Mad Sensi - Power Plant
May 19, 2007

Track list
Disc 1

  1. Luciano - I Wish
  2. Mikey General & Cultureman - Runaway
  3. Jah Markus & Mabraka - Fire
  4. Benjamin - War & Drugs
  5. Antony Diamond - Long Time Man Struggle
  6. Newton - Black Commando
  7. Malajah - Repatriation Time
  8. I Quality - Woman A Fi Stay
  9. Chulito Camacho - La Hierba Es La Vida
  10. Culture T - High Grade Weed
  11. Garou - Nostalgia
  12. Mad Sensi - Mental Riddim
Disc 2

  1. Warrior King - I'll Be There
  2. Luciano - Trouble Days
  3. Simon Splinter - Craze People In This World
  4. Lutan Fyah - Sabatage
  5. Tipolo Sound - Guey Dife
  6. Eazy Wayne - My Everything
  7. Hito - Peace Of Soul
  8. Sylla - Generation Moube
  9. Jah Patent - Brand New Dance
  10. Hermano L - No Valeis Pa' Na'
  11. Bruno & Ossman - Reve
  12. Mad Sensi - Animal Riddim
  13. Mad Sensi - Spiritual Riddim (Dub Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
From Spain comes a new double CD project by members of the Spanish reggae band Caņaman, who call themselves Mad Sensi Band. Last year this group of mucisians created three original, 'live' played riddims -- "Spiritual", "Mental", and "Animal" -- which then were voiced by deejays and singers from Jamaica, Europe, the U.S. and Africa. Amongst the artists that contributed to this project are internationally well-known names such as Luciano, Warrior King, Lutan Fyah, Mikey General, but also local celebrities like Ti Polo Sound, Bruno & Ossman, Hermano L, Benjamin, Chulito Camacho and Newton, as well as up-and-coming talents.

Disc one kicks off with one of the most successful purveyors of modern roots and reality reggae, Luciano. The Messenjah delivers a strong effort -- "I Wish" across the slow-paced "Spiritual" riddim -- in his distinctive, powerful vocal style with his rich baritone shining real bright. Further high points on this first disc include "Runaway" by the singer/deejay combination Mikey General & Cultureman, Malajah's "Repatriation Time", Chulito Camacho's "La Hierba Es La Vida", and "War & Drugs" by Benjamin, undoubtedly a singer who has the potential to reach a wide roots audience. All these stand outs are underpinned either by the "Mental" or the "Spiritual", both roots riddims as opposed to the dancehall fueled "Animal" riddim. The latter is a real nice backdrop, but unfortunately the various vocal deliveries on this riddim don't make a serious impression.

Thus it's a real surprise to hear a roots singer like Warrior King excel on the "Animal" with an appealing lovers tune entitled "I'll Be There", whilst also Lutan Fyah shows how to handle this fast-paced riddim to full effect as can be experienced when listening to "Sabatage". Warrior King's worthy opener of disc two is followed by Luciano's decent, albeit not real exciting "Troubled Days" on the "Spiritual" riddim. A far better impression makes Eazy Wayne's "My Everything", and also Hermano L's "No Valeis Pa' Na'" is truly worth of hearing (even though we're not familiar with the Spanish language).

This is a throughout enjoyable double cd which includes a few real high points and a notable amount of solid efforts, but also some weak tunes.