoping for more niceness out of Luzern!