No More Slaving Riddim
Island Life Records
Digital Release
August 10, 2014

Track list
  1. Adventurous - To Every Father
  2. Capleton - Too Much Man A Dead
  3. Chezidek - Build Me Up
  4. Gappy Ranks - Selling Stories
  5. Jah Bouks - No Slave
  6. Lutan Fyah - Naw Pull It
  7. Spectacular - We Can Do It
  8. A Guy Called Purple - Breadwinner Dub
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Since the start of Island Life Records in 2009 (originally founded under the name Fire Beats by producer PurplehayzZz), this record label from the 40 cay paradise of Turks & Caicos Islands, West Indies, has unleashed some real good juggling sets such as "Bobo Ting", "Queen Majesty", and "Who Can't Hear Must Feel". The label's infectious riddim driven projects and hit singles were all done in conjunction with some of Jamaica's top producers, audio engineers and studio musicians.

The latest creation of Island Life Records is the wicked "No More Slaving". Its organ intro somehow reminds of Al Campbell's "Take A Ride" riddim from 1968, later also used for Johnny Osbourne's Studio One scorcher "Truths & Rights". The "No More Slaving", played by real musicians, has a golden old skool vibe to it and turns out to be a perfect backdrop for several top-a-top artists to come up with stellar efforts. However things get started by the lesser known Adventurous. Growing up around his father's record shop called CHAT BOUT and being surrounded by sound systems in New York, Adventurous was given the drive and a feel of belonging in the reggae music fraternity. In 2009 he released his first Mix Tape CD, the self-titled "Adventurous", which was followed by three others namely "Money Mi A Pree", "Adventurous To Di World" and "Tun Up". This reggae singer already showed his vocal skills and lyrical prowess by delivering great tunes on Island Life Records' previous projects and here he does it again with "To Every Father". BIG tune with lyrics to match.

Being an international reggae star, Capleton needs no further introduction. In his well known fiery style, the one who earned the title of 'The Prophet' delivers the strong message tune "Too Much Man Dead". It's followed by the matching "Build Me Up" by Chezidek and Gappy Ranks' "Selling Stories", a crucial offering that can be heard over and over again. This also goes for "No Slave" by Jah Bouks. The latter, whose debut single "Angola" was one of the biggest tunes in 2013, is in good shape and convinces throughout. It's always interesting to hear a new song from Lutan Fyah 'cause he hardly ever lets you down. With "Naw Pull It" the singjay has added another worthy tune to his ever growing catalogue. Compared with the previous vocal cuts, Spectacular's "We Can Do It" fails to highlight the backdrop and thus can't be ranked amongst the riddim's finest material. "No More Slaving" is rounded off by a real nice dubbed out version of the riddim.

All in all "No More Slaving" is worthwhile reggae juggling with nuff great vocal cuts to enjoy.